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Robson to keep an eye on affairs from the stand

Steve Staunton Bobby Robson

By Liam Mackey
BOBBY ROBSON has revealed that he won’t be joining Steve Staunton in the dugout at Lansdowne Road tomorrow night — but he will make contact with the Irish manager during the game if needs be and will definitely be putting in an appearance in the dressing room at half-time.

"I'm going to sit upstairs," said Robson, who is beginning to flesh out his role as International Football Consultant. "Listen," he adds, "if Stan wants me to go behind the goal, I'll go behind the goal. But, actually, I quite like it in the stand. You can get a bird's eye view and you can see the big picture. I've been down at pitch level and you're looking at stocking tops. I like that as well, but up above you can see the offside line, how deep is the team, who's pushing up and who's not."

Any plans to use radio contact?

"No, but we did talk about that," Robson reveals. "I might have a runner but we'll look into all this. If we think we need to make contact we'll do it. But he'd like me to be in the dressing room at half-time because I'm sure that I might see things that I'd need to point out to him."

Robson arrived into Dublin for

Sunday's eircom/FAI awards still feeling the effects of a tumble on the ski slopes which had left the 73-year-old in need of some medical attention.

But the minor setback clearly hadn't dampened his enthusiasm for the job in hand, and football talk in general.

"Ireland haven't qualified for two tournaments in a row and we know that that's a blow and something people are sad about really," he mused. "We'll try to change that. Brian (Kerr) was a bit unlucky, almost did it but not quite. And we haven't got an easy group of course. We were fourth seeds and that means we've got to play above our station to qualify.

"The thing is not to be afraid of it. We've got a good balance of senior players and guys like Steven Reid who might be one of our better players. And there's a few more like him. We've got a good mix. We've got to get the maximum potential out of the players, in terms of passion and enthusiasm that attitude, that commitment, is vital to us.

"It can make all the difference. I saw Colchester against Chelsea in the FA Cup and for 70 minutes they were marvellous. I think we've got to get from the players that determination to want to play for the nation. The thing that makes a kid want to play for his country at age seven should be there at 23. We get that and we have a chance. We don't get it and we have no chance. And I'm sure we'll get it."

Declaring that he was delighted to wear the FAI tracksuit and "thrilled" to be active again in top-class football, Robson a former manager of England also admitted that he was having to get used to saying "we" when talking about the Republic's senior team.

"I have to, otherwise people will say 'he's not part of it, he's saying you'. We're in it together, we have to be. Jackie was, wasn't he? He'd say 'us lot' not 'you lot', wouldn't he? And I've got to get used to that. I work for the FAI now, nobody else."

 

Robson to keep an eye on affairs from the stand

Steve Staunton Bobby Robson

By Liam Mackey
BOBBY ROBSON has revealed that he won’t be joining Steve Staunton in the dugout at Lansdowne Road tomorrow night — but he will make contact with the Irish manager during the game if needs be and will definitely be putting in an appearance in the dressing room at half-time.

"I'm going to sit upstairs," said Robson, who is beginning to flesh out his role as International Football Consultant. "Listen," he adds, "if Stan wants me to go behind the goal, I'll go behind the goal. But, actually, I quite like it in the stand. You can get a bird's eye view and you can see the big picture. I've been down at pitch level and you're looking at stocking tops. I like that as well, but up above you can see the offside line, how deep is the team, who's pushing up and who's not."

Any plans to use radio contact?

"No, but we did talk about that," Robson reveals. "I might have a runner but we'll look into all this. If we think we need to make contact we'll do it. But he'd like me to be in the dressing room at half-time because I'm sure that I might see things that I'd need to point out to him."

Robson arrived into Dublin for

Sunday's eircom/FAI awards still feeling the effects of a tumble on the ski slopes which had left the 73-year-old in need of some medical attention.

But the minor setback clearly hadn't dampened his enthusiasm for the job in hand, and football talk in general.

