Mourinho Generous In Tribute To Bobby Robson

The great Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea and Porto coach, and now manager at Inter Milan has today paid his respect to his mentor, Bobby Robson, who passed away earlier today.


Jose Mourinho – generous in tribute to Bobby Robson

Jose  Mourinho  was generous in his tribute to the great man as he talked today about his  former mentor at Barcelona:

“Bobby Robson is one of those people who will never die, not just for what he did in his career but for everything that he gave to those who, like me, were lucky to know him and walk by his side,”

“It was hard for me to hear the news, because I didn’t want to think that he was dying, it wasn’t that image of Bobby Robson that I wanted to keep forever.”

“I wanted, and I will always keep it with me, the Bobby Robson of every day, a man with an extraordinary passion for life and football, with extraordinary enthusiasm.”

And former Dutch international Stan Valckx, who played for Bobby at PSV Eindhoven and then followed him to Sporting Lisbon, and was with him last weekend at the football match Sir Bobby had organized and played at St. James’ Park said today:

“To be honest, he had no real interest in tactics,”

‘Some people think tactics win games but the point about Bobby was he was such an admired manager that every player was prepared to go the extra mile for him,”

“That was the difference between him and other coaches. The most important thing for him was that we didn’t let the team down, which meant running, fighting, giving everything.”

“And I don’t think he had any enemies, which is very rare in this crazy world of football.”

The tributes have been pouring in today for the great man and these are just the latest two.

But we wanted to put up the Jose Mourinho’s words, because Jose seems to have a way of capturing things with his words, and he has done just that with his statement today.

Bobby Robson has left a wonderful legacy in football – a winner who nevetheless was even better at being a good and decent human being.

That’s Bobby’s life in a nutshell.

45 comments so far

  • listie

    Aug 1, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Been on holiday last week just got back to the sad news about Sir Bobby, god how we could do with someone of his class in Newcastle at the moment.

  • baro

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #3

    But i don’t believe because it is not on any site besides the footy mad. Is it

    Sirous Mahjoob


    Ahmad bin Said Al Maktouum

  • baro

    Aug 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Hey you guys if you check this site is number 30 an calculation error (lol) or is it Sirous Mahjoob??

  • magpie6699

    Aug 1, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Guys – I want to believe we are sold
    – but see Mail online – EXCLUSIVE:
    says Shearer is rejoining BBC because Ashley can’t sell the club.
    Oh joy – what does one believe now?

  • zico martin

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #6

    magpie – i to would love to believe we have been sold ,but i won’t until i see it on ssn.
    And i would even believe the weather page in the mail they are absolute bs peddlers

  • NotAGhostToon

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #7

    That program about sir bobby was emotional, What an inspirational man

  • baro

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Guys I think we are hours away of being sold to a guy who has $28 billioooonnn!!! Go to or e-soccer

  • baro

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #9

    I totall believe it cuz he the guy who has an relationship with dubais leader has already tryed to buy Liverpool

  • baro

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! iits very close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 28 billion that is 28 times mike Ashley fattta*5

  • beyethegreat

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #11

    not a ghost toon

    agreed also did you hear the local tune it sounded quite good without the giutar-not that it doesnt sound amazing with the guitar though also i dont believe well be sold ps theres only one bobby robson

  • nufcc

    Aug 1, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #12

    the takeover from dubai could be true as dubai is going into a reccession now and people want to invest elsewhere for profit and stability. but this is just what i think.

  • baro

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #13
  • baro

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Ahmad bin Said Al Maktouum

    Will be our new owner within 48 hours

  • baro

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the same person he also goes by that

  • Lancelot

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #16

    This news IF true is fantastic!

    Bobby Robson – true legend.


  • Toon1978

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Wouldn’t believe this what so ever, sorry lads but there has been to many downs and with Sir Bobby Robson having just passed away the future looks grim,everthing to do with our beloved club is a bloody cursed.

  • Raffo

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Why would they buy us and not liverpool? not true and wont get sucked into this again

  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:22 AM


  • Tino 11

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #20

    baro if you read the posts in footymad link you posted most people think it is a wind up, and “tanya” is clearly a bloke.

  • baro

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #21

    TIno 11

    Ya for some reason i was on tanyas side

  • baro

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #22


    I believe its true

  • Early doors

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #23

    FFS! Some of yous are dafter the Batty and thats saying sumthing. “DIC head ,,,,” errrr, I thinks its a p1$$ take man

  • Doocey

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #24

    I’m not really falling for this either but I think we’ll be sold , to who, I don’t know.

