Ex-Roma vice president on Mourinho: “I’ll take Dionisi any day of the week.”

Former Roma vice-president Joe Tacopina has stated that he would rather hire Alessio Dionisi over the current Giallorossi boss.

While Roma have now missed out on the chance to finish inside the top four in Serie A, they have reached the UEFA Conference League final by beating Leicester City in the semis. As a result, Mourinho has become the first manager to reach the final of the Champions League, Europa League and the Conference League.

Tacopina, who is now the president of SPAL, spoke to the Italian Football Podcast recently and he gave his views on Mourinho and his reputation.

He stated: “I was saying to myself – “be politically correct, when you asked that,” because I do not like José Mourinho. I’ll take my coach at Venezia – Dionisi, who is at Sassuolo now, any day of the week. 

“Look, I know he did something really special and great 100 years ago, and I don’t know what really he’s won in the last decade and it’s not even that.

“I know he’s a good coach but not a coach I appreciate because here’s a guy who when things go bad the team is not good enough, the club didn’t buy him enough players, the referees are always against Roma, the pitch sucks, my second team is not good enough to compete, it’s never a reflection in the mirror. It’s never “I have to change.”

Tacopina stated that Mourinho is not his type of coach and his habit of blaming others is a sign of weakness.

“Anyone who names himself “The Special One” maybe you need to check yourself with that [laughs]. He considers himself to be at a different level and everyone else has to come up to his level and he shouldn’t come down. 

“Just not my type of coach, I don’t know him as a person, maybe he’s a great guy, I don’t like what I see and I don’t like how he’s constantly blaming everyone else. To me that is a sign of weakness.”

“The Friedkins have put in a lot of money and doing a lot of things to try to reestablish Roma as one of the top teams in Italy. When a coach is attacking them for not giving him the proper players, if that’s how he really feels, he should go into Mr Friedkins office and have that conversation there and not in the press.”

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