Roeder – Don’t Throw Too Many Youngsters In Next Season

54 year-old Glenn Roeder managed Newcastle from February, 2006, when he took over from the hapless Graeme Souness, until Glenn himself  was sacked in May, 2007.

Glenn Roeder – while Newcastle manager

And at the end of the 2006-2007 season Glenn did great and in our last 7 games of that season we won six and drew one and got into 7th place and Europe.  That’s not unlike this last season when in the final 9 games we won eight and drew one.

Glenn played for and captained the Newcastle club from 1983 until 1989, playing 193 games for the Tyneside club and scoring 8 goals.

He returned to Newcastle in the summer of 2005 as the Youth Team manager, and shortly after that he took over as caretaker manager in February 2006, and was then appointed the full manager in May of that year.

So Glenn knows all about the youngsters at the club and he talked about them today to the Evening Chronicle:

“The Academy lads have done very well this year in reaching the latter stages of the FA Youth Cup, like we did in 2006.”“It’s great to get that far, but I don’t think that throwing young players in at the deep end is the right thing to do.”

“The distance in quality between playing for the first team in the Premier League and playing for the youth team is like the distance between the earth and moon.”  “Yes, you will get exceptions, maybe one or two. But if you start putting in four or five, you can get wiped away.”

“It can ruin good young players if you put them in a tough position too early.”  “The Premier League is the hardest in the world. There are so many tough games and nothing comes easy.”  “Outside the top six and the bottom six, things are extremely close, which means no game is easy.”

“If you look at the European leagues, there are is a big difference between the top four and bottom and it’s a genuine shock when somebody pulls off a result.”  “But Burnley were relegated already and they still came back from 2-0 down to beat Spurs, who’d qualified for the Champions League.”

Newcastle should have little chance next season against say the top six sides (and we hope some will disagree with us on that) , but every other team is fair game for winning both at home and away, and we have to hope that’s where we’ll pick up most of the points next season.

Since the lads give 100% every game these days, we remain fairly confident that the lads will be able to survive without being in a relegation struggle next term, and we have some small hope that we could even do a lot better than most fans expect – but we’re not getting carried away

Glenn continued:

“I think during my time at Newcastle we put four or five players in the first team from the same promising team that Gazza had won the Youth Cup with in 1985.”   “We were struggling with injuries and form. I think even the senior lads were wondering where the next win was coming from.

“But Willie McFaul was forced to throw in a few of the kids and they just sank because the expectation was too much and too early.”  “It meant that their future Newcastle careers suffered after that because their confidence didn’t recover in time.”

Roeder wants to see some reinforcements brought in during the summer, just like the rest of us, and he thinks it will be dangerous to throw in too many youngsters for next season.

And we have to agree with him on that – and certainly Glenn doesn’t want to see relegation ever again – and we’re not sure we could even survive another relegation – the old heart wouldn’t stand it. 😀

Glenn continued:

“It would be dreadful for the supporters if Newcastle United were just prepared to get by and risk the kids.”  “Why jeopardise your Premier League place?”  “Especially after all of the blood, sweat and tears everybody went through to get it back.”

“It is just unthinkable for Newcastle to go back down.” “I do understand that clubs must be run financially and in a proper manner.”   “But to do that at the expense of the team getting relegated again is unthinkable.”

“You don’t want to be back at square one.”  “The players and the coaching staff have done a phenomenal job in getting the team up as champions.”

“Newcastle are now in the same league again as the big boys. It won’t be like the season just gone.”  “If you miss chances in the Premier League and make defensive errors, you’ll be punished.”

We don’t think Mike Ashley is daft enough to risk giving Chris Hughton some money to spend, although it will not be much – and manager Chris Hughton has come out this morning and seems as positive as ever with things at the club.

And there’s also the loan market, and if we can get two top class youngsters in, plus say three savvy buys in the summer, that’s all we really need.

After all you don’t always need  lots of money to build up a good side – and Newcastle have shown in the last two years that they can make some very good buys in the transfer market.

