Sir Bobby Would Be Very Proud Of Pardew!
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Tuesday, 29th May 2012
Former Toon defender Nicos Dabizas says: "The club is doing very, very well, and it's testament to the people involved in this job. Sir Bobby would be very proud."
Dabizas – who made 22 European appearances for the club – has paid tribute to the class of 2012 for securing a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League.
Dabizas – who retired from playing last year after a six-year spell with Larissa in his native Greece – hopes to take some of the lessons he learnt under Sir Bobby into management.
Nicos Dabizas: “History repeats itself, and this is a good thing.
“The club is doing very, very well, and it’s testament to the people involved in this job. Sir Bobby would be very proud.
“I think the secret was to hold the same team, the same spine, for two or three years.
“A lot of changes have been made. They’ve improved the team radically with the players that came.
“This is a sign of good organisation in the team.
“Three years ago, things were not very optimistic. Things change in football. If you are patient, and make logical decisions, football will repay you in the long term.
“If you want to be at the top, you have to score goals.
“Before that, you have to not concede a goal, otherwise you’re always trying to score goals because you concede an early goal.
“It makes your life more difficult, and you leave more spaces and gaps at the back. It’s more difficult for the defenders. Newcastle is always a difficult place for the defenders because the team is an attacking team.
“The fans want to attack and score goals, and you have to have the right balance between attack and defence. This is happening to Newcastle.
“Whoever is passing this spot will see Sir Bobby Robson, and remember his achievements for Newcastle United.
“It was a great day for Newcastle United. Sir Bobby was an inspiration to the North East, the players and everyone related the club.
“They were great days, and it’s good to see them back this year.
“I’ve met a lot of people in football, but no one like Sir Bobby. He was very enthusiastic.
“Whatever he said, even the simplest thing, he would make it sound a great, great piece of work.
“He was totally different from other people I’ve met in my life. He had a special energy inside him, and he could always pass it on to you.
“If your mood was down, he could lift you. The club had some fantastic performances, and it was thanks to that man.
“I’m taking my coaching badges and travelling across Europe.
“I was in Italy, and I’m going to Amsterdam Ajax to improve and take some knowledge from European football. After that, we’ll see how it goes.
“(Sir Bobby) was a man that I’ll take a lot of things from. If you want to be successful and clever, you have to take things you have seen in football. I’ll be trying to copy him.”