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Steve Bruce Gets Emotional When Talking About Sir Bobby

9:41 am, Saturday, October 30th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

Steve Bruce often called Bobby Robson to seek advice during his management career.

John Carver with Bobby Robson at Newcastle

We all love Bobby Robson, and he is one of favorite football men of all time – in fact the favorite of all time.

And Robson was not just a wonderful manager, but also a great man, and it turns out he was a mentor and friend to Geordie lad Steve Bruce over his management career, and in fact it’s revealed today that Bobby wrote a letter to Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn to help get Steve the Sunderland manager job.

This is what Steve Bruce told the Journal this morning, in what turned out to be an emotional interview, with Steve choking up while talking to Luke Edwards about Bobby:

“I spoke to Bobby at length about coming to Sunderland,” . “He was ill and there were times during my time in management that I would ring him for advice. The sad thing was that, when I did eventually come up here, he passed away.”

“Lady Elsie still comes, regularly, and is always welcome. I know Sir Bobby wrote a fantastic letter to Niall, which I thank him for.” “It was him that wrote to Niall and said that I am the man for the job.”

“I was not aware of that until Niall revealed it to me – probably because I gave him my house in Portugal every year.” “No, that was just the sort of man he was.” “I miss him, I’m sure everyone else does, and occasions like this it would have been great had he been around. I have not seen that letter, Niall has still got it though.”

It turns out that Steve Bruce was offered the Newcastle job in 2004, when Bobby was still officially manager of the club, and that was the major reason he didn’t want to take it, and has said today it just wasn’t right.

It was all in the papers of course that once Bobby was sacked Steve was always Chairman Shepherd’s number one target, but he still wasn’t comfortable in taking the position, and after agonizing over it for a good few days, he didn’t take the job.

We haven’t heard that reason before,  for why Steve turned down the Newcastle United job, but it doesn’t put Freddy Shepherd in good light, that’s for sure, offering Steve the job when Bobby was still our manager.

Comments welcome.



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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 leedodd // Oct 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Seems Like We should have had Him at Newcastle But The Timing was all Wrong – I think we all Know Steve would Rather Be at Newcastle Than Sunderland But he would Not Have Dumped On Sir Bobby at any Rate . Newcastles Loss Sunderlands Gain !!!!! Mind You Steve Would Have Told Mike Ashley To Get Lost and Leave anyway Like Keegan Did !!!

  • 2 Sav // Oct 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    SBR was Newcastle through and through –

    and getting the Mackems lumbered with aul’ Brucie was clearly part of his masterplan for NE domination.

    What a legend! He’ll be chuckling now.

  • 3 carollno9 // Oct 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Loved SBR he took us to Champs league and top 4 in prem, Souness tore all his good work apart and Fat Sam finished it off! Hughton only now putting it all right again! If he gets sacked its an absolute joke, best manager weve had since Bobby!!

  • 4 ToonJon // Oct 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Easily the best manager we had :)

    For me we are where we are now for one reason only.

    The sacking of SBR by Fat Freddy Shepard. Ever since HE sacked SBR weve gone donw hill so all our problems was because of Freddy Shepard.

    Maybe Huhgton is our next Bobby Robson :D

    (has anyone notcied how when being interviewd hughton hair looks half black and half grey/white, maybe its an omen :D)




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