"Ireland haven't qualified for two tournaments in a row and we know that that's a blow and something people are sad about really," he mused. "We'll try to change that. Brian (Kerr) was a bit unlucky, almost did it but not quite. And we haven't got an easy group of course. We were fourth seeds and that means we've got to play above our station to qualify.

"The thing is not to be afraid of it. We've got a good balance of senior players and guys like Steven Reid who might be one of our better players. And there's a few more like him. We've got a good mix. We've got to get the maximum potential out of the players, in terms of passion and enthusiasm that attitude, that commitment, is vital to us.

"It can make all the difference. I saw Colchester against Chelsea in the FA Cup and for 70 minutes they were marvellous. I think we've got to get from the players that determination to want to play for the nation. The thing that makes a kid want to play for his country at age seven should be there at 23. We get that and we have a chance. We don't get it and we have no chance. And I'm sure we'll get it."

Declaring that he was delighted to wear the FAI tracksuit and "thrilled" to be active again in top-class football, Robson a former manager of England also admitted that he was having to get used to saying "we" when talking about the Republic's senior team.

"I have to, otherwise people will say 'he's not part of it, he's saying you'. We're in it together, we have to be. Jackie was, wasn't he? He'd say 'us lot' not 'you lot', wouldn't he? And I've got to get used to that. I work for the FAI now, nobody else."

 

Robson to keep an eye on affairs from the stand

Steve Staunton Bobby Robson

By Liam Mackey
BOBBY ROBSON has revealed that he won’t be joining Steve Staunton in the dugout at Lansdowne Road tomorrow night — but he will make contact with the Irish manager during the game if needs be and will definitely be putting in an appearance in the dressing room at half-time.

"I'm going to sit upstairs," said Robson, who is beginning to flesh out his role as International Football Consultant. "Listen," he adds, "if Stan wants me to go behind the goal, I'll go behind the goal. But, actually, I quite like it in the stand. You can get a bird's eye view and you can see the big picture. I've been down at pitch level and you're looking at stocking tops. I like that as well, but up above you can see the offside line, how deep is the team, who's pushing up and who's not."

Any plans to use radio contact?

"No, but we did talk about that," Robson reveals. "I might have a runner but we'll look into all this. If we think we need to make contact we'll do it. But he'd like me to be in the dressing room at half-time because I'm sure that I might see things that I'd need to point out to him."

Robson arrived into Dublin for

Sunday's eircom/FAI awards still feeling the effects of a tumble on the ski slopes which had left the 73-year-old in need of some medical attention.

But the minor setback clearly hadn't dampened his enthusiasm for the job in hand, and football talk in general.

"Ireland haven't qualified for two tournaments in a row and we know that that's a blow and something people are sad about really," he mused. "We'll try to change that. Brian (Kerr) was a bit unlucky, almost did it but not quite. And we haven't got an easy group of course. We were fourth seeds and that means we've got to play above our station to qualify.

"The thing is not to be afraid of it. We've got a good balance of senior players and guys like Steven Reid who might be one of our better players. And there's a few more like him. We've got a good mix. We've got to get the maximum potential out of the players, in terms of passion and enthusiasm that attitude, that commitment, is vital to us.

"It can make all the difference. I saw Colchester against Chelsea in the FA Cup and for 70 minutes they were marvellous. I think we've got to get from the players that determination to want to play for the nation. The thing that makes a kid want to play for his country at age seven should be there at 23. We get that and we have a chance. We don't get it and we have no chance. And I'm sure we'll get it."

Declaring that he was delighted to wear the FAI tracksuit and "thrilled" to be active again in top-class football, Robson a former manager of England also admitted that he was having to get used to saying "we" when talking about the Republic's senior team.

"I have to, otherwise people will say 'he's not part of it, he's saying you'. We're in it together, we have to be. Jackie was, wasn't he? He'd say 'us lot' not 'you lot', wouldn't he? And I've got to get used to that. I work for the FAI now, nobody else."

