On the tenth anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson’s death, Alan Shearer (a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation) paid tribute to the much loved former Newcastle United manager:
“He has left an unbelievable legacy. It is incredible the amount of money his foundation has raised and how many lives have been saved because of it. It tells you everything about what Sir Bobby was like as a man and how respected he was, inside and outside of football. I meet people all the time who are raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and they tell me what an inspiration Sir Bobby is to them. He was a genius man-manager. That was his biggest asset. Whether you were 17 or 35, or anything in between, he got the best out of you. He knew how to make a football player feel special. Without him coming in, I’d probably have left Newcastle. There were so many senior players on the way out before he arrived. And he came in and saved me, saved them and also saved the football club. He took us from near the bottom of the Premier League to the Champions League. He did an incredible job.”
Robson’s widow Lady Elsie said:
“We were married for 54 years. It was sometimes challenging, and we moved house 27 times as football took him around Europe but it was always interesting. What stands out most after ten years is the love and respect people have for Bob doesn’t seem to have diminished at all. The Foundation was something Bob was very passionate about and it’s given us all a focus. Many people are in a similar position to me because of cancer and it’s good to feel part of something so special”.