Glenn Roeder was appointed
manager of Norwich City on 30th October 2007 - three weeks after
the departure of his predecessor Peter Grant.
Roeder's playing career
began at Leyton Orient where he made 115 appearances, scoring
four goals. In 1978, he moved to QPR playing 157 times for the
Loftus Road club, with 17 goals. After a loan spell with Notts
County, he joined Newcastle in 1984 and went on to make 193 appearances,
scoring eight times. He joined Watford in 1989, playing 78 times
and scoring two goals in two seasons. In 1992, he moved to Gillingham
where he made eight appearances before being appointed as their
manager in August 1992.
He was sacked by the
Gills in 1993after losing 22 of 35 games in charge but made a
quick return to football when appointed manager of Watford, where
he stayed until 1996. In 1998, he joined Burnley as Chris Waddle's
Assistant Manager but their management team was shown the door
the following year.
He was appointed coach
of West Ham in 1999 and took temporary charge of the club in May
2001 following manager Harry Redknapp's departure. Roeder is offered
the job full-time later in the summer after the club failed to
land first choices Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren. In his
first full season in charge, Roeder took West Ham to seventh place
in the Premiership.
In April 2003, Roeder
suffered from a brain tumour and was out of action for two months.
Poor form earlier in the season leads to relegation and a poor
start to the 2003/4 season saw Roeder released from his contract
on August 24th 2003.
In June 2005, he was
appointed academy manager at Newcastle United. In February 2006,
he took over as first team manager following Graeme Souness' sacking.
He was confirmed as manager in May 2006 and appointed Kevin
Bond as his assistant. Bond is later sacked following allegations
of corruption made by BBC's Panorama programme. A poor season
led to his resignation on May 6th 2007. After speculation linking
him with a Director of Football role at Arsenal, he fended off
other candidates to be selected as Norwich's new manager.
Roeder savd Norwich
from relegation in his first season, primarily through loan signings
like Martin Taylor, Ched
Evans, Ryan Bertrand and Alex
Pearce. The summer of 2008
was turbulent ad saw many backroom staff and players leave the
club as Roeder sought to make his own imprint on the team. Departures
included Darren Huckerby, Dion
Dublin (who retired).Jason Shackell
and Chris Martin (on loan to Luton).
Considering the departures made in January 2008, the squad was
very bare and there were few permanent replacements (Dejan
Stefanovic, Sammy Clingan., David
Bell and Wes Hoolahan). The squad
was supported by loan signings of often young players who had
mixed impact (Ryan Bertrand, Elliott Omozusi,
John Kennedy, Arturo
Lupoli, Leroy Lita etc). Injuries to
key players (Stefanovic, Kennedy) and an unsettled thin squad
did not help City's performances and the club found themselves
in another relegation battle.
On 14th January 2009,
with City sitting in 21st place in the Championship having won
just three of their last 14 games, Norwich sacked Roeder after
the club had exited the FA Cup Third Roun with a 1-0 home defeat
to Charlton. A statement issued on the Canaries' official website
confirmed Roeder's contract had been terminated with immediate
It read: Glenn Roeder joined the club in November 2007
and with the help of Paul Stephenson and Lee Clark revitalised
the fortunes of the Canaries and lifted them from the bottom of
the table to eventual Championship safety in the 2007-08 campaign.
Chairman Roger Munby said: We'd like to place on record
our sincere gratitude and admiration for what Glenn and his staff
achieved last season when they saved the club from relegation
against the odds. However, this season the position has
become untenable and it is with regret that the board has decided
to take this step. We are in the process of deciding who will
take charge of the team for Saturday's Championship match against
Barnsley at Carrow Road and a further announcement will be made
about this in due course.
Potential replacements, according to the Pink
Un website, include Aidy Boothroyd,
Malky Mackay, Mark
Robins, Mark Bowen, Paul Jewell. Mick
Harford, Alan Curbishley, Martin Allen, Age
Hareide, Nigel Worthington,
Roberto Martinez, Darren Ferguson, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Stuart
Pearce, Steve Tilson, Iain Dowie, Bryan Gunn,
Dion Dublin, Mike
Phelan, Ian Holloway, Peter Taylor, Iwan
Roberts, Ian Crook and Darren
In April 2011, Roeder was appointed to a scouting role at Aston
Villa by Gerard Houllier and the ex-defender has become a regular
at the club's training ground. Roeder is spending his time watching
Villa's forthcoming opponents and analysing their strengths and
weaknesses. He puts his information in a dossier for Houllier
to then prepare Villa accordingly on the training ground. He stayed
until the end of June 2012 when incoming manager Paul Lambert
removed the existing scouring network at Villa including Roeder,
Paul Montgomery and Artur Numan.
At the end of June 2013, new Millwall manager Steve
Lomas enlisted Roeder to help scout for him as the Lions'
Chief Scout was on holiday for two weeks.
In the autumn of 2014, Roeder was assisting Cardiff chairman
Vincent Tan with the recruitment of a new manager, recomending
Leyton Orient's Russell Slade.
On 20th April 2015, new Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri,
the Thai tycoon, appointed Roeder and former Hull City chairman
Adam Pearson to a three man management task force, along with
head coach Stuart Gray, with the intention of returning the Owls
to the Premer League.
Roeder left Wednesday in December 2015. On 24th March 2016, he was appointed as managerial assistant to Stevenage's caretaker boss Darren Sarll. Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said "Darren Sarll is an excellent young coach who has the respect of the players and understands the DNA of the club, but obviously has limited experience as a professional manager. Rather than throw away his energy, dedication and skill set to get results, we are instead introducing top-level managerial experience and tuition to the management structure."
Roeder left Stevenage on 18th March 2018 following the sacking of Sarll with Stevenage 16th in League Two. Chairman Phil Wallace said "We haven't seen the progress expected since we strengthened in January so it is time to move on,"
On 28th February 2021 it was reported that Roeder had passed away after a long illness believed to be another brain tumour. Chair of the League Managers Association Howard Wilkinson said "Glenn was such an unassuming, kind gentleman who demonstrated lifelong dedication to the game. Not one to court headlines, his commitment and application to his work at all levels warrants special mention. Football has lost a great servant today and our sincere condolences go to Glenn's family and friends."
.Other tributes included Former England international Chris Waddle who played with Roeder at Newcastle. Waddle said ""Glenn was a top lad who loved football and was very much a family man, You can see by the reaction, what everybody thought about him.He was very professional but he had a good sense of humour. All the jobs he's been involved in, football was his life, as was his family. He was one of the first footballing centre-halves. Now we talk about Rio Ferdinand, players who are comfortable on the ball.But he didn't just stand in defence heading it away and kicking it away, he wanted to play. He had this stepover. Everyone knew he was going to do the stepover, but you still couldn't stop him. If he was around today he would definitely be playing at a top club."
Canaries goalkeeper Tim Krul played under Roeder at Newcastle and said: "Really sad to hear the passing of Glenn Roeder, was a great man to play alongside and work under when he became manager, thoughts with all of his family."