Today, 31 July 2009, Sir Robert William Robson, better known as Sir Bobby or Uncle Bobby, passed away at the age of 76. Although he was English, his influence spread far beyond his home country and included stops at Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Eindhoven (twice). He managed England from 1982-90, a period of ups and downs for the national team. He was, as John Nicholson has pointed out, one of the good guys.
I’ll close with a couple of quotes.
Sir Alex Ferguson said, “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.”
José Mourinho said, “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.”
RIP, Sir Bobby.