Jose Mourinho Tribute To Bobby Robson

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.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • clarke_19_rangers

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    it is good mourinho has said that
    a really hope they change it from the east to the sir bobby robson stand
    i will probley call it that from now on anyway.

  • DanToon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Good on ya Jose, all the best to you Sir Bobby!

  • Spyro

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    glad to hear those comments from Jose

  • TomPoon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Nice words about a truely great man.

    Should never have been sacked.

    Maybe one day Jose will follow in his foot steps and manage the toon. Heres hoping!

  • toon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Love you Sir Bobby

  • hgjfkd

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    nice words from jose

  • Graham

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Great to see Jose’s comments.

    For a man who is arrogant (and I like him for it), his comments show that he puts, at least some of his success as a manager down to Bobby.

  • russ

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    god bless sir bobby your the best , thanks for the meories

  • Wor Bobby

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Who knows? Maybe the special one will follow in his mentor’s footsteps…

  • beye the great

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    imagine that coaching team robson and mourinho great comments from jose it shows that therre is more important things than football and also shows a rare bit of humility from mourinho and you can see he is genuinly saddened by the news

  • dave v

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Well said Jose, Bobby, thanks for the wonderful memories and God bless you, you will never be forgotten.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Great comments from Jose of a great man…..

    SBR is a legend and should never have been sacked by Shepherd!

    Sir Bobby, please enjoy your remaining days with your family and friends.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 10, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Brilliantly put Jose!..
    …Thanx for your kind, heartfelt words!..
    …That guy knows a LEGEND when he meets one!..


  • leeattie

    Aug 10, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    bobby robson, what a guy! nicely put my jose mourinho, think mr shephard should take on board whats been said, that stupid prat should never have sacked sir bobby,

  • Soren

    Aug 10, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Good words from Jose. Sir Bobby is a true inspiration.

  • Chilly

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Surely NUFC can organize some sort of friendly/charity match in tribute to the Great Sir Bobby Robson. If it was staged at St James’, or anywhere else where he’s adored, such as Ipswich, and clubs produced special shirts as we did for Alan Shearers testimonial match, i’m sure the tickets would sell out mega-fast and the shirt sales would be enermous which could really be priceless help for Sir Bobby Robson’s charity organization.

    Theres plenty of potential teams to have the match against like Ipswich Town, Barcalona, we could even get Jose Mourihno involved and play against inter with some sort of Selected XI for each team.

    What do you guys think?

  • Graham

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree with Chilly. I think it’s about time N U F C did something to right the terrible wrong of sacking Sir Bobby before it’s too late. A charity match, with the proceeds going to Bobby’s fund for cancer would a fitting way to do it.

  • the son of shearer

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    robson is a legend in any geordies eyes, he turned the club around when we was destined for the drop. apart from kk hes the only manager to put his heart into the club surely a match should be arranged if not to support bobbys family but at least for cancer research. select XI against ipswich would be fitting.

  • D.C.

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Good to see even the special one knows to respect SBR.

  • Jon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Someone needs to get a petition to Mike Ashley about renaming a stand after him.

    I think he’d listen and it’d be a good last tribute for Sir Bobby before he leaves us.

  • Tommy

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Legend.. I was disgusted at the way he was turfed out of Newcastle..

    I’m not going to win any fans by saying this, but I was absolutely shocked by the way that Shearer sided with The Fat One and Souness immediately after..

    He done the job for us on the pitch, there is no doubt about that, but I’m starting to see Gullits side to things now a days..

  • Kelvin Koogan

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #22

    A truly great man,

    It will forever be a shame on our club that he was sacked by fat Freddy at the start of what would have been his last season. And for what?…bloody Graham Souness.
    We.. the fans were not innocent. Many were on his back towards the end
    Bobby never got the send off he deserved from the club. We will forever regret that he didn’t replace Keegan first time around.

    May God grant him the strength to face what he faces now.

  • Hadrian

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #23

    well you can do your old mate a favor jose and take the toon job sometime in your carear 😀

  • Piers

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #24


  • Ryan Bob

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Sir Bobby was always the manager I respected the most. Humility and loyalty personified, I felt that he never got the recognition he deserved. I hate Mourinho for his showmanship, but this was really proper of him to acknowledge SBR’s contribution to his professional development.

