Jose Mourinho has never won a league game at St. James’ Park, but he has won two cup games against us at home.
Jose was mentored by (the very great) Sir Bobby Robson and he has good memories of being the assistant to Bobby at Barcelona and learning the art of football management from the great man.
In his press conference yesterday for the game against Newcastle tomorrow, Jose had admitted he likes coming to Newcastle – the home of Sir Bobby Robson.
Jose has managed more away league games at Newcastle without winning than at any other club in his career.
Let’s hope we can keep that record in place for Jose after tomorrow’s game.
Rafa and Jose – at Old Trafford on 18th November last year – we lost 4-1
And he has even ventured to say he likes the St. James’ Park stadium, the atmosphere and the Geordies.
Jose was told about his record in the league at St. James’ Park and this is what he said, as reported in the Manchester Evening News:
“It’s true. I think it’s the only stadium in the Premier League (where I haven’t won in the league).”
“Also Huddersfield but Huddersfield we played there only once. I think it’s difficult honestly,”
“I always felt beautiful matches but difficult matches. I like to go there. I like the feeling of going to Mr Robson’s home.”
“I like that feeling. I like the stadium. I think the stadium is really nice.”
“I like the atmosphere. They are a good, enthusiastic crowd. I like the Geordies, I like to go there.”
“But I couldn’t win. I lost and drew a few times. I hope the result is different but I know that the characteristics of the game are not going to be different.”
“I think they are a good team and Benitez knows how to get points so I think it’s going to be difficult.”
We need to get something out of this game – another defeat would not be good since it’s two weeks until we play Bournemouth away at Dean Court in our next game.