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.