Glenn Roeder 1955-2021 RIP

Former Manager and player Glenn Roeder died yesterday at the age of 65 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003.

The whole football community was deeply saddened to hear this news as Roeder was a very respected man.

Roeder played for many top clubs

In a 20-year playing career, Glenn Roeder played for Leyton Orient, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Watford and Gillingham. He will be remembered for his long spell with Orient- 115 appearances, QPR 157 appearances and Newcastle 193.

He captained QPR in the 1982 FA Cup final against Tottenham, but missed the replay due to suspension. However, in 1983 he led QPR to the old second division title.

Captained Newcastle to the top flight

He then had the pleasure of captaining Newcastle to the top flight the following year.

Roeder was a cultured defender. A kind quiet man who was dedicated to the sport of football.

Roeder’s managerial career took in Gillingham as a player-manager for one season 1992-93. From there he moved on to Watford, where he had a spell of three years from 1993-96.

Took over at West Ham before managing Newcastle

Five years later he took over the hot seat at West Ham United, where he was in charge for just two years. Having been a Newcastle playing legend it wasn’t long before the Toon Army were after his services as a Manager.

It was a brief spell that only lasted a year but saw him take them to a seventh-place finish. During that one season he did however win silverware for the Geordies in the shape of the Inter Toto Cup.

Last managerial position at Norwich

Roeder’s last managerial position was at Norwich City in 2009, but he did also advise Sheffield Wednesday in 2015.

A year later he was an advisor at Stevenage to manager Darren Sarll, where he lasted two years.

The quietly spoken Woodford Essex born Roeder would always put everybody before himself. Players, managers and anybody who was connected to the wonderful game would always speak to Reader for advice.

He was never somebody to shrug of any enquiries of help. Typical Glenn would always make time for everybody, no matter what the situation. He will be sorely missed to the football world.

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