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ONE OF world football's most experienced managers, North-Easterner Robson returned home to Newcastle United in September 1999 for what he called 'my last job'.

But after a run of four games without a win at the start of the 2004/05 campaign, it was announced that Sir Bobby was being relieved of his duties.

A Newcastle supporter since childhood, County Durham-born Robson managed England for eight years between 1982 and 1990 as well as top European clubs Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven.

He started out as a player with Fulham, whom he joined from his local club Langley Park Juniors in 1950, and as an inside-forward he scored 68 goals in 152 games.

In March 1956, Robson joined West Bromwich Albion, where he played 239 times, netting 56 goals, before returning to Fulham in 1962, where he played a further 192 games, scoring nine goals. With West Bromwich, Robson made his England debut against France at Wembley in November 1957, scoring twice from inside-right in a 4-0 victory.

Despite that success, he had to wait six months for his second cap - against Russia in Moscow - and was then elevated to the 1958 World Cup squad, playing a second time against Russia, then Brazil and Australia, and going on to total 20 caps in the next four years.

In 1967 Robson left Fulham to become player-coach of Vancouver Royals, but the job fell through and he returned to take over as manager at Fulham in January 1968. Already well on the way to relegation, Robson carried on into the 1968-69 Second Division season but was sacked in November 1968 after a moderate start.

Within two months he was appointed Ipswich Town manager and after two difficult years he embarked on a magnificent run of success which catapulted the Suffolk club into the top echelon of English football. Playing stylish football, Ipswich took the 1978 FA Cup and the 1981 UEFA Cup to Portman Road.
After the 1982 World Cup, Robson was the FA choice to replace Ron Greenwood as England Manager and in 1986 he led them to the World Cup Quarter-Finals. Four years later, in Italy, he steered England to the Semi-Final, where they were beaten only on penalties by West Germany.
With PSV Eindhoven, Robson won the 1991 and 1992 Dutch Championships then switched to Portugal to take over Sporting Lisbon. The Lisbon episode, however, ended in a sensational and controversial sacking in December 1993. Even though Sporting stood top of the league, President Jose Sousa Cintra dismissed him in the aftermath of UEFA Cup defeat by Casino Salzburg.

Within weeks, Robson was appointed head coach at FC Porto - and masterminded that season's Portuguese Cup Final victory over his former club Sporting Lisbon. He then led Porto to two League Championships before resigning to take over at mighty Barcelona.
Despite winning the Spanish Cup, runners-up in the League and taking Barca to the 1997 European Cup-Winners' Cup, Robson had to concede his role as coach to Louis van Gaal and was appointed Technical Director in charge of transfers. His loyalty to Barcelona had by then precluded him from taking charge at Newcastle following the departure of Kevin Keegan in January 1997.
In 1998, Robson returned to Eindhoven on a one-year contract to replace the departing Dick Advocaat.
And finally, aged 66 in September 1999, after the resignation of Ruud Gullit at St James' Park, Robson joined the club he supported as man and boy, Newcastle United.

In his first season, he rescued United from almost certain relegation, in his second season United finished 11th but would have been a lot higher had the Club not suffered such cruel luck with injuries and in 2001/02, led the Magpies to fourth place in the Premiership, and with it, a place in the Qualifying Round of the Champions League.

Became a Knight of the Realm on 15 June 2002 after being Knighted in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours List.

In 2002/03, Sir Bobby took United into third place in the Premiership and also enjoyed a successful European spell as he guided The Magpies into the second group stage of the Champions League.

But their Champions League in the following season hopes were ended at the start of the campaign when they lost over two legs to Partizan Belgrade and had to settle for a place in the UEFA Cup.

That almost brought success as Newcastle reached the semi final stage, but missing a host of key players they lost out to Marseille. In the league, a disappointing start was turned around and United flew up the table, but the aforementioned injuries took their toll and once again they had to settle for the UEFA Cup as Liverpool clinched fourth spot.

In the build up to the 2004/05 season, Sir Bobby brought in four new players - Kluivert, Butt, Carr and Milner, but was relieved of his duties as the team failed to win a game in the first four matches. 

BORN: Sacriston, Co Durham, 18 February 1933

PLAYING CAREER: Langley Park Juniors. Fulham 1950-56, West Bromwich 1956-62, Fulham 1962-66. England Under-23 and B debuts, 1956. Capped 20 times by England 1957-62 (four goals)
MANAGEMENT CAREER: F.A. staff coach, 1965. Fulham 1968. Ipswich Town 1969-1982. England 1982 -1990. PSV Eindhoven 1990-92. Sporting Lisbon 1992-93. FC Porto 1994-1996. Barcelona 1996-1997, becoming Technical Director in 1997. PSV Eindhoven 1998. Newcastle United 1999.
HONOURS: FA Cup 1978. UEFA Cup 1981. Dutch League Championship 1991, 1992. Portuguese Cup 1994. Super Cup 1994. Portuguese League Championship 1995, 1996. European Cup-Winners' Cup 1997. Spanish Cup 1997.
SEASON 1999/2000:Awarded Manager of The Month for February on 10th March 2000. SEASON 2000/2001:Awarded Manager of The Month for August on 9th September 2000.
SEASON 2001/2002:FA Guest of Honour at England v Albania at St. James' Park on 5 September. Won the League Managers Association award for 'Performance of the Week' on a record six occasions.Awarded Sports Writers Association of Great Britain Achievement Award for 2001. Awarded Manager of the Month for December 2001 and February 2002. Awarded Wilkinson Sword by Sport Newcastle in March 2002 for Outstanding Services to Sport.Awarded Barclaycard Merit Award for his achievements as Newcastle United manager during 2001/02.
SEASON 2002/2003:
Knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Receives UEFA President's Award for 'services to football' on 29 August in Monaco
SEASON 2003/04:
United finish fifth in the premiership, having to settle for a place in the UEFA Cup after Liverpool clinched the Champions League berth. Beaten by Marseille in the semi final of the UEFA Cup
SEASON 2004/05:
After a run of four games without a win at the start of the season, Sir Bobby Robson is relieved of his duties on Monday August 30. The search began for a new manager...