Can Newcastle Get Back To Good Times Under Bobby Robson?


The last time Newcastle were flying high was around eight years ago when Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.

John Carver and Bobby Robson – when Newcastle were a top club

In his final three seasons at the club (2002-2004),  Bobby had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th position in the Premier League and twice qualified his home town club for the European Champions League.

And John Carver was his assistant at the time, but then Bobby was sacked in late August of 2004 by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd,  and the club went on a decline.

That decline was only turned around last season, when the lads got out of the second division at the very first attempt, and with a little luck Newcastle could finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season.

John Carver is of course back as Assistant manager at Newcastle, and seems to be working well with manager Alan Pardew, and he thinks the club is on the right track to get back towards the top, but of course it will take time.

This is what John said at yesterday’s first annual Sir Bobby Robson Foundation charity golf day:

“The club now is different to what it was then because of what has happened to it,”

“If you cast your mind back to where we were and what we did and where we are now, its slightly different.”

“But we understand how we need to get back to where we were and its something that will take a little bit of time.”

“Everyone understands that, the fans in particular, and hopefully if we do it the right way and try to build it the right way.”

“That’s what the owners are trying to do – we’ll go in the right direction.”

Most Newcastle fans are waiting to see what will happen in the summer transfer window, after the club surprisingly sold one of their top local players, striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January.

If somehow the club can bring in 6 new players, and maybe let one or two leave the club, then it will have been a good summer transfer window for the club, following a disastrous one in January.

That seems to be the aim this summer, at least from what Alan Pardew says, since owner Mike Ashley never says anything, but of course what you want to do and what you can do are often  two different things.

But certainly it seems that the necessary homework and scouting missions have been completed, and Newcastle have identified their transfer targets, and now the job is to get them on Tyneside before September rolls around.

That’s the goal – and we live in hope – as usual.

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • NorseMag

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Wow, this article really didn’t say anything did it?

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  • GeordieRob

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    From the title I assumed that Bobby was coming back… Now that would be something!

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah I thought maybe we had a kid called Bobby Robson in the academy or something like that.

    I think ‘Can Newcastle ever get back to the good times of Sir Bobby Robson’ would work better 🙂

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    ed upload a article abt NUFC targets since u said tat the scouting work is completed

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  • djm...

    Apr 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Only the clubs involved know the actual targets, and rightly so.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    not really, he’s dead !

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  • Billy1985

    Apr 28, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    love to see newcastle back into europe and even the champions league but its going to be a while yet. i have the shirt signed off the team and bobby when they reached the semi final when drogba knocked us out and i would love to add another shirt of a semi final to my wall or even a final. i can see us doing well and with a bit luck who knows cmon the toon

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #8

    To be honest, PESSIMISTICALLY this next 2 seasons we still struggle to go to Europe. Maybe in 3 years time we can achieve the Euro League Spot

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  • solano

    Apr 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Why 3years Brutoon? It can be achieved quicker with the right investment, luck and attitude……..Keegan did it in his 1st season……Tottenham were bottom of the league two years ago…….Birmingham are in now via a cup win……what we lack is ambition. Liverpool were struggling badly in January but look how they’ve turned things around with no capital outlay…the current regime constantly talk down our chances because it serves their purpose…..the Premiership standards are grossly exaggerated and we are a very mediocre part of it, but opportunities existed in January to make a concerted movement towards those European places which, as we all know, were spurned in the pursuit of profit. We all live in hope for our 1st successful transfer window, this summer, but don’t hold your breath too long…..

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  • Sav

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #10

    “If you cast your mind back to where we were and what we did and where we are now, its slightly different. But we understand how we need to get back to where we were and its something that will take a little bit of time.

    “Everyone understands that, the fans in particular, and hopefully if we do it the right way and try to build it the right way – which is what the owners are trying to do – we’ll go in the right direction.”

    Holy shit! I’d hate to listen to one of his tactical team talks if they are all as incomprehensible as that. My heed’s spinning trying to figure out where we were before we were turned the right way roond.

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