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Jose Mourinho has admitted he has an ’emotional connection’ to Newcastle due to his relationship with Sir Bobby Robson, but has moved away from the prospect of replacing Steve Bruce as club manager.

Bruce set to be sacked ahead of Sunday’s game against Tottenham – live Air sports from 4 p.m. – following the buyout of the club by the Saudi-led consortium for £ 305million this month.

While the 60-year-old remains in place ahead of the game, that hasn’t stopped many managers from being linked with Newcastle’s work, including Mourinho, who is in his first season as Roma boss.

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But speaking to the media ahead of their game against Juventus on Sunday, the Portuguese said: “On Newcastle I have nothing to say. Absolutely nothing to say.

“The only thing I can say is that for many, many years I have worked with one of the most important figures in Newcastle history, Sir Bobby Robson, and because of that j ‘ve always had an emotional connection to this city and this fan base. But that’s nothing more. “

Mourinho also underlined his happiness to work for the Friedkin group – the owners of Roma – saying: “I am here, I am really happy to be here.

“I am 100% focused on the Roma project, the Friedkin project.”

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Mourinho worked under Robson during the time of the former England manager in charge of Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona, ​​first as a translator before being given coaching responsibilities as well.

Robson then ruled Newcastle between 1999 and 2004 and is considered an iconic figure in St James’ Park, where his statue stands outside the stadium.

Bruce lashes out at media as Newcastle stay with him for Spurs

Bruce denounced the media on Friday as Newcastle confirmed he will take charge of his 1,000th game as manager on Sunday against Spurs.

What did the potential replacements say?

  • Rafa Benitez (Everton): “I wish them all the best but this time when I decide to stay here I keep my word and I keep working here.”
  • Steven Gerrard (Rangers): “I don’t really react or get involved in any kind of speculation. Especially when there is someone I have the greatest respect for in this speculative position. For me, I’m in a very big job here that I’m fully focused on. “
  • Brendan Rodgers (Leicester): “I have a contract until 2025, I love being here.”

New co-owner Amanda Staveley said the club wanted to be “patient and thoughtful” in their approach and that “change doesn’t happen overnight”.

Bruce then slammed the media for their reporting on his future, saying, “I hope you feel the warmth of your bosses because that didn’t happen – which you all wanted.

“Hope you get a bit of a stick from the people who put you in charge.

“The information was wrong, wasn’t it? So you haven’t done your job properly.

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Staveley said in a 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 relationship with him and he and his coaching staff will take on the team on Sunday.

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“If we make any changes in the future Steve will be the first to know but, in the meantime, we wish him the best of luck in his 1000th game as a coach and we will join you in coming close behind. team.”

Bruce, who took over from Rafael Benitez in July 2019, added that the nature of his conversation with Staveley was “informal” and did not cover his future, instead focusing on the team’s preparations.

Despite the optimism around the club after the takeover, a recent Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust poll found that nearly 95% of fans wanted Bruce sacked.

“It will be a ‘ridiculous’ atmosphere that we all look forward to,” added Bruce. “Whatever they think of me, the most important thing for them is to see their team win a game.

“I know they will be right behind the team in an atmosphere that I doubt we have witnessed at St James’ Park for a long time.”

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Bruce said he had not considered his future since the extended takeover was announced on October 7, but admitted he had done so after finishing 12th in the Premier League last season – an improvement compared to the 13th in his first season in charge.

“I thought to myself that after having equaled the previous manager (Rafael Benitez), can I get things done, can I do better than that, how can I move this club forward were the questions I asked myself” , did he declare.

“But then I thought about my staff, everyone around and thought… it’s still a great job.”

The buyout, which makes Newcastle one of the richest clubs in the world, was 80% funded by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

When asked if he was concerned about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, Bruce said: “Look, as far as I’m concerned I’m sure people are going to look. That’s for politicians and everyone else to decide.

“It’s a good thing for the Newcastle club and for me, the city too. I have seen the transformation in Manchester – not just for the football club, but for the city too – and I hope for the region. and for the people and the supporters that there are exciting times ahead. “

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