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 Fourâ€™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:
â€œThere are clubs in the Premier League who could do it,â€ â€œThere 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 itâ€™s a one-club city which eats, drinks and breathes football.â€
â€œIâ€™d love to see it happen, even now, Iâ€™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.â€
Bobby is a big fan of course but are Newcastle fans biased? Of course they are. 😀
Bobby went on:
â€œWe 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 donâ€™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, donâ€™t doubt that for a second.â€
â€œI know we scared them because people like Sir Alex Ferguson told me we did, that young team we had â€“ Shearer, Robert, Speed, Solano, Dyer, Bellamy, Jenas and so on â€“ it was a quick team, a pacy team and we played good football as well.â€
â€œItâ€™s going to take Kevin time. It isnâ€™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.â€
â€œThat is what Kevin will do. I donâ€™t think we will go down, I canâ€™t see us being relegated this season, so Kevinâ€™s just got to consolidate, look at what heâ€™s got and then go out in the summer and get the best players he can. Itâ€™s not going to be easy because all the clubs are going for the same players, but Newcastle have got a chance.â€
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.