Glenn Roeder is Back in Business

October 30 12:24 2007 Print This Article

From Reuters – Former West Ham United and Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder has been named as the new coach of Championship side Norwich City, the club said on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old has signed a two and a half year contract. His first match will be the East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town this weekend.

Glenn Victor Roeder, born in December 13, 1955 in Woodford, Essex. As a player, Roeder represented England B on 7 occasions. In a club role, Roeder failed to earn a scholarship at Arsenal and then choose to began his professional playing career at Leyton Orient F.C. in 1974 and going on to make over 100 appearances for The O’s before joining Queens Park Rangers

He is famously known as a classy ball-playing defender before moving to Queens Park Rangers F.C.. With the West London club he captained them in the 1982 FA Cup Final but missed the replay due to suspension he picked up some weeks earlier. He appeared 157 times for QPR and scoring 17 goals.

After a successful loan spell with Notts County, a transfer fee of £125,000 for Roeder move from Queens Park Ranger was agreed. The Notts Chairman Jack Dunnett agreed to match every penny the supporters donated for the fee. The transfer didn’t go through as they only can raised the charity up to £40,000, and Notts County were relegated that season.

In 1984 he was transferred to Newcastle United, and made close to 200 appearances during his five years at the club. It was during this period he was famed for his shuffle, known as the “Roeder Shuffle” a smart stepover which he used to extricate himself from numerous tight spots.

During his time with Newcastle United, he became a mentor to a young Magpie named Paul Gascoigne.

After five years at St. James’ park, Roeder moved back to London with Watford, staying at Vicarage Road for two seasons before joining Gillingham in 1992, playing 6 times before being appointed Gills’ manager.

He was become more famous as football manager after he managed West Ham United. However, they went down and Roeder was eventually sacked in August 2003.

Genn Roeder back in football in June 2005 and put in charge of Newcastle United’s youth academy. In February 2006, he was the first team caretaker boss after Graeme Souness was sacked and guiding the team into the Intertoto Cup.

Well, we all welcoming you back Glenn, hope you can be more successful at Carrow Road than what you have done for Newcastle United. Howay the Lads!!!

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  1. Clive Oswald (OZY)
    December 28, 10:03 #1 Clive Oswald (OZY)

    Glenn an I would pick the sides for a game of footy in the playground at Dury Falls back in the late sixties. He had the “step-over” almost perfected when he was in the 5th year and certainly opened some eyes with his great passing of the ball. He was rarely tackled then as he showed his ability to bring a player to him then beat or off-lay the ball in great fashion. Jasper, Grid, Ears/Carrot,Rob Butler & John Peck (we never gave him a nickname or Glenn) I am sure we are all pround of Glenn and I still remember the time we lost a school final’s football match when our goalie (Dave Young) tried to save the ball one handed and failed !!! (he had been in a fight earlier that day and hurt his good hand)

    Cheers Glenn, have a great 2008.

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