BRIT NEWS: Sir Bobby Robson has died. I never agreed with all he did for football. One of the first to buy foreign players for his team, in my view it was the game’s death. A team that carries a city’s name, but has few players from there is a fraud. And the massive increase in pay and spin-offs turned the game into a business. This said, his career as a football manager held disappointments and marvelous victories in a rollercoaster ride that kept the nation enthralled. And he was also a true gentleman – rare in the business of football. For this he will be sadly missed.
(c) Anthony North, August 2009