“When You Are Men, Give It Back To Me.” Mourinho’s Bitter Exit Note to Roma Players

Details Emerge of Mourinho’s Departure as Roma Manager After Poor Run of Form

Jose Mourinho’s departure from Roma took a bitter turn as details emerged of a brutal note he left for the players in their dressing room, further highlighting the tension surrounding his exit.

The renowned manager was sacked by the Giallorossi last month following a string of disappointing results that left the club’s board dissatisfied with the team’s progress. His final game in charge culminated in a defeat to rivals Lazio, leading to his swift replacement by Roma icon Daniele De Rossi, who won his first four games in charge.

Mourinho’s tenure at Roma, which lasted less than three years, included notable achievements such as securing the club’s first trophy in 14 years with a victory over Feyenoord in the Conference League final. Additionally, he guided Roma to the Europa League final last season, albeit losing on penalties to Sevilla in Budapest.

Details of Mourinho’s departure were shared by Italian publication Il Messaggero, via TMW. It’s reported that Mourinho returned a ring given to him by Roma players to commemorate the Conference League triumph, leaving it at the club’s Trigoria training complex and specifically placing it in the locker of captain Lorenzo Pellegrini.

However, the most striking revelation was a nine-word message Mourinho left on a note, addressed to the players: “When you are men, give it back to me.” This gesture is believed to reflect Mourinho’s sense of betrayal by his players.

At the time of his dismissal, Roma languished in ninth place in the Serie A standings. However, under De Rossi’s management, the team has experienced a resurgence and is now just one point off the fourth spot.

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Following his departure from Roma, Mourinho has been linked with various managerial positions, including roles at Barcelona, Napoli, and clubs in Saudi Arabia. Alan Pardew, a former Premier League manager, speculates that Mourinho could return to Chelsea for a third spell if Mauricio Pochettino is relieved of his duties. Pardew stated on talkSPORT that Mourinho would not hesitate to return to Chelsea if the opportunity arises.

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