Newcastle have found it difficult enough on their travels over the years without this extra hurdle to cross.
Guus Hiddink arrived at Chelsea as an emergency replacement for Jose Mourinho and took charge of his first game on Saturday 19 December, a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.
Hiddink’s record in his managerial spell this season now stands at unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions.
When you consider that in the previous 26 competitive games this season under Mourinho, Chelsea lost 12 of them, it puts it in an even better context.
However, Chelsea also previously called on Guus Hiddink to save them, the Dutchman arriving on 11 February 2009 after Scolari had been sacked.
That season (whilst Newcastle were busy getting relegated) Hiddink masterminded a 21 match run, where Chelsea only lost one game, 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
It reminds me all a little bit of when John Carver took over from Alan Pardew last season…
In the Premier League that season, Hiddink won 11 and drew one, with just that one defeat at Spurs.
He won all his FA Cup games including the FA Cup at Wembley, whilst he didn’t lose any individual match in the Champions League but went out in the semis on away goals to Barcelona.
Despite his record that season, Hiddink was committed to his ongoing job managing Russia and left Chelsea.
So Guus Hiddink’s overall record at the moment stands at:
Played 32 Won 20 Drawn 11 Lost 1
So if/when Newcastle win on Saturday it will have been some achievement….