Paulo Fonseca to leave Roma at the end of the season

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca will leave Stadio Olimpico at the end of the season when his contract expires, with the club opting to go in a different direction after a disappointing campaign.

Fonseca signed a two-year contract when he was appointed in 2019 but Roma will finish outside the top six in Serie A this season for the first time since 2012.

Roma have gone backwards in Serie A this season
Roma have gone backwards in Serie A this season | PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Under Fonseca, who previously won three Ukrainian domestic doubles with Shakhtar Donetsk, Roma did improve in Europe, reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The announcement that his contract will be renewed comes just days before the second leg of their last four tie with Manchester United, with Roma trailing 6-2 on aggregate from the first leg.

Aside from that European tie, Roma have four more Serie A games left and are likely to finish seventh or eighth in the final league standings.

In these two years we have experienced ups and downs, but I have always given my best for this club and for this city, which has welcomed me very well,” Fonseca told Roma’s official website.

Roma did reach the Europa League semi-finals this season
Roma did reach the Europa League semi-finals this season | Michael Regan/Getty Images

“I want to thank all the Roma fans, the people who work with us in Trigoria, the players, those who have supported us on this path, in particular Dan and Ryan Friedkin for their continuous support since they arrived and Tiago Pinto, an excellent professional, whom I wish the best in his path in this club. We still have very important games to win this season and we will give our best as always.”

General manager Pinto said, “Even if the results have not always emerged on the pitch, we are aware of the various positive elements that he left us and that will continue to help us in our growth, such as the many talented young people he has encouraged and improved and our progress in the Europa League in this season.”

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