Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver should be given the role permanently as the Magpies boss, Daily Star reports.
Carver has publicly stated he would like Alan Pardew’s old job in charge of Newcastle, but without a win in three games is finding it difficult to convince owner Mike Ashley.
However despite succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea, the Toon Army were impressive and Blues boss Jose Mourinho has backed Carver as the right man to lead the club.
Carversaid: “He said to me ‘if you keep playing like this you’ll get a five-year contract as Newcastle manager’.
“It was nice. At the end of the game he said ‘you deserve the job, you’re ready for it now’.
“He said ‘I hope you get it’. We just laughed and he gave me another hug – he must have hugged me 10 times.
“He kicked the ball at me once as well, but I didn’t react. I’ve calmed down now!
“He’s a great guy and I go back because I’m great friends with Steve Clarke and I’ve spent time here watching training, so I do know him.
“And with his relationship with Sir Bobby [Robson] and my relationship, there is a connection there.”
Newcastle will hope they get their first win since the departure of Pardew when Southampton visit St. Jame’s Park next weekend.