I just watched a documentary on England’s World Cup in 1990 in Italy called “One Night In Turin” and it was all about Bobby Robson, the England manager, and how the press gave him a tough time of things when he was England manager for eight years, and certainly in his last tournament in italy as England’s manager.
Robson at Barcelona in 1997 – with his assistant – a young Jose Mourinho
Of course Bobby with players like former Newcastle players Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle in the side, had the last laugh when he took England to the World Cup semi-finals, and we lost on penalties after extra time to West Germany.
But that showed how tough Bobby Robson was and in later years he was revered by the press, probably because he had proved himself a terrific manager in all kinds of management, including a brilliant five years as Newcastle manager – the only job he ever wanted.
A portrait of Sir Bobby Robson is still in Alan’s office, and was put there by Chris Hughton, who was always a big fan of Bobby Robson.
And Alan Pardew has talked about Bobby Robson today in an interview in the Evening Chronicle:
“Bobby does breeze past me now and again.” “The training ground has not changed, he is probably still here in some form!” “What lives on with Bobby is his personality and his warmth as a person.”
“I am not the same as him.” “I do not have the type of warmth he had.” “I have a much harder surface.” “In the past I have been called arrogant on the surface.” “I have never really thought I was, but I do tread a fine line between confidence in my ability and arrogance.”
“I do not have a problem with that.” “When I was younger I used to think ‘What, I am not arrogant, I am OK!” “I understand you can assume that.” “Bobby was never that. Bobby was always a warm kind of guy, although some people at Ipswich might disagree with that, he kind of had that tag going on when he was there.”
“As you grow older you grow wiser.”
That last line is so true, because as you get older you soften a little, and your priorities seem to change – like trying to stay alive. 😀
Bobby Robson has been an inspiration to me for years and years, and it’s good to hear Alan speak well of the former Newcastle manager, one of the best managers England has ever produced.
And if you haven’t seen “One Night In Turin” take a look at it, and you’ll see how really tough Bobby Robson was – and how he survived the English press – which has changed much over these last 22 years – if truth be told.
And as my son Neil told me before I watched it – “it’s great and it’s all about Newcastle.”
And you’ll also get a look at Newcastle-born Paul Gascoigne, whom Bobby always said was “as daft as a brush.”
It’s also available on Netflix – if you have a subscription to the streaming video company – that’s where I watched it.
Comments always welcome.
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