Alan Pardew (pictured right) was sporting a beard as he conducted his pre-match press conference, a tribute, he said, to a country famed for its facial hair.
That amused the locals, as did his comment about his head-to-head battle with renowned coach Hiddink.
He said: "I think if we win this tie, [owner] Mike Ashley should put me on his salary."
Should Shola Ameobi figure, he would equal Alan Shearer's record of 49 European appearances for the club as an outfield player, 13 behind goalkeeper Shay Given.
Source: Newcastle United Mad