Date:Friday July 31 2009
Mick Mills, the former England captain, Ipswich player and Colchester boss has saluted Sir Bobby Robson who died this morning.
Mills, infamously managing the U`s when they were relegated out of the Football League in 1990, was an ever-present under Robson for four seasons in the mid-1970s, having become team skipper earlier in the decade.
"When you saw the pictures of him last week, it was very, very sad then but just thinking about what he has been through in the last two or three years takes me back to when I first met him, in 1989 when he became manager of Ipswich," Mills told the BBC.
"He took over a very difficult job, he hadn`t actually started his management career too well and it was vital for him to be successful. We saw him really fighting, displaying all that courage he had in his latter years, to make it a success. We weren`t a good team, but Bobby steered us through," he added.
Robson won the F.A. Cup and the UEFA Cup as Town manager and tributes have been pouring in all day across news agencies and via the internet as football fans pay tribute to a genuine godfather figure of modern English Football.
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