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Jose Mourinho sacked by Roma to put even more pressure on Newcastle boss Eddie Howe | Football | Sport

Roma have officially announced that Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect, with his exit putting even more pressure on under-fire Newcastle boss Eddie Howe. Mourinho’s departure was confirmed following Roma’s defeat to AC Milan over the weekend as the Italian heavyweights slipped to ninth place in the Serie A table.

Mourinho arrived at Roma in the summer of 2021 and made history by winning the inaugural Europa Conference League at the end of his first season in charge. However, their results have tailed off since then, with Roma picking up just 29 points from 20 league matches over the course of the current campaign.

The news of Mourinho’s exit was confirmed by Roma on Tuesday morning, with owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin saying: “We would like to thank Jose on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for his passion and efforts since his arrival at the club.

“We will always have great memories of his tenure at Roma, but we believe that an immediate change is in the best interests of the club. We wish Jose and his assistants all the best in their future endeavours.”

Mourinho won 68 of his 138 games at Roma but was often at the centre of disciplinary issues which overshadowed the team’s performances. Just last week, he was dismissed for the second time in a row as Roma were beaten by Lazio in a violent and chaotic derby in the Italian capital.

The 60-year-old’s final game in charge was Sunday’s defeat to AC Milan, a result which meant that Roma had won just one of their last six league matches. It remains to be seen where Mourinho will go from here, with the Portuguese coach having been tentatively linked with the top job at Newcastle.

The Magpies have been widely tipped to consider a change in management, with Howe enduring a tough season in charge at St James’ Park. Newcastle currently sit 10th in the Premier League table with just nine wins under their belt and crashed out of the Champions League after finishing bottom of their group last month.

The club’s Saudi backers are ‘fascinated’ by the idea of appointing a big-name manager in Mourinho to replace Howe before the start of next season, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. However, only time will tell if Roma’s sacked boss will end up taking the reins on Tyneside, with Howe seemingly being given time to turn things around for now.

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