Bobby Robson to Finally Retire

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 he’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.”

“I’ve enjoyed the last two years – I just wish I could have done more than I have done.” “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 – 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 Newcastle’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.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • MattyDread

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    A proper legend.

  • Craig Futers

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #2

    The sort of legend that brings a tear to the eye 🙂

  • Hadrain

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    i often think where we would be if bobby had stayed on , again toon fans cried to sack the board and again fat freddy tried to save his own back and sacked the manager .
    we talk about giving managers time , bobby was one of the only ones to be given it , spent years building then sacked before it all had a chance to come together . i know we had a bad start that season , but i was the most optimistic id been in years , we woulda turned that around .
    i met bobby for the first time when i was a real young lad , he stood out then and he stands out now as one of the greatest managers in the game , and was a proud geordie to boot .
    bobby , you sir are a legend and i wish you and your family all the luck in the world .

  • Hadrain

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    P.S , come on mort/ashley , give bobby a job of some sort at the toon . im sure it would mean alot to the thousands of geordies out there.
    even if its just something little to keep him occupied .

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 16, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Hadrain – nice comment – as you may realize Bobby is one of my big big favorites – he’s just a wonderful guy.

  • bobby

    Nov 16, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #6

    ,.the problem for the vast majority of geordies is we expect manager,new owner,new chairman and 9 new players in one pre season and suddenly the fans are expecting us to challenge the top four.the problem is this was never going to happen in sams mind and the minds of those fans who appreciate that substantial change to the extent of what we endured in the summer was always going to take time. the majority of fans who arent prepared to wait and call for sam to be sacked or meat and drink to rival fans who could see from the outside looking in, (just like the normal geordie) that imediacy in the current climate is impossible. patience, stability, structure are ingredients this club has never had and never will as long as the majority of the fans are expecting some sensational reprise and return to the keegan era style football. untill we learn to be patient i fully expect the press and rival fans alike to ram the words up our deluded Hoops. in reality, all 3 north east clubs are struggling. I seriously can not understand why roy keane is not under pressure at sunderland. 1 point from 21 is relegation form. their failure to beat a team as disjointed and dispirited as us was a demonstation of how toothless they are. 35 million spent in the summer on players which can not cut it in this divison. if you look at who they bought at the prices they paid and compare that to the players we bought at a net amount of approx 8 million even the most hardcore boro or sunderland fan would have to conceede that keane and quin are not exactly in tune with the transfer market. to conclude this epic point i must say that i feel in time, with patience newcastle can be a good team. much love.

  • Bill f

    Nov 16, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    I would bet any money he does’nt just retire and that he continues to dispense words of wisdom to any who will listen. Including (especially even) Newcastle if any one there has the gumption to ask. so if Ashley or Mort ever read this blog, as Hadrain has already said you have a font of knowledge at your disposal, “USE IT”

  • Leo

    Nov 16, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #8

    great article to read, based on the true greats we have recently had at our disposal. shame we disposed of him when we did, Sheppard= gutless scum.
    it does bring a tear to your eyes when you hear about how many illnesses he has had in the last 15 years, why does it only happen to the great people.

    Ashley and Mort give the guy a motivational role at the club, he is such a idol for so many players so i think he will help them from needing to ‘soul search’ even if it is just to keep the man occupied, also give him a lifetime seat in the directors box, we all know he deserves it.

    btw what is wrong with people who write on the blog making paragraphs rather than just typing miles upon miles of words in a big big line, makes it really hard to read.

  • Leo

    Nov 16, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Bill what does gumption mean?

    am i showing my youth again? haha

  • Bill f

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Leo, basically, “common sense with a dash of initiative” as far as I know.

  • Graham

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Probably the best man manager the modern game has seen. Enjoy your retirement Bobby – But I hope you end up back at NUFC as a life president / director or any other position they want to give you. Come to think of it – our back four could do with a bit of a shake up, you could give each and every one a run for their money!

  • Willowtoon

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Sir Bobby is a true legend and I fully agree that the club could use his knowledge. Please lets not state to just keep him occupied. He is a much too proud a man for that.

    We would have had him after Keegen and what a team we would have had then. The only reason was that he was committed to Barcelona. They were treating him abysmally but he refused to walk out on a contract. Never had never would never did.

    With England the press called for his head so we appoint Graham Taylor before the world cup in 1990. Gets us to the semi finals and then has to leave. Oh by the way we did not qualify for the next tournement………

    I am old enough to remember him as Ipswich manager. A very small club that punched way above its weight while he was manager (13 Years). Shows what can be done even then if you give a manager time.

    I hope what ever he does with the rest of hi life he is able to enjoy it. I would love to see more of him on TV as his passion and verbal “mistakes” are a joy to behold.

    As I said at the start a true legend.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Sir Bobby is a legend…….

    Mort/Ash, please give this great MAN a place in the Newcastle United hierachy as he’s simply the BEST…….!

    Sir Bobby, thank you and please take this apology for what Shepherd and NUFC did to you that day when they released you…. THEY WHERE WRONG…..

    We are still suffering and miss you you toooooooo MUCH.

    BSA is here now and needs time and money to put right what Shepherd and Souness destroyed in a very short time………

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Willowtoon, I fully agree with your statements…..

    We must give all NUFC managers a chance and cash to make the team potentially a decent team.

    So far, BSA has spent NET 10M on players and we need spend more.


  • Hadrain

    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #15

    willowtoon , he did great things at ipswich didnt he , for a club so small by the time he left they had some of the best youngsters going , and were poached from all the big teams , my only complaint is they didnt sign me when i trialed for them !! 😛

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #16

    It would be great if Newcastle could offer him a job. Chris and Mike want to have Newcastle United known more world-wide. and he’s very well known in the football world. He couldn’t travel too much – but am sure they could find a good role for him – and I’d like to see him at every home game from now on – in the Director’s box.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Hadrain – what position did you play?

  • Stamford Toon

    Nov 16, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #18

    A gentleman in the truest sense of the word. Badly treated by clubs around Europe and as England manager, but never a bad word to say about anybody. His treatment by Sheperd was a disgrace. Bobby you are simply the best with a record few can compete with. Thank you so much Bobby for all that you have given to football, and in particluar to NUFC. You’re my hero, enjoy your retirement. Haway Chris and Mike give the man what he deserves lets see him in the directors box every game and perhaps you could both listen to what he can teach you about the game.

  • indian toon

    Nov 17, 2007 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #19

    i wish sir bobby robson all the good health , and well being.. thank you sir for such memorable moments @ nufc.. legend and ofcourse geordie foreva…

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 17, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #20

    The Newcastle United Blog will be off the air for a little while. We have been trying to change servers and it’s taking some time to get everything done.
    Not sure how long this will take but we’ll be up just as soon as we can.
    We apologize for this.

  • Chappa

    Nov 17, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21

    good luck bobby
    all the best..legend!!


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