When we were reading Kevin Keeganâ€™s remarks this morning about West Ham being relegated with 42 or 43 points, we just had to look at the table for that season 2002-2003 and find out the exact number of points.
Sir Bobby Robson – what a manager – what a man!
We looked at the bottom of the table we saw that West Ham went down with a points total of 42 points and a goal difference of -17. Then we looked up the table to see where Newcastle finished that season. Newcastle finished in 3rd place, behind Manchester United and Arsenal.
The great Bobby Robson that season had Newcastle United in 3rd place above both Chelsea and Liverpool with 69 points and a goal difference of +15.
What a performance that was, but it just shows you how far we have fallen as a club. West Ham were relegated with 42 points and Bolton Wanderers were just above them with 44 points.
Who would have thought, given the positions of their clubs then, that Bobby Robson would be sacked from Newcastle just a short 15 months later? And since then both Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce have come and gone as Newcastle managers.
5th place wasn’t good enough then, so we were told, but we’ve never been anywhere near that since Bobby left, although Glen did get us into 7th place and European qualification in 2006, but that’s the only year we did it and it turned out to be a flash in the pan.
Seems like Shepherd must have had Glenn and Sam in mind after seeing how they had finished at the bottom that season.
That’s a cheap shot at Freddy, but the stupid decisions this club have made in the last 5 years are just so unbelievable, and it makes you want to spit blood. Why do we keep shooting ourselves in the foot, and sometimes in the head?
Bobby Robson is twice the manager Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce will ever be, there’s no doubt about that. And we suspect Sam and Glenn wouldn’t disagree.
Newcastle United have never given Bobby the credit he deserved for his results as manager of this club. The way he was finally run out of the club is also one of the most shameful events in the club’s history.
Freddy Shepherd and Douglas Hall were responsible for that debacle – and should be ashamed of themselves – but we all know they won’t be.
It’s only since the new regime of Chris Mort and Mile Ashley started running the club, that they bestowed the honor of unveiling a statue in Bobby’s honor, that will stand on the club premises for all time. Credit goes to both of them for doing that.
That statue is shown above and we have it permanently displayed on our web site in one of the side bars.
That’s how proud we are of Bobby Robson.