Glenn Roeder played for Newcastle from 1983 until 1989, and was captain of the side, and he returned to Tyneside to manage the Youth Academy in the summer of 2005.
Glenn Roeder – while at Newcastle
Glenn went onto to take over from Graeme Souness in February of 2006, as interim manager, once Graeme was sacked and put out of his misery. Glenn then had a terrific record for the rest of that season – ably aided by Alan Shearer.
He was appointed permanent manager before the end of the season, and no wonder, as the team won 6 of the last 7 league games under him, and he had the side up to 7th place, and eventually qualified for the UEFA Cup in the summer.
However things did not go well the next season, and he was fired in 2007, just before Sam Allardyce was appointed manager, and then a certain Mike Ashley bought the club.
Glenn had previously managed West Ham United from 2001 until 2003, and in In April 2003, Roeder suffered a brain tumour while the Hammers were struggling against relegation.
Trevor Brooking came in for the final three games of the season, but was unable to save the side.
Roeder returned to work in July 2003, but was rather unceremoniously sacked by West Ham that August, following a defeat to Rotherham United.
Glenn talked about the state oft he Newcastle United club today, after it has been ravaged by the clueless Mike Ashley for over a year now.
We think what Glenn says is very close to the mark:
“I’ve run out of adjectives to describe what has happened there since I left the club.” “But there is only one group of people I feel sorry for – and that’s the fans.”
“It really does leave a bad taste in your mouth what has happened.” “You couldn’t write a tragedy story that is worse.” “Whatever way you box it all up, it’s just a tragedy.”
“And what I mean by that is there seems to have been little understanding that Newcastle United Football Club is a part of so many people’s lives it’s untrue.”
Roeder was devastated, like the rest of the fans, to see Newcastle relegated from the Premier League on the final day of last season.
But with the Magpies now reclaiming some of their lost pride at the top of the Championship table, Roeder continued:
“It really is gut-wrenching.” “But life is like football in the way that it’s a revolving door.”
“In that way it can change for the better too and hopefully Newcastle can get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.”
“Fingers crossed, it does happen.” “But if and when it does Newcastle have to get their house in order because if relegation was to happen again then it could be just horrible for the fans to have to go through it again.”
“There could be a few little hiccups.” “But every team is going to be up for playing at St James’s – after all a lot of players who play there this season may never do so again in their lives.
“QPR on current form will be up for it, but they will have to bridge the gap in class.”
Glenn doesn’t mention the owner at all in his comments, but Ashley’s reign may turn out to be one of the worst and most tragic ever by any owner of a Premier League club.
Unfortunately, Newcastle were unlucky to be that club.