Legendary Italian coach Fabio Capello has criticised AS Roma’s American owners for sacking Jose Mourinho in a ‘disrespectful’ manner.
Mourinho guided them to the UEFA Conference League in his first season in charge. He also reached the Europa League final last season.
In an interview with Sky Sports Italia, Capello slammed Roma owners for disrespecting Mourinho.
Capello said, “It seems to be that these American owners have a strange way of handling things, with no respect for those who work for them. They are disrespectful because we saw how [Paolo] Maldini was sacked with a phone call, and now they did the same with Mourinho, who was at Trigoria and was told that he was no longer in charge.
“There is no sensitivity around there; there is business. They are the owners, and they decide, but I believe in something more, in a certain sense of respect for those working with you, saying goodbye in a different way rather than with a cold statement or a cold call [would have been better].“
He added, “I didn’t, especially in this way. It was clear that they weren’t on the same page. Mourinho had had some requests but received no answers, and this was already a signal that things were not working. I feel Mourinho was treated like somebody who had never coached a team, in a very disrespectful way for a coach who has given a lot to world football, not only European. It’s an attitude that is unconvincing and which I don’t accept.”
Ninth-placed Roma will next face Verona in the Serie A on Saturday.