Former Newcastle & West Ham manager Glenn Roeder dies aged 65

Former Newcastle & West Ham manager Glenn Roeder dies aged 65

Former Newcastle United and West Ham manager Glenn Roeder has died aged 65, following a lengthy battle with a brain tumour.

Roeder enjoyed a distinguished career as both a player and manager, starting his footballing life as a trainee at Arsenal. After being released by the Gunners, he joined Leyton Orient and slowly worked his way up the leagues.

He joined QPR in 1978 before moving to Newcastle five years later where he made the majority of his club appearances. This was followed by a stint with Watford and then a second spell with Orient, before he was appointed Gillingham’s player-manager in 1992.

Despite only spending one season in the role, he caught the managerial bug at the Gills, going on to carve out a lengthy coaching career. He joined former club Watford in 1993, staying three years before being dismissed.

After that he took on coaching roles with Burnley and England, the latter with Glenn Hoddle, before finally being handed a chance to manage in the Premier League with West Ham in 2001. He guided the Hammers to a seventh placed finish in his maiden campaign but they struggled during the subsequent season, eventually getting relegated with a record 42 points.

Roeder's most recent managerial role was with the Canaries Roeder's most recent managerial role was with the Canaries
Roeder’s most recent managerial role was with the Canaries | Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It was during this term that Roeder’s health issues began and the West Ham boss missed the final three games of the term after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. After two years away from the managerial hot seat he took the job at Newcastle in February 2006, initially as a caretaker before being handed the job permanently.

Under Roeder, the Magpies won the 2006 Intertoto Cup but he resigned a year later, much to the disappointment of many fans. After that he took on spells at Norwich and Stevenage before stepping away from the game in recent years due to health problems.

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