Sir Bobby Robson, forever a footballing legend.

Sir Bobby Robson, forever a footballing legend.

Here is some of his most memorable quotes:

 “When Gazza was dribbling, he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket.”

“Manchester United dropped points, Liverpool dropped points, Chelsea dropped points, Everton dropped points, so in a way we haven’t lost anything at all really, although we dropped all three.”

“I’m not going to look beyond the semi-final – but I would love to lead Newcastle out at the final.”

“He never fails to hit the target. But that was a miss.”

“Eighteen months ago Sweden were arguably one of the best three teams in Europe, and that would include Germany, Holland, Russia and anybody else if you like.”

“We can’t replace Gary Speed. Where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?”

“Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older.”

“Alan Shearer has done very well for us, considering his age. We have introduced some movement into his game because he has got two good legs now. Last season he played with one leg.”

“People want success. It’s like coffee, they want instant.”

“Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that.”

“Some of the goals were good, some of the goals were sceptical.”

“He’s the only man I know who could start an argument with himself” (On Craig Bellamy)

“One day, someone will end a football game scoring more than Brazil. This might be the time that they lose.”

“Denis Law once kicked me at Wembley in front of the Queen in an international. I mean, no man is entitled to do that, really.”

“Home advantage gives you an advantage.”

“Look at those olive trees! They’re 200 years old – from before the time of Christ.”

“In the first half he took a corner, a poor corner, which hit the first defender, and it took him 17 minutes to get back to the halfway line.” (on former Newcastle winger Laurent Robert)

“With Maradona, even Arsenal would have won the World Cup.” (in 1986)

“They’re two points behind us, so we’re neck and neck.”

“We didn’t underestimate them. They were a lot better than we thought.”

“Hitler didn’t tell us when he was going to send over those doodlebugs, did he?” (On why he refused to name his England team before a World Cup qualifer against Sweden in 1989).

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