Jose Mourinho tipped to take over at Newcastle United
Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez have established themselves amongst the top managers in world football during the past 20 years.
And, their careers have overlapped a little in terms of the jobs they have taken on.
Rafa Benitez took over at Inter Milan after Jose Mourinho had won the treble with the Nerazzurri.
And, Benitez preceded Mourinho at Chelsea, before the Special One took over at the Blues for a second time in 2013.
A day after it was announced that Rafa Benitez had left Newcastle, Jose Mourinho has emerged as the unlikely favourite to take over at St James’ Park.
Jose Mourinho now the clear favourite to manage Newcastle
According to Ladbrokes, Jose Mourinho is now the favourite to take over at Newcastle.
Jose Mourinho entered the betting as a 10/1 shot yesterday afternoon but has since seen his odds tumble to just 4/1 favourite – putting him ahead of the likes of Claudio Ranieri (6/1), David Moyes (7/1) and Mikel Arteta (8/1).
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Betting interest in the next Newcastle boss remains high and as things stand it’s Mourinho who continues to head the market. It might be wishful thinking but plenty of fans and punters alike seem to think The Special One will find himself in the St James’s Park dugout in the next few weeks.”
Next permanent Newcastle United manager odds
Jose Mourinho – 4/1
Claudio Ranieri – 6/1
David Moyes – 7/1
Mikel Arteta – 8/1
Garry Monk – 8/1
Avram Grant – 10/1
Chris Hughton – 10/1
Patrick Vieira – 14/1
Roy Keane – 14/1
Do Newcastle even have a shortlist for the manager’s role?
Whilst the bookies believe that Mourinho is the clear favourite, it is far from clear whether Newcastle have made much headway in their search for Rafa Benitez’s replacement.
On Tuesday, The Times confirmed that Newcastle do not even have a shortlist for who will be their next manager.
It was only over the weekend that Newcastle realised they would not be coming to an agreement with Benitez over a new contract.
Besides Newcastle’s lack of movement themselves, would Jose Mourinho take on a job with far fewer resources than he has previously been used to?