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Bobby Saxton
Personal information
Full name Robert Saxton
Date of birth September 6, 1943 (1943-09-06) (age 66)
Place of birth    Doncaster, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*

Denaby United
Derby County
Plymouth Argyle
Exeter City
00? (?)
096 (1)
230 (7)
092 (3)   
Teams managed
Exeter City
Plymouth Argyle
Blackburn Rovers
York City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Robert "Bobby" Saxton (born September 6, 1943 in Doncaster, England) is an English former footballer, manager and coach, now working as a scout for Newcastle United.


He managed Blackburn Rovers for five seasons after a playing career as a utility defender with several lower division clubs. During his managerial career, he also took charge of Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and York City.

From 1995 until 2002 he was assistant manager to Peter Reid at Sunderland, twice helping the Wearside club to the Division One title and promotion to the Premiership. He left at the end of 2001–02 retiring from the game (temporarily it now turns out), just a few months before Reid was sacked. His successor was Adrian Heath, who lasted just a few months on the club's payroll before he was sacked along with Reid.

He spent a brief spell thereafter scouting for Bolton Wanderers on a freelance basis as the Trotters made their way into European football for the first time ever but his involvement at the Reebok Stadium was much more low key than his previous jobs.

Saxton came out of retirement in 2006 to become assistant to Niall Quinn during his time as acting manager of Sunderland. The inexperienced Quinn had played under Reid and Saxton during his days at the Stadium of Light, so he knew that Saxton's guidance and experience would suit his own ambitions for the club. Saxton reportedly asked "are we going to run the club right?" before accepting the position. When Quinn stepped back from the management role and brought in Roy Keane on 28 August 2006, Saxton agreed to stay on briefly as part of his coaching staff, before becoming Director of Scouting at the club two weeks later. He was later sacked as Keano brought in his own backroom staff.

When Sam Allardyce became manager of Newcastle United in May 2007, Saxton was brought in as a scout, but left again when Allardyce was sacked in January 2008.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Exeter City England January 1, 1977 January 5, 1979 95 40 27 28 42.10
Plymouth Argyle England January 5, 1979 May 31, 1981 116 43 41 32 37.06
Blackburn Rovers England May 31, 1981 December 30, 1986 246 90 85 71 36.58
York City England June 9, 1987 September 30, 1988 62 11 36 15 17.74

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