It’s been downhill all the way since Chelsea’s last visit to St James’s Park

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho likes a room with a view when he visits Newcastle.

Mourinho, of course, normally gets what he wants.

The solution to the club’s problems can only come from within the four walls of the dressing room.

Except at St James’s Park, that is.

Chelsea, under Mourinho, have never won on Tyneside in the Premier League.

Last season two goals from Papiss Demba Cisse gave Newcastle United, then managed by Alan Pardew, a 2-1 win over Mourinho’s side in December last year.

That result saw United climb to seventh in the league.

But it’s been pretty much downhill all the way since for the club, which finds itself without a win from its opening six games.

Few expect that winless league sequence to end against Chelsea – who are without the suspended Diego Costa – given the way the team has played at both ends of the pitch.

Speaking ahead of this evening’s televised game, Mourinho said: “I like it there.

“Big club, big stadium. Nice hotel. Nice view. I like it.”

Mourinho, having studied United’s recent form, will no doubt have slept soundly last night in his room with a view.

The Portuguese – who learnt the “culture” of Newcastle while working under the late, great Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona – also talked about the atmosphere at St James’s Park.

“You feel good, it’s an unbelievable stadium with a great atmosphere,” he said. “The fans are good.”

United’s fans weren’t found wanting for Chelsea’s last visit.

And Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley had pleaded with the club’s long-suffering supporters to stick with the team.

Charnley said: “You have the right to express your dissatisfaction at the results, as you have done on recent matchdays.

“We deserved that criticism and reaction.

“But you can also play a huge part in helping the players to fight their way out of our current predicament.”

But the solution to the club’s problems can only come from within the four walls of the dressing room.