 

Robson to keep an eye on affairs from the stand

Steve Staunton Bobby Robson

By Liam Mackey
BOBBY ROBSON has revealed that he won’t be joining Steve Staunton in the dugout at Lansdowne Road tomorrow night — but he will make contact with the Irish manager during the game if needs be and will definitely be putting in an appearance in the dressing room at half-time.

"I'm going to sit upstairs," said Robson, who is beginning to flesh out his role as International Football Consultant. "Listen," he adds, "if Stan wants me to go behind the goal, I'll go behind the goal. But, actually, I quite like it in the stand. You can get a bird's eye view and you can see the big picture. I've been down at pitch level and you're looking at stocking tops. I like that as well, but up above you can see the offside line, how deep is the team, who's pushing up and who's not."

Any plans to use radio contact?

"No, but we did talk about that," Robson reveals. "I might have a runner but we'll look into all this. If we think we need to make contact we'll do it. But he'd like me to be in the dressing room at half-time because I'm sure that I might see things that I'd need to point out to him."

Robson arrived into Dublin for

Sunday's eircom/FAI awards still feeling the effects of a tumble on the ski slopes which had left the 73-year-old in need of some medical attention.

But the minor setback clearly hadn't dampened his enthusiasm for the job in hand, and football talk in general.

"Ireland haven't qualified for two tournaments in a row and we know that that's a blow and something people are sad about really," he mused. "We'll try to change that. Brian (Kerr) was a bit unlucky, almost did it but not quite. And we haven't got an easy group of course. We were fourth seeds and that means we've got to play above our station to qualify.

"The thing is not to be afraid of it. We've got a good balance of senior players and guys like Steven Reid who might be one of our better players. And there's a few more like him. We've got a good mix. We've got to get the maximum potential out of the players, in terms of passion and enthusiasm that attitude, that commitment, is vital to us.

"It can make all the difference. I saw Colchester against Chelsea in the FA Cup and for 70 minutes they were marvellous. I think we've got to get from the players that determination to want to play for the nation. The thing that makes a kid want to play for his country at age seven should be there at 23. We get that and we have a chance. We don't get it and we have no chance. And I'm sure we'll get it."

Declaring that he was delighted to wear the FAI tracksuit and "thrilled" to be active again in top-class football, Robson a former manager of England also admitted that he was having to get used to saying "we" when talking about the Republic's senior team.

"I have to, otherwise people will say 'he's not part of it, he's saying you'. We're in it together, we have to be. Jackie was, wasn't he? He'd say 'us lot' not 'you lot', wouldn't he? And I've got to get used to that. I work for the FAI now, nobody else."

 

Robson to keep an eye on affairs from the stand

Steve Staunton Bobby Robson

By Liam Mackey
BOBBY ROBSON has revealed that he won’t be joining Steve Staunton in the dugout at Lansdowne Road tomorrow night — but he will make contact with the Irish manager during the game if needs be and will definitely be putting in an appearance in the dressing room at half-time.

"I'm going to sit upstairs," said Robson, who is beginning to flesh out his role as International Football Consultant. "Listen," he adds, "if Stan wants me to go behind the goal, I'll go behind the goal. But, actually, I quite like it in the stand. You can get a bird's eye view and you can see the big picture. I've been down at pitch level and you're looking at stocking tops. I like that as well, but up above you can see the offside line, how deep is the team, who's pushing up and who's not."

Any plans to use radio contact?

"No, but we did talk about that," Robson reveals. "I might have a runner but we'll look into all this. If we think we need to make contact we'll do it. But he'd like me to be in the dressing room at half-time because I'm sure that I might see things that I'd need to point out to him."

Robson arrived into Dublin for

Sunday's eircom/FAI awards still feeling the effects of a tumble on the ski slopes which had left the 73-year-old in need of some medical attention.

But the minor setback clearly hadn't dampened his enthusiasm for the job in hand, and football talk in general.

