The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss recently emerged as the bookies’ favourite to replace Rafael Benitez
Jose Mourinho looks unlikely to become the next Newcastle manager after revealing he will not join a club who settle for ‘seventh, eighth or ninth’.
The 56-year-old recently emerged as the shock favourite to succeed Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park.
Newcastle are on the hunt for a new boss after confirming Benitez will depart when his contract expires on Sunday, but links to Mourinho appear to be tenuous.
The former Manchester United boss, who has been out of work since he was sacked by the Red Devils in December, has explained precisely why he wouldn’t take over at a club like Newcastle.
In an interview recorded before Benitez’s departure was announced, Mourinho told The Coaches’ Voice: “The only thing that I know is what I don’t want: 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 (goal) is to fight to win”.
Benitez managed to achieve mid-table finishes with next-to-no transfer budget at Newcastle, and many fans have reacted to news of his imminent exit with outrage.
The club made £11.2 million profit on transfers during his tenure and many blame owner Mike Ashley’s lack of ambition as the reason behind the Spaniard’s departure.
Reports suggest the 59-year-old, hugely popular on Tyneside, was offered a one-year extension worth £6million-a-year, but refused with Ashley unwilling to change the club’s infrastructure.
Meanwhile, David Moyes and Mikel Arteta are also among the favourites to take over at St James’ Park.