Not long after going out of work, the former Tottenham manager is set to succeed his compatriot in the managerial office at Stadio Olimpico.
Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Roma is “not a problem” for Paulo Fonseca, who has even backed his compatriot to “do a great job” at the club.
On Tuesday, out of nowhere, Roma announced that Mourinho will be taking over from Fonseca, who will depart the club at the end of the season.
Under Fonseca, the Italian side have had a poor 2020-21. They have managed to amass just four points from their previous five league games and sit down at seventh in the Serie A standings.
Furthermore, the Giallorossi suffered an embarrassing 6-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Unless they are able to pull off a miracle at Stadio Olimpico, their Europa League journey is expected to come to an end on Thursday night.
“Professionalism is a sacred value for me,” said Fonseca ahead of Roma’s Europa League semi-final second-leg clash with Manchester United, via Football Italia.
“I am fine, just as I was the first day I arrived. I am motivated and want to do my best for Roma until the last day I’m here. Mourinho is a great coach and will do a great job here.
“It’s not a problem for me, I experience this moment with the same professionalism as always.”