"Ireland haven't qualified for two tournaments in a row and we know that that's a blow and something people are sad about really," he mused. "We'll try to change that. Brian (Kerr) was a bit unlucky, almost did it but not quite. And we haven't got an easy group of course. We were fourth seeds and that means we've got to play above our station to qualify.

"The thing is not to be afraid of it. We've got a good balance of senior players and guys like Steven Reid who might be one of our better players. And there's a few more like him. We've got a good mix. We've got to get the maximum potential out of the players, in terms of passion and enthusiasm that attitude, that commitment, is vital to us.

"It can make all the difference. I saw Colchester against Chelsea in the FA Cup and for 70 minutes they were marvellous. I think we've got to get from the players that determination to want to play for the nation. The thing that makes a kid want to play for his country at age seven should be there at 23. We get that and we have a chance. We don't get it and we have no chance. And I'm sure we'll get it."

Declaring that he was delighted to wear the FAI tracksuit and "thrilled" to be active again in top-class football, Robson a former manager of England also admitted that he was having to get used to saying "we" when talking about the Republic's senior team.

"I have to, otherwise people will say 'he's not part of it, he's saying you'. We're in it together, we have to be. Jackie was, wasn't he? He'd say 'us lot' not 'you lot', wouldn't he? And I've got to get used to that. I work for the FAI now, nobody else."

 

Robson to keep an eye on affairs from the stand

Steve Staunton Bobby Robson

By Liam Mackey
BOBBY ROBSON has revealed that he won’t be joining Steve Staunton in the dugout at Lansdowne Road tomorrow night — but he will make contact with the Irish manager during the game if needs be and will definitely be putting in an appearance in the dressing room at half-time.

"I'm going to sit upstairs," said Robson, who is beginning to flesh out his role as International Football Consultant. "Listen," he adds, "if Stan wants me to go behind the goal, I'll go behind the goal. But, actually, I quite like it in the stand. You can get a bird's eye view and you can see the big picture. I've been down at pitch level and you're looking at stocking tops. I like that as well, but up above you can see the offside line, how deep is the team, who's pushing up and who's not."

Any plans to use radio contact?

"No, but we did talk about that," Robson reveals. "I might have a runner but we'll look into all this. If we think we need to make contact we'll do it. But he'd like me to be in the dressing room at half-time because I'm sure that I might see things that I'd need to point out to him."

Robson arrived into Dublin for

Sunday's eircom/FAI awards still feeling the effects of a tumble on the ski slopes which had left the 73-year-old in need of some medical attention.

But the minor setback clearly hadn't dampened his enthusiasm for the job in hand, and football talk in general.

"Ireland haven't qualified for two tournaments in a row and we know that that's a blow and something people are sad about really," he mused. "We'll try to change that. Brian (Kerr) was a bit unlucky, almost did it but not quite. And we haven't got an easy group of course. We were fourth seeds and that means we've got to play above our station to qualify.

"The thing is not to be afraid of it. We've got a good balance of senior players and guys like Steven Reid who might be one of our better players. And there's a few more like him. We've got a good mix. We've got to get the maximum potential out of the players, in terms of passion and enthusiasm that attitude, that commitment, is vital to us.

"It can make all the difference. I saw Colchester against Chelsea in the FA Cup and for 70 minutes they were marvellous. I think we've got to get from the players that determination to want to play for the nation. The thing that makes a kid want to play for his country at age seven should be there at 23. We get that and we have a chance. We don't get it and we have no chance. And I'm sure we'll get it."

Declaring that he was delighted to wear the FAI tracksuit and "thrilled" to be active again in top-class football, Robson a former manager of England also admitted that he was having to get used to saying "we" when talking about the Republic's senior team.

"I have to, otherwise people will say 'he's not part of it, he's saying you'. We're in it together, we have to be. Jackie was, wasn't he? He'd say 'us lot' not 'you lot', wouldn't he? And I've got to get used to that. I work for the FAI now, nobody else."