Former Chelsea manager dead

Bobby Campbell, Chelsea

Bobby Campbell, Chelsea

Former Chelsea manager Bobby Campbell who managed the Stamford Bridge club from 1988 to 1991 has died at the age of 78.

Campbell who guided Chelsea to promotion to the top flight in 1989, following their relegation to Division Two the previous season also managed Fulham, Portsmouth and had coaching stints at Arsenal, Aldershot and QPR, and in Kuwait.

Chelsea in a statement on its official website confirmed the demise of the man who was born in Liverpool and whose playing career took in spells with Liverpool, Portsmouth and Aldershot.

“Chelsea Football Club is greatly saddened to announce the passing of our former manager Bobby Campbell at the age of 78.

“All at the club send our deepest condolences to Bobby’s family and friends and our players will wear black armbands in his memory at today’s game at Stoke.” The statement read.

After guiding Chelsea to promotion back to the top flight in 1989, Campbell and his team immediately achieved a fifth-place finish –the Blues’ highest position in 20 years.

It was the first of those successful seasons that Campbell in later years would talk about as his proudest and most important accomplishment. Like one of his predecessors, John Neal five years earlier, Campbell won promotion knowing that failure to do so would place a big question mark over Chelsea’s very survival and, similar to Neal’s Blues, the class of 88/89 went up as Second Division champions, this time with a club-record 99 points.