BrotherAccording to former defender Danny Mills, the new owner of Newcastle should roll out the red carpet to pick up coach Jose Mourinho from AS Roma to replace Steve Bruce.
“If you need a coach who knows how to build a team and achieve relative success, Newcastle should go after Jose Mourinho,” Mills said. Sports Mail October 15th. “If you give him enough money and let Mourinho do what he wants, he will bring you to success faster than anyone.”
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has just acquired Newcastle for $418 million. It is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with an estimated asset value of at least $500 billion. With the backing of PIF, Newcastle, from the position of a team fighting relegation, are raising ambitions to become title challengers.
Mills thinks Mourinho is suitable for Newcastle’s ambition to turn dragons. Former Leeds and Man City defender analyzed: “Newcastle can slow down and stay relegation this season, finish next season in the top half, and then head to the top 6. But if they want to leap from a competitive position to survive. In the top four, I think Mourinho is the best choice, he can assemble a good team next week, or build a strong team in the January 2022 transfer window. He may not be brilliant, but he will help you win games.”
Incumbent coach Steve Bruce has led Newcastle since 2019. In the past two seasons, he has helped the team to rank 13th and 12th in the Premier League. However, through the first seven games of this season, Newcastle only drew three and lost four matches, ranked 19th. The dismissal of Bruce to make room for a more prestigious coach was expected. The new owner can immediately pay $11 million in compensation for Bruce’s departure.
Mourinho currently leads AS Roma. After the first seven Serie A games this season, Roma are fourth. They are four points ahead of Juventus before the direct confrontation in the next round.
Mourinho used to be very successful when working in the foggy country. He has won three Premier Leagues, an FA Cup, three League Cups and an English Super Cup with Chelsea, a Europa League, an FA Cup and an English Super Cup with Man Utd. Outside of England, Mourinho also won the Portuguese championship, the UEFA Cup with Porto, Serie A, the Italian Cup and the Champions League with Inter, La Liga and the Copa del Rey with Real Madrid.
Besides Mourinho, Newcastle are also eyeing Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers. Former Dortmund manager Lucien Favre, former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and current Rangers manager Steven Gerrard are also on the shortlist.
Besides the coach, Newcastle also need to change many players. According to the sheet Tuttosport, the new owner is willing to pour 300 million USD into the transfer market within three years.
Former Newcastle striker Chris Waddle suggested: “Pogba’s contract with Man Utd is about to expire? And then, do Newcastle raid the big teams? They can take someone like Eden Hazard away from Real. Federico Chiesa, Moussa Diaby, Anthony Martial, or Donny Van de Beek are all available for them to buy, what about Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, then Declan Rice and Marco Asensio There are plenty of talented players at a good age for Newcastle to bring. Next season, after buying three, four or five new players, they could be in the middle, if not higher, next season, they could go after the Top 8, or the Top 6. Come next season, they can think about getting into the Top 4. As they continue to improve, the goal will be the title.”
Thanh Quy (follow Daily Mail, Sun)