Paulo Fonseca: Shakhtar Donetsk boss appointed Roma head coach

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

However, the Romans have now announced that Fonseca will be their next permanent manager, with an official statement declaring: "AS Roma are delighted to confirm that Paulo Fonseca will be the club's new head coach".

Roma have appointed former Shakthar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca as their new manager after the Portuguese gaffer penned a two-year deal.

"I am excited and motivated by the task ahead", said Fonseca, who also coached Porto and Braga in his homeland.

"From the very first conversations we had with him, he made it very clear he wanted to come to Roma and was excited about the challenge of working with our players and putting out a team that the fans can be proud of".

"I believe that together we will be able to create something special".

Over the course of his management career to date, he has tasted domestic cup success in Portugal and Ukraine while also guiding Shakhtar to three successive league titles.

The 46-year-old, who Goal revealed to be in the running last week, inherits the reins from Claudio Ranieri, who had seen out the 2018-19 campaign at Stadio Olimpico in an interim post.

They were rebuffed by both former Chelsea and Juventus coach Antonio Conte, who has taken the job at Inter Milan, and Gian Piero Gasperini, who chose to stay at Atalanta after he guided his side to their best ever league season and a spot in the Champions League.

Without the revenues from European football's biggest competition Roma will likely sell some of their bigger names, with Edin Dzeko strongly tipped to join Conte at Inter.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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