Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has spoken about his ’emotional connection’ with Newcastle.
The 58-year-old most recently managed Tottenham in the Premier League. He took over in November 2019 following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.
Mourinho guided Spurs to a sixth-placed finish in his first season. They reached the last 16 of the Champions League but were knocked out by RB Leipzig.
Mourinho was let go in April due to a run of poor results. The news was a shock as it came just days before their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
The Portuguese is now in charge of Roma in Serie A. His arrival has seen a number of stars improve at the Stadio Olimpico, including summer signing Tammy Abraham.
Mourinho is thought to be a contender for the Newcastle job. Their £305m takeover means they can target managers of a higher calibre than Steve Bruce.
When asked about the links, Mourinho told a press conference (via Goal): “On Newcastle, I don’t have anything to say. Absolutely nothing to say.
“The only thing I can say is that for many, many years, I worked with one of the most important figures in the history of Newcastle, Sir Bobby Robson, and so because of that I have always had a bit of an emotional connection with that city and that fanbase. But it’s nothing more than that.”
Despite his affiliation with the Magpies, it looks like club chiefs will have to look at alternative options. And there are plenty of them.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is firmly in the running. Newcastle officials want to emulate the Foxes’ emergence into the top six, and Rodgers is the ideal man to do just that.
The Northern Irishman has also reacted to the rumours recently. Ahead of their 4-2 victory over United, he said: “I have got a contract until 2025. I absolutely love being here.
“I’m very fortunate. I’ve got a great chief executive and a director of football who I have a close relationship with and a group of players that I really, really enjoy working with.
“We have an infrastructure here that allows us to look to compete. So as long as they don’t want to move me then I’m very happy being here at the club.”
Report reveals Newcastle’s January budget
The Magpies will not spend as much as expected during the January window, according to reports.
They are the richest club in world football as their owners, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, are worth a reported £320bn.
The Sunday Telegraph provide a report on what Newcastle fans can expect. They state that up to £50m will be available, which could see a couple of top players arrive at St James’ Park.
The owners had the opportunity to spend £200m without breaking Financial Fair Play regulations.
Instead they will prioritise a slow build which will be overseen by a new sporting director. Former Leipzig man Ralf Rangnick is in line for that role.