There was some good news for Newcastle United fans yesterday. The great Sir Bobby Robson was involved in training with the Newcastle squad and coaches at Benton yesterday.
Robson, who is now 74, had been invited to the training ground by manager Sam Allardyce, and he went around and talked privately to both the players and coaches.
Bobby Robson while at Newcastle – a young James Milner in the background
Bobby Robson is a huge favorite of ours, and he has many qualities of a fine manager. But one of his biggest talents is his motivational qualities. Who will ever forget the 8-0 trouncing we gave Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, in Bobbyâ€™s first home game in charge of the Tyneside club, when Alan Shearer, another Newcastle legend, scored 5 goals.
Allardyce talked yesterday about the Sacriston, County Durham born former England manager:
“Sir Bobby Robson is never anything other than encouraging. “Bobby is not so well at the moment but it was good to have the opportunity to speak with him.â€
“He has been around the training ground for a few chats.â€ “A lot of people have worked here for a long time, so they know him and were really pleased to see him.”
Having Bobby Robson around can only be good news because heâ€™ll let both players and coaches know exactly what the fans, like himself, expect of them. And of course as Sam says, Bobby is always upbeat, about everything. It appears that Bobby has already given Big Sam some advice during his first season in charge of Bolton. Allardyce went on:
“He said it was important to have a positive attitude and not to let it affect the confidence of the team.”
“That’s more or less what he was saying today.
“He told me it’s not an easy club to manage – but a great club if you get it right.”
Knowing Bobby’s personality a bit we’re sure he would have called Sam to give him some support, given all the pressure that’s been heaped on him – that’s the way of the man. The first thing though is to get Bobby back to better health.
But after that, why canâ€™t Newcastle offer him some kind of position, so that he can join in the training, which he always loves to do. Not sure weâ€™re saying assistant manager here, but having Bobby Robson associated with Newcastle United in some capacity, has to be a positive move.
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