Newcastle Plight Is A Gut-Wrenching Tragedy

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.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • G

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Despite his reign as manager not going well, I still quite like Glenn, and would like to see him involved in some capacity at the club again. Perhaps the academy and youth set up again. I think he is a fantastic coach, but no manager.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Not Unlucky Ed…I think Fated is a better word.

    Fated that we Attracted such a bumbling buffoon of a billionaire who made a terrible hash running a football club.

    Until he moves on we will never see anything like the success we have been craving all our lives.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Got enough time For Roeder as well…not management material though by any stretch of the imagination…decent bloke though!

  • komfort

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #4

    no he didn’t mention the owner so i’ll do it on his behalf….it’s all your fault you waste of space !…hurry up sell the club and go.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #5

    I think he would be a great asset in some capacity with NUFC and he can clearly bond and establish good working relationships with people at all levels ,seems very approachable with a love of NUFC….sort of the opposite to Dennis Wise and Owl Heed Lambias.

  • G

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Glad I am not the only one SJT. He is a very decent guy. Met him at a charity function, whilst he was still No 2 to Redknap at WHU. Chatted a bit about his toon playing days and said he would love to work for us in some capacity. How ironic. Deffo not a manager, but a sound man to have running in the background somewhere looking after the kids and reserves.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    You Tell him Komfort 🙂

  • komfort

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #8

    sjt..i do have my moments..haha.

  • Joseph

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Think Roeder could have been given at least one more season myself especially considering the replacement for Roeder , the injuries he had to put up with were unreal esp the owen one and shearer had just retired and all he could afford to get to replace him was Siberiski (though i quite liked him and he did well enough for us). Good bloke too and he’ll always get best wishs off me

  • G

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #10

    It appaled me when we went back to WHU and they were hurling abuse at him. No matter what the team did or didnt do under his tenure, that was below the belt.

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    komfort – he must have taken in the feelings of the fans after the Ipswich game, how he sat through that shows how insensitive the man is.
    True Faith are running a piece on how Ashley and Llambias are just so out of place in football, they have no class or decorum and Ashley sitting next to the Statuette of SBR with jeans and open necked shirt is a disgrace to the memory of the man.
    Also, members of the boards of both Sunderland and ManU were both at his memorial whils our were not.

  • NICK C

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s all gone well quiet on the takeover front again lads. It seems like it’s never gonna end…

  • Stuart79

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Gut wrenching Glen?

    You wanna try paying for the privilage to watch this freak show!

  • komfort

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    bbb, true faith is always a very good read hitting the nail bang on the head every time…regarding ashley and his bum chum not being at sir bobby’s memorial .. it may well be they didn’t get invites ?…

  • Johno Toon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    I always though Roeder done a good job for us and was a little disspointed he went to be honest,

    Nick C was just thinking that myself but think i read an article here saying they are waiting on this tribunal ruling before going ahead with it , anyone heard anything about the tribunial?

  • tails

    Sep 29, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #17

    i loved this at the ipswich game: “Get out of our club, get out of our cluuuuuuuub, you fat cockney b*****d, get out of our club”

  • Doocey

    Sep 29, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Glenn was good in his first season. From 14th to 7th.

    Nice bloke but more of an impact manager more than anything.

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 29, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #19

    tails – speaks for itself when fans can chant that song in between a goal fest away from home

  • UTD111

    Sep 29, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    The Times have got it absolutely spot on today about Sir Kevin Keegan……..and the numerous comments on the article supporting him show the true feelings of the majority of fans.
    Only one comment against him – from some whingeing mackem called “Stardust” or summat…….:)


  • chuck

    Sep 29, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    There you go again knocking a guy who would sweat blood for the club.
    Perhaps had he been a Geordie he would have got a better press.
    Glen though offered the permanent job, following a successful run during his take over the prior season, was never going to be in the job long.
    He was a stopgap replacement until a name manager could be found and did as well as could be expected with the team he had.
    All managers are only as good as the horses they are given, yeah some manage to eke a bit more out of their players and I believe Glen did that
    what I cant believe is the lack of respect he has gotten from so called fans in these posts.
    Just what is it that makes Newcastle fans so contrary and bitter ?

  • komfort

    Sep 29, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23

    aye utd111 , from that bloke who’s so in love with himself…

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 29, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    utd111 – great article from George Caulkin, one of the few straight journalists reporting on the Toon.
    Shameful comment for starpuff who as normal makes a proper tit of himself.

  • Davy Craig

    Sep 29, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #25

    I met Glenn Roeder after we beat Aston Villa to go top of the league under Jack Charlton (it was downhill from then on for him). I’d won a competition to go to the match and had a dressing room tour that was a bit different from those you get now – the players were there getting ready for the game and Big Jack was cracking jokes! Afterwards the players were to come to a post match meal but only a handful came along. Roeder was one of them and he was lovely man chatting away and being very natural. He was a gentleman. He is very knowledgable about the game and he understands the meaning of football up here. We need more people like him at the club now.

  • Where did the good times go

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #26

    I fear we are in a similar position with Houghton as we were with Roeder!

    Dont get me wrong i am full of admiration for Houghton and Calderwood and hope both remain at the club in some capacity.
    But they do not seem to fit the mould of managers, yet and i know this sounds ridiculous, Shearer does with his lack of experience !

    Prehaps i’m just blinded by my black ‘n’ white tinted glasses.

  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 30, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Glen’s alright. Still a bit odd that a man who nearly died with a brain tumour should consider relegation a gut wrenching tragedy. Somehow I would have expected a different perspective.


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