Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has had some positive words to say about our club ahead of tonight’s clash at St James’ Park.
Mourinho has a history of showing affection for the Toon due to his time spent working as an understudy for a certain “Mr Robson.”
The Special One has unbelievably never won at our ground in the Premier League while in charge of Chelsea or Man United, but he now has a chance to right that wrong for the first time tonight with his new club Spurs.
Here is what he said about us ahead of tonight’s game:
“Hopefully, the takeover helps them to become an even bigger and better club.
“I think everyone knows through my emotional connection with Sir Bobby Robson that Newcastle was always part of my life indirectly because I worked for so many years with Sir Bobby and Newcastle was a real passion for him.
“I learnt with him how to share and how to respect the people there, the mentality, what society is historically in Newcastle and around the Newcastle area so apart from my awful record at St James’ Park, it’s a club that I have lots of respect for.
“I learnt that from Sir Bobby and I’m happy that Steve is doing so well and hopefully next season he will be stronger and stronger and because I believe that next season there will be no Financial Fair Play.
“Maybe new owners will go there and spend lots of money and give him even better conditions because I truly believe Financial Fair Play is gone.
“So new owners probably will have the feeling of the circus: ‘Open the door and let’s go and enjoy it’.”
Mourinho has previously been linked with a surprise move to Tyneside himself, most notably during the era of the Bin Zayed rumours last summer, a situation he actually commented on.
It seems like somewhere down the line he could end up walking down the St James’ Park touchline just as his mentor did before him, but a takeover would be a necessity for that to ever become reality.
Whether he would be a popular appointment is a hypothetical question for another article – but we can at least respect him for the admiration he has always shown our club.