Guest Article. Bryan Robson: Thailand was a fantastic experience (14/04/2011)
Former Thailand national team manager Bryan Robson says the reason England will not win Euro 2012 is simple Ė they are just not good enough.
When this yearís tournament comes around, it will be 40 years since the former England captain joined West Bromwich Albion as a youth team player.
He made nearly 200 appearances for West Brom before going on to play 345 times for United, scoring 74 goals. He played 90 times for his country, making 65 appearances as captain.
Robson, who turned 55 in January, played for and managed Middlesbrough and has also managed Bradford City, West Brom and Sheffield United. Until June last year he was the Thailand national team manager. He is currently working as a global ambassador for Manchester United.
He talked to www.totalfootballmag.com about his career, Sir Alex Ferguson, Unitedís rivalry with Manchester City, his time in Thailand, and why England fans should not expect too much at this yearís Euro 2012 tournament.
Managing Thailand must be something you would never have imagined growing up. What was that experience like?
The experience was fantastic for me. I really enjoyed working with the players who were so disciplined and responded well to everything I asked of them. They couldnít have tried harder and I appreciate that.
What were the highlights of your career as a player and a manager?
The highlight of my playing days would have to be winning the first Premiership with Manchester United in 1992/93. As a manager, winning promotion with Middlesborough was undoubtedly the best moment for me.
How do you rate Englandís chances at Euro 2012?
To me, England are where we have been for the last eight years. We are capable of qualifying but we are not good enough to go and win the competition. Teams like Spain and Germany are far stronger than us and are much more capable of performing on the day.
You have worked a lot with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. How has he affected you as a player and a person?
Sir Alex is a great manager. He has a great desire to win and is totally committed to making Manchester United successful, and that transmits to the players and makes them what they are. As a manager myself, I tried to implement as many of Sir Alexís strengths as possible.
What does your ambassadorial role for Manchester United entail?
I really enjoy my role as ambassador of Manchester United, it really is a great honour for me. I work closely with the sponsors behind the scenes and like to appear as often as I can on MUTV to discuss the clubís latest news. Itís a lot of responsibility but I relish it.
What are your ambitions for the future?
At the moment, I am not thinking beyond my current role. I am really enjoying being a club ambassador but if I were to think beyond that, I would not rule out management again in the future.