We are still quietly confident  about next season, given the set of lads we have, who are now fully committed to the Newcastle club..

Howay The Lads!!

18 comments so far

  • cooldj

    May 12, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, I believe he in fact resigned did he not!? 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    May 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    cooldj – yes – maybe an agreed to resignation – but he was pushed after a poor season – and then Freddy went after Sam Allardyce – who had left Bolton several weeks before that.

  • lesh

    May 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    What a remarkable coincidence that Allardyce should have left Bolton just before Roeder ‘resigned’.

    It’s really strange how things work out!!

  • lesh

    May 12, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #4

    But, he and you Ed (who can speak with some authority having played at junior level for us) are so correct.

    Playing Academy graduates can either be a tremendous success (eg Rooney, Owen et al) or a disaster whether for the team as a whole or the young players who run the risk of having their confidence shattered.

    Roeder’s talking sense and I’d hope that Ashley doesn’t pile on to much pressure to play the graduates and that Hughton can act as guardian of their budding careers.

  • Ericles

    May 12, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Proof of the pudding is that good teams can be created without breaking the bank. Such teams in the past have had their achievements. Just look at Bobby Robson’s Ipswich!

  • Johno Toon

    May 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    If they are good enough they are old enough , tho i agree you cant win things with kids…..oh wait

  • Geordie_Pants

    May 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Could Roeder possibly fill the Technical Football Director role? Possibly not, however i would love to see him back behind the scenes in some capacity. He is a good honest man, who i felt was our manager and kept his dignity unlike FAT SAM!

  • Xenarious

    May 12, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Roeder should come back to the club in a role like where some teams have a “Development team” after the reserves, pushing them that extra step. He can also give a lot of advice to the first team and the academy team in all areas.

  • cooldj

    May 12, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Lesh alladyce was out of contract.

  • lesh

    May 12, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Thanks cooldj. Didn’t he get an offer to stay on at Bolton or had he other irons in the fire?

  • boater

    May 12, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Hughton has got it about right so far. Ranger just didn’t quite grab it last time around, he will get another chance though, and in previous regimes that would have been it for him.

    Also remember who got all the goals in that 7 game run in? Shola and N’Zog I seem to remember were awesome under GR.

  • shearer4pm

    May 12, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #12 ……………the profile picture is quality……also would like to add..if jonas does well at the world cup, and we got an offer or 8-10mil would it be a good deal, i mean i love jonas but that could get 3-4 decent premier league players?

  • WLtoon

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley should read this article and take heed. Roeder is as honest as they come and knows what he,s talking about.

  • Bucks mag

    May 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #14


  • Bucks mag

    May 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #15

    BTW Ed, Roeder took over at the end of the 2005/06 season.

  • BT7MAG

    May 12, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Until this season Roeder was easily one of my favourite managers in my lifetime (behind Sir Bobby and Keegan). He had us playing good football at times. Got us to the KO rounds of 2/3 cups that season and finishing mid-table DESPITE having one of the worst injury records in Premiership history.

    Let’s not forget Roeder gave Carroll and Krul their first caps, established Taylor as a regular and was using make shift teams from kids (Huntington, Edgar, Matty Patterson, LuaLua all played under him).

    The one stand out thing for me though, was when a nurse tried getting all premiership footballers to give up a days wages for nurses. She was getting really frustrated with the amount of doors being closed on her. She came up to Newcastle and met Roeder, he sat and talked to her for hours (had her in tears) thanking her and all nurses for their effort when he was in hospital…She said he was one of the nicest people she’d ever met in her life…Voice over on the program then cut in (unfortunately Glen Roeder left his post at Newcastle 3 days later and was replaced by Sam Allardyce) guttering!

  • Howay The Lads

    May 12, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #17

    You on 606?

  • onlyoneshearer

    May 13, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #18

    i agree BT7MAG under the circumstances roeder did a great job awful injury crisis but seemed to get the best out of players, was a likeable guy who everyone rallied around hopefully hughton can be a similar type this season.


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