What Would Sir Bobby Have Said?
The second Saturday in August sees a very special occasion.
The 10th August has been branded ‘The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day’ and there will be be 150 events taking place nationwide, as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
“The FA have done a lot of work at grassroots level an it is a huge undertaking, though I think dad set a very good example of what can be achieved and it is fantastic to have a day named in his memory.
When he was at Ipswich, most of the team came through the youth system and he only bought something like fourteen players in thirteen years.
Things were different in those days of course but Barcelona, another of his clubs, have shown recently what can be done by bringing players up through a club.
Even at Newcastle, dad tried to bring in homegrown players and forge a core of UK players at the club.
He would admire the watchability and quality of the Premier League but he would be a bit despondent about the level of money and greed, with agents and players wanting more and more money and not even wanting to play for their clubs or their country.”
Maybe some things don’t change that much though, as anybody who was around at the time will remember the disgraceful treatment of Sir Bobby by the Shepherd/Hall administration, when they tried to force him to resign with a year left on his contract and then couldn’t wait to sack him as Newcastle started the next season badly.
Now ten years on and we have the club in chaos yet again and exactly what Sir Bobby would make of Mike Ashley’s current handling of the club and the return of Joe Kinnear, well, I think we all know the answer to that one.
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