THE MANAGERS: Bryan Robson

Bryan Robson: 1 March 1984 - 5 March 1984

Affectionately known as Pop Robson, the one-time Sunderland player enjoyed an emphatic goalscoring career before taking up a caretaker’s role at the club.

Robson struck almost 300 goals in nearly 700 appearances for Newcastle United, West Ham United, Sunderland, Chelsea and Carlisle United.

After a second spell on Wearside in March 1981, Robson then had roles as player-coach at Carlisle and Chelsea before he returned to the Black Cats in the same role in July 1983.

Following Alan Durban’s departure, Robson took charge of the team for one match and secured a 2-2 home draw with Arsenal.

Uniquely in Sunderland’s history, his brief management stint was followed by his last goal for the club at the age of 38, in his last game before returning to Carlisle United.

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