‘We need spirit of Sir Bobby’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY RICHARD EDWARDS

THE 20th an­niver­sary of Sir Bobby Rob­son tak­ing over at New­cas­tle oc­curs on Septem­ber 2.

And such is the state of the mess at St James’ Park, Toon fans are still talk­ing about it to­day.

For­mer fans’ favourite War­ren Bar­ton was at Nor­wich last week­end for New­cas­tle’s 3-1 de­feat.

What he saw summed up the cur­rent mood at a club go­ing nowhere at break­neck speed.

Bar­ton said: “It shows where New­cas­tle are that we’re still talk­ing about Sir Bobby do­ing what he did.

“We had one point after some­thing like seven games [in the 1999/2000 sea­son], then he comes in and wins his first home game 8-0. Two years later, New­cas­tle qual­i­fied for the Cham­pi­ons League.

“He didn’t have mil­lions to buy who­ever he wanted, but he made the most of what he had.”

New­cas­tle fans will be head­ing to Tot­ten­ham’s sta­dium this af­ter­noon fear­ing the worst.

“I looked at Steve Bruce on the touch­line at Car­row Road and he seemed to be a bit down­beat,” said Bar­ton.

“I looked at some of play­ers and no one was shout­ing or mo­ti­vat­ing. It needs some­one to get hold of that club.”

GAME CHANGER: Rob­son

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