Jose Mourinho reiterated his dedication to Roma as he ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Newcastle United hot seat.
The Magpies' new owners sacked Steve Bruce on Wednesday morning having bought the club for £305million earlier this month.
The Saudi-backed consortium has the might of the Gulf state's Public Investment Fund behind it and the takeover is expected to bring significant investment to St James' Park.
This could take the form of lavish spending in the transfer market a big-name managerial appointment to elevate the status of the club after many seasons embroiled in the Premier League relegation dog-fight.
Mourinho certainly has the profile to herald a new era on Tyneside - but the Portuguese has no interest in leaving his post at Stadio Olimpico.
"Newcastle job? I’ve decided to stay, I’m not leaving," the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur boss told Sky Sport Italia .
"I signed for a three-year project with Roma and I’m not going to leave my players."
Mourinho's clear verdict on not taking over at Newcastle comes despite him talking-up his "connection" with the club last week.
The 58-year-old's first steps into management came while he worked as Sir Bobby Robson's interpreter at Barcelona in the 1996/97 season.
Recalling his time with the Newcastle legend, Mourinho said: "I worked with Mr Robson, one of the greatest in the history of the club, and I have always had a connection with those people and that city that I know well by now."
While Mourinho is out of contention for the Magpies job, his predecessor at Roma is the bookmakers' favourite to take over.
Paulo Fonseca is out of work having come close to joining Spurs this summer and he held talks with Newcastle's new board on Wednesday.
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The Portuguese's main rivals for the vacant role are Lucien Favre and Eddie Howe, who were previously in charge at Borussia Dortmund and Bournemouth respectively.
Meanwhile, Bruce suggested the Newcastle job may have been his last as he thanked his coaches for their efforts since his appointment in 2019.
"I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club," said Bruce.
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"I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for all their hard work.
"There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.
"This is a club with incredible support, and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond."Read More Read More