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Richard Keys: Jose Mourinho would be perfect for Newcastle

Newcastle United have struggled badly this season and many pundits have suggested that Eddie Howe could be sacked if the Magpies fail to stay in the top half of the Premier League this season.

The Magpies have struggled horribly with injuries this season but that won’t be seen as an excuse.

After bowing out of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester City, it felt like the players were running empty and Howe was running out of ideas.

Newcastle have always maintained that they believe Howe is the right man for the club, but the results in the remaining few games could determine his future.

Richard Keys says that he is not convinced by Howe. He adds that the Magpies need someone who can win trophies.

The popular broadcaster thinks Jose Mourinho can energise the place and attract top players across the world.

Richard Keys suggests Newcastle to appoint Jose Mourinho

Keys wrote: “I really don’t think Howe can take them to the next level. His team reflect his personality. They’re ‘nice’. And nice doesn’t win at the very top. You need some devil. City can be easy on the eye, but they’ve got devil. All the best teams have.

“My answer? Jose Mourinho. Few people know more about winning than he does. He’s done it everywhere he’s been – including ‘half a trophy’, as he puts it, at Spurs. What madness that was – sacking him in the week of a final.

“I know there’s a view that Mourinho is finished. That the game has moved on. Bollocks. The game will never move on from winning. There are no guarantees in football – except that Mourinho will win you a trophy.

“He would be perfect in the North East. He’d energise the place again. Set it alight. Eddie Howe is a good man, but everyone has fallen asleep on his watch.”

There’s no doubt that Mourinho is a charismatic manager who has won trophies everywhere he went, except Tottenham.

He has league titles in England, Portugal and Spain, and also won the Champions League twice. The 61-year-old is currently out of work after being sacked by AS Roma.

Mourinho certainly can trophies at St James’ Park, but people have questioned his antediluvian style of football.

Newcastle have been able to sign some of the world’s top talents, and there’s no reason to believe that they can’t continue doing that in the future.

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