Arsenal defender Pablo Mari worked with reported Newcastle United managerial target Jorge Jesus at Flamengo.
The 26-year-old central defender, who joined Arsenal on loan from Brazilian club Flamengo in the January transfer window, has said that he has spoken to his Gunners teammate David Luiz, who also had Jesus as a coach.
According to Goal.com, Newcastle are interested in appointing the former Benfica boss as their manager once Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund buy the club from current owner Mike Ashley.
Mari worked with the Portuguese at Flamengo, and the Arsenal loanee has raved about him.
Mari said about Jesus during a Q&A on Reddit: “Yes we spoke a lot about that because when I arrived in the first week at Arsenal, we talked a lot about the coach I had in Brazil.
“He’s a coach that always stays with you for the rest of your career because not so many people can do what he does.
“Me and David spoke a lot about those things and it’s funny because every player is the same when they have had Jorge as a coach.”
Good managerial appointment for Newcastle United?
Steve Bruce has done a good job at Newcastle, who are unlikely to get relegated from the Premier League if and when the season resumes and are still in the FA Cup.
However, Jesus is a brilliant manager with a massive reputation, and given his success in Europe, one can understand why Newcastle reportedly want him.
The Portuguese won the league in his native country with Benfica thrice and also guide them to the Europa League finals on two occasions.