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Sir Bobby Robson Speaks – Talks Sense As Usual

11:02 am, Thursday, April 10th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Sir Bobby Robson fancies Chelsea to beat Liverpool in the semi finals of the European Champions League.

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Sir Bobby Robson – England should have qualified for Euro 2008

Bobby is always worth listening to because he always talks a lot of sense.

This is what Sir Bobby had to say today about the Premier League and the England team:

“Everyone has been talking about Manchester United and Liverpool and Arsenal. Fair enough, but Chelsea gave been chipping away and getting good results. They create very well and maybe have the best and deepest squad.“Liverpool v Chelsea is a close call but the second leg is at Stamford Bridge this time and that could make the difference.

“At Anfield, Liverpool have just seemed time after time in European matches to have this ability to be able to pull something out of the bag.” “But when you see our Premier League, which is probably the best league in Europe, it’s hard to understand that we haven’t qualified for Euro 2008.”

“At the same time you only really need to develop 25 top players.” “The influx of foreign players have enhanced our league, there’s no doubt. You cannot say that the likes of Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, and Michael Essien haven’t enhanced our league – of course they have.

“But all you need to do is develop and find and search for 25 top players and, despite the influence of foreign players, we should be able to do that.”

Whoever wins the Chelsea Liverpool tie it’s going to be another great two games, just like the recent Arsenal Liverpool games were.  It really shows English football of to great effect on the world stage.

We think England’s failure to qualify was more lack of mental toughness than anything else and team selection wasn’t too inspired either. There’s no question we have good English players, but when push comes to shove, too many of them give the impression the big stage is too much for them.

Just remember how the England players walked up to take their penalties against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup – most of them looked like they were about to face the firing squad. Owen Hargreaves was the only player who showed the right attitude, and we don’t think it was a coincidence he played most of his football in Germany. They never seem to lose these penalty shoot-outs, and never seem to miss a single penalty.

Steve McClaren picked his England team last year on reputation, rather than current form, and that was one of the reasons we didn’t qualify. It’s good to see new Italian manager Fabio Capello not care too much for reputation, and also put in place some common sense rules about who will be selected.

You must be playing first team football and in-form to play for England. What a concept – sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.



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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 paulthepom // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    i am pleased arsenal are out,as much as i like their style of football much more than chelsea or liverpool,they have only one british player in the team in walcott and usually he is on the bench.the manager is french and he favours french players over english which isn’t good.sureley their is enough english talent out there to coach into top players.the law should be no more than 5 foreign internationals in any squad and the rest from england.its the english premiership for christ sake,and we wonder why our national team is crap.

  • 2 Obafan // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Just read at BBC gossip that Viduka might stop his Australia career and prefers Newcastle. Hope this is true.

  • 3 faustino // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Sky, in their usual accurate way, paraphrased this as ‘Bobby picks Chelsea to beat Liverpool…yadda yadda’ I think it’s obvious that all the headline writers do is read until they hit something they can make look interesting and then not bother to read the rest.

  • 4 Spyro // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    its stupid to be happy a team is out just because of they do not have manby english players. Liverpool will lose to Chelsea hopefully as their “magic” in europe comes from poor refereeing decisions and the fact that they are well and trully out of the title race by january/february almost every single year, thus they can rest players in the league and have the WHOLE FIRST ELEVEN fresh for the champions league, they are a disgrace and rafa is a shite manager.

    then again they will probably con chelsea out of progressing just like they did a couple of years ago with that luis garcia goal that never crossed the line, lol.

  • 5 Knightbobmoncur // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    I could have predicted a response from SPYRO (Dragooner) like that.
    He is a gooner masquerading as a Toon fan on here and has done for ages.

    Paul the pom, congrats, you outed the rat!!

    Thats why everything he says about the toon is WRONG!!

  • 6 Spyro // Apr 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    knight grow up you twat, “hes a gooner, hes a gooner”, how old are you? lol

  • 7 Spyro // Apr 10, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    knight you have a similar writing style to Davey G. lacks any real content and very child-like sentences. hmmm lol

  • 8 Punk Skunk // Apr 10, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Er, england now have ‘foreign’ managers!..
    …But anyway, who cares?..
    …Geordie 1st, last & always!..

