Multiple Reports that Roeder Sacked by Newcastle

There is breaking news being reported by Times Online, Sky Sports and the Guardian Online that Newcastle United will shortly announce that manager Glenn Roeder has been relieved of the Newcastle United manager duties. The club is refusing to comment.
Glenn Roeder during Training

During an emergency board meeting today at St. James Park, called by chairman Freddy Shepherd, Roeder was apparently called in – at which time he was informed he was dismissed as Newcastle United manager.

Late News: Freddy Shepherd has now confirmed to BBC Sports that Roeder resigned his position Sunday – effective immediately.

We expect it to be announced officially on Monday morning.


Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd in Jovial Mood

(Did we just score? )

Roeder is not being sacked because of the injuries that wrecked our season (through February) – but for the performance of the team during the last 10 games – when they have amassed just 6 points and failed to score in 8 of those games. That’s relegation form.

Probably also being considered is the super successful surge of Wearside rivals Sunderland – under the control of Chairman Niall Quinn, and new Manager Roy Keane.

Sunderland ensured they won the Championship today by crushing bottom team Luton 5-0 at Kennilworth Road while Birmingham were defeated 1-0 at Preston.

The stage is now set for Newcastle to appoint a new manager and we would expect an announcement that Sam Allardyce has accepted the job – either tomorrow or on Tuesday.


Sam Allardyce and assistant Sammy Lee (now the manager) at Bolton

Sam Allardyce announced his resignation from Bolton Wanderers last Sunday – thought to be because he was fed up running the Lancashire club on a shoestring.

Roeder has done some good things at Newcastle – including setting up a successful youth system and recently reorganizing the scouting system – which was almost non-existent. We would hope these two ventures are not neglected – under whoever the new manager is.

Roeder always displayed a dedication to Newcastle – having captained the side in the 1980s – and displayed a good grasp of what the club stands for.

What has let him down is the terrible run of form at the end of the season – when most of the injured players were fit again.

If Big Sam gets the Newcastle job he will be inheriting a decent squad which needs to be reinforced in defense – but the midfield and attack seem strong – with everyone fit.

Transfer funds, of courofficially se, will be made available for these summer reinforcements.

14 comments so far

  • W

    May 6, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #1

    No official statement until Tuesday is killing me.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 6, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I assume they will announce Glenn’s sacking tomorrow – whether they have had time to talk to Allardyce – who’s in Spain – don’t know.
    But if it’s anybody else that would be a major shock – unless they’ve got
    Jose Mourinho lined up. 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    May 6, 2007 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Shepherd has officially confirmed to BBC Sports that Roeder has resigned – effective immediately.

  • Toon Exile

    May 6, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #4

    All together now

    #What’s that coming over the hill/
    Oh shit it’s Fat Sam
    Oh shit it’s Fat Sa-a-am

  • W

    May 6, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Where’s the link ed? I can’t seem to find his confirmation

  • W

    May 6, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #6

    found it sorry ed

  • Ed Harrison

    May 6, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Here’s the link to the BBC report that confirms Shepherd saying Roeder resigned.

  • Dirk

    May 6, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Wasn’t our assistant manasger Kevin Bond sacked on the back of a certain Panorama Programme? And wasn’t a certain Mr Allardyce also heavily implicated in this prog? O.K. nowt was proved, but …. just seems strange that Mr Allardyce is now in the frame to be our next manager??!
    Anybody looked at Sven’s record at club level? Grab him while he’s available!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 7, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Dirk – Yes – that’s very true – it’s been brought up a few times.
    Not sure Sven Erikkson would be too popular at Newcastle – but he would take the job if offered.
    Certainly a difference in personalities between Erikkson and Allardyce!

  • W

    May 7, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Is it true that Roeder lost the support of a couple of players? or a significant fraction of the dressing room?

  • Dawn

    May 7, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Both my husband and I agree that Sam Alladyce is NOT the answer to Newcastles problems. Sven would be the better choice for us, his track record at club level is one to be reckoned with.
    Lets hope that the board will agree that Alladyce was implicated in the Panorama Programme and this should not be forgotten. Fingers crossed we get a decent man, one who will be up to the dressing room and the pitch!

  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 7, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12

    This is interesting – Allardyce and Eriksson are both PR disasters waiting to happen. Allardyce will be the lesser of two evils – the negativity that surounds Eriksson, especially in England, will be hard to displace.

    Maybe Max Clifford can help?

  • Ed Harrison

    May 7, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Dawn – not sure Erikkson is right for Newcastle – his personality and demeanor just doesn’t seem to fit in the Newcastle mold of manager – but we’ll see.
    Certainly it appears not all fans are excited by prospect of Allardyce.
    There are some other decent managers available – like Marcello Lippi – Italy’s world cup manager – and I guess Claudio Ranieri is still out there.
    But it shouldn’t take too long for Shepherd to announce something 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    May 7, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Ahmed – maybe Shepherd will give us a shock – and announce neither.
    But got to think Allardyce is big favorite.


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