Glenn Roeder – Great Ideas Man but Lacking Execution

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

Glenn Roeder spoke with Paul Gilder of the Journal today:

“It has been strange in the last four or five weeks, it hadn’t hit home,” “Because I’ve been involved in football all my life, it hadn’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, it’s sinking in that I’m not going to be part of the game I’ve been involved in all my life.

“I’ve always believed that in life – and I’ve had some bad experiences, particularly with the brain tumor – you can’t fail as long as when you get knocked down to the canvas, you come out trading punches again. I haven’t done anything aside from football since I left school at 16. I know there’s life outside the game but for me football is everything.

“My passion is as strong as ever, it’s just a question of being patient and waiting to see what turns up.”

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 – but in a way it’s a pity he still wasn’t running our youth set-up – 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 – probably with a Championship side.

Now that Glenn has completed football’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.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • Jonathan

    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    I think I’m going to be sick if I hear that prick mention his brain tumor again.

  • The Big P

    Jul 7, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Roeder I think benefitted from a dressing room that sighed with huge relief when souness made for the exit. Thus the team bounced back from a bad run as Mr Nice Guy was appreciated by the players, and it was a team with some ability stifled by a manager with no man management skills and limited tactical knowledge.
    But unfortunately a veneer of skillful management was quickly revealed to be just that, a veneer, as we entered the next season.
    Yes we struggled with injuries, but when players were becoming fit, tactical decisions and man management skills were revealed to be lacking.
    The defeats in the EUFA Cup, and FA Cup were due to bad tactics. Roeder showed no ability to exploit the weaknesses of an oponent, or defend against there strengths. Remember this at the end of the season, almost the entire game being played through Milner???? I am sorry but that is an opposing managers dream come true, like running against a one legged man. Also one of the worst defeats in the premiership when Fullam couldn’t score for toffee and were on a terrible run what happened??? I am sure we all remember.
    I do hope roeder does return to the Premiership this season and before the start, as we could pretty much garuantee all 6 points, and it would be nice to meet in the FA cup and beat his team 5-1.
    Glad he is gone, soooo glad.
    Nothing personal against the guy, I am sure he makes a great Dad.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Big P – think you very close to the truth.


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