I'll slap Mourinho if he jumps in the crowd - Pardew
Alan Pardew says he is a fan of Jose Mourinho's antics
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says he would ‘slap’ Jose Mourinho if he were to jump into the crown to celebrate a goal during the Magpies’ showdown with Chelsea today.
Mourinho drew the ire of Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini for leaping into the Stamford Bridge crowd to celebrate Fernando Torres’ late winner against the Citizens last weekend - which prompted the Chilean to refuse to shake his counterpart’s hand.
Pardew, speaking ahead of the clash at St. James’ Park, joked that if the Chelsea boss tried any of his trademark touchline antics then he would deal with him accordingly.
"He doesn't want to be jumping round me because I'll give him a slap," he laughed. "I'm bigger than him and he knows that. He can jump around in the crowd or whatever he does.
"If you're a football person and you can't love what he's about, then you can't love the game or what he does. He makes me laugh."
Pardew has been known to celebrate with the Newcastle supporters in the past, most notably when his side secured a last-gasp win against Fulham last season.
"I've had a couple of occasions in the past where I've jumped in the crowd. I've got my own history with that so I don't have a problem with it," he said, before joking: "'I did check my pockets in case one of them wasn't a Newcastle fan, but fortunately my money was still there."
Chelsea will look to take advantage of Arsenal and Liverpool going head-to-head this weekend with three points against Newcastle.
The Blues currently sit in second place in the Premier League behind Arsenal but ahead of Liverpool.
Chelsea have no new injury worries ahead of the game, with midfielder Marco van Ginkel the only long-term absentee.