Arsene Wenger Compares Coach To Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson was one of the best English football managers ever, and he had great success initially at Ipswich before becoming the England manager in 1982, after managing Ipswich Town for 13 years.

Bobby went on to take England to the quarter finals of the World Cup in 1986, when we were beaten by the hand of God (translation – cheating by Maradona when he punched the ball home), and then to the semi-finals in 1990, when we were beaten on penalties by West Germany.

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Sir Bobby Robson and Steve McClaren

And we have thought that Steve McClaren has some of the qualities of Sir Bobby.

He can talk and talk about football and he is always interesting, and obviously knows the game inside out – and Steve is also a gentleman of the game – just like Bobby was – and he’s very open with fans and the press – and he’s well liked in the game.

Of course Steve hasn’t got anywhere near the great record of Sir Bobby Robson, who after managing England had success on the continent with PSV (twice), Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona before he took the Newcastle United job in late August of 1999.

Steve McClaren was also the England manager from May, 2006, but in the 16 months he was in charge the kindest way to say it – is that he was not successful and we failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 Championship finals.

Steve has started quite well at Newcastle, although we have only 2 points,  but three of our four games have brought some  good performances from the team, including our 4-1 win against Northampton Town.

Arsene Wenger has given his press conference today for the game against us on Saturday,  and he complimented Steve on the job he has done so far at Newcastle United:

“I would encourage more English coaches to go abroad because sometimes, especially when you have managed the national team, the best thing is to get out of the country for a while and then come back.”

“I believe we had a good example with Bobby Robson who did that. I think it was a clever move and he (Steve McClaren) has done well.”

It looks like Arsenal will have both their center-backs missing again on Saturday with Per Mertesacker definitely out with illness, and Laurent Koscielny doubtful.

If McClaren starts Florian Thauvin on Saturday, the young Frenchman could test the center-backs with those crosses of his – so we are expecting the 22 year-old to come in for Gabby Obertan against Arsenal.

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17 comments so far


    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #1

    team i would like to see sat
    janmaat mbemba colo haidara
    anita geordie winegum
    perez de jong thauvin

    team i think will play sat
    mbemba taylor colo haidara
    anita colback
    sissoko geordie winegum perez/thauvin

  • Jib

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Comparing Supermac to SBR
    Does this mean we are going to beat Sheff Wed 8-0
    With 5 goals from the new Big Al


    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    erm no not likely!lol


    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #4

    not yet anyways!

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Springy your team you would like to see looks great however I don’t think it would be allowed as you have selected 12 players

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6

    In this era of perestroika and glasnost at NUFC, it would be nice to get some news on the training facilities. Anyone heard anything?

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    ah no I read it wrong, Geordie Winegum is Georginio Wijnaldum. many apologies

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Geordie Winegum counts as one.

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Mcca brings the calmness around the place. One thing we missed in years.

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #10

    GK: Krul, Darlow, Elliott
    FB : Janmatt , Dummett , Haidara
    CB: Colo , Mbemba, Taylor, Willo, Lasceles , Good .
    CM: Colback , Anita, Goufrann, Tiote
    CAM: Wijnaldum , De Jong
    WF: Sissoko , Thauvin, Perez , Aarons , Obertan , Marvueax
    CF : Mitrovic , Cisse, Rivere.

    If Mcca and Blackie can get 50% more from these players we really have a good squad we can rely on coz all these where one “TO BE” players with the future infont of them.


    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #11

    had me worried there!lol
    my mate called him that pissed one nyt… had me creased tryin to suss out his name…thought i would use it!lol

  • nightfa11

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Whats wrong with Janmaat.. He says hes not gonna cry..while complaining to the press how mclaren doesnt like him.. What a girl..

  • Jib

    Aug 27, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Blackley and B

    Although North Tyneside has given planning permission the club has listened to representations from the University

    It is only a short distance from Longbenton Medieval village, archaeological investigations may be required prior to breaking gound.

    There is evidence of ridge and furrow earthworks, indicating medieval ploughing, and the possibility of buried prehistoric or Roman remains recorded as recently as 2002, an “archaeological watching brief” has been recommended .

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 27, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #14
  • sam down south

    Aug 27, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Are you allowed to take a camera into St James? Do the stewards search everyone? Are there are lockers to leave valuables?

    I live down south and haven’t been back for years. On Saturday I am taking my son to his first ever match and want to take some pictures? (not the football – just my son at the ground).

    Advice appreciated.

  • scout

    Aug 27, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    I took a bag of plums in and the steward said youll have to take the stones out of them

  • arctoa

    Aug 27, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #17

    @ sam down south #15

    I’d imagine that SLR cameras are prohibited, but as long as it’s a point-and-shoot camera you’re taking, you should be fine. After all, mobile phones have decent cameras on them these days . If you’re in doubt it’s probably best just to call the box office.


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