GOMA BLASTS ROBSON
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goma spent almost two years on Tyneside after arriving from Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 1999, but joined the French revolution at Fulham last March.
He was lured to the North East by Robson's predecessor Ruud Gullit, but the centre-half played only a handful of games before the Dutchman was sacked.
When Robson was appointed as Gullit's replacement, Goma sensed a swift change in the atmosphere at St James' Park, particularly with respect to the foreign players.
The Fulham stopper also blamed Robson for laying the fault for tactical mistakes at the players' feet, rather than himself.
"Robson arrives, he does not even know our names, he kind of looks down on us, and institutes a new discipline," Goma told Observer Sport Monthly.
"He tightens everything up, it was almost like the army. Robson gave the English players their confidence back, he made them play again, and foreigners were supposed to serve the group, that's all. It was the contrary to Gullit.
"There was also a lack of tactical work in training, which we paid for in games.
"Robson never took responsibility for anything, he would always blame the players, and especially the foreigners."
It was a bust-up with Robson that prompted Goma's departure from The Magpies, and he was snapped up by compatriot Jean Tigana for £4 million last season.
Goma revealed his exit was sparked when he finished a training session early, an act which provoked a stern outburst from Robson.
He said: "Robson did a speech about professionalism, and started raising his voice, saying I was not a good pro.
"I got worked up. I criticised training, I was very nervous, it was in 'broken English.'
"He tried to justify himself, it was tense, and from there something was broken."