‘I’m not here on holiday’: Jose Mourinho targets long-term success for Roma


Jose Mourinho insisted he’s not in Italy for a vacation when he was offered as AS Roma coach on Thursday, underlining he needs to construct sustainable success for the membership reasonably than dashing in direction of ending the membership’s trophy drought.

The former Tottenham supervisor was named as Paulo Fonseca’s successor on the finish of final season after Roma completed seventh in Serie A and failed to finish its 13-year wait for silverware.

“In football the word ‘time’ sometimes does not exist, but in this case it does and that is fundamental,” Mourinho informed a information convention.

“The club does not want success today and problems tomorrow, but a sustainable project for the future. That is the main reason I am here. Now it is time to work. I am not here on holiday.”

Mourinho’s appointment was met with euphoria by Roma followers, who hope that the person who led Inter Milan to a surprising treble in 2009-10 can carry them again to the highest of Italian soccer and finish a trophy drought stretching again to the 2007-08 Coppa Italia.

“We can’t get away from the fact that this club has not won a lot in recent times. Last season, we finished 29 points behind the league leaders and 16 points off the top four, we need to find answers to these questions,” he mentioned.

“Be it owners, sporting director … they know better than me how much work there is to do, but we will try to lift silverware. It’s not a case of necessarily coming in and winning immediately.”

While it might be straightforward to vow a title, time and arduous work was wanted, he added. “The owners do not want isolated success, they want to reach that level and stay there. That is much harder to achieve. We want to be financially sustainable and we are on the same page.”

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April, every week earlier than its League Cup closing defeat to Manchester City. The supervisor defended his report after going through some criticism in England throughout his time with Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea.

“In my last three clubs, I won Premier League with Chelsea, three cups with United, reached a League Cup final with Tottenham. What is considered a disaster for me is what other coaches have never achieved in their lives,” he mentioned.


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