Monday 02 September 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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"
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.