    I was absolutely aghast when I learnt about Sir Bobby’s sacking, and when I couldn’t see who FFS would bring in that could match his calibre.

    We finished 5th the previous season. And he never saw it fit to blast the people (the sod FFS and the ungrateful Dyers and Bellars) who gave him grief and caused his departure.


  • magsie

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #26

    We were talkin at work the other day about this Charity thing “cancer” Bobby`s been involved in tryin 2 make so much money, it said he`d reached his half way target of 500k last wk, he`s been doing it for ages now and is it just me but 500k? to us its a fortune but to people in football its nowt! Would`nt you think Toons top brass and x pro`s who are loaded would say here Bob we`ll match that or better it? Or is it just me expecting too much!!!

  • shearer4pm

    Aug 10, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    mourinho in when keegan goes,
    amazing that sir bobby is so posative, great man great great man

  • Colo's Curly Locks

    Aug 10, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #28

    jose was very nearly our assistant manager under sir bobby. imagine tht partnership! we finished 3rd with bobby, so would a prem win have been on the cards if the special one had been there as well? lol

    i really like mourinho and would love him to manage the toon one day

  • kagthemag

    Aug 10, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #29

    two awesome managers with totally different styles. Bobby is a great man (read his book and see) one of the old school. Jose is one of the new school – however both should be respected for different reasons.

    I think we should pay respect before anything happens rather than after. I for one, felt we needed a change. Too many of the younger players disrespected bobby, he tried the old school method of an arm around the players shoulder. However they took the piss!!!
    bellamy, dyer your a disgrace!!! Sir bobby – reflect on your life & achievements with geordie pride!!

  • sobby

    Aug 10, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Where are all the Geordie hypocrites who wanted Robson out? Karma you’re where you are now.

  • Mad Pierre

    Aug 10, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #31

    A shock to hear this about a true geordie legend.
    Very kind words from Jose which will be well appreciated by all NUFC and England fans alike.
    The charity match sounds a perfect way to show our respect for a gentlman and raise some much needed revenue for his charity.
    I completely support those who berate his undeserved sacking.

  • Mad Pierre

    Aug 11, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #32

    well said kagthmag!!

  • chuck

    Aug 11, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #33

    Sir Bobby was a great manager, he deserved better.
    We are saddened to hear of his condition.
    He was a genuine geordie hero and we the fans thank you Jose for your tribute.

  • Josh. Reeve

    Aug 11, 2008 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #34

    We can all learn a lesson from Jose, and Sir Bobby.

    Dignity is the MOST important thing, along with self respect, both of these men present these two qualities brilliantly.

    this is no coincidence, not many people can face what Sir Bobby has faced, and come out of it with the dignity, and respect he has.

    God bless you Sir Bobby.

    Something needs to be done in rememberence, or to help his cancer fund.


  • kagthemag

    Aug 11, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #35

    To sobby – maybe they didn’t post!!! most people wanted bobby as a manager & he actually didnt do too badly. Football is about opinions not hypocrisy.

  • Rob West Australia

    Aug 11, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #36

    By far the BEST toon manager Shepard you should depart this world before BOBBY.

  • Christiano ronaldo

    Aug 11, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #37

    bobby the lagend fair f**cks

  • beye the great

    Aug 11, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #38

    to be fair dyer has said sorry to sir bobby apparentley those 2 were best friends at newcastle and still talk everyday i know not a lot of toon fans think alot baout dyer but i thought he was a good player with england potential when fit though i am not condoning what they did especially as sir bobby gave them thier chance at the big time on a different note i doubt we will se jose as next manager i would be happy for him to come but a lot of fans would not be able to handle the boring football and would get on his back although i agree a tournament would be a good idea and there is a petition to name the east stand after sir bobby just look at 1 of eds other articles

  • nufc toon malaysia

    Aug 11, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #39

    wow..what a tremendos word from jose..n he was almost a newcastle assistant..n if bobby robson leave or retired as a manaher,he is the next 1..but he certainly look for as a manager…to bad…i’m so grief about the cancer of bobby robson..


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