Jose Mourinho has admitted he has an “emotional connection” with Newcastle as a result of his relationship with Sir Bobby Robson, but has distanced himself from the prospect of Replacing Steve Bruce as the club’s manager.
Bruce was expected to be fired ahead of time of Sunday game against Tottenham- live on air sports from 4pm – following the £305m acquisition by the Saudi-led consortium of the club this month.
While the 60-year-old remains in place forward of the match, it didn’t stop a host of managers are not linked with the Newcastle job, including Mourinho, who is in to be first season as Roma boss.
But in conversation met the media forward of their game against Juventus on On Sunday, the Portuguese said: “I have nothing to say about Newcastle. Absolutely nothing to say.
“All I can say is that for many, many years I have worked with one of the most important figures in the history of Newcastle, Sir Bobby Robson, and so because of that I’ve always had a little of an emotional connection with Which city and die fan base. But it’s nothing more than that.”
Mourinho also emphasized his happiness at working under The Friedkin Group – the owners of Roma – saying: “I’m here, I’m very happy to be here.
“I’m 100 percent focused on the Roma project, the Friedkin project.”
Mourinho worked under Robson during the former England manager it’s time in to upload of Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona, first as a translator for it also be handed over coaching responsibilities.
Robson went on to lead Newcastle between 1999 and 2004 and is considered an iconic figure in St James’ Park, where his statue stands outside the stage.
Bruce touches out Bee media as Newcastle stick with it for tracks
On Friday, Bruce hit out at the media as Newcastle confirmed he will take charge of his thousandth game like a manager on Sunday against tracks.
What have the potential replacements said?
- Rafa Benitez (Everton): “I wish them all the best But this time, if I decide to stay here, I’ll keep my word and keep working here.”
- Steven Gerrard (Rangers): “I don’t really react and don’t participate” in any kind of speculation. Especially if there is someone who I have the utmost respect for to sit in die job where the speculation over goes. For me I am in a very big job here where i am fully focused on.”
- Brendan Rodgers (Leicester): “I have a contract until 2025, I love being here.”
New co-owner Amanda Staveley said: club wanted to be “patient and considered” in their approach and that “change doesn’t happen overnight”.
Bruce went on criticize media for their reporting on to be future, saying, “I hope you like the heat from your bosses, want it didn’t happen did it – what y’all? wanted.
“Let’s hope you get a little of stick out the people who place you in to upload.
“The information used to be wrong, was not it? So you didn’t do your job right.”
Newcastle owners: ‘If we make one’ changes, Steve will de first until know’
staveley said: in An club statement earlier this week: “We met Steve and the players on Monday and gave them time and space this week to focus on Preparing for what is a very important game on Sunday.
“Steve has been very professional in our dealings with he and he and his coaching team will take the team on Sunday.
“If We Make One” changes to go forward, Steve will use the . to be first until know but, in meanwhile, we wish he the best of luck in his thousandth match like a manager and will be joining you in being right behind the team.”
bruce, who succeeded Rafael Benitez in July 2019, added the nature of his conversation with Staveley was “informal” and did not relate to his future, rather focus on the team’s preparations.
Despite the optimism surrounding the club after the takeover, a recent Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust poll found that nearly 95 percent of fans wanted Bruce’s resignation.
“It will be a ‘ridiculous’ atmosphere that we are all looking for forward to,” Bruce added. “Whatever they think of me, the main one for she is to see them team win An game.
“L know they will be right behind the team in an atmosphere I doubt of we die will have experienced in St James’ Park? for a long time.”
Bruce said he hadn’t thought about it over to be… future since the long-term takeover announced on October 7 but admitted he had after finishing the 12th in the premier league last season – an improvement on 13th in to be first season in to upload.
“I thought after matching the previous one manager (Rafael Benitez), can I take it? forwardCan I get any better than this how do I take this? club forward were the questions die I introduced myself,” he said.
“But then I thought of my staff, everyone in the neighborhood and thought … it’s still a great function.”
The takeover, which made Newcastle one of the richest clubs in the world, was 80 percent funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Wanted of he was concerned over the human rights of Saudi Arabia record, Bruce said, “Look, as far as I am concerned, I am sure people will look into that. that is for politicians and everything else of it to decide on Which.
“It is a great thing for the club of Newcastle and for me the city at. I’ve seen the transformation in Manchester – not just for the football club, but for the city also – and I hope for the area and for the people and the fans die there are exciting times forward.”
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