Glenn Roeder played for Newcastle from 1983 through 1989 and he appeared close to 200 times for Newcastle and he was the Newcastle captain, and in June of 2005 he returned to Tyneside as the Youth Development Manager – at the time Graeme Souness was the manager.
Glenn Roeder – when manager of Newcastle – 2006-2007
And less than a year later he was the Newcastle manager.
We remember well in early February of 2006, when Newcastle finally sacked Graeme Souness, after we lost 3-0 at Manchester City, and we had 26 points from 23 games and were 15th in the league table.
Glen Roeder took over on a temporary bases and in his first five league games he won four and drew one, and we gathered 13 points and moved up the table.
Newcastle tried to get Martin O’Neil to take over permanently – as he was available after ending his stint as the Glasgow Celtic manager, but it seems Martin didn’t want to come – he was a Sunderland fan as a youngster.
Glenn Roeder finished up taking us up to 7th place in the league table, and qualified for Europe after beating Chelsea 1-0 at home in our final game, and Glenn was given the job full-time.
We ended up on 58 points – so Glenn got 32 points from our last 15 league games – not too bad at all. However Glenn didn’t last and was fired at the end of the 2006-2007 season and Sam Allardyce came in and then Mike Ashley bought the club …
But on the positive side, it is possible for teams to come away at the end of the season, as Everton did last season and then continued that form into this term, and they are currently 5th top on 37 points.
It’s certainly possible for us to pull away before the end of this season, and if we can do that – it will be a huge relief.
What do you think?
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