Sir Bobby Robson, R.I.P.

Sir Bobby Robson has died at the age of 76. The former England manager, who had fought a long battle with cancer, passed away at his home this morning.

“It is with great sadness that it has been announced today that Sir Bobby Robson has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer,” read a statement released by Robson’s family. “He died very peacefully this morning at his home in County Durham with his wife and family beside him…

“It is difficult to accept such a person is no longer with us,” said the Internazionale manager Jose Mourinho, who worked as Robson’s translator at Sporting Lisbon, and then as his assistant at Porto and Barcelona. “But he is immortal because he leaves in everybody who knows him a mark of his personality – a great coach but, more than that, a great person.”

The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was similarly effusive in his praise, saying: “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.” Brown’s predecessor Tony Blair, a Newcastle supporter, described Robson as “one of the nicest, most caring and genuine people I ever met – a real Geordie gentleman.”

He will be sorely missed.

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