Newcastle United have been told by Danny Mills that there is not “anyone better” than Jose Mourinho to be appointed as their next manager.
The Magpies are said to be on the lookout for a new boss following their successful takeover last week, despite Steve Bruce still being in the dugout.
It is believed that the club’s new owners want a change of direction in the hotseat and replacing Bruce looks set to be their first major piece of business.
Former England international Mills believes that Mourinho would be the ideal candidate to be appointed at St. James’s Park, despite currently being under contract at Italian club Roma.
The Portuguese boss has a wealth of experience of management in the Premier League, with two spells at the helm of Chelsea before stints at Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.
Mourinho won three league titles during his separate stints with the Blues but enjoyed less success when at United and Spurs.
He won the League Cup and Europa League titles in his debut season at Old Trafford in the 2016-17 campaign but departed after two-and-a-half seasons with United sixth in the standings.
Mourinho was appointed at Tottenham the following year but despite guiding them to the EFL Cup final and his side leading the Premier League in the opening months, a swift deterioration in form saw his dismissal in April.
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The boss was appointed Roma head coach this summer but he has now been suggested as the new Magpies manager ahead of their seemingly inevitable investment.
Mills told talkSPORT on Thursday: “If you’re talking about being given money to build a team and be relatively successful, I’d go with Mourinho.
“If you give Jose enough money and allow him to do what he wants to do, he will guide you to success quicker than probably anyone else.
“Newcastle can go slowly and survive this season, next season finish in the top half, then top six. But If they want to jump from survival to top four, I don’t see anyone better out there than Mourinho to do that.
“You’d have to give him absolute fortunes to buy the players that he wants, but he’s one of the only coaches that could do that.