PSV cherish the memory of Sir Bobby Robson

31 juli 2009 15:45
PSV will always cherish the memory of Sir Bobby Robson, who has lost his battle with cancer, and passed away on Friday at the age of 76. Tributes are flooding in for Sir Bobby Robson. Jan Reker, André Ooijer and Mart van den Heuvel praise him for his sense of humour, for the tremendous personal relationship he had with his players and his vitality. “As a manager, he loved the game and was a people’s man”, says PSV’s General Manager Jan Reker.

Bobby Robson, PSV coach in 1988, talking to Björn van der Doelen. Bobby Robson, PSV coach in 1988, talking to Björn van der Doelen.
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‘Enjoy the game, he used to say’

“He was a great man with a unique sense of humour”, responded Jan Reker, when he heard the sad news. “He could get on with people from all walks of life and all the players just loved him. He was a very warm sort of man and will be sadly missed. He loved the game. ‘Enjoy the game’, he told the players before kick-off. ‘You should be grateful that you can play the game.’ He had huge vitality and was a great man as well as a great manager.” Robson miraculously guided PSV to the title in the 1998/99 season and André Ooijer, one of the players in those days, has fond memories of the great man. “He was a great man in many respects. He had a nice sense of humour and I respected his qualifies as a coach. I will always remember the nice conversations we had. Players also yearn for a listening ear and he was a good listener. When we met a long time after, he would know exactly what we had been discussing.”

Mart van den Heuvel worked with Sir Bobby during his two stints with PSV Mart van den Heuvel worked with Sir Bobby during his two stints with PSV
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“He was respected by all the players”

Bobby Robson enjoyed two stints in Eindhoven and team manager Mart van den Heuvel worked with him both in the 1990-1992 spell and the 1998/99 season. “He was a genial man, full of humour. He was respected by all the players and was a team builder”, says Van den Heuvel. “He was a gentleman through and through. I best remember the dressing room stories. Recording a victory over FC Utrecht in 1999, we had ensured qualification to the Champions League. There is a law in football that you should put off your mobile phone in the dressing room, but his phone was ringing. He answered the call and told the players to be quiet. Then he ended the call by saying: ‘Thank you for calling me, Mr Pope!” He has been ill for a long time, but has fought cancer courageously. When we met last year, he recognised me immediately. His humour and his passion for the game will be sadly missed.”

 



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