Glenn Roeder has been talking to Paul Gilder of the Journal about his future. Glenn of course joined Newcastle in the summer of 2005 as manager of our Youth set up. He was then plunged (if that’s the right word) into rescuing Newcastle’s season in February 2006 after Graeme Souness was sacked.
He did that extremely well but the next season wasn’t to turn out so successfully – as we all know.
Let’s take a look at what Glenn had to say.
Glenn Roeder spoke with Paul Gilder of the Journal today:
â€œIt has been strange in the last four or five weeks, it hadnâ€™t hit home,â€ â€œBecause Iâ€™ve been involved in football all my life, it hadnâ€™t hit home because anybody who is involved in football is away on holiday at this time of year. Now the clubs are starting pre-season training, itâ€™s sinking in that Iâ€™m not going to be part of the game Iâ€™ve been involved in all my life.
â€œIâ€™ve always believed that in life â€“ and Iâ€™ve had some bad experiences, particularly with the brain tumor â€“ you canâ€™t fail as long as when you get knocked down to the canvas, you come out trading punches again. I havenâ€™t done anything aside from football since I left school at 16. I know thereâ€™s life outside the game but for me football is everything.
â€œMy passion is as strong as ever, itâ€™s just a question of being patient and waiting to see what turns up.â€
We thought Glenn was excellent as Newcastle Youth manager when he was appointed in the summer of 2005 – and of course the last couple of years we have reached the last four of the FA Youth Cup. But circumstances were such that we think it was hard for Freddy Shepherd not to give Glenn the job as manager – when he did so well from February of 2006 through the end of that season and finally getting us into the last 16 of thee UEFA cup.
Glenn had to overcome some very bad injuries last season and he didn’t have too much luck â€“ but in a way it’s a pity he still wasn’t running our youth set-up â€“ where he once seemed extremely satisfied. Glenn was a great ideas man but not so good in carrying them out – but definitely deserves a chance â€“ probably with a Championship side.
Now that Glenn has completed footballâ€™s most-coveted coaching qualification – the UEFA Pro-Licence - the 51-year-old is determined to fight for his future in the game. Among those to have just completed the latest Pro-Licence course are the former Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy, who is now at Wolves, and former Newcastle defender Warren Barton.
We wish Glenn all the best – and think he can do very well with a Championship side – and in the long term his experience at Newcastle can only help him – it doesn’t get much harder than managing Newcastle United.