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Mourinho rules himself out of Newcastle job

Jose Mourinho has effectively ruled himself out of becoming Newcastle manager, saying he is wanting a ‘project’ where he can ‘play to win’.

Rafael Benitez’s imminent departure from Newcastle has once again rocked the ever-loyal St. James Park faithful, who were desperate for the Spaniard to stay at the club beyond the end of his current deal.

However, after re-establishing the club back in the Premier League, controversial owner Mike Ashley has seemingly failed to convince the 59-year-old of the clubs ambitions, and the financial backing he would receive if he were to stay on.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was the surprise bookmakers favourite to take over the job, most likely because of the rumoured takeover of the club, which hilariously saw the Magpies linked with a move for Kylian Mbappe, but the Portuguese has now said he isn’t interested in a mid-table battle.

“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,” Mourinho told The Coaches’ Voice.

“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 [position] is to fight to win”.

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