Jose pays tribute to mentor ‘Mr Robson’: Now I can laugh with him

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho paid tribute to his mentor Bobby Robson securing a 3-1 win at St James’ Park over Newcastle on Wednesday.

It was the first league win for the Portuguese manager in Newcastle after seven previous failed attempts.

And Mourinho said the sense of relief at the final whistle was connected to his relationship with his mentor, Robson.


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Mourinho worked as Robson’s interpreter and later became his assistant at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona.

Robson, who also coached England and Newcastle among other teams, is honoured in the form of a statue outside St James’ Park.

“For me it’s a good feeling, yes, not because it was the only stadium in the English Premier League where I had never won before – I have no problems with that,” Mourinho said after a Harry Kane brace sealed all three points for his side after Matt Ritchie had cancelled out Son Heung-min’s opener.

“But, of course, I am very happy for the team and finally I can leave the stadium and pass Mr Robson’s statue and laugh with him, because every time I come here, I leave the stadium and I look at him with a sad face.

“It’s the first time I can leave the stadium and smile.”

 

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