Robson Press Conference
Monday 14th May 2001, as reported by various media sources...
"We know next year with those players back in - and I'm including Robert Lee because in my opinion, he's still got a very good year left in him - we'll do better."
"We know to do better than we have done this year and better than we did last year, we just need to improve our situation, and the chairman is fully aware of that because we've discussed it at senior level.
"We're not saying anything to anybody, we're just going to try to go ahead and do our business."
"I've worked a miracle here and I will battle on and see it through."
From the Mirror:
"When the players lose they are just as angry as the public.
The fans don't see it but I do. They come in and shout and throw their shirts down in disappointment.
We have been accused of bad buys. Was Kevin Gallacher a bad buy at £500,000? Or Clarence Acuna for
£1m? Would you sell on Carl Cort now for £7m? No, you'd laugh at the price.
About the Arsenal and Villa games:
"We've got to finish on a high, show them we can battle and give
it a go. That's what the fans want to see."
"I think I've worked a miracle at this club, When I came here Newcastle United was sinking. This club was heading for the First Division - make no mistake about it. I did a great job here last season because I am experienced, tough and I can solve problems.
"I accept we wanted to do better this season but what we want now is for our public to be with us.
"We don't want knives in our backs and arrows flying around our heads - what good does that do to a football club."
"It would appear that loyalty means nothing.
"I read that one supporter was suggesting the club gets rid of Alan Shearer, Rob Lee, Warren Barton and Gary Speed. Without those players we would have been in the First Division and they were and still are Blue Chip Brigade.
"I don't accept any rubbish from people who don't know any better than to write a stupid letter which gets printed."
"Let me tell you about Mick Wadsworth, he's been in football for a long time and he's had to come in every morning, pull on his training kit and actually work with players on the pitch.
"He's no fly-by-night former big-name player who's come in and said 'I've had a great career so I'm going to be a great coach.
"He doesn't just stand there and put the cones out. He's actually worked his way up from where it matters and I know what he's done.
"Do Newcastle fans honestly think that I would employ a coach who wasn't good enough - a coach who was sub-standard for my club?
"If that was the case he'd be out. As it is my coaching staff is equal to any in the country and I will continue to stand up for them."
"I'll have more to say by the end of the week."