Jose Mourinho left behind a staggeringly bitter farewell note to his Roma players after ‘feeling betrayed’ by the manner of his sacking.
The Portuguese coach lost his job at the Serie A club last month despite guiding them to back-to-back European finals.
Mourinho, 61, didn’t hide his emotions when he left Roma but now the full details of his rancorous exit from the Stadio Olimpico are emerging.
According to Il Messaggero, Mourinho returned a ring he had been gifted by his players after they won the Europa Conference League in 2022.
He left it in the locker of captain Lorenzo Pellegrini before departing.
Jose Mourinho left behind a bitter note to the Roma players he felt betrayed him after getting the sack last month – also returning a ring they’d gifted him
it is reported that Mourinho felt betrayed by his players and the club when he was let go
The 61-year-old led Roma to Conference League success in 2022 but was sacked nearly two years later
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But it’s now emerged that Mourinho also left a brutal note which read: ‘When you are men, give it back to me.’
It expressed how Mourinho felt betrayed by his players, who he felt contributed to him losing his job.
Roma sat ninth in Serie A at the time of his dismissal but the players have since rallied around Mourinho’s successor, the former captain Daniele de Rossi, with three wins from three.
On Monday night, they thrashed Cagliari 4-0 to climb up to fifth in the Serie A standings.
Mourinho, the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid coach, was adored by the Roma fans after guiding them to Europa Conference League glory with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord in Tirana.
The ‘Special One’ was so delighted by this success he got a tattoo showing the Conference League trophy alongside the European Cup and the Europa League.
His players gave him a ring to commemorate their achievement, which was almost topped last season when they reached the Europa League final, only to lose on penalties to Sevilla.
Mourinho didn’t have the best relationship with his players and he felt they played a role in his replacement with interim boss De Rossi after a turbulent first half of the season.
The report suggests that Mourinho left the ring he was gifted and the bitter farewell note in the locker of captain Lorenzo Pellegrini (pictured)
Roma appointed former captain Daniele de Rossi (centre) as manager just hours after Mourinho was sacked
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