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Bobby Robson
"I'm now looking forward to bringing more success to the club"
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Alan Oliver of The Newcastle Chronicle
"It's a great deal for Bobby, the club and the fans"
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Friday, 18 February, 2000, 12:54 GMT
Robson agrees Magpies deal

Robson has proved enormously popular with fans

Bobby Robson is to stay on as manager of Newcastle United for at least another 12 months after agreeing a new rolling contract.

The former England boss celebrated his 67th birthday by securing the new deal, which comes less than a week after his side's stunning 3-0 victory over Premiership champions Manchester United.

Bobby Robson's career highlights
1969: Appointed manager of Ipswich.
1981: Ipswich win Uefa Cup.
1982: Appointed England manager
1990: Quits England after World Cup semi-final
1991: Wins first of two Dutch titles with PSV Eindhoven
1994: Joins Porto and wins two Portuguese titles
1996: Moves to Barcelona and wins Cup Winners' Cup
1999: Takes over at Newcastle
Durham-born Robson took the St James' Park hotseat last September following the resignation of Ruud Gullit.

He was initially appointed until the end of this season, with concerns raised in the media about his age and ability to cope with the pressure of one of the most high-profile jobs in English football.

But Robson has proved a huge success with the Magpies, leading them away from relegation and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

And he shrugged off suggestions that, after turning 67, he might prefer the quiet life.

"I had retirement in the palm of my hand and threw it all up in the air to come here," Robson said.

"I'm enjoying working at a difficult end, but I'll only measure my enjoyment when I know that we are in a far more healthy and satisfactory state."

A club statement said: "The board are delighted with what Bobby has achieved in such a short period and look forward to working with him to bring us the success that the Newcastle supporters deserve."

Fans' backing

The news of Robson's contract was welcomed in his native North-East.

"From what we can gather Bobby now has a job for life," said Alan Oliver, chief sportswriter with The Newcastle Chronicle. "He is manager indefinitely.

"The Newcastle board have been very clever. I think it's an excellent contract for both parties.

"The fans will love it - Bobby has revitalised the whole club."
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