Thursday 26 April 2012
Newcastle United will unveil a statue of legendary former manager Sir Bobby Robson ahead of their final home Barclays Premier League match of the season on 6th May.
The Magpies have announced that a nine-and-a-half foot bronze sculpture of Robson will be presented at a ceremony at the south-west corner of the club's Sports Direct Arena stadium.
"He loved this club and was very proud to be its manager"
- Lady Elsie Robson
Some of Robson's former players and staff, as well as current boss Alan Pardew, will be in attendace, ahead of their potentially crucial League match against Manchester City that afternoon.
Robson, who died in July 2009 at the age of 76, spent five years as Magpies manager from 1999 to 2004 and twice led Newcastle into the UEFA Champions League during that time.
The club's managing director Derek Llambias told the club's official website: "We're delighted to be able to honour Sir Bobby Robson with this lasting tribute.
"He was a great man and ambassador for this football club and for the city. He achieved great success during his time as manager of Newcastle United and this statue is a fitting way for the club to remember him."
Lady Elsie Robson added: "It's very fitting that there will be a tribute to Bob outside Newcastle United's ground. This is where his love of football began.
"As a boy he'd come here with his dad and he likely queued to get into the ground where the statue will be sited.
"My husband's career took him all over the world but he was always a Newcastle fan at heart. He loved this club and was very proud to be its manager.
"I think the statue design is wonderful and I'm very grateful to Newcastle United for funding it."