Welcome Jose Mourinho – Protege Of Sir Bobby Robson


In the lead in to the game against Chelsea today, it’s pretty obvious that our manager Alan Pardew is a big admirer of Jose Mourinho, who learned his management skills from a certain Sir Bobby Robson, while Bobby was managing on the continent and at Barcelona in particular, back in 1996 and 1997.

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Bobby and Jose at Barcelona – circa 1997

In fact Jose was lucky to be with Bobby Robson for a number of years, and first started working for the great one (Bobby that is) back in 1992,  when Robson managed Sporting Lisbon, and Jose was his Portuguese interpreter.

Alan Pardew talked about the other great one today – Jose Mourinho:

“If you’re a football person and you can’t love what he’s about then you can’t love the game or what he does. He makes me laugh.“ “I think they’ve spent a lot of money on top of the group they already had. If you can do without Romelu Lukaku then you’ve got a good team. The fact they could do that spoke volumes.”

“What Jose does, which goes undetected because of his personality where he can be humorous and articulate in the same sentence, what is sometimes forgotten is what he does on the training ground and the organisation and what he demands from his players.”

“One of the big stands he makes is commitment, absolute commitment. If they don’t offer that to him, then they don’t play. When you’ve got that at a big club then you’re going to get more results than not. Defensively he’s one of the best coaches there is and you can very rarely score three goals against them.”

Jose was not too successful while at Real Madrid,  and this is where his style differs from that of Sir Bobby,  who was always a gentleman when he won or when he lost – and it’s hard to say that about Jose.

And I remember like it was yesterday in September, 1999 when Bobby signed on at Newcastle, and I happened to be on my way back from a business trip in Shanghai, and was calling in to see my parents in Newcastle on the way back to the US – and got all the papers at London airport, before flying up to Tyneside, and read all about Bobby coming to Newcastle.

I also remember that visit well because my father had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer,  and died that November.

And back to football, we were not disappointed at what the great one did as Newcastle manager, and in his final three seasons at Newcastle we finished 4th, 3rd and 5th – and then he was fired abruptly by Freddy Shepherd.

5th top just wasn’t good enough. 🙁

Oh to have a manager like Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle right now.

Now there’s a thought.

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6 comments so far

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 2, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed – Good Morning an excellent link to the game.

    An extract from an excellent article by Oliver Kay in The Times:

    It is a powerful image for a club that have not won a leading trophy since 1969, but it is one most will recognise. To a journalist travelling to Tyneside to report on a game, there is no better way to arrive than by train and join the black-and-white-shirted hordes on the short walk from Newcastle Central as the stadium rises like a cathedral in front of you. Walk past the Sir Bobby Robson statue and into the press room, where a warm welcome awaits, along with framed copies of old Chronicle back pages, detailing, well, not trophy successes, but certainly trophy signings such as Macdonald and Shearer.
    Increasingly, though, Newcastle United means something else — to supporters and reporters alike. Increasingly, it feels not like the club of Milburn, Keegan, Shearer and Robson but the club of Mike Ashley, Sports Direct, Joe Kinnear and wonga.com.
    So much about the modern-day Newcastle United is unedifying. It is the ubiquitous Sports Direct branding, even briefly at the expense of the St James’ Park name. It is the sponsorship deals with a payday loan company. It is an arbitration case alleging that Dennis Wise tried to persuade Keegan to sign an obscure Uruguayan midfield player as a “favour” to two South American agents. It is Ashley, the owner, stripping to his pants in a Chinese restaurant wh
    ile singing You Can Leave Your Hat On. It is Kinnear swearing his way through press conferences. Strikingly, it is one top-half finish in the Premier League since 2006.

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  • geoff777

    Nov 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning all.

    Ashley out!

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  • JDdubai

    Nov 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Its at the point where even sneaking a win has a tinge of sadness as all it does is prolong this aimless, numbing regime and makes it even longer til we can have genuine ambition and hope again.

    Its even in my head for the first time ever that if we lose im not that bothered if it will help to bring about change.

    But its the fans who can do it, Id love for no-one to go to the stadium for the match, or even better all stand outside together, 30000 fans all united outside would be visually impressive.

    It does feel that events are now in motion, every week there is something new that is building the opposition to Ashley et al…

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 2, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    What’s the chances of Jose taking pity on us and taking over from the waste of space pardew ? After all he has a soft spot for us as he just loved our one and only sir bob . He loved sir bob . He loves st James park, he loves the unique atmosphere we generate when things are going well . He loves everything about this club , surely there must be a glimmer of hope that he will save us from oblivion ? Naa , doubt he will , never mind , back to reality – FCUK

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  • Jamseyd24

    Nov 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Lucky if we keep it below 5 concided today. Will make it easy to watch as I am not nervous one bit as I am sure we will get stuffed.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    5th wasn’t good enough then but Freddy was throwing crazy money at players too not like MA.
    One thing for FF is he was ambitious not like the twit we have now

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