Mourinho set for EPL return?

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With the 2021/22 season set to reach its conclusion this month, a Premier League club reportedly wants to make Jose Mourinho their next manager.

The Portuguese boss has done a relatively good job at AS Roma since taking charge of the side in July 2021, having managed to guide the Italian outfit to the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League final against Feyenoord on 25 May. 

Although his latest departure from the Premier League came in rather acrimonious fashion after he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur just days before the 2020/21 Carabao Cup final, it has now been claimed that the 59-year-old could be set for a return to the English top flight.

According to the Daily Express, Newcastle United are ready to make an offer to the former Chelsea boss and have him replace Eddie Howe at their helm.

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The former Bournemouth boss is reportedly not seen as a long-term manager for the club, although he has improved the team since his appointment in November 2021. 

The Englishman has guided the Magpies from a relegation fight to 12th position in the league, and 12 points away from the drop, with one more match to go before the season concludes.

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However, the new club's Saudi owners are said to have huge ambitions and want to fight for titles, and believe Mourinho, who has won plenty of silverware in the past, to be the right man to take them forward.

The Portuguese tactician was actually approached by Newcastle after Steve Bruce was relieved of his duties in October 2021, but he rejected it as he was only a few months into his job at Roma, with the Magpies eventually settling for Howe.

While it remains to be seen if Mourinho will be tempted to take the offer now, former England striker Darren Bent believes it would be a good move for both parties.

"Newcastle is the only one where I'm looking at it and thinking it's a match made in heaven," he said, per the Daily Express.

"They've got endless funds, he likes to spend money, I can imagine with the new owners being there, they’d look at his CV and like to appoint him."

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