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31.07.2009 17:32

L. Enrique: “A manager who left his mark”

Edgar Fornós

Barça Atlètic coach Luis Enrique Martínez learned of the death of his former coach Bobby Robson while in El Montanyà. The Asturian described the Englishman as “a manager who left his mark”.

Luis Enrique Martínez and Bobby Robson both came to FC Barcelona in 1996/97. The player signed from Real Madrid while the manager arrived from Porto. The man who now coaches the Barça reserves has fond memories of that first season and of Robson: “It was a fantastic year both for football and for personal experiences. Although he was only on the bench for a year, Robson was a manager who left his mark”.

“A very intimate person”

CELEBRACIo_RECOPA_1997_x5x.JPGOne of the many virtues Luis Enrique remembers of Bobby Robson was his human quality. “He was a very intimate man. He found it hard to speak Spanish and spoke to us in English, but was very intimate in his manner”.

“Only good words”

Luis Enrique went on to say that “he is a great loss not just in a footballing sense, people only had good words for him wherever he went, he was also a very likeable person on a human level”.
L. Enrique: “A manager who left his mark”

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Comes as a shock
The news has come as a shock to the whole Barça Atlètic squad in El Montanyà. The reserves are there on a preseason training camp, and were saddened to wake this morning and learn of the death of Bobby Robson.

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