If you think that life is exciting at Newcastle these days – just wait until the summer – we have inside information that not only is owner Mike Ashley after “three purples” – three new top class starters for Newcastle – but Mike Ashley is also looking to bring in a manager to replace Alan Pardew.
Jose Mourinho – dreaming of managing Newcastle United
And we understand a number of players will be moved out of the club in the summer – Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and maybe Gabby Obertan and Dan Gosling, and others will be brought in to strengthen the squad, and also to balance the wage bill, which is too high at the moment at 68.7% of revenues.
And Mike Ashley’s new goal is to win the European Champions League within four years and he is talking to Jose Mourinho – who is almost certain to leave Real Madrid this summer, and Jose has the experience of guiding clubs to success in Europe.
Jose won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, and six years later won it with Inter-Milan, and the hope is he can win it a third time with Newcastle United – that’s the plan anyway.
While Alan Pardew has done well at Newcastle, and had the club in 5th place last season, and won the Premier League Manager of the Year and PFA Manager of the Year awards, it’s thought he doesn’t the have the experience in Europe to take Newcastle where Mike Ashley wants the club to be – one of the top clubs in Europe.
Jose was big friends and a protegé of Sir Bobby Robson while they were together at Barcelona, and Jose knows all about Newcastle United, and Mike is hoping that will help him attract Jose, who is said to be close to agreeing terms with Newcastle on a lucrative five-year deal.
We know Jose is talking about returning to England, and maybe with Chelsea, but we understand that’s a smokescreen, as the Newcastle owner tries to complete the coup.
It’s also understood that Jose has already bought into Ashley’s strategy of buying young unknown players, based on the strong scouting of Graham Carr and his team.
And 50 year-old Jose has looked at Newcastle’s current crop of players – now with a number of top French players in the squad – and thinks he can make the current squad into a top four side as soon as next season
So we are hoping that Mike Ashley can indeed get Jose to Newcastle – because he would be a fantastic manager – and St. James’ Park would then be sold out for every home game – just like it was in the good old days when his mentor and teacher Bobby Robson was manager of Newcastle.
The goal for next season is to get into the Champions League by finishing in the top four of the Premier League – and then build on that — well that’s the plan in any case.
This all sounds very good to us.
Now let’s see – yesterday was March 31st – so today must be April 1st.
Isn’t that April Fool’s Day?
If only this story were true.
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