Thursday, September 2, 1999 Published at 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Bobby Robson: Homecoming hero
At 66 Robson could be about to face the biggest headache of the lot
Bobby Robson is hoping to end a glilttering management career, which includes stints with England and European giants Barcelona, by bringing glory to his beloved Newcastle United.
Such is his devotion to the club that he proclaimed he has "black and white blood".
Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit have fallen in succession, unable to cope with the pressures that accompanied the job at St James' Park.
But Robson is accustomed to pressure and success.
When he took the mantle of England manager in 1982 after leaving Ipswich Town, the North-East man had a reputation of a letting his teams play with skill and flair.
So impressive was his tenure at Portman Road that the call from the FA soon came.
The 1986 World Cup was symbolised by Maradona's 'hand of God' incident.
The Argentinian denied Robson's side the chance of reaching the semi-finals in Mexico.
But a place in the last eight was still considered a success - particularly after Robson had raised national spirits by creating one of the finest strking partnerships in England history, as Peter Beardsley joined Gary Lineker up front and the goals began to flood in.
But just two years later it was a different story altogether.
A friendly draw with the relative minnows of Saudi Arabia sparked particularly hostile headlines: "In the name of Allah, go" screamed one.
That episode left a bitter taste and when no offer of a contract extension was forthcoming from the FA, he decided to quit the international scene after the 1990 World Cup.
But Italia '90 proved a spectacular swangsong for the out-going England boss as the team produced their best display for 20 years and reached the semi-finals.
England, inspired by his fellow North-Eastener Paul Gascoigne - the man he famously branded "daft as a brush" - produced a brand of continental-influenced, attacking football that few of their fans had seen before.
But misses from Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle denied England and Robson their first appearance in a World Cup final since 1966.
He turned his attentions to managing on the continent, leading Porto, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven to success both in their domestic championships and in Europe.
Robson now faces arguably the hardest task of them all, trying to revive the ailing fortunes of a team whom he used to watch from the terraces.