Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of the race to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle United head coach.

Bruce, as expected, was relieved as his duties as Magpies boss on Wednesday morning following the recent Saudi-led takeover at St James' Park.

Bruce, who spent nine years at Old Trafford as a player, was appointed as Newcastle boss in July 2019 and, from day one, struggled to win over the club's supporters, despite guiding them to 13th- and 12th-placed finishes in each of the last two seasons.

Bruce was always expected to be shown the door by the Magpies' once the new owners were in place as they look to lead the club forward in what is set to be an exciting new era.

However, it will not be former United boss Mourinho in the dugout, with the 58-year-old ruling himself out of the running by underlining his commitment to Roma

Asked by Sky Italy if he could leave Roma for Newcastle, Mourinho replied: "No. Absolutely not.

"I signed for three years and nothing can make me leave these lads.”

Mourinho, who left Old Trafford in December 2018, was appointed Roma boss ahead of this season back in May, just a month after being sacked by Tottenham.

The former Reds boss, who won three major trophies during his time at Old Trafford, has enjoyed a strong start to life in Italy, winning nine of his first 12 matches in charge in all competitions.

Newcastle have been linked with several other names to succeed Bruce, including former AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, Lucien Favre, previously of Borussia Dortmund, and ex-Roma coach Paulo Fonseca, who was close to replacing Mourinho at Spurs during the summer.

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