New Chelsea Manager So Inspired By Bobby Robson


Bobby Robson inspired many people in his long and very successful football career.

André Villas-Boas – inspired by the great Bobby Robson

Bobby finally passed away from cancer in July, 2009, just days following a match at St. James’ Park to celebrate the England vs Germany semi-final of the 1990 World Cup, when England were eventually beaten on penalties.

That match attracted many personalities in football, who were  only too willing to show their thanks to a man who was an inspiration to a lot of us.

We know Jose Mourinho has often talked in glowing terms of Bobby, since Jose was his translator at Barcelona, when Bobby managed that famous club from 1996-1997.

It turns out that Bobby also had a big impact on new Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas, who has today paid tribute to the inspiration of the great man.

When Andre was just 16 and a born and bred Porto supporter, he lived in the same apartment building as Bobby Robson, who was managing FC Porto at that time (1995), and Bobby finally appointed Villas-Boas to Porto’s scouting department.

And under the guidance of Robson, who was always impressed with the youngster’s fluent English, he achieved his UEFA C coaching license at the young age of 17 in Scotland.

Andre was an assistant to Jose Mourinho at Porto, when they famously won the European Champions League in 2004, and he moved with Jose to both Chelsea and Inter Milan, to continue working with Jose, before finally taking over at Porto last season.

It’s really good to see that Villas-Boas has not forgotten the men who helped him achieve his meteoric success, and he had this to say about the inspirational Bobby Robson today:

“Bobby was a very important person in my career,””He was the person who advised me at a very young age to go on coaching courses and unlocked the doors of Porto for me to have access to his training sessions.”

“We had a very good relationship and he was someone I respected a lot and was respected in the world of  football.”

“What he did he did not only with me and Jose,  but with all different kinds of people, promoting them and inspiring them to take their own role and their own way.”

“He is somebody who means a lot to the English game and I think he would be happy of course, to see me here at Chelsea now.”

Villas-Boas has replaced Carlo Ancelotti as manager at the West London club, and we’ll be following his career closely now – just like we have followed the career of another former Robson prodigy, Jose Mourinho, who hasn’t done too bad in his management career so far.

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30 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    First task at Chelsea will hopefully be to sanction Sturridges move to us haha!

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    has any1 got a link this supposed game plan villas boas made for chelsea v nufc?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Stuart yer i think he might go for cheaper now Boas plannin on bringing Falcao and Hulk with him… 10mil maybe?

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  • Toonpiper

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Rumours that Alain Pardieu is interested in Jacques Cousteau, but he dives too often for my liking!

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    previous article said atletico is interested in Jonas.. streight swap for Eduardo Salvio.. he was on loan at benfica this year & this is the guy who could take club forward..

    damn..our midfield: tiote, cabaye, ben afra, marveaux & jonas, zog or perhaps salvio? midfield capable of scoring 30 goals next season..at least.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    I still think he’ll cost around £15m, hes just definately going to be leaving now if chelsea do get the strikers they’re after, and they’re definately getting at least Falcao.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    i dont think there’s a manager in the game today who has not been inspired by sir bobby, a true gentleman who knew the game inside and out and someone who truly left his mark on the game

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    I am not so sure Sturridge will leave this summer even on loan, as Boas has said every player will get a chance to prove themselves first, unless he only gives them the pre season to do that of course. There will be a lot of interest if he leaves them. So I see him going for between 15 to 20 million.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    @OAS

    The thing is though Chelsea have just spent £50m on Torres so he wont be dropped, this new manager is going to bring in the strikers he wants so he’ll obviously want to play them. Plus theres still Drogba, Anelka and Kalou.

    Any way you cut it Sturridge will still be low down in the pecking order and will probably ask for a move himself.

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  • Xavi

    Jun 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    i agree jackbutler

    also, respect to villas boas for what he has said about sir bobby.

    sturridge will know he has a hard time breaking into the team with torres and drobga ahead of him.

    would love him to sign for us but we dont appear to be going for him. not enough ‘SOURCES’ coming out and telling us we are interested haha

    hate those sources

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    I think he will let stturidge to us

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    we should get sturridge on loan.. let say ashley puts 20 mio offer for him..that would be a clubs transfer record..giving him no.9 & a bumpy deal.. thats a lot of pressure for a 21 year old.. 1st season loan & if he delivers then sign him..

