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Glenn Victor Roeder (born 13 December 1955 in Woodfordmarker, Essex) is an Englishmarker football manager and former player, most recently in charge at Norwich City. As a player, Roeder represented England B on 7 occasions.

Playing career

Roeder failed to earn a scholarship at Arsenal and began his professional playing career at Leyton Orient, making his name as a classy ball-playing defender before moving to Queens Park Rangers. Here he captained them in the 1982 FA Cup Final but sensationally missed the replay due to suspension picked up some weeks earlier. It was during his time at Loftus Road he was famed for his shuffle, known as the "Roeder Shuffle", a smart stepover which he used to extricate himself from numerous tight spots and also to instigate attacking moves from the heart of the defence. During a successful loan spell at Notts County, (in which they were undefeated) a transfer fee of £125,000 was agreed. The Notts Chairman Jack Dunnett agreed to match every penny the supporters donated for the fee. Only £40,000 was raised Glenn didn't sign, and Notts County were relegated that season. In 1984 he was transferred to Newcastle United, where he made close to 200 appearances during his five years at the club. Roeder finished his playing career with a two year spell at Watford followed by a return to Leyton Orient for whom he played 8 games in 1992 before a six game stint at Gillingham, whom he had joined as player-manager.

Managerial and coaching career


Roeder spent one season as player-manager of Gillingham, during which time he led the side to 13 wins in 51 games and saw them finish second from bottom of the Football League, escaping relegation after winning against bottom club Halifax Town in the penultimate fixture of the season.


After Steve Perryman left to join Tottenham Hotspur, Roeder was hired as the new manager of his former club Watford at the start of the 1993–94 season. In his second season with Watford he almost took the side to the play-offs, eventually finishing just two places outside them. However, he was sacked in February 1996 as the side were struggling at the bottom of the First Division. His replacement, Graham Taylor, was unable to prevent the side from being relegated. During his time at Vicarage Road he signed Kevin Phillips from local Hertfordshiremarker team, Baldock Town for only £10,000.


Roeder followed his tenure at Watford by taking a season away from the limelight, assuming a back seat role as Chris Waddle's assistant manager at Burnley. The partnership did not prove to be successful and the pair narrowly avoided steering Burnley into the bottom tier of English football. Only a home victory over Plymouth Argyle on the last day staved off the spectre of relegation. Roeder proved to be both an unpopular and controversial figure to the Burnley fans, hitting a low point when he was reported to have said that star-player Glen Little was "not fit to lace the boots" of manager Chris Waddle. Roeder left his role at Burnley alongside Waddle when the pair departed the club after only a single season in charge.


Roeder then worked as a coach under Glenn Hoddle for the England national team, before West Ham manager Harry Redknapp offered him an opportunity in club football again in 1999.

West Ham United

In the summer of 2001, Roeder was handed a chance to manage in the Premier League at West Ham United after the Hammers failed to attract Steve McClaren or Alan Curbishley after Redknapp's departure. Roeder's appointment was opposed by some supporters, who had expected a bigger name to replace Redknapp. Roeder received a £15 million transfer kitty, and guided West Ham to seventh in his first season in charge. He signed David James from Aston Villa, Tomas Repka from ACF Fiorentina for £5.5 million, and Don Hutchison from Sunderland for £5 million.

In the 2002–03 season, West Ham struggled. Repka had serious disciplinary problems amassing ten yellow cards and one red card in thirty-two league appearances. Don Hutchison turned out to be very injury-prone on his second spell with the club, playing only ten league games that season. West Ham were bottom at Christmas and at that time no team had avoided relegation from that position. Despite the January signings of Rufus Brevett, Lee Bowyer on a short-term deal, and Les Ferdinand, Roeder was unable to halt the team's slump. Roeder had a dispute with striker Paolo Di Canio after he substituted Di Canio in a match against West Bromwich Albion. In April 2003, Roeder suffered a brain tumour and was replaced by Trevor Brooking for the final three games of the season. Despite a late rally, West Ham were relegated with a record number of 42 points.

Roeder returned to work in July 2003, stating he had "unfinished business". In the 2003 close season, many of West Ham's star players, such as Trevor Sinclair, Joe Cole and Frédéric Kanouté left the club as a result of relegation. Roeder was sacked by West Ham in August 2003, following a defeat to Rotherham United.

Newcastle United

After nearly two years out of the game, he returned to football in June 2005 when he was named youth-development manager of Newcastle United. Graeme Souness was sacked as Newcastle manager in February 2006, following his dismissal, Roeder was appointed caretaker manager, with striker Alan Shearer as his assistant. He was able to turn the Magpies' season around, rescuing them from near the foot of the table to finish seventh in the Premier League with a place in the Intertoto Cup. Freddy Shepherd, Newcastle United's chairman, consequently named Roeder as first in line to become full-time manager at the club, on condition that Newcastle obtain dispensation from the FA Premier League to allow Roeder to continue without the mandatory UEFA Pro Licence. Newcastle claim exceptional circumstances as Roeder was halfway to gaining the licence when he suffered his brain tumour. The Premier League at first rejected Newcastle's request on 3 May 2006 in accordance with UEFA rules which would not allow Glenn the position. Freddy Shepherd however lobbied the backing of all 19 other premier league club chairmen and they voted in favour of Roeder being allowed to gain the correct licence while in the job. Roeder was named as Newcastle's permanent manager on 16 May, signing a two year contract with the club.

