Newcastle United

Jose Mourinho dismisses links to Newcastle job

Tom Gott
Jose Mourinho isn't returning to England just yet
Jose Mourinho isn't returning to England just yet / Silvia Lore/GettyImages

Jose Mourinho has distanced himself from the Newcastle United manager job, insisting his focus remains solely on Roma.

Newcastle are yet to sack Steve Bruce but are understood to be searching for a replacement for the 60-year-old, and many fans have called for Mourinho to be brought to St James' Park.

The Portuguese tactician has spoken highly of Newcastle in the past, admitting he has developed a deep love for the club thanks to his affinity for the legendary Sir Bobby Robson, under whom Mourinho worked at Sporting CP, Porto and Barcelona.

Mourinho even turned down the chance to be Robson's assistant at Newcastle in 2000, and he confessed recently that he is not interested in making the move to St James' at this point in time either.

“On Newcastle, I don’t have anything to say. Absolutely nothing to say," he told a press conference. "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. I am here, I am really happy to be here, I am 100% focused on the Roma project, the Friedkin project."

Mourinho is the latest manager to rule themselves out of the running for the Newcastle gig, following Everton's Rafa Benitez and Leicester's Brendan Rodgers in doing so.

However, plenty of candidates remain on the table. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Lucien Favre have been looked out, while fans online continue to cry for either Antonio Conte or Zinedine Zidane.

A final decision has not yet been made on Bruce's future. He is keen to stay on at St James' and fight his way back up the Premier League table, but results are going to have to improve soon if that is to happen.