Sir Bobby Robson’s Kind Of Toon

Sir Bobby Robson has a new book out called My Kind Of Toon.

The Newcastle United club has been dragged through the mud these last several weeks, with significant ridicule and mockery at the way things have been handled at the club, but we will not dwell on that right now.

The great man still thinks everything is in place for a good experienced manager to come in and take Newcastle United where they belong – to the top.

Of course as many managers have found out, there are unique pressures and stresses that accompany the top job at St James’ Park, and many managers have been failures at the club over the last 10 years or so. In fact the only one who hasn’t is Bobby himself, since Kevin Keegan resigned the first time.

Here are a couple of excerpts from the book:

“Other managers, most with an elevated profile, have struggled at Newcastle, but I certainly do not regard it as some sort of poison chalice,” “It really should work. It has been a buying club, chairmen have attempted to find money for their managers, they have a fantastic public and a full ground.”

“It is my opinion that only Manchester United and Arsenal have bigger names and stadiums. Newcastle may not have Chelsea’s finances, but we’re a bigger club.”

“It’s all there for a manager to be successful, provided he makes sensible buys, knows the game well, is tactically adept and can motivate players and enforce discipline. But relationships are vital.

“The manager and his directors are crucial to each other. If it’s a good partnership and they are backing each other up, if the scouting network is solid and the purchase of players is sensible and correct, there’s no reason why Newcastle can’t be in the top five or six every season.”

“The fact they haven’t got that far tells its own story. Managers are not magicians and we need proper tools to do our jobs, not wands. The most crucial aspect, as it always has been, is being given significant time on the grass.”

Joe Kinnear is the latest manager to experience that extra pressure at Newcastle, not least of all from some journalists, and of course that resulted in Joe’s tirade at the press last Thursday. It’s certainly like a goldfish bowl in Newcastle, and Bobby talks about those extra pressures:

“I don’t doubt that a young, inexperienced manager coming in to that world would find it a skirmish and a highly difficult proposition. So, for that matter, have many older chaps.”

“The highs are higher at Newcastle and the lows are… well, sometimes I could have done with my old pit helmet to explore those depths. I have described the feeling in the town as expectancy, but perhaps there is a better word – yearning.”

“With 52,000 yearning fans in the stadium every other week, appeasing them and respecting them, understanding their pride and plugging into their dreams, is a huge responsibility.”

“There may not have been cups or titles to celebrate – the next manager to provide them will go down in history as a legend – but for all the reasons I’ve mentioned, Newcastle is a big club and it needs a big manager.”

One person who we know will read the book, if he hasn’t already, is Joe Kinnear, who seems determined to immerse himself in the world of Newcastle United, and as we’ve seen in the last 10 days or so, it doesn’t take Joe much to be extremely enthusiastic about Newcastle United.

Join the crowd.

21 comments so far

  • Will

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1


  • brownrob

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Sir Bobby, a legend

  • Toon_Ksk

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Where can I get his autograph if i purchase this book?

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Some great insight in Sir Bob’s book he really sums up waht Newcastle United means to every Geordie & how Newcastle United is Newcastle & Newcastle is Newcastle United. As an expat having lived doon sooth for the past 27 years it’s difficult explaining what we Geordies are about. The extracts from Sir Bob’s book really sum it up. Every moaing southern press man should read this book and then they may understand

  • Manager Ganiyu

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    On the surface of relegation.

  • Whumpie

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m onto Amazon now. Should be a great read from someone whose opinion I trust. And in football, I can count people like that on the thumbs of one hand..

  • hitman

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    true gent,true legend,going to go and get his book the day..

  • wayne

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    I saw sir bobby on friday in whitley bay and although bobby needed a bit support from his freinds to stand he was a huge figure and was freindly to anyone who spoke to him top bloke

  • hitman

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    is he doing a book signing in the toon,anyone

  • Manager Ganiyu

    Oct 8, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Never seen him in this life.

  • Chris G

    Oct 8, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Manager Ganiyu // Oct 8, 2008 at 10:56

    Never seen him in this life.

    Piss off you little retard.

    For God’s sake just get off this site. Go and find another way to amuse yourself, because we don’t find you very funny.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 8, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Chris G,

    I totally agree with your views on Ganiyu the guy is
    quite plainly a retard of the highest order his comments are blanked on every thread anyway but i don’t think he gets the message.

    Wish Bobby all the best,True football gent.

  • Scotty nine

    Oct 8, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Super Legend Bob !!!!!

    Keep up the Fight !!!!!

  • Chris G

    Oct 8, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    sirjasontoon – well said, mate. Sir Bob is indeed a true football gent.

    Shame about Ganiyu though, but hopefully he will get the message one day.

  • BennyToon

    Oct 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Sir Bobby Robson = Mr Newcastle United.

    Pure Legend, An Inspiration To Us All.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 8, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #16

    its a shame he will never see us win a trophy
    the term legend id used too loosely bit not in sir bobbys case

  • Rich

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    If only Sir Bobby had come to the Toon a few years back – straight after Keegan had nearly clinched us the title and we went for Kenndy and he dismantled the team. We would have defo gone on to greater things. We could have been Challenging on all fronts the whole last decade. No doubts

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Cheers Chris,
    noticed his posts over the past few weeks and he is very very irritating..just blank him as most people do and i am sure he will return back to his little Gimp box.

  • Geordie Jayne

    Oct 8, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Sir Bob is truely one of the greats, I hope that we get our club sorted out for him to see, as it will be hurting him, as he is a great example of a Toon Supporter

  • Jamie G

    Oct 8, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Sounds by him description that Venables may be his choice.

  • m.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #21

    what a terrific person.


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