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Roma’s former sporting director: Impossible to work with Mourinho

The former sporting director of Roma Tiago Pinto discussed the challenges he faced while working alongside Jose Mourinho, indicating that the former Roma boss posed difficulties.

During his time in Roma, Mourinho experienced a tumultuous two-and-a-half-year period. Despite leading the club to two European finals and ending an 11-year trophy drought, his tenure was marked by controversies, including his touchline behavior, strained relationship with the club, and confrontations with referees.

Pinto, who consistently clashed with his manager in his press, spoke to I News about Mourinho’s tenure in Italy: “Don’t get me wrong, when you work with a man with such a huge profile, it’s demanding. And he is demanding because he has achieved so much and has high standards. Don’t forget that I’m Portuguese and I started to work with him when I was 36. For a young sporting director to work normally with Mourinho, it’s not possible. I learned a lot from him. He’s one of the most important managers in the history of football.”

Pinto also admitted he found it difficult to leave the club: “When I left Roma I thought a lot about it and I just felt it was the right time, the end of a cycle. But when I made my decision everyone close to me said: ‘Knowing you like we do, I doubt you will be at peace after two weeks’. I think they were probably right.”

Mourinho faced challenges throughout the first half of the 2023-24 season. In September, Roma found themselves teetering above relegation, and despite the manager’s efforts to lift the club to ninth place, a string of disappointing outcomes led to his dismissal on January 16th.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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