Bobby Robson v's the press 3.7.01
On the departure of Wadsworth:
"We've lost a very competent coach
who for some reason was subjected to some criticism at the end of last season
that was not justified, unfair, not correct and out of order. Yes, the team
had a blip. We were all involved in that, but that blip was not caused through
Mick Wadsworth's coaching ability.
On Saints boss Stuart Gray:
"Mick has gone because of that clever bugger down there at Southampton - Stuart Gray. He is a young and inexperienced lad handed a big job and has still managed to manipulate Mick Wadsworth away from this club.I think i'll go and send him a congratulatory telegram to let him know my feelings.
"On Monday we were very confident that Mick would be here to start pre-season training alongside me but, because of the way that Southampton's approach was reported, he has gone.
"I am very bitter about it and it has been handled with no class whatsoever. Mick arrived at the stadium on Monday ready to commit his future to the club, but now he has gone."
On his opinion of Wadsworth's abilities:
''I sat next to Alex Ferguson last
Saturday for five hours (at Wimbledon) and we watched a bit of tennis
and talked football, and I think so much of Mick Wadsworth that if I had not
been manager of Newcastle and I knew Alex has lost Steve McClaren to
Middlesbrough, I would have recommended Alex take him on board.
On his relations with Freddy Shepherd:
'"I'm very, very upset about the
whole situation and I know the chairman is equally disappointed. It is rubbish
to suggest this has caused any problem between us and we get on very well. He
has always supported me and Mick's departure will not affect our relationship.
"Rightly or wrongly the perception amongst fans had been that Wadsworth was not up to the job at Newcastle.
"He didn't have any experience at the top flight and during last season some of the signings he'd been linked with stirred up resentment."
"We wish Mick all the best, he has
moved on for his own reasons but we'd like to thank him for what he's done for
"I have left purely for financial reasons - I have always enjoyed working with Bobby Robson and he is still my role model and an inspiration to me.
"I know he is bitterly upset that I am leaving but I think he understands the reasoning behind my decision.
"In terms of money and long-term security the Southampton offer was just too good to ignore. Nobody seems to know what will happen to the long-term coaching set-up at Newcastle and I did not feel my future role at the club was clear."
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