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No way Jose! What next for Newcastle after Mourinho snub?

Leigh Copson 26 Jun 2019
Jose Mourinho (credit:pressinphoto/SIPA USA/PA Images)

In one of the least surprising twists and turns in the race to be the next Newcastle United manager, Jose Mourinho has insisted he is not interested in replacing Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park.


The Magpies ended months of speculation on Monday morning when they confirmed the departure of Benitez when his contract expires at the end of this week, and within a couple of days they were being linked with the blockbuster appointment of former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid boss Mourinho.

The Portuguese stormed to the head of the Next Newcastle United manager betting on Tuesday, but many wrote off the prospect of him taking the reins in the North East and now the man himself has shot down any suggestions that he would join a team who are not in the position to challenge for trophies.

“The only thing that I know is what I don't want,” Mourinho told The Coaches' Voice. “I am quite pathological in the sense of I have to play to win. Then, if I don't win, then that's my problem and the players and the club and the structure but I need a project where the feeling is I play to win.

“If somebody gives me a wonderful 10-year contract and the objective of the team is to stay in the first half of the table and if you finish seventh, eighth or ninth, it's perfect, then that's not for me. That's my nature. My next [job] is to fight to win.”

The bookmakers are not ruling out the possibility of Newcastle boss Mike Ashley persuading Mourinho to perform a U-turn on those comments, but William Hill has lengthened its odds on ‘The Special One’ becoming the Magpies’ next boss from 7/2 to 5/1 in the past few hours.

That shift means there is a new favourite to take charge of Toon this summer – and it is a much more believable appointment too!

Claudio Ranieri’s spell in charge of Fulham last season proved to be a pretty disastrous one as he was sacked in February, just over three months after he was appointed, but that has done little to damage the Italian’s reputation in English football where he has had successful stints with Chelsea and Leicester City.

Of course, he showed his ability to get the best out of a limited talent pool as he guided Leicester to a sensational 5000/1 Premier League title success a couple of years ago, and he certainly fits the mould when it comes to the type of manager Newcastle will need as they once again fight to stay in the top flight.

Ranieri is reportedly interested in the role too and, as a result, he has come into 6/1 to 4/1 for the role.

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta is another mover having seen his odds get trimmed to 6/1 from 9/1 over the past few hours, while current Burnley chief Sean Dyche has suddenly surged into contention at 8/1.

The Toon Army will be hoping that there is nothing in the 7/1 about ex-Sunderland boss David Moyes taking the reins, and the same can probably be said about the 10/1 on former Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk taking charge just days after he was controversially sacked by Championship club Birmingham City.

The return of former boss Chris Hughton and a possible arrival of ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant, both available at 12/1, will hardly excite supporters either, but there has been an interesting movement just behind that pair with highly rated former Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst now into 14/1 after his agent claimed the ex-Arsenal, Barcelona and Rangers star would be interested in becoming Newcastle’s next boss.


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