Football: Robson set to leave Barca on high note

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The Celtic general manager, Jock Brown, yesterday refused to be drawn on the club's new first team coach - but Bobby Robson dropped a clear hint he is prepared to leave Barcelona.

Robson has been strongly tipped to be the man Celtic want to lead them into a new era of Scottish football. But Brown refuses to discuss names, beyond insisting that the new coach will have a proven track record in football's big league.

"We won't respond to speculation," said Brown, who has only been in his post for less than a week. "We're interested in appointing a head coach with a track record that proves he's a top class coach."

Robson saw his side win the Spanish Cup against Real Betis on Saturday night - and admitted it would be a great way to pull down the curtain on his stormy yet successful year in Barcelona.

The former England manager said: "If it's my last game [at Barcelona] then it's a great way to finish. I suppose it's the first time in history something like this has happened so it seems I've made history."

The Ajax coach, Louis van Gaal, is expected to take over as coach at the Nou Camp, but Robson - offered an upstairs role by the club - added: "I don't have to leave. It's an exceptional situation but it's one I understand and I also agreed to it."

Robson may have paid the price for Barcelona finishing second to Real Madrid in the league, and now he could find himself thrust into another league dominated by two big clubs.

Tomas Brolin, Leeds United's unsettled Swedish international, is about to move to the French champions, Monaco - by royal request. Brolin is admired by Prince Albert who has suggested that the club sign him. The striker flew to the Principality yesterday for talks that could lead to a pounds 2m move.

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