Today is the 7th anniversary of the death of former England, Ipswich and Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson, and seven years ago the 76-year-old lost his long battle with cancer.
Bobby was one of the best managers England have ever produced and he was great at Ipswich for 13 years and then managed England for 8 years and took us to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990 before we lost on penalties to Germany after extra time.
Bobby had taken England to the quarter finals of the World Cup in 1986 before Argentina and the hand of God beat us.
He took over as manager at Newcastle United in September of 1999 when we were in serious trouble and second bottom of the league with just one point after six games played.
Sir Bobby Robson – an inspiration
He famously turned things around that season with a brilliant display of coaching and man-management and we eventually finished in 11th place with 52 points – so Bobby gained 51 points in 32 games that season.
Sir Bobby managed the club for five years and had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th positions in his final three seasons as Newcastle manager.
His record at Newcastle was 255 games, won 119, drew 64 and lost 72 for a win percentage of around 47%.
He also managed some top European clubs like PSV, Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona, when a young Jose Mourinho was his assistant.
Bobby was the son of a miner and a life-long Newcastle fan and he founded the successful Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which has raised millions and millions for research into the treatment of cancer.
Sir Bobby Robson continues to be a complete inspiration to us.