Sir Bobby Robson, as we all know, is fighting another bout of cancer, but he was still in Ireland for Irelandâ€™s game with Germany on Saturday which they drew 0-0. He will also be in Dublin on Wednesday night as Ireland’s international football consultant.
However, he has decided to review his position at the end of the current Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, when it looks as though Ireland will fail to qualify for the finals next summer.
Bobby Robson - one of England’s best ever managers
Robson said he will meet with current manager Steve Staunton and Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney to discuss the future. They will then decide whether itâ€™s best for Bobby to remain in the post or not. We think it’s up to Bobby as much as anybody as to whether he continues in the job.
Bobby is now 74-years -old and had this to say today:
“I’m fighting, which is as good as I can say.â€ “I’m fine, doing as well as I can, making progress, but delighted to come over for these two matches.â€
“I’ve been on chemotherapy, so that dragged me down a little bit, and I have to think about the future.â€
“I’m here to see the campaign out. It was important I should come and I’m looking forward to Wednesday, and I shall certainly take in the Wales match.â€
“Then I will overlook it. I’ve not been told to stop. But it’s something I must discuss with Stan (Staunton) and John Delaney, and see what’s in store for me.”
Iâ€™m sure very football fan around the world, and every Newcastle fan, will want to wish Bobby the very best.
A minerâ€™s son, born in Sacriston, County Durham, Bobby has had a fantastic career in football and is one of the best managers England has ever produced. He is one of the most loved characters in the game.
Bobby was great as Newcastleâ€™s manager from 1999 to 2004 when he got the Magpies into 4th, 3rd and 5th in successive seasons. But 5th wasnâ€™t good enough and he was sacked harshly, and without warning, by then chairman Freddy Shepherd in August, 2004.
Best of luck Bobby, this is another fight we know you will win.