Date: 27th June 2019 at 7:30pm
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Marco Materazzi has admitted he would love to team up with Jose Mourinho one day but doesn’t see the Portuguese boss taking charge at Newcastle United.

The 2006 World Cup winner believes that Mourinho would much prefer the opportunity to take charge of a team where he doesn’t need to start a project in terms of the players available to him.

Speaking to TuttoMercatoWeb, Materazzi spoke about coaching saying: “It is a desire I have had since I stopped playing football. The opportunity has not yet occurred, but to start with it would mean working with the number one. The best situations must be verified.”

The defender played for Inter Milan while Mourinho was in charge and responded to the links by adding: “I do not think that at the moment it is a real and concrete opportunity. José wants to win immediately. To build an important team one or two years are not enough.”

Mourinho was first linked to the role at St James’ Park when it was suggested the new potential owners, the Bin Zayed Group were interested in making him an offer to take over.

The former Manchester United boss appeared to shut down rumours linking him with the Newcastle job, after admitting he would prefer a role in international management.


The longer the wait goes on to find a new manager at Newcastle, the more attention they seem to be getting. It has not even been a week since it was confirmed that Rafael Benitez would be leaving the club, and the queue of potential suitors keeps growing by the day. Mourinho is no doubt one of the biggest names so far to be linked with the job, but now the most unlikely candidate, with reports suggesting Mike Ashley would prefer to hire a younger more coach like figure. Materazzi knows the Portuguese man well and would offer great experience in a coaching capacity, but his opinion is probably spot on at this moment in time – Mourinho will no doubt prefer a role that wouldn’t expect him to rebuild a team to challenge higher up in the Premier League. It can only be a compliment to the Magpies that such well thought of figures within football are talking about the club, which will only help them attract more big-name managers in the future.