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Remember when Sheikh Khaled was appointing Jose Mourinho and blamed for getting rid of Rafa Benitez

1 year ago

Those were the days, Jose Mourinho set to be appointed by Sheikh Khaled as Newcastle United entered a brave new world.

Only five months ago there was this ‘exclusive’ below.

It was claimed that the Bin Zayed group were going to buy Newcastle United for £350m BUT they didn’t want Rafa Benitez.

Instead the Sheikh Khaled preference was Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese boss was claimed to be interested.

You would almost think the whole thing was made up…

In the real world, Jose Mourinho yesterday joined Tottenham.

One of the biggest laughs back in June, was that you had a number of Mike Ashley apologist journalists justifying the failure of the owner to make any genuine attempt to convince Rafa to stay, because Sheikh Khaled had supposedly made clear to Ashley that he didn’t want to be landed with Benitez.

No doubt also telling him he didn’t want Rondon and Perez as well!

In the crazy world of Newcastle United, this summer was a little crazier than usual.

Instead of Sheikh Khaled, Jose Mourinho, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, NUFC have Mike Ashley, Steve Bruce, Andy Carroll and a £40m goalscorer who doesn’t score goals.

Any guesses on what will happen in these next 12 months…?

That ‘Exclusive’ from The Mirror – 9 June 2019:

‘EXCLUSIVE: Billionaire looking to buy Newcastle has Mourinho on his wish-list — and rock-star boss isn’t ruling it out

Jose Mourinho is ready to talk to Newcastle’s potential new owner if multi-billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan comes calling.

Advisors representing the Sheikh insists his £350million offer for the Premier League club is genuine, although their current owner Mike Ashley has yet to see any proof of the takeover funds.

As we exclusively revealed last weekend, Sheikh Khaled has his own managerial targets with Rafa Benitez’s Tyneside future still shrouded in doubt. One of them is former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid boss Mourinho , who is aware of the interest and has told friends the Newcastle job is one that he would consider seriously.

He has always had a soft spot for the Geordies, since working with his mentor and Newcastle icon Bobby Robson at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona in the 1990s.

Mourinho said last summer: “I like to go there. I like the feeling of going to Mr Robson’s home. I like that feeling. I like the stadium. I like the atmosphere. They are a good, enthusiastic crowd. I like the Geordies.

He insists he would be open to the challenge of managing a club that wasn’t among the elite but had the potential to eventually compete for trophies. The Portuguese believes Newcastle fit into that category.’


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