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  • jordj95

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    roshan it depends on if he wants to come to us cos he liked bolton last season while on loan and if thy put in a high enough bid thy cud get him. dont get me wrong i think it wud be mint to get sturridge and i think there might be a chance but it all depends on different factors like all transfers

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Nightfall, both Marveaux and cabaye have a goal scoring record of about 1 in 6, I still think we need to replace carrolls and nolans (ba possibly does that if he stays fit) with a strong striking line up or we could struggle. We certainly look like we will have very creative and quick attacking options and great passing ability which should provide lots of opportunities but even Ben arfa is a 1 in 8 man, that’s if all these players stay/get fit. We need string striking options. I would go with one or two of Shane Long, Sedouye Doumbia, Sturridge and Erding. Erding’s record last year doesn’t look great but when you consider his strike partner is too similar a player and they got in each others way a lot last season that can possibly be scratched off. I suspect we’ll only get one more striker in though. Which is a gamble given all the injury prone players we have. I hope they factor that in.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Jackbutler – agreed, Sir Bobby was a marvellous man and inspiration for others.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    sturridge will be off to spurs,with modric going the other way.

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  • CLOIN

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #17

    We wont buy Sturridge.No way will MA pay 15-20 mill for a player,get real lads.

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #18

    OneAlanShearer

    true but thats the statistics since those players were 18 years old..if everything goes right they will be at their peaks in their next 3, 4 seasons..

    as for strikers..erding for 7 & sturridge on loan..+ zog..& mbengue if enrique leaves & were good to go..id also like a centerback..but id be more then happy with such transfer window.:)

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  • JackButler

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #19

    i think we’ll have neil taylor in to cover jose if (when) he leaves, he’s a great young player with massive potential who always gives 100%, but i would love for jose to sign his new deal with us, just can’t see it happening

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Sturridge is going to be englands no9 in the near future. I doubt Chelsea would let him go, but if he does become available I would spend 15mil on him. I would give him our no9 shirt. IMO.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Nightfall – true but we need these players to gel very quickly. We will have a virtually new midfield and striking line up this season, we need to hit the ground running. Quality strikers will help that. I really hope we keep barton, I think he’ll be very much needed to show these new players what the premiership is about. I hope we keep Enrique too but if he goes we need a quality replacement like you say.

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  • veto

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #22

    he’d be happier to see you coaching his beloved black and white .
    shame he’s still not around today , asking these muppets what there doing with his beloved club

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23

    GOS- Yep but we have to remember this is Ashley, I would love it if he went all out for Sturridge but I would be shocked if he did. He is running the club sensibly and we appear to be getting some fantastic bargains, but to buy someone of that quality he’ll have to up the ante. Fingers crossed but I suspect it’ll be Erding and that’s it.

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  • Xavi

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #24

    OneAlanShearer

    so you dont think we will spend that 35mill?

    i didnt think we would either

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #25

    im conviced sturridge will go to spurs.
    spurs say they wont sell modric to chelsea,
    chelsea know,spurs are intrested in sturridge.
    so it will be cash + sturridge, for modric.

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  • veto

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    forgot to say it never suprises me how many peole within football and out of it share a connection to bobby .
    he got me trials at ipswich youth, then had words with newcastle school of excellence and got those doors open for me there and balked when he heard i got the to small card thrown my way after a few year , and when i asked for some england players autographs he gave me a shirt singed by the full squad .
    i owe alot to the man myself

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Lads, i saw this article http://www.lifesapitch.co.uk/opinions/newcastle-uniteds-day-of-shame/? and i had to reply to it. It had me a little annoyed to say the least. You will see my comment at the bottom. Not sure if i was a little harsh or not. Why the hell drag the club through the mud from something that happened a good few year ago? Southern press!!

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  • The plans were in the singapore newspaper,

    Very detailed description on what to do etc

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #29

    @ belfast mag all i know is we wont get him too expensive.

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  • geoff777

    Jun 24, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Amazing how many players and managers Sir Bobby Robson has inspired.

    As soon as we get rid of Ashley and his puppet Pardew we can have John Carver as a proper manager with complete control over the clubs squad.

    I look forward to that day.

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