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Tributes to Sir Bobby

Jermaine Jenas has led the tributes from Spurs to his former manager and one of football's greats, Sir Bobby Robson, who sadly passed away on Friday.

Jermaine Jenas has led the tributes from Spurs to his former manager and one of football's greats, Sir Bobby Robson, who sadly passed away on Friday.

Sir Bobby, who died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 76, will be best remembered for leading England to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1986 and then the semi-finals of the tournament in Italy in 1990.

As a player, he was a key member of the Fulham and West Brom teams during the 1950s and 1960s and won 20 caps for England.

He began his managerial career at Fulham before leading Ipswich Town to the FA Cup in 1978 and UEFA Cup in 1981.

England followed and after leaving the top job in 1990, he had spells with some of Europe's great clubs - PSV, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona - before returning to England and his beloved Newcastle United in 1999, leading them to fourth in the Premier League in 2001-02 and third in 2002-03.

His final role was as a consultant to the Republic Of Ireland team - of course, including our own Robbie Keane.

Sir Bobby snapped-up midfielder JJ, just 18 at the time, from Notingham Forest in February, 2002.

"The news saddened me straight away, he was such a great man," said JJ, who was told by his mother in the afternoon here in China.

"I only spoke to him last week. I called him a few times during the summer to check up on him, to see how he was and just have a chat.

"He was magnificent for me when I was at Newcastle, almost like a father figure.

"I only knew him for a short time compared to a number of people but he took me to his heart, looked after me, took care of me and was always so kind to my family - there will be a lot of players who will say exactly the same thing.

"Football has lost a great person in Sir Bobby Robson and he will be missed by everyone."

Harry Redknapp said: "Everyone who came into contact with Bobby had so much respect for him.

"He was a fantastic man, a great football man and a family man.

"I was with him a couple of weeks ago when he held a charity golf weekend in Portugal, he was there raising money for orphans as well as his own cancer charity and he was amazing.

"I would say that Bobby Robson was probably the most enthusiastic football man I've ever met in my life. He was special."

Robbie, captain and record goalscorer for the Republic, added: "I had the pleasure of working with Bobby with the Irish team, only for a short time, but he left a lasting impression on me.

"His enthusiasm for the game was unbelievable and he was great with the lads. It's a very sad day. What he did in the game was tremendous. People talk about legends - he certainly is a legend and will never be forgotten."