Robson Thinks Newcastle Can Break Top 4 Monopoly

As we pointed out on Wednesday in 3 of the seasons since Bobby Robson left Newcastle we have the worst Newcastle record in the Premier league in terms of both points and position, including this one.


Bobby Robson – one of the greatest ever English Managers

That follows Robson’s last 3 seasons in charge, when we finished 4th, 3rd and 5th. The big disappointment then was failing to qualify for the Champions League – how things have changed. And those last 3 seasons follow his first season when he miraculously saved the club from a deep relegation threat.

The second year was a rebuilding year when we also suffered quite a few injuries and then the on December 21st, 2001, in Bobby’s 3rd season in charge, we were top of the Premier League for a brief time on December 21st. What a turnaround in just over 2 years!

But Sir Bobby Robson today thinks Newcastle United still are the biggest potential challengers to the Big Four’s dominance of English football, despite our present troubles of two successive seasons when we’ll probably finish in the bottom half of the table.

Robson told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“There are clubs in the Premier League who could do it,” “There are clubs who could break the monopoly, but Newcastle are the ones who have the best chance of breaking into it and staying there because of the fan base, the financial backing and the fact it’s a one-club city which eats, drinks and breathes football.”

“I’d love to see it happen, even now, I’m just a fan really. Newcastle are a bigger club than Everton, they are a bigger club than Aston Villa and even Tottenham. They are big clubs, of course they are, but Newcastle are bigger. I might be biased of course, but I firmly believe that if one team is going to shake things up it is Newcastle United.”

Bobby is a big fan of course but are Newcastle fans biased? Of course they are. 😀

Bobby went on:

“We might have done it you know. We came close, do you remember? We never did as well as I thought we could in the League Cup, I don’t know why, and the FA Cup is very tough to win, the Big Four have dominated it. But for a time we were in the Big Four, we scared them, don’t doubt that for a second.”

“I know we scared them because people like Sir Alex Ferguson told me we did, that young team we had – Shearer, Robert, Speed, Solano, Dyer, Bellamy, Jenas and so on – it was a quick team, a pacy team and we played good football as well.”

“It’s going to take Kevin time. It isn’t going to happen straight away. It took me two seasons to get us into Europe, but I had that little bit of time and we improved gradually, we built the squad up and when players left we brought in better ones to replace them.”

“That is what Kevin will do. I don’t think we will go down, I can’t see us being relegated this season, so Kevin’s just got to consolidate, look at what he’s got and then go out in the summer and get the best players he can. It’s not going to be easy because all the clubs are going for the same players, but Newcastle have got a chance.”

Bobby’s a real football man of course, and what he says is always worth taking note of. We still would like to see Bobby, who turns 75 years old on February 18th (next Monday), given some position at Newcastle United, even if it’s just a part time position.

He’s always great for morale at least, and he knows all about the club he’s supported since he was a boy. He now lives and breathes Newcastle United in his retirement.

Good words from Bobby, as usual, and we are hoping things are improving with his health too.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • ehssi

    Feb 15, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Sir Bobby has right what he saying;).
    This season is the season that we most just climb to the best finishing we can get, then King Kev can try to buy the players he want next year=). Next year we can be challengers for the Europe place:).

  • paul p

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    its not only me who thinks this then is it. If an honest and proud man bobby robson is saying this also, its going to happen. bobby did say when he took over it will take time. 2 years later, we were in the champions league and challenging for the premiership. bobby says we are a big club, someone should forward his comments to them 3 legends on centuary radio. Supermac will be doing cartwheels ha!!

  • Leo*

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    i think we have a long way to go to get to the top 4 level. the team which has the most potential at the moment to do so would have to be spurs, as much as i hate to say it.

    hopefully we can get players to play alike the way that bobby did for us, players like jenas dyer speed solano shearer robert

    i also think that hugo vianna would have suceeded if it hadnt been for his shoulder injury, before the injury he was looking really good, but it totally stripped him of confidence.

    does anyone know what hugo is doing now, and if he is doing well…?

  • Chicken

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    I think he works in Munchies now – flipping burgers.

  • Kash2

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed – Can you remember the sports retailer that you mentioned on the blog a while back? They were selling toon tops and you sughested we could get bargains witht he dollar being weak!

  • Kash2

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    @Chicken – Isn’t Munchies a little out of your way considering you usually stumble out the bars around the centre of life? 😉

  • Leo*

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    red card for you kash2 below the belt haha…

    also i think i might be able to help you, if you look on the right hand side of the page there is a newcastle shirt, try clicking that, it might be what you are looking for

  • Leo*

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    failing that i think this is the website

    someone made the remark that you cant buy if you live in england, i might be wrong

    if u are looking to buy the nufc shirts etc. have a look at the official store im sure there is a big sale on at the moment.

  • Leo*

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #9

    scrap using that website, 39.99 for the 2nd shirt, its only 22.99(small) 30 for all bigger sizes.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Well said Bobby, we are fookin MASSIVE and the sooner the stinkin cockney twats realise that the better 🙂

  • Youre going down

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #11


  • ehssi

    Feb 15, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    hugo Viana plays for Valencia now, but is loaned out to Osasuna in the winter;).

  • GP

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Viana would be a great player if he had a bit more muscle on him. I haven’t seen him play since the World Cup but that was always his problem imo, he just got shrugged off the ball.

    EDIT: On second thought, did he actually play at the World Cup? I can’t remember now.

  • arctoa

    Feb 16, 2008 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Viana looked pretty lively when he came on against England in the World Cup. Whenever he got the ball he looked like he was capable of setting something up.

    As for Bobby, this man needs a bloody great statue outside the stadium. He’s a true local hero in every sense of the word, not just a footballing one.

    People need to remember that changes aren’t going to happen overnight. It took time with Robson and think of some of the stinkers that he brought in: Daniel Cordone and Christian Bassedas come immediately to mind. And Fumaca! The only Brazillian footballer I’ve seen who had no ball control.

    What I’m saying is that we’re going to have setbacks but I believe that with Keegan we can look onwards and upwards; or at least towards the goal of the opponent. With Allardyce we were going nowhere.


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