Albion talk to Newcastle about Sir Bobby
By Andy Toft and Martin Swain
Oct 27, 2004, 14:45
Sir Bobby Robson today refused to be dragged into immediate speculation
linking him with the vacant manager's job at Albion.
The 71-year-old former England boss, whose playing career took him to
the Hawthorns more than 40 years ago, has NOT been offered the chance to
succeed Gary Megson as some media sources have claimed.
Sir Bobby was the subject of background enquiries between Albion
chairman Jeremy Peace and the ex-Newcastle boss's former employer,
But this was no more than routine checking as Albion made it clear today
that the search for Megson's successor began with "a clean sheet of
And Sir Bobby, the subject of a rumoured dream ticket with another
Albion old boy Bryan Robson, was reluctant to be drawn into the raging
speculation when speaking exclusively to the Express & Star today.
"You're the first reporter I have spoken to about this and you will
probably be the last," he said.
"I wasn't aware that Gary Megson was about to lose his job. I have kept
out of that situation.
"But I have nothing else to say on this. I cannot comment any further."
Robson's reticence is partly driven by his compensation dispute. He was
ejected from his Ł2m a year job early in the season and his lawyers are
locked in negotiations with Shepherd.
But there seems little doubt on Tyneside among those who know Robson
well that he would love the chance of an emotional return to The
Other leading contenders were not so reluctant. Sir Bobby's old England
captain, Bryan, said: "I shall be applying. I've heard that rumour about
me and Sir Bobby but I can assure you I have not spoken to him.
"But it is definitely a job I would be interested in."
Ex-Leicester boss Mickey Adams said: "I made it clear I want to get back
into 'it' as soon as possible and this is obviously a post that would
Ex-Villa manager John Gregory, still in the running for the Leicester
vacancy, has also made his interest known but a club source confirmed
that no-one had yet been offered the post.