I was saddened to read the following article via Soccernet this morning. Sir Bobby is a battler and I thought he would have won this one too.
Sir Bobby admits defeat in battle against cancer
Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson has admitted he will lose his battle with lung cancer ‘sooner rather than later’.
Robson has been battling a fifth bout of the illness and has accepted doctors’ prognosis that he is unlikely to beat it.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I have accepted what they have told me and I am determined to make the most of what time I have left.
‘I am going to die sooner rather than later. But then everyone has to go some time, and I have enjoyed every minute.
‘I have been fortunate to survive this long. It is thanks to the doctors and their dedication.’
Sir Bobby, who took England to the brink of a World Cup final in Italy in 1990, has enjoyed a football career spanning six decades – from playing days with Fulham and England, to managerial triumphs first with Ipswich and then as national coach at two World Cups, to continental coaching appointments.
He later returned to his native north-east to take over at Newcastle and most recently spent a short time as consultant for the Republic of Ireland.
– Here is the legend accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year last December:
Update: Video removed from YouTube. Can still be watched via the BBC