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
“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. 😀
“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!!