This has never happened to me in 20 years of my career – The Special One says

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Jose Mourinho’s sack as Roma manager was confirmed earlier this week.

Roma owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin said: “We would like to thank José on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for his passion and efforts since his arrival at the club.

“We will always have great memories of his tenure at Roma, but we believe that an immediate change is in the best interests of the club.

“We wish José and his assistants all the best in their future endeavours.”

Jose Mourinho has now been sacked in his previous jobs – Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and now Roma.

Is he still the Special One? Mourinho thinks so.

Mourinho was absent from his last match in charge of Roma, which was a 3-1 defeat at AC Milan on Sunday. This came after a 1-0 loss in a Coppa Italia Rome derby to Lazio four days earlier.

Mourinho watched the defeat to Milan from the stands after being shown a red card in a recent 1-1 draw with Atalanta.

Mourinho however defended his professionalism, as he says he has been the most professional in his 20 years as a manager.

“I’ve been here for two years and five months and I’m the only person here who hasn’t missed a single training session in that time,” Mourinho said.

“For me there are no illnesses or bad moods. For two and a half years I haven’t done anything wrong, not even a couple of weeks ago when everyone was sick.

“A few months ago, I needed a day for a situation that I don’t have to explain. I told the manager Pinto and the ownership and we decided that the day after the derby would be a good day. I was away from Rome for 15 hours. It seems ridiculous to me to justify this.

“I do not accept in any way that my professionalism and dignity, my heart for this job, can be questioned. If there is a perfect example of professionalism, it is me. I have never missed one match in over 20 years of my career.”