sport news How Jose Mourinho can make a success of his time with Roma

So Jose Mourinho is back in management and back in some 11 years on from leading Inter Milan to a stunning Treble.

Back then, Mourinho was arguably the finest manager in world football, a guarantor of success and silverware as well as being a charming character we couldn't get enough of.

Now, after the failure of his second spell with Chelsea, his time at and a very brief 17 months at Tottenham, it is a very different story.

Jose Mourinho is back in management with Roma and will start his new job in the summer

Jose Mourinho is back in management with Roma and will start his new job in the summer 

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The appointment sees Mourinho return to Italy, where he won the treble as Inter Milan boss

The appointment sees Mourinho return to , where he won the treble as Inter Milan boss

Mourinho's methods are widely viewed as stale, boring and outdated. He is seen as a prickly and divisive character happy to sow the seeds of dressing room discontent.

Compared to the styles favoured by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, it can appear that football has left Mourinho behind in the dark ages.

Yet clearly some still value his pragmatism and believe he is a pretty sure bet when it comes to winning games and trophies.

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham two weeks ago, six days out from the Carabao Cup final

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham two weeks ago, six days out from the Carabao Cup final

Roma are on course for the Europa Conference League as it stands and a seventh place finish

Roma are on course for the Europa Conference League as it stands and a seventh place finish

It explains why Mourinho is back in work at Roma barely a fortnight after his acrimonious exit from White Hart Lane. He will take over at the beginning of next season, succeeding Paulo Fonseca.

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But what challenges will Mourinho face when he arrives in Roma? We take a look at the Portuguese manager's in-tray.

Sorting out Roma's dodgy defence… and making up with Smalling

Anyone who watched them ship six goals against last week, including five in the second-half, will realise that Roma's defence isn't the most watertight.

It's something Mourinho will have to fix as a matter of urgency and, as a defensive-minded coach, it's no doubt a challenge he will relish.

Fonseca has favoured a 3-4-2-1 system this season but it has come at the cost of conceding too many goals - 53 in Serie A alone, more than any team in the top half.

Chris Smalling was left powerful as Roma shipped six goals to his old club Manchester United

Chris Smalling was left powerful as Roma shipped six goals to his old club

The defender won't necessarily be relishing a reunion with former manager Mourinho

The defender won't necessarily be relishing a reunion with former manager Mourinho

It will be expected that Mourinho makes Roma more robust in defence and no doubt he'll revert to his tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 with more orthodox full-backs rather than wing-backs.

While the use of two holding midfield players at Tottenham only resulted in moans and groans, it would be more acceptable in .

One Roma defender who knows Mourinho's methods inside out and perhaps won't be too happy to see him is Chris Smalling.

It was in October 2016, after United were thrashed 4-0 at Chelsea, that Mourinho described Smalling as 'phenomenal' after he played through the pain at Stamford Bridge.

But a fortnight later, when Smalling wasn't able to play against Swansea, Mourinho questioned his bravery. It then emerged the defender had suffered a double foot fracture.

Roma's Amadou Diawara and Roger Ibanez look dejected during last week's loss to United

Roma's Amadou Diawara and Roger Ibanez look dejected during last week's loss to United

There was also Mourinho's barb about Smalling's ability to pass the ball out from the back following United's win over Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final.

In an interview, Mourinho explained that United's long ball tactics in the game were because he couldn't risk Smalling giving the ball away.

'I even joked with Smalling, 'with your feet, we're for sure not playing out from the back!'

It remains to be seen if Smalling remembers the remark. He only joined Roma permanently last October after a successful loan spell, is contracted until 2023 and has

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