Manchester United’s 6-2 hammering of Roma has led to the Italian club announcing they will part ways with their manager.
Roma issued a statement this morning announcing Fonseca will leave the club at the end of the season.
Fonseca will remain in charge for this week’s second leg.
The statement from Roma chairman Dan Friedkin read: “We wish him all the best for his future endeavours and know that he will be a great asset wherever he goes.”
Roma followed up their 6-2 defeat to United with a 2-0 loss to Sampdoria at the weekend.
Fonseca’s imminent exit highlights that the Italian side view there to be zero chance of overturning their semi-final deficit in the second leg this week.
Roma have slumped to seventh in Serie A and look set to miss out on European qualification for next season, as it stands.
United simply too good
United scored five unanswered second half goals against Roma to pretty much book a place in the Europa League final.
Roma had competed well in the first 45 minutes, before United stepped up a gear.
Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes were all individually and collectively outstanding.
While Roma’s sacking of Fonseca was down to more than just the United defeat, it clearly played a part.
Reaching the final could have bought Fonseca more time and potentially saved his job. Unfortunately he came up against a far superior team.
He will look to bow out on a high note and try and salvage some pride against United this week. It could potentially spur on his players.
But equally, United could run riot again, with Fonseca’s Roma now a lame duck, just playing and waiting for the season to end.
There is a chance Fonseca ends up in the Premier League. TMW reported last week Arsenal have been in contact with him.
Guess who will replace Fonseca? Jose Mourinho.
Roma announced the news a few hours after confirming Fonseca’s departure.
Mourinho will only take charge for the start of next season and won’t get the opportunity to take on United.
After the way his last match against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked out, a 3-1 defeat, it is probably just as well for him.
At Roma, Mourinho will get the chance to reunite with former United stars Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
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