Mourinho admits he's long loved the club.
Asked whether he might have joined Newcastle at that early point in his career, he said: "More or less, yes. But at the time I was already eyeing a different direction.
"Mr Robson always knew that I wanted to give everything that I could to him, but at the same time he also knew I had my eyes in a different direction too. But yes, there was a chance.
"But independent of that it is a club that I feel a connection with through Mr Robson. It's as simple as that. He had a huge passion for Ipswich Town too but Newcastle was his area, Durham (he) had in his heart.
"So through him, I become a little Magpie and I like the club very, very much. And in spite of never winning there I love to go there and to play in front of these incredible fans."