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Monday 02 September 2013

On this day in 1999: Robson returns 'home'

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Bobby Robson taking over as Newcastle manager

  • Robson was announced to the press five days after Gullit had resigned

  • He was returning to the club he had supported as a boy

  • Robson was, and remains, a popular figure on Tyneside and throughout England

  • Robson took Newcastle from the relegation zone to Champions League football

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 2 September 1999 – Bobby Robson named Newcastle United manager

Five days after the resignation of Ruud Gullit, Newcastle United announced the appointment of Bobby Robson as the Dutchman’s successor as manager.

"I thought Barcelona was a big club but I think this has just pipped that"
Bobby Robson

The former England manager had left PSV Eindhoven in the summer and took over after Gullit had quit following just one point from the opening six matches of the season. Durham-born Robson, who had also managed Ipswich Town and Barcelona, was returning to the club he supported as a boy but did not underestimate the task before him.

"I have got a massive job ahead of me,” he told a press conference. “It's a great challenge and I am up for it. There is no need for panic here.”

"It's a lovely sunny day - a great day to be manager of Newcastle United. I thought Barcelona was a big club but I think this has just pipped that."

Robson oversaw a revival in the Newcastle’s fortunes, guiding them from 19th when he took over to 11th at the season’s end. After a similar finish the next season Robson took Newcastle to fourth in 2001/02 and brought UEFA Champions League football to St James’ Park for the first time. The next season Newcastle finished third and the campaign after fifth. But after a poor start to the 2004/05 season Robson left the club.

Robson is still held in high regard in Newcastle and throughout the country and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation continues to raise funds to fight cancer, which claimed his life in 2009.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Newcastle United made Bobby Robson their manager in 1999