When Glenn Roeder arrived back at Newcastle in June 2005 – when he was put in charge of Newcastle United’s youth academy – he stated it was the job he had always wanted – and certainly since Glenn arrived the youth team has done will – reaching the semi-finals of the youth cup two years running.
Along with the improvements he made in our scouting set up – would it be possible to carve out a job for him at Newcastle in charge of the Youth and Scouting systems?.
Certainly you can argue that if Glenn hadn’t done so well with the caretaker manager position last year – he would still have a job at Newcastle – but of course it’s hard to turn down the job of manager of Newcastle United.
Reports this week suggest that Glenn will not be in the poor house – reportedly receiving a salary of $1M a year and still having a full year left on his contract at Newcastle – which the club will pay.
But what happens to Glenn now? – certainly he can become a gentleman of leisure but we wouldn’t expect him to leave the Newcastle area where his wife and two daughters are settled.
Once things settle down – with the new manager arriving – and handling some of the outgoing players (very important) – it may be possible for Roeder to come back to Newcastle in some capacity.
He certainly has a feel for the club – as witnessed yesterday – when he commented to the Daily Mirror on his stint as manager of the club:
“Our fans didn’t deserve the results we had,” he told the Daily Mirror. “They are the best fans in the country and I wanted to bring success.
“I’m a huge Newcastle fan. I would like to have been the person to oversee the changes so urgently required.
“I wish the new manager the best, but most importantly, I want to convey my sincere thanks and affection to all Newcastle fans.
“They have always been an inspiration to me both during my playing and managerial career. It was a great honor to be their manager.”
Since we do have a Youth Academy Manager in Joe Joyce (a Geordie), who was the PFA’s Head of Coaching before he joined Newcastle – that specific job is not available.
Joe Joyce – Youth Academy Manager
But Roeder could be appointed over Joe and also be responsible for the scouting system – Chief Scout and Director of Youth Development could be the title – a similar job to what Frank Arnesen holds at Chelsea.
Certainly a position like that is needed at Newcastle – and renewed emphasis on youth development has already proven to be of benefit to the club – to a huge extent.
We’d like to see Roeder employed once again at Newcastle – at some point in the future – though it may be difficult for him having once held the top job.
What do you think?