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Former Newcastle United and England manager Sir Bobby Robson's career in near of six-decade in football could finally come to an end because of his health. 74-year-old football warrior currently working for the Republic of Ireland as a football consultant since January 2006.
The Gazette reporting today that Robson revealed in May that he had been diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time in 15 years and he concedes that the illness could get in the way of him accepting another job in the game.
“I've enjoyed the last two years – I just wish I could have done more than I have done.” Said Sir Bobby, “But my health took a downward turn a year ago and I've just been recovering from that.”
As a manager, Sir Bobby Robson enjoyed successful stints at Ipswich, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona, while with England Sir Bobby has lead the team with players like Garry Lineker, Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley into the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup.
Sir Robert William Robson CBE born 18 February 1933, in Sacriston, County Durham, England. Commonly known as Bobby Robson. As an inside-forward, his professional playing career spanned nearly 20 years during which he played for just three clubs, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Vancouver Royals.
His International playing career including 20 appearances for England, and scoring four goals. For his contribution for England and football in general, Robson was knighted in 2002. He is also a member of the English Football Hall of Fame and the honorary president of Ipswich Town.
After managed some of the European football club outfit, Sir Bobby return to England to take up a position in the Football Association's technical department.
But soon following the resignation of Ruud Gullit at Newcastle United, Robson moved to St James' Park in September 1999. Robson was disappointed with the club's opening salary offer, stating “…it was miles below the going rate”, but negotiated a one year £1 million deal.
With Newcastle United on his first home match in charge, Newcastle defeated Sheffield Wednesday 8–0, still the club record home victory until now. His first came to manage the Newcastle team in season 1999–2000, Robson led the club to an 11th place finish, with 14 wins from his 32 games in charge.
Sir Bobby Robson is one of just two Newcastle managers in Premiership era, that can described the Geordies Passion into his football. Robson guided Newcastle from bottom of the Premier League to a fourth-place finish in the 2001–02 season. The following season, Newcastle finished third and ensuring qualification for the Champions League in consecutive years.
Sir Bobby Robson even took the Newcastle United team to qualified into the second round of Champions Cup for the very first time in a remarkable way. Newcastle has lost the first three of group stages against Feyenoord, Juventus and Dynamo Kiev.
But Sir Bobby successfully turn the table around as he guided Newcastle to win the last three matches with their final dramatic game at De Kuip Stadium on Thursday November 14, 2002 by beating the home team 3-2 while Juventus won 2-1 at Kiev.
The Magpies Zone and all genuine Toon Army would like to thank you for all the memories you have give to us during your time as Newcastle manager. We all wish you all the very best time and good health.
Below is a nice video about the great Sir Bobby Robson during his time as the manager of Newcastle United. You must watch the end of this video and hear what he said about the derby match against the macKems when we have won it 1-0 thanks to Dabizas goal.