If you’re after something a little less bleak and a lot more heart-warming, then Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager will have you blubbing like it’s 1990 all over again. Understandably, the film doesn’t dwell too closely on the years when the British media dubbed him “bungling Bobby”. MORE: Former Ipswich keeper Supple called up by Republic of Ireland... nine years after giving up football. As his former assistant Jose Mourinho puts it, “in Lisbon, he was a Lisbon man; in Porto, he was a Porto man; in Barcelona, he became a Catalan”. The array of big-named interviewees underlines the affection and esteem in which Robson is still held. The all-star cast assembled by directors Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones, including Ronaldo, Gary Lineker, Sir Alex Ferguson, Gazza, Mourinho, Guardiola and Alan Shearer, all share theirs. Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager coming to select theatres 1st June, Now available to pre-order, Digital Download 1st June & Blu-Ray/DVD 4th June. This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. He touched all their lives, both on the pitch and away from football. Just like the man himself, the documentary is full of empathy and devotion to a man that gave so much to those who knew him. You know his story, but the emotions can still surprise you. It perfectly balances each segment in its pacing; shutting down the divide between Robson, the legendary manager and the tenacious, genuine and passionate man who produced nothing but love and admiration in his wake. Most of the predictable bases are covered – Maradona’s “Hand of God,” the anguish of the penalty shootout at the 1990 World Cup. Whenever he was knocked down, Robson invariably got up again, smiling, ready to re-enter the fray and still convinced of his immense good luck to have a career in football rather than to have had to follow his father into the mines. It’s beautifully shot, wonderfully paced and covers all bases. MORE: Which areas of the Ipswich Town squad will the Blues’ next manager need to address? Mourinho and Pep Guardiola speak of him as a beloved father figure. He was certainly more than a manager. There are no great revelations, no new sides to the great man and no headline-grabbing scenes, but its 98 minutes remind you just how special a man he was. MORE: Ipswich face competition from Sunderland for Ross and Hurst. To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Even after his managerial career came to an end, even in the terminal stages of his life Robson simply didn’t stop giving. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. The Brazilian star Ronaldo is reverential about him, and Paul Gascoigne can barely keep his emotions in check when discussing him, Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager review: Affectionate and moving doc, That Summer review: A prequel to the beloved Grey Gardens, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Robson was also revered in East Anglia during his time early in his career at Ipswich and assumed near legendary status at his local team, Newcastle. True legends of the game speak from the heart about a man they clearly care for deeply - nothing is forced, that is clear. He battled cancer five times then established a foundation in his own name which, nearly 10 years after his death in 2009, has raised £12million to battle the disease. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Sometimes his own family suffered for it, but the empathy shown from a man who tragically battled cancer five times in a fifteen year period, for those who played for him or worked alongside him, always gained admiration and a diehard loyalty. He was beloved by many, but dogged by health problems and perplexing decisions throughout his managerial career. It doesn’t vie far from the familiar structure, jumping back and forth along the timeline of Robson’s career. There will never be another Sir Bobby Robson, but his values, approach and passion should inspire the next man to follow him in Suffolk. From home turf with archival audio segments from the mouths of Robson’s father sending his boy off to play for Fulham in the 50’s, to the International stage and his management days abroad; the documentary is full of nostalgic, funny and poignant archival footage. You see him ordering tea, toast and jam for his team over the phone, telling Terry Butcher just what he thought of his defending and hear his wife, Lady Elsie, tell us just what those years and the club meant to him. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Features and News Writer at HeyUGuys, Once failed wannabe actress, Ex-music industry veteran who once dabbled in Artist Management, and now Film Journalist extraordinaire.
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