Sunday, August 06, 2006

Bobby Robson In Hospital

IPSWICH, England (AP) - Former England manager Bobby Robson was admitted to a hospital Saturday.

The 73-year-old Robson, who was at Portman Road to receive an honorary award from Ipswich, left 10 minutes into Crystal Palace's 2-1 win. It was unclear what was wrong with him.

"He was attended by the club doctor and, as a precaution, was transferred to Ipswich hospital," Ipswich said in a statement.

Robson has had successful surgeries for colon cancer and a malignant melanoma on his face in the past. The latter operation in 1995 cost him his upper teeth and left him with an internal plastic frame holding his face in place.

After having a tumor removed from his lung in May, it emerged he had more cancer, though it is now in remission.

Robson is one of the legendary survivors of international soccer. He played 584 matches for English clubs Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, then began a managerial odyssey that took him through Canada, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

Though he started his managerial career at Fulham in 1968, Robson made his name Ipswich, where he captured FA Cup and UEFA Cup trophies in his 13 years in charge.

He succeeded Ron Greenwood as England coach in 1982, guiding England to the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.

He held managing spells at PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, and FC Barcelona, where current Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho worked as his translator.

Robson managed at Newcastle from 1999-2004, where he guided his native Magpies from a relegation battle to near the pinnacle of English soccer: an FA Cup semifinal, a third-place place in the Premiership, the second phase of the Champions League and the last four of the UEFA Cup.

He is currently working as an assistant manager with Ireland.


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