    …england is doon sooth!..
    …in the ‘home’ counties!..

  • 9 Knightbobmoncur // Apr 10, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    SPYRO/Columbo, you could be correct, considering he is my Brother !!!

    I did enjoy the way he kept proving you not just wrong but very wrong and your little bets regarding results in the allardyce era etc etc etc. I think one was something like, “you will see a major improvement in the next 4-5 games which will hoist us up the table” Davey G (My Bro) said you havent a clue we are going 1 way mate, downwards (Or words to that effect) 2 points out of a possible 15 then followed!!! You font of knowledge you!

    Thing is our kid actually works for a marketing agency, that is very close to NUFC!!! He knows quite a bit of what goes on ;-)……….

    Best not to argue with him, he always wins as I have found out on many many many occasions!!!!

    Stick to supporting Arsenal, they tend to win more than us and they are renouned for being whingeing whining southern softies…………….like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 10 Davey G // Apr 10, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Knightbob (Rob), you still owe me 50 dabs!!!

    Dont argue with spyro/dragoner, the all seeing toon sage!! Remember he used to shout me down for questioning BSA!! As he done wonders for the toon on and off the pitch!!!!! OBVIOUSLY………….

    I dont entertain him now, he keeps calling everyone a child, and says they are child like when they criticise, YET, he was on here a few days back saying, “dont listen to spyro, as it is my room mate playing on my computer” ha ha ha ha!!

    Mmmmmm, is it some sort of reverse psychology he is trying on us lot????????

    Not arsed about Arsenal/Liverpool/Chelski.

    Toon to beat Portsmouth 2-1 at the weekend!
    Thats the result that matters!!!!!!!!

  • 11 Spyro // Apr 10, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    oh my god, how sad, one person pretending to be two different people. everyone on here with half a brain cell will have figured you out Davey G, you have just completely embarrassed yourself yet again, lol

    “hes my brother” LOL! priceless

  • 12 Jack Franklin // Apr 10, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Will all of you shut up and get on with talking about Newcastle? Jesus.

    Robson is a great guy – I have a signed birthday card from him :D One of the best managers and general football people ever. Huge respect to him.

  • 13 Leo // Apr 10, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    aww, i want a signed birthday card from bobby, its my 21st on tuesday, i could write to jim will fix it haha.

    also just a note, people should watch their language because there are some young readers on this site and we dont want them getting bad habits at such a young age, thanks boi’s

  • 14 hanzemre // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    :) Toon that matters. be United to win.

  • 15 clinta // Apr 11, 2008 at 5:13 AM

    Agree toon first, players, opinions etc..than we can maybe talk about england, one thing we shouldn’t bother with are petty arguments, email them individually to one another i don’t want to read them?!

    i assume were all toon fans here? and we all have a right to an opinion.

    spot on Leo, keep it clean for the young lads.

  • 16 Knightbobmoncur // Apr 11, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    SPYRO, believe what you want matey.
    In your little child like world, but interesting to see that you have no argument against what you are accused.

    Davey G Born 1971
    Knightbobmoncur Born 1974

    Both been NUFC season ticket holders for 20 years and going to matches for approx 25 years. Thick and thin, He is thick and I am thin he he.

    How long have you been going SPYRO??
    I would wager, never regularly since you hale from Landan and support Arsey nil.

    But as my Bro says, I think you are cracking one off when someone debates with you so you wont be getting anymore out of me.

    I only speak to people with common sense and a hint of knowledge about our wonderful club!!

    You aint got any matey.
    Keep your predictions up I am sure you must amuse someone!!! The ‘lol’ at the end of each sentence says it all………..

    55 quid to watch sky highlights and become a professional in all things NUFC!
    100 quid lekky bill for excessive internet use!!
    Spouting shit constantly about a team you reckon you know well and being talked down by true fans coz you are constantly and indefensibly wrong !! Now thats PRICELESS….




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