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The Best Memes And Twitter Reaction To Jose Mourinho Taking The Roma Job

The Best Memes And Twitter Reaction To Jose Mourinho Taking The Roma Job

There was some surprising football news on Tuesday afternoon, as Roma made the bombshell announcement that “The Special One” himself, Jose Mourinho, will take over as the club’s manager from the start of next season.

Mourinho has only been out of a job a matter of weeks, having been fired by Spurs on the 19th of April. He was quoted by Sky as saying he is "never out of football" - and his rapid appointment at Roma would back that up.

"The Special One" - as Mourinho famously christened himself in 2004 - has managed in Italy before, winning a famous treble with Inter Milan in 2010 before leaving for Real Madrid. He also saw successful periods in charge of Chelsea (twice) and Porto, with a more dotted and controversial history at Real Madrid and then at Manchester United from 2016 to 2018.

Mourinho will be reunited with two of his former United players at Roma, Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He never had the best of working relationships with either player, and Mourinho famously questioned Smalling's dedication when the centre-back had in fact broken his foot in two places.

Mkhitaryan, on the other hand, left United in January 2018 as part of a swap deal with Arsenal for forward Alexis Sanchez (a deal that didn't exactly work out well for any of the parties involved). It was a ruthless decision, given Mkhitaryan had scored the winning goal for United in the previous year's Europa League final, and started the season strongly with five assists in five games.

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Twitter was alive with reaction in the aftermath of the news, with most of the memes relating to Jose's imminent reunions with Smalling and Mkhitaryan - though there were plenty of jokes relating to the chaotic nature of the Portuguese manager's career, and what to expect from his time in the Eternal City.

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Several people also noted Mourinho's recent action on Instagram. In the aftermath of his sacking at Spurs, he has spent the past two or so weeks posting "throwback" photos of his greatest triumphs in football, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. What initially seemed like a wave of post-sacking blues from Mourinho, now appears to have been a public posting of his CV in an attempt to get someone to hire him - and Roma clearly sat up and took notice.

Life is many things with Jose Mourinho at the helm, but it is never boring - Roma fans are about to have a very interesting year...

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