Newcastle are having the success this season that we last saw when the great Bobby Robson was managing the club.
John Carver and Alan Pardew
And that’s one reason it’s very fitting to have a bronze statue, over nine foot tall, unveiled of Bobby, before our last home game of the season - against Manchester City on My 6th.
That unveiling could be an emotional moment for John Carver, born and bred in Newcastle, who was such a great Assistant Manager for Bobby during his five year reign at Newcastle.
When Bobby was first appointed in early September of 1999, I remember it well because I was on my way back from a business trip in Shanghai.
And when I arrived in London, Bobby had just been appointed the Newcastle manager, and I bought as many papers as possible for the flight up to Newcastle, where I was on vacation.
Bobby then tried to get his former Assistant at Barcelona – Jose Mourinho – to be his Assistant Manager on Tyneside, but Jose was looking for a full manager position at that time, and took over at Benfica one year later, and his career took off.
This is what John Carver told the local press today:
“He’s got a good understanding for the area – he loves it up here.” “But that has also come from the fact he’s got a lot of people from the area working alongside him.”
“You look at Andy Woodman the goalkeeping coach, he’s now living up here and has a place in the north of the city.” “He loves it here too.”
“It makes a difference when you have those close to you from the area, as well as people you knew already, who’ve also settled here in Newcastle.”
“This has been a massive effort from everybody.” “A lot of people have been here since we got relegated and they are all local lads. They know what it was like. But it’s a different story now.”
“The players and the rest of the staff are going to enjoy this time.” “It’s a great place to be at the moment.” “Everybody is enjoying what they are doing.”
“It’s dead easy getting up and going into work.” “Especially when you’re doing so well.”
We’re at Wigan tomorrow, and it will be some result if the lads can get another 3 points, to make it 7 wins on the trot.
If that happens then expect Newcastle to again be making headlines around the world, whatever the other Premier League teams do.
Howay The Lads!!