We’ve often said that we think a football manager’s greatest attribute, is an ability to inspire players to play at their very best.
John Carver with Newcastle manager Bobby Robson
Chris Hughton seemed to have that ability, since he had the Newcastle players playing very very well, once he first took over at the club, almost two years ago now.
And of course one of the greatest ever English managers was Sir Bobby Robson, and Bobby had that ability born into him, it would seem.
Bobby took over a Newcastle side second bottom of the league with only a handful of points in late August of 1999, when he took over from the hapless Ruud Gullit, whose man-management abilities were seemingly non-existent.
And maybe one of Bobby’s best ever seasons was when he got Newcastle past 50 points that season, with an exhibition of inspirational management that hasn’t been seen too many times in the Premier League since then.
And in Bobby’s first home game as Newcastle manager, we were playing Sheffield Wednesday who were the bottom of the table side, and the lads won 8-0 and were 5-0 up at half time.
It was very good for the goal difference too.
Alan Shearer equaled the maximum number of goals by any player in a Premier League game with 5, and after the game Bobby made the famous statement that you cannot win by more than 9-0.
But of course the score was 8-0. 😀
Gary Speed, the new Wales manager, is preparing his side for the game with England tomorrow in a European Championship Qualifying game, and he came out today and paid some compliments to the great man.
And one thing he said was that 8-0 win had nothing at all to do with tactics or anything like that – the players were just completely inspired by Bobby.
Speed has played for three former Newcastle managers in Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish, who signed Gary for Newcastle, and Sam Allardyce, and this is how he talked about Uncle Bobby:
“Bobby was fantastic, there are so many memories. He pops into my head a lot, things he said, things he did. I’m my own man, you have to be as a manager, but obviously there are things I picked up. It’s the same with Sam Allardyce at Bolton.”
“Bobby was just a fantastic man manager, he knew how to get the best out of his players. In his first game we won 8-0 against Sheffield Wednesday, that wasn’t tactics, or coaching, that was purely down to the manager and his ability to get players to run through brick walls for him.”
Fans at his former clubs have told us that Alan Pardew is an excellent man manager, and there’s never been a better time for Alan to inspire his troops to play at their very very best than right now.
If we can do that against Wolves, then we will get a win, and nerves will be significantly calmed on Tyneside.
Sounds good to us!