After a brief spell as a player-coach with Vancouver Royals in the North American Soccer League, he took over as boss of Fulham in January 1968 but was sacked by Christmas.
He took over as Ipswich manager in 1969 and guided the unfashionable East Anglian club to FA Cup and Uefa Cup victories in 1978 and 1981 respectively. He also twice led the Portman Road outfit to the runners-up spot in the old First Division.
Robson's Ipswich success led to him succeeding Ron Greenwood as England manager after the 1982 World Cup.
Failure to qualify for the 1984 European Championship was followed by a run to the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where England lost 2-1 to Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal and a superb individual strike by the Argentine legend.
Floral tributes are being laid at Newcastle's St James' Park
The 1988 European Championship were also a write-off with England failing to win any of their group games, but at Italia 90, Robson came within a whisker of guiding the national team to its first World Cup final since winning the tournament in 1966.
England needed extra-time to defeat Belgium and Cameroon in the knock-out stages, but came unstuck on penalties against West Germany in the semi-final. Gary Lineker forced extra-time with a late equaliser, but Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed from the spot as England bowed out.
Lineker told BBC Sport: "It is a sad day and a great loss. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed by everybody in the country.
"I never played for a more enthusiastic man. He gave so much to the game."
During the tournament, it was revealed that Robson would be leaving his England role to take over at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, where he went on to win successive league titles in 1991 and 92.
He moved on to Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon at the end of the season, but his stay lasted only 18 months and it was at rivals Porto that he collected more silverware. The 1994 Portuguese Cup was followed by two more league titles.
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That sparked interest from Barcelona and Robson moved to Spain in 1996 where he won the European Cup Winners' Cup and Copa del Rey in his first season in charge.
A brief return to PSV preceded his 1999 move to Newcastle and he led his beloved Magpies from the bottom of the Premier League to fourth place in 2001/02, third the following season and fifth in 2003/04.
In 2002 he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
He was sacked by Newcastle in 2004, when he was 71, following a poor start to the season - but he was later given the freedom of the city.
In May 2008, he was given the freedom of Ipswich to mark the 30th anniversary of their 1-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal.
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