Bernabeu boss hopes to raise cash for football legend.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has donated his most prestigious personal trophy to be auctioned in memory of his mentor Sir Bobby Robson.
The ‘Special One’ worked with the former England boss at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona, and learnt from Robson the art of being a successful manager.
He will donate his FIFA Ballon D’Or World Coach of the Year award he won with Inter Milan in 2010, which will be sold to the highest bidder in an online auction next month.
Proceeds from Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction, running from October 8-23, and a charity ball in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
“The entire family is completely astounded by this generous gift from Mr Mourinho,” Robson’s son, Mark, said. “We are thrilled and so thankful to him.
“My dad would have been so proud by the way all the different clubs and football managers around the world are pulling together by contributing such incredible prizes.”
Other donations include the chance to join England boss Fabio Capello and his squad at a training session, VIP tickets for a Manchester United game courtesy of Sir Alex Ferguson and a signed limited edition of Pele’s autobiography.
Auction founder Gina Long said: “When I started planning the auction, I could only have dreamt that I would get support from such magnificent people and great companies.
“But now that has been turned into reality, it can only help us achieve our goal of raising more than £250,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.”
Further information is available at: http://www.sirbobbysbreakthroughauction.com.