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.