Sir Bobby Robson is one of the greatest Newcastle United managers of recent years, being the last man to take the Magpies to the Champions League, and I’m sure he’ll be looking down and smiling at the fine job that current Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is doing.
Pardew was in attendance at St James’ Park as Lady Elsie unveiled the statue, which is a bronze sculpture that stands at nine-and-a-half feet tall. Many of Robson’s players including Paul Gascoigne, Nikos Dabizas and Steve Harper were also there to see the statue unveiled.
The statue is located in the south-west corner of the stadium and Newcastle United’s Managing Director Derek Llambias had this to say: “We are delighted to be able to honour Sir Bobby Robson with this lasting tribute.”
Llambias continued: “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.”
Hear hear, and below is the statue you’ll see if you’re heading to the game today…
Let’s hope that the Sir Bobby Robson statue can watch over a victory at St James’ Park today against Manchester City, and that Champions League football will be brought back to the north-east next season.