    This source seems pretty confident though and is a respected member of that site.

    Wait and see.

  • Tom Mo.

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #25

    easyyyy baro

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Any buyer would be good for Toon as the situation is today. But one of the wealthiest men on the globe would certainly help…

    Let’s wait and see, something should happen soon now. It’s a shame this club is down in the CCC, let’s hope we’re back where we belong in a years time.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Aug 2, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Sir Bobby Robson. Above eveything else he achieved in Football he was a True Gentleman, lost but never forgotten.
    Goodnight and rest in peace kind Sir, forever in my heart.
    Ri Na Cruinne. X

  • Lancelot

    Aug 2, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Anyone else think the headline : “DIC Head moves in on Newcastle” is sort of hilarious?

    Sometimes this sh1t writes itself!

    Just a little note for anyone that wanted to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation – you can do so at :


  • Rodzilla

    Aug 2, 2009 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Lads and lasses, it’s really quite humorous, in an almost twisted way, reading the general views of the average TOON fan through the medium of cyberspace.

    How we, as almost stupidly-loyal fans, have evolved through generations of expectation/humiliation, Toon-inflicted degradation and media-spotlight inflammation of the same-old/same-old situation.

    We are the free-diver; reaching depths so murky, launched shopping trollies mouldy and lodged between stuff from what may be the thirties acknowledge our presence as bungee-bound certainties, back up to the silvery glints of respect. lowest, knee-deep in a pirate ship, the way back up North is a serious trip, and with fool’s gold in treasure too heavy to carry to light, there’s a salvage boat, look!………………………………….

    …or am I talking sh1te?

    …riddle me dee, riddle me boll0cks, you decide………

  • ginkoh

    Aug 2, 2009 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #31

    Another bull shiXX press give us hope for joking us again. May be it’s true but I don’t want to believe it until any official news appear.

    How many time Dailymail show their stupidly ? come one guys, anything can change in 5 minutes.

  • baro

    Aug 2, 2009 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Hey guys we have another guy interested in buying newcastle who was introduced by ex chairman john hall. It doesn’t say his name but it does say he is a very wealthy south African diamond billionaire. It also says he will have funds for new players. Let’s hope this can be a good Sunday. It is on the Sunday express.

  • baro

    Aug 2, 2009 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #33

    I just wish we are sold to the DIC group. He has freekin $28 billion

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #34

    the best player Martins was sold, no hope lol this coming season………poor

  • Graeme

    Aug 2, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #35

    Sooo sad about Sir Bobby – one of life’s true Gentlemen.

    The difference between SBR and Mr Ashley can be summed up in one word -“CLASS”! Bobby has it in spades, Ashley has no concept of what it means.

    RIP a true legend.

  • Wigaz

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Well said Graeme. It is such a shame that Bobby left this earth seeing his beloved NUFC in such tatters. We have never been the same since he was so wrongly sacked. I just wish that Shearer had been installed as manager as bobby had suggested then i’m sure it would have brought a smile to his face. I for one hope these DIC rumours are true & it would be the perfect news after such a sad few days. There are papers today saying that shearer will be on the BBC couch next sat for WBA game. Wouldn’t be surprised like. When does the transfer window shut again? I hope Beckford is our new no 9 really think this lad could do the business for us. We should get Lovenkrans back & give him no 10. I reckon he would do a good job too. Mind you new owners & Shearer in before all that.

  • magforlife

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #37

    This could be the cruelest rumour of all if not true that the Dubai Royal family are about to take over. Info from my brother who lives in Dubai that the Maktoums have been looking to get into football for a while aiming for Liverpool takeover. Now that Man City are owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family, the other neighbouring ruling families will look to compete which is their nature.
    Mohammed bin Rashid is the current ruler of Dubai but his family are known as Maktoum.
    If this rumour is true, we have hit the jackpot as fans but if not, as i said, its the cruelest rumour of all.

  • magforlife

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #39

    No mention of a takeover in Dubai this morning so my hopes have already faded.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #40

    Yet another hoax? Probably I think we all should just keep quiet & wait to see what happens as hard as that will be. We are all in a state of distress with the problems at the toon & with SBR dying. Keep the faith hopefully it will all be sorted out soon & do what I am now doing, not reading the newspapers especially the Daily Mail


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