Former Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson could shortly announce his retirement from football, after almost 60 years in the game.
The 74-year-old Englishman will step down from his position as football consultant with Ireland after Saturday’s final European 2008 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.
Bobby signed for Fulham Football club in 1950 so heâ€™s been in the game a full 57 years.
Bobby Robson, with his lovely wife Elsie receiving his knighthood in June, 2002
Sir Bobby has had a number of bouts with cancer and he said in May that he had been diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time in 15 years. Bobby played football until 1968 and played 20 times for England scoring 4 goals. In 1968 he started what turned out to be a magnificent managerial career by taking the reigns at Fulham. Bobby then managed Ipswich for 13 years before taking up the England manager job in 1982.
He of course famously took England to the quarter finals in 1986 before the hand of God from Madonna beat England and then took us to penalties in the semi-final against Germany in 1990.
Bobby finally concedes that illness could prevent him from taking another job in the game.
“The chances are I won’t get back on the pitch again, but I’ve got my head still and my enthusiasm,” “It depends on my health – I miss the game immensely and getting on the pitch.â€
“I’ve enjoyed the last two years – I just wish I could have done more than I have done.â€ “But my health took a downward turn a year ago and I’ve just been recovering from that.”
Bobby Robson managed Newcastle United, his boyhood team, from 1999 â€“ 2004 and had us in the top 5 in his last 3 seasons after saving Newcastle in his very first season on board. His debut game at Newcastle is the famous one in which we demolished bottom club Sheffield Wednesday 8-0, in which Alan Shearer scored a record 5 goals. We finished 4th, 3rd and 5th in Bobby’s final 3 successive seasons in charge. But 5th position in 2004 supposedly wasn’t good enough for Chairman Shepherd and his cohort Douglas Hall and they unceremoniously sacked him in late August, 2004. He was replaced by the hopeless Graeme Souness. Another brilliant move by the dumb duo.
Bobby Robson statue at Ipswich’s Portman Road, where he is honorary President
In addition to his work with Ipswich, Newcastle England and Ireland, Bobby Robson also enjoyed successful management jobs at PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona.
Bobby Robson is a great man, make no mistake about that, and we expect him to finally retire at the weekend. We wish him the very best of luck and hope to see him at some of Newcastleâ€™s games in the future.
He is of course a lifetime Newcastle United supporter, having grown up in Langley Park in County Durham, where his father was a coal-miner. It would be good if the Tyneside club can give him a lifetime seat in the Director’s box at St. James’ Park, as an appreciation of his great work at both Newcastle and England.
That would be a nice gesture by the new management at Newcastle United.