Reports in Holland suggest Newcastle will play a pre-season friendly against Dutch side PSV Eindhoven at the end of July.
The reports suggest that it will be to mark the first anniversary of the great Sir Bobby Robson’s death last year.
That’s a great idea, and something Newcastle should do every July, and play against one of Bobby’s former clubs every July in pre-season.
Bobby managed both Newcastle United and PSV during his 36 year management career.
These are the sides Bobby managed in his career:
1969–1982 Ipswich Town
1990–1992 PSV Eindhoven
1992–1994 Sporting CP
1998–1999 PSV Eindhoven
1999–2004 Newcastle United
So there are some of the clubs that Newcastle can meet in pre-season, and at the same time remember the career of a great man and beloved person in the game of football.
Certainly after the ceremony at Durham Cathedral last September the Newcastle players seemed to be inspired, and produced some magnificent attacking football in walloping Ipswich 4-0 at Portman Road, one of their best performances of the season.
Bobby Robson with assistant John Carver while at Newcastle
And we know current Newcastle manager Chris Hughton says that the memories of Bobby Robson are always with him, as he uses the same office Bobby used during his magical 5 years managing his home-town club.
Robson spent a full five years as manager of Newcastle between 1999 and 2004, and had Newcastle in the Champions League in two of those years, but then Freddy Shepherd sacked him because the team had a bad start to the 2004-2005 season and we had only finished 5th the season before.
Not good enough – give me a break.
Of course Bobby almost had England in the final of the World Cup in 1990 when the lads lost a penalty shoot-out to West Germany, who went onto beat Argentina in the final.
And after his time as England manager ended, following the 1990 World Cup, Robson took over as PSV boss and won the title two seasons in a row before leaving in 1992.
He returned to PSV Eindhoven in 1998 and managed the club for one more season, leading them to a third-place finish and qualification for the Champions League, before taking the Newcastle job to replace the sacked Ruud Gullit.
It will be a fitting tribute to one of the greatest ever England managers in the game.