Roeder’s Failings Fully Exposed – is Big Sam next?

One of the many characteristics every good manager needs is the ability to motivate his team and players.

Roeder seemed to be able to do that last season after taking over from Souness.


(Former) Newcastle Manager Glenn Roeder

This season he has failed to show that he could consistently do that – and certainly during the last 10 games – motivation and commitment has not been shown very often by the team – and this is one reason fans have been unhappy with Roeder.

Roeder’s resume (CV) was never good but he did so well last year that he almost had to be given his chance. His previous turns as manager were not successful – save for one season in which he took West Ham to 7th place – but the next season West Ham were relegated. His other managerial stints included periods at Gillingham and Watford.

Here is a list of mitigating reasons (roughly in order of priority) why we feel Newcastle were left with little alternative but to sack Roeder:

  • Six points in last ten games – this is principal reason why the season collapsed – if we had 20 points from 10 games (not unreasonable) we’d now be in 6th place
  • Difficulty motivating players – the terrible run included too many games when Newcastle players just didn’t turn up to play
  • Sam Allardyce suddenly became available – last Sunday he resigned unexpectedy – one of our former top choices was available – if asked
  • Sunderland have been going great guns in the Championship – and won the league Sunday – would Sunderland be top dog next season ?
  • Fans turned against Roeder during the last week – when Shepherd was supposedly gauging the fan’s’ mood
  • A terrible performance on Sunday against Blackburn put the proverbial nail in the coffin for Roeder

NEWCASTLE United’s official announcement:

NEWCASTLE United today announced that Glenn Roeder has offered his resignation as team manager with immediate effect and this has been accepted by the Newcastle United board.

Now the big question is who will succeed Roeder?

Since much of the ballyhoo has been centered around Sam Allardyce’s availability – we feel it must be odds on that Big Sam will be offered the jo0b – and will accept – sometime this week and earlier rather than later.


Sam Allardyce (Oh No – not Newcastle !)

If he does get the job his resignation at Bolton will look like a master-stroke since the news is that Sam would love the Newcastle job – because of it enormous challenge – not to mention the substantial renumeration.

There is really no need for Sam to take over from Roeder this week – but he probably will fly over from Spain (where’s he’s on vacation) for a couple of days – and certainly be at the match at Watford on Sunday.

The players will then be very motivated with Big Sam in the stands – and we can at least expect a committed performance from the lads.

If Sam does take over at Newcastle we will need to do some rethinking of our transfers in and out – although we don’t believe that outgoing players will be much affected – apart from maybe Gooch – but it ultimately depends on Sam’s opinion of the players.

Wonder what he thinks of Bramble?

The other interesting aspect is whether he will keep Nigel Pearson (and our other coaching assistants) at the club.

His former assistant manager – Sammy Lee , is now Bolton manager – and Nigel Pearson (England under 21 coach) has looked competent in his role.

Well – that’s what we think – let’s have your thoughts, ideas and opinions.

  • Was it right to sack Roeder at this time ?
  • Who should be the next manager?


9 comments so far

  • W

    May 7, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Gooch is shite mate. Honestly, if a player can’t pass a ground ball forward is there hope for a calm and collected back pass? Plus he gives away to many free kicks in dangerous positions may i say needless, i’d rather have boumsong then. Has anyone heard of boumsong stories from Juvey, he’s full of calamity over there too. I wonder what GS saw in him, must have been serious revenue for Rangers.

  • W

    May 7, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Why doesn’t Beardsley manage football? If we had an ensemble of legends managing the club then none of us NUFC fans would in their right mind riot again. Plus it’d be a good idea, since the dressing room lacks respect and motivation. What kind of players do we have, I agree with roeder when he said some players have gone stale, i believe he’s referring to dyer here. MacDonald, Beardsley, Shearer and Gazza hahaha. Gazza the jester MacDonald will be the cardinal Shearer king Lord Beardsley Prime Minister.

  • Neil

    May 7, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    This probably was a must do for Newcastle. They couldn’t risk a slow start next season and have to fire another manager early on. This will give Allardyce a chance to get his players this summer. If it is indeed Allardyce. Mourinho might be available (this is a joke so don’t get emotional). What about Sven?

  • Valle

    May 7, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Beardley… NO WAY… If anything we should try to learn from our mistakes. Beardsley is way to nice and soft. Look at Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal & Liverpool, thats the top four and their managers are ruthless and mean when dealing with the hysteria and other clubs and yet caring towards their players till they break their confidence at which point thay will be ruthless again. Strong charecters who has an aura of beleive and repsect is what we need.

  • Mats

    May 7, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #5,2789,1043758,00.html

    There is claims of Sven back in April that he’s already been offered a job from an English Premier League club and will be taking over next season…

  • Ed Harrison

    May 7, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    W – Beardsley has tried managership – he was coaching the youngsters a year or so back at Newcastle. Not sure what he’s doing now (?)
    But remember there are different characteristics required of a manger than player

  • Ed Harrison

    May 7, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Mats – I don’t believe it – although nor surprisingly his name is coming up – since he’s looking for a job 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    May 7, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Neil – this is certainly the right time to sack a manger and not in Aug/Sep as Shepherd did with Dalgleish, Gullit and Bobby Robson.
    It does give the new manager and team a chance to get it right – but we will expect a good start next season – no excuses.

  • W

    May 7, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d wait for Madrid to sack Capello.


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