“Finally I can leave the stadium and pass the statue of Mr. Robson and laugh at him”: Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho pays tribute to mentor Robson after ever taking his first win over Newcastle at St James’ Park
- Harry Kane’s double-handed Tottenham won 3-1 against Newcastle on Wednesday
- The victory was shockingly the first of Spurs boss Jose Mourinho in St James’ Park
- The Magpies stadium has the status of his mentor Bobby Robson out there
- Mourinho paid tribute to Robson, to whom he owes much of his tremendous success
Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Newcastle was special in several ways for Jose Mourinho, not least because it was an opportunity to pay tribute to his former mentor: Sir Bobby Robson.
The Portuguese coach owes his rise to the height of world football in part to Robson, after working under the big coach in both Porto and Sporting Lisbon, initially as a translator before becoming his assistant.
Mourinho first tasted as manager at St James’ Park on Wednesday night as manager on the eighth attempt, a relief as he prepared to walk past his mentor’s statue on his way to the team coach.
Jose Mourinho paid tribute to his mentor Bobby Robson after a win over Newcastle
Harry Kane’s double in a 3-1 win over the Magpies helped him win his first game away
Robson has a statue outside St James’ Park, where Mourinho started his career under him
The Portuguese said: ‘It feels good to me, yes, not because it was the only stadium in the English Premier League that I had never won before, I have no problem with that.
“But of course I am very happy for the team and finally I can leave the stadium and pass the statue of Mr. Robson and laugh with him, because every time I come here I leave the stadium and look at him with a sad face .
“It is the first time that I can leave the stadium and smile.”
The Portuguese boss initially worked as a Robson translator before becoming his assistant
The former Real Madrid boss also supported Harry Kane’s quest for another 200 club goals after seeing the Englishman complete his first double century with two goals against the magpies.
Kane dedicated the win to teammate Serge Aurier after the death of his brother Christopher earlier this week.
He tweeted, “That victory was yours @ Serge-aurier. Very proud to achieve 200 club goals. On to the next 200, ‘and quickly got approval from his manager.
Mourinho said, “He’s a young guy. Two hundred goals at his age with the remaining years he has in front of him, it is quite normal that he talks about “Let’s do another 200”.
“He’s a goalscorer, he’s a young guy. He has a lot going for him, so let’s take another 200, I’m with him. ‘
Mourinho believes that after reaching a double century, Harry Kane can score another 200 goals
Kane struck after the break after a quiet first half by his standards to win the match after Matt Ritchie knocked out the opener of Son Heung-min in spectacular style.
The English captain first defeated defender Emil Krafth, who headed home Steven Bergwijn’s inviting cross, then bent over to convert the rebound after fellow newcomer Erik Lamela shot was parried in the last minute of normal time by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Magpies head coach Steve Bruce said, “There is the difference, that quality at the top of the field. Until then, we had kept him very, very quiet, but he goes away with two goals and that is a striker and goalscorer and why they are worth their weight in gold. ‘
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was frustrated by the difference in on-screen attack quality
When Mourinho headed south with Europa League qualifying in his head, the opposite number Bruce stopped to think about a hugely precious evening.
Defender Fabian Schar suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder a day after a skipper Jamaal Lascelles had ankle surgery and striker Allan Saint-Maximin sustained a calf injury.
Bruce said, “Because the turnaround is so quick, we need to see if we’re even ready for next season. We are bare bones. ‘