Former Chelsea boss Mourinho, now in charge at Inter Milan, worked under Robson at Barcelona and the pair have remained very close since that time, and Jose today has spoken about Robson’s plight with his terminal cancer.
Jose Mourinho – former Chelsea manager – now at Inter Milan
Robson tried to bring Jose to Newcastle as assistant manager back in 1999, but Jose at that that time was looking for a manager job himself.
And Mourinho, clearly saddened by his mentor’s plight, said today:
“Mr Robson is a winner, all his life he has been a winner.” “When he was born, as he grew, his history as a football player, as a manager, against his illness … he’s a winner for ever.”
“He taught me to be ready to fight for everything you love, for everything you believe in.” “He loves life and he loves his family.”
“He enjoys life so much, he’ll fight – and I’ll be at his side always. He is fantastic, and has made his mark on me as a person and a friend.”
“For me, more important than the manager is the person. When I worked with him he spoke a lot about the England job, but the only moment I realized exactly what he was talking about was when I was living and working in England.”
“Then I realized how difficult it would be to be England manager for eight years – and do it so well.” “His career deserved a World Cup Final, but he just did not have that little bit of luck that, if you’re going to be winners of big competitions, you need.”
“But his career was absolutely beautiful. Every day is a day of passion for him and he will for ever be a legend in England, and particularly at the clubs where he left his mark.”
Earlier in the week, Bobby Robson, who is revered on Tyneside and watched and supported Newcastle United all his life, said of his doctors’ prognosis:
“I have accepted what they have told me and I am determined to make the most of what time I have left.”
“I am going to die sooner rather than later. But then everyone has to go some time, and I have enjoyed every minute.”
“I have been fortunate to survive this long. It is thanks to the doctors and their dedication.”
Jose’s a good man, and he’s often said that everything he knows about football he learned from Bobby Robson.
Certainly Sir Bobby Robson has built some legacy in his life, but the major one is that he’s such a great person and loved by so many, both inside and outside the world of football.
It will be a very sad day when he is no longer with us.