Ferguson and Mourinho lead tributes to Sir Bobby

The football world paid tribute to former England manager Sir Bobby Robson on Friday, after the 76-year-old lost his battle with cancer. In a statement made via the League Managers Association, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed his admiration for Robson: “I was never too big or proud to ask him for advice which he gave freely and unconditionally." he said. “In my 23 years working in England there is not a person I would put an inch above Bobby Robson. I mourn the passing of a great friend; a wonderful individual; a tremendous football man and somebody with passion and knowledge of the game that was unsurpassed. “The strength and courage he showed over the past couple of years when battling against his fifth bout of cancer was indescribable. Always a smile; always a friendly word with never a mention of his own problems. "The world, not just the football world, will miss him. Let's hope it won't be long before another like him turns up because we could never get enough of them.” Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho has also been quick to salute Sir Bobby. The Portuguese was plucked from obscurity by Robson during his time at Sporting Lisbon, and went on to work under him at Porto and Barcelona, before going on to great success in his own right at Porto and Chelsea. “I have no words to speak about Mr Robson," he said.  "That's why for a few months I have been unable to talk to him. It is difficult to accept such a person is no longer with us - but he is immortal because he leaves in everybody who knows him a mark of his personality - a great coach but, more than that, a great person.” INTERVIEW: FourFourTwo's One-on-One with Sir Bobby BLOG: In praise of Sir Bobby Robson NEWS: Football world mourns Sir Bobby Robson VIDEO: Sir Bobby Robson Trophy - England 3-2 Germany