On 1 June 2006, Roeder appointed Kevin Bond as his assistant. Roeder had worked with Bond at West Ham where Bond was a scout. Roeder believed the two of them would work well together, however Bond's contract at the club was terminated after allegations he was prepared to take bungs for players whilst at Portsmouth. On the 22 October 2006, Roeder announced that, ex-Middlesbrough player and recent care-taker manager of West Brom, Nigel Pearson would be his new assistant manager.

Under Roeder, Newcastle won the 2006 Intertoto Cup by virtue of being the furthest placed team to advance from the Intertoto Cup into the UEFA Cup. This made Roeder the first manager to win a trophy for Newcastle since 1969. After the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United at home on 4 November 2006, there was a fan protest outside St. James' Park, that was shown live on Sky channel PremPlus. However, notably much of the fans' criticism was directed at the chairman, Freddy Shepherd, and not specifically at the manager himself. Roeder's fortune didn't improve, as Newcastle's league form was inconsistent, majorly due to first-team player injuries and having to rely on in-experienced players from United's Youth Academy to compete at top flight level, with Newcastle maintaining a mid-table position. After guiding Newcastle to just one win in ten games, Roeder was summoned to an emergency board meeting on 6 May 2007. It was revealed he had resigned with immediate effect.

Roeder won 45% of his matches, enough in a single season to qualify for European competition. His departure was met with a mixed reaction from fans. Whilst some fans acknowledged the difficulties he faced in keeping senior players uninjured and respected his achievements as a defender in the 1980s, other fans were farther intrigued by the availability of Sam Allardyce who had resigned from Bolton Wanderers just weeks before.

Allardyce was named as his replacement on 15 May 2007.

Norwich City

In October 2007, Roeder joined Championship side Norwich City, signing a contract until 2010, with Norwich bottom of the division and four points adrift of safety. His first game in charge was on 4 November in the East Anglian Derby against Ipswich Town, a match that ended 2–2 after Norwich had been 2–0 down at half-time. His first win came in the home game against Coventry City (24 November), which he followed up with a first away win of the season for Norwich in the 3-1 defeat of fellow strugglers Blackpool (27 November), who previously had not lost at home that season. He then guided the team out of the relegation zone with wins over Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United, Barnsley, Southampton, Preston North End and Cardiff City. The Canaries rose rapidly up the table as a result of this good run of form and, at one stage, it looked as though they could make a shock late burst into the play-offs, similar to the run under Nigel Worthington in the 2001/2002 season. Roeder began an overhaul of the squad in the January transfer window, releasing players such as Julien Brellier and David Strihavka who had been signed by his predecessor and who he did not consider to have a future at the club. He made the loan signing of Matty Pattison permanent and also renewed the loan deals for Ched Evans and Mo Camara. Also Roeder signed four loan signings including Matthew Bates, Keiran Gibbs, Alex Pearce and James Henry. Despite a poor run of form through February and March, Roeder kept Norwich in the Championship for another season, though survival was not confirmed until a 3-0 home win against QPR in the penultimate fixture of the season.

On 25 July 2008, Roeder was fined £1,000 and given a suspended two match touchline ban at a FA disciplinary hearing after criticising referee Andy D'Urso following Norwich's 2-1 defeat to Bristol City at Ashton Gatemarker on 29 March. Both Roeder and assistant Lee Clark reacted angrily to Bristol City being awarded a 91st minute free kick from which they scored the winner. Clark was given a one match touchline ban and fined £500 for his part in the incident. They were both warned by The FA about their future conduct.

In May 2008 a few days after the last game of the season Glenn Roeder decided not to renew fans favourite Darren Huckerby's contract which angered many supporters as they were unable to give him a proper send off. He brought in many loan players again in the summer which again did not please supporters. Norwich made a very average start to the 2008/09 season although there were some good results including a 5-2 thrashing of top of the table Wolves in October. However after this Norwich were in a poor run of form. The pressure really began to build on Roeder after his actions at the clubs AGM. He was very arrogant and sarcastic when giving answers to shareholders and was booed at one point. After one supporter criticised his team selections Roeder responded by saying "I must have missed your spell as England manager". Club director Delia Smith was even forced to make Roeder apologise. Norwich got a very good 2-0 win against local rivals Ipswich at the start of December which help relieve the pressure on Roeder. However after this Norwich won one game against bottom of the league Charlton at Carrow Road in December. January got off to a draw away at Charlton in the FA cup and a loss to Sheffield United. Norwich faced bottom of the table Charlton at Carrow Road in an FA Cup replay. Charlton who had not won in 18 games went on to win the match 1-0. The final whistle was greeted with furious protests chanting for Roeder to be sacked. Roeder was sacked the next day.Roeder was dismissed in January 2009.


Managerial career

Newcastle United

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
P W L D Win %
Gillingham 1 August 1992 9 July 1993 51 13 22 16 25.49
Watford 1 August 1993 20 February 1996 139 44 55 40 31.65
West Ham United 9 May 2001 24 August 2003 86 27 36 23 31.39
Newcastle United 2 February 2006 6 May 2007 72 33 24 15 45.83
Norwich City 30 October 2007 14 January 2009 65 20 15 30 30.77


  1. Roeder summoned by board - Sky Sports, 6 May 2007
  2. Roeder resigns as Newcastle boss - BBC Sport, May 6th
  3. Newcastle United F.C.

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