Sir Bobby set to step down from football

IPSWICH Town legend Sir Bobby Robson, who led the club to some of it's finest moments, has signalled the end of his near six-decade career in football.

IPSWICH Town legend Sir Bobby Robson has signalled the end of his near six-decade career in football.

The 74-year-old, who led Ipswich to some of the greatest moments in the club's history, conceded tonight that ill-health was likely to stop him from taking another job in the game.

Robson revealed in May that he had been diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time in 15 years.

The former England manager has been working with the Irish as a football consultant since January 2006 when Steve Staunton was named as the successor to Brian Kerr.

But he has admitted his involvement in football could come to a close after Republic of Ireland's clash with Wales on Saturday.

He said: "I'm stepping down because of Stan (Staunton).

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"The chances are I won't get back on the pitch again but I've got my head still and my enthusiasm.

"It depends on my health - I miss the game immensely and getting on the pitch.

"I've enjoyed the last two years - I just wish I could have done more than I have done.

"But my health took a downward turn a year ago and I've just been recovering from that."

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