Former England, Newcastle United and FC Barcelona manager Bobby Robson has died peacefully at age 76 after a long battle with cancer. He was truly one of the greatest football managers of all time.
In my 23 years working in England there is not a person I would put an inch above Bobby Robson. I mourn the passing of a great friend, a wonderful individual, a tremendous football man and somebody with passion and knowledge of the game that was unsurpassed.– Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.
Sir Bobby Robson’s Career
1956-1962 West Brom
1958-1962 England (20 caps)
1967-1968 Vancouver Royals (player-manager)
Bobby Robson is one of those people who never die, not so much for what he did in his career, for one victory more or less, but for what he knew to give to those who had, like me, the good fortune to know him and walk by his side.– Jose Mourinho, Robson’s assistant at Barcelona.
1965-1966 Oxford University
1990-1992 PSV Eindhoven
1992-1993 Sporting Lisbon
1994-1996 FC Porto
1998-1999 PSV Eindhoven
As a football manager he is one of the greatest of all time. He didn’t just taste success here in Britain, he won trophies right across Europe. Quite simply, his record was phenomenal.–Scotland manager George Burley for Robson at Ipswich.
1973 Texaco Cup (Ipswich)
1978 FA Cup (Ipswich)
1981 Uefa Cup (Ipswich)
1991 & 1992 Dutch league (PSV)
1994 Portuguese Cup (Porto)
1995 & 1996 Portuguese league (Porto)
1997 European Cup Winners’ Cup (Barcelona)
1997 Spanish Cup (Barcelona)
Barcelona is in mourning. During his period with the club, Robson won the affection of all Cules (Barca supporters). He is a true legend of world football.–FC Barcelona
I cannot think of anybody in the game who was held in higher esteem…it was an absolute privilege and honour to work with him.–England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce who played under Robson.