Tuesday May 4 2021
Official: Fonseca leaves Roma after the season

Roma have officially announced Paulo Fonseca will leave the club after the season.

President Dan Friedkin has confirmed the Portuguese coach will not get a new deal at the Olimpico, after a disappointing season in Serie A.

“On behalf of everyone at AS Roma, we would like to thank Paulo Fonseca for the hard work and leadership shown during these two years,” Dan Friedkin said.

“Paulo has led the team through several challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and a change of ownership, and he has done so with generosity, fairness and great character.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and are confident he will represent a fantastic added value wherever he goes.”

Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto also thanked his compatriot for their time together in the Italian capital.

“I would like to thank Paulo for the work he has done at the club over the past two seasons,” Tiago Pinto said.

“Even if the results have not always emerged on the pitch, we are aware of the several positive elements he has left us and which will continue to help our growth, such as the many talented young players he has encouraged and improved, and our progress in the Europa League this season.

“At Roma, we are trying to build a path to success and I’m sure that Paulo has played his role in this process.”

Fonseca’s contract expires in June and with the Giallorossi at seventh in Serie A, nine points behind Lazio at sixth, the club has decided to make a decision early.

His contract would have been automatically renewed with a place in the Champions League next term.

Roma trail Manchester United by 6-2 after the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.