Sir Bobby ready to consider his position

IPSWICH Town president Sir Bobby Robson is to consider his position as the Republic of Ireland's international football consultant at the end of the current Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

IPSWICH Town president Sir Bobby Robson is to consider his position as the Republic of Ireland's international football consultant at the end of the current Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

Robson plans to sit down with manager Steve Staunton and Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney to discuss the future and whether he will remain in the post.

The 74-year-old was appointed to the role on a two-year contract in January 2006 but has missed a number of games as he has undergone treatment for cancer.

Although he maintains he is not under doctor's orders to quit, he nevertheless feels it is important the situation is addressed after the last Group D match against Wales in Cardiff on November 17.


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Robson said: “I'm fighting, which is as good as I can say.

"I'm fine, doing as well as I can, making progress, but delighted to come over for these two matches.

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"I've been on chemotherapy, so that dragged me down a little bit, and I have to think about the future.

"I'm here to see the campaign out. It was important I should come and I'm looking forward to Wednesday, and I shall certainly take in the Wales match.

"Then I will overlook it. I've not been told to stop. But it's something I must discuss with Stan (Staunton) and John Delaney, and see what's in store for me.”

Robson, along with Blues scout Charlie Woods, is in Dublin ahead of Wednesday's Croke Park clash against Cyprus after watching Saturday's goalless home draw with Germany.

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