Italian side AS Roma has confirmed Paulo Fonseca as their new head coach on a two-year deal; the 46-year-old coming in to replace the departed Claudio Ranieri.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Roma noted: “AS Roma are delighted to confirm that Paulo Fonseca will be the club’s new head coach.
“The 46-year-old has agreed to take the reins at the Giallorossi ahead of the start of the new season, on an initial two-year contract. An optional third year could extend the deal until the summer of 2022.
Fonseca said: “I am very pleased to be appointed the head coach of AS Roma. I want to thank the club’s management for the opportunity they have given me. I am excited and motivated by the task ahead of us.
“I cannot wait to move to Rome, meet our fans and get started. Together, I believe we can create something special.”
AS Roma president Jim Pallotta: “We are delighted to welcome Paulo Fonseca to the club.
“Paulo is a young and ambitious coach with international experience, a winning mentality and a reputation for bold, attacking football that will excite our fans.
“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.”
Fonseca, a Portuguese national born in Mozambique, joins from Shakhtar Donetsk - where he won the league and cup double in all three seasons with the Ukrainian club. He also won the Ukrainian Super Cup in 2017.