Chris Smalling: ‘Roma has picked the perfect man for the job’

Fri 16 July 2021 | 19:52

Roma have not won any silverware since the Coppa Italia in 2008 and Chris Smalling believes Jose Mourinho is “the perfect man” for the job to bring silverware to Roma again.

It was a surprise when


announced that

Jose Mourinho

is going to replace Paulo Fonseca and

Chris Smalling

, who has already played under Mourinho at Manchester United in 2018, believes he is the perfect man for the job and assures any talk of clashes between them were blown entirely out of proportion.

“Ultimately, if the manager wasn’t speaking about you and didn’t want you to play and push, that is when you need to worry because he has stopped caring about you, he doesn’t want you involved and he doesn’t want you to play,”

Smalling told BBC Sport.

“He is a born winner. He likes to push everyone to the limits. That is what he has done throughout his career and it has reaped results.

“We have won trophies together. He made me captain in one of those finals – the 2017 EFL Cup final – as well, so having the chance to play under someone who you know is good, has been so successful, and is so determined to win trophies at all costs is a positive.”

The last time the Giallorossi were able to win a silverware was the Coppa Italia in 2008. The club have also won the Serie A title three times in the 1940s, 1980s, and 2001.

“I know how big a deal it would be to bring a trophy of some sort to the club. Jose’s history shows the club has picked the perfect man to do that.”

Roma were able to reach the Europa League semi-finals and lost to Manchester United. They also were able to finish seventh in Serie A and therefore will participate in the new Conference League this season.

“There is a good feeling around the club. All the foundations are there. It is just a case of bringing it all together now.”

source: SportMob