Jose Mourinho to Roma: Remembering Special One’s Chelsea, Real Madrid and Man Utd spells

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Jose Mourinho’s spell away from football turned out to be a brief one with the Portuguese having been confirmed as Roma’s new head coach on Tuesday.

The Portuguese takes the reins from Paulo Fonseca, who will depart at the end of this season, at the Stadio Olimpico ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

He has signed a three-year deal in Rome, signalling his first return to Serie A since 2010.

Express Sport takes a look back at the decorated Portuguese’s career thus far, retracing his steps to his eventual appointment in the eternal city.


A charismatic Mourinho burst onto the scene in his homeland with Porto in 2002.

He enjoyed almost instant success at the club by leading them to two Primeira Liga titles, a UEFA Cup crown and a Taca de Portugal success.

However, his biggest achievement was arguably winning the UEFA Champions League in 2004 – Porto remaining the only side from outside of Europe’s big six leagues to win the competition in its current guise.


That achievement certainly provoked the attention of those on the King’s Road as Mourinho was swiftly appointed manager of the nouveau-riche Chelsea.

It was certainly a choice that paid instant dividends for Roman Abramovich as the Portuguese ended the Blues’ 50-year wait for a top division crown.

He continued to bolster the club’s trophy cabinet by claiming another Premier League title, as well as an FA Cup and two League Cups.

However, his spell was brought to a surprising end just a month into the 2007/08 season.

Inter Milan

Mourinho was not out of work for very long though as he was appointed as the new manager of Inter Milan ahead of the 2008/09 campaign.

Much like in his previous jobs, the Portuguese continued to add to his impressive collection of silverware. He led the Nerazzurri to the Serie A title and Supercoppa Italiana in his debut campaign before building on that with a hugely impressive second season.

Building the side around the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o, Mourinho claimed the treble by winning Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia.

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Real Madrid

These successes once again provoked the interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and it was then confirmed that Mourinho was set to take control of Real Madrid.

It was no surprise to see him lead the club to the Copa del Rey in his first season in charge, ending Real’s three-year trophy drought.

He also ended the club’s long wait for a league crown, finishing nine points clear of Barcelona in the 2011/12 season.

However, he could not replicate that success in Europe having failed to progress past the Champions League semi-finals in his three seasons in charge.

Mourinho soon felt the consequences of that failure as he departed the club at the end of the 2012/13 season despite having only signed a contract extension just a year prior.


This then led to Mourinho returning the Premier League and indeed Stamford Bridge.

He went without a trophy in his first season back at the club, eventually finishing third in the Premier League table but hit back emphatically the following year.

After considerable investment in the transfer window with the arrivals of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, amongst others, Chelsea claimed the title and the League Cup.

His third season was far trickier though as the Blues lost nine out of their opening 16 league games and he was eventually sacked, being replaced by Guus Hiddink.

Manchester United

Mourinho remained in England as he took another Premier League job for the first time in his career – this time at Manchester United.

Taking the reins from Louis van Gaal, the Portuguese was once again backed in the transfer market as he welcomed the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. That certainly paid off in his debut campaign with the Red Devils claiming the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League.

His initial Old Trafford success could not be sustained though with a second-place finish in the Premier League and an FA Cup final defeat the extent of his second season in charge.

It then got worse for Mourinho in Manchester as he was sacked in December 2018 with the Red Devils 19 points off the pace in the league.

Tottenham Hotspur

The 58-year-old’s most recent job also ended in disaster with a brief spell at Tottenham.

Replacing Mauricio Pochettino in north London, the Portuguese led Spurs to sixth in the Premier League table in his first season in charge.

Despite remarkably beating former club Manchester United 6-1 in the opening weeks of the 2020/21 campaign, Mourinho was then jettisoned once more in March with Spurs having underwhelmed in the Premier League.

They had also suffered a humiliating Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.

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