Roma, Jose Mourinho Part Ways with Assistant Coach Sacramento

Roma’s assistant coach Joao Sacramento has left his reigns in the capital city, as Jose Mourinho’s right hand man. Shaped in Wales, the Portuguese was hired as Mourinho’s second-in charge at Tottenham in 2019 and has stuck with him since, until now.

32-year-old Sacramento joined Mourinho at Spurs from Lille, where he previously worked under Christophe Galtier from 2017 to 2019. He had a contract valid until 2024, but has now decided to pursue his coaching career elsewhere.

He posted his farewell message to Mourinho on Instagram: “2021 ended with the closing of a cycle of two years alongside Mr. Josè Mourinho, of whom I am proud. Working with you was a dream come true. I will be eternally grateful to you Mister. I wish you the best of happiness.”

Reports from Italy (via Il Tempo) indicate that a new deputy has already been instated in the Special One’s ranks – Salvator Foti. Foti started out his managerial career in Marco Giampaolo’s coaching staff at Sampdoria, Milan and Torino. He will take Sacramento’s seat beside Mourinho as the second half of the season resumes – in a blockbuster clash against Milan on 6th January.

As relayed by Turkish media, Sacramento was highly recommended for a role at Fenerbahce. But according to recent reports from Portuguese outlet A Bola, the ex-Lille assistant coach is a strong contender to take over Benfica’s B team.

Sacramento has an impressive CV throughout his short career, having gained experience under veteran coaches such as Claudio Ranieri, Marcelo Bielsa, Christophe Gatier and Leonardo Jardim.