Jose Mourinho has a huge affection for Newcastle United – despite his poor record at St James’s Park.
Chelsea take on Steve McClaren’s side this evening in a televised game.
I like it there. Big club, big stadium. Nice hotel. Nice view. You feel good, it’s an unbelievable stadium with a great atmosphere. The fans are good. I like it.Jose Mourinho
Mourinho enjoys a room with a view on his visits to Tyneside, where he has never won a Premier League fixture.
The Chelsea manager’s fondness for the club dates back to his time working with the late, great Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona.
“I know the club from My Robson,” said Mourinho. “I know the culture.”
“I like it there. Big club, big stadium. Nice hotel. Nice view. You feel good, it’s an unbelievable stadium with a great atmosphere. The fans are good. I like it.”
Chelsea are odds-on favourites to end their winless run at St James’s Park given the early-season problems at second-from-bottom Newcastle.
An apologetic United managing director Lee Charnley issued a statement yesterday backing new head coach Steve McClaren and pleading for patience after a winless start to the campaign and a cup exit.
Mourinho, however, doesn’t think there is yet a “crisis” at St James’s Park.
“I don’t know the word ‘crisis’,” he said.
“I know that some important person (Charnley) in the Newcastle structure came out with a communication to the fans where he shows clearly it’s no crisis. Everyone sticks together. No panic.
“It’s just the beginning of the season.”