1 Aug 2009

English football pays tribute to Robson

6:49 am on 1 August 2009

English football's leading figures have paid tribute to Sir Bobby Robson, after the former England coach lost his long battle with cancer.

Robson passed away aged 76 at his family home and his death brought an immediate out-pouring of love and respect from the football community.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle, who played under Robson at the 1986 World Cup, says it's devastating, while former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence, another who played under Robson, says it's a sad day for football and football people.

Newcastle players and staff, upon hearing the news, held a minute's silence at the training ground on Friday and Newcastle's St James' Park stadium was opened for fans to lay tributes to Robson.