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Thank Roeder for Euro dream

By Lee Ryder on Sep 28, 06 12:03 PM

It might not have the sparkle and the glamour of the Champions League but should Glenn Roeder guide Newcastle United to the UEFA Cup group stages tonight it can only be described as a minor miracle.

Too often United are a victim of their own high standards which ultimately leads to bitter disappointment come the end of the season or the end of a venture in any of the cup competitions.

But look where Roeder found United when he was asked to take over as caretaker manager last February.

Flirting with relegation to the Championship, that’s where.

What was the expecation level then?

We were a million miles away from Europe!

And look at some of the fixtures they could find themselves involved in during the group stages.

Roeder guided a team whose confidence was on the floor to the top seven of the Premiership.

And bagged an Inter’Toto Cup place, without any money to spend, without Michael Owen (unless 29 minutes at Birmingham counts) and denied Alan Shearer for the crucial final two games of the season.

He also did it without a recognised number two and should he book a place in the next stage of the UEFA Cup once more it will be without the wealth of coaches like some clubs, namely Bolton and their army of backroom staff.

Kevin Bond has come and gone and Roeder, Lee Clark and Terry McDermott are the main men as United look to march on in Europe.

Still Owen is out, Shearer has gone too.

But ultimately Roeder is the man who carries the responsibility on his shoulders as manager and at the moment he is doing that well.

Roeder hasn’t been backed in the same way that any of the men who have been there before him and you couldn’t blame him if that thought has crossed his mind since taking over in the hotseat.

The millions enjoyed by Keegan, Dalglish, Gullit, Robson and Souness are gone because the pot is more or less empty.

With a lack of coaching staff, transfer kitty and the usual spate of untimely injuries, United could go into October challenging for three cups and still in the mixer for a top six place this term – although the odds are well against United to better last season’s seventh place finish.

Who would have thought that after the shocking 3-0 drubbing at Man City in Souness’s last game in charge?

Roeder can only work with the tools he’s got and it could be said he’s doing that with some aplomb.

It might not be the Champions League or the entertainment eras of Robson or Keegan – but times have been a lot worse than they are now under Mr Roeder.

5 Comments

ZORRO said:

WE HAVE TO WIN THIS ONE "A MUST"...I HONESTLY THOUGHT WE WERE GONNA KICK EVERTONS BEHIND ON SUNDAY...I GUESS I WAS WRONG...THE LINESMAN LET THAT OFFSIDE RULING GO COZ A GAVE HIM A FEW QUID B4 THE MATCH...OOPS THATS ANOTHER ONE TAKING A BUNG LOL....I WISH BIG AL WAS BACK COZ HES A PLAYER BOOSTER, AND WE NEED THAT...EMRE LOOKS LIKE HE WANTS TO GO ..MILNER ...HATES THE TOON ..COZ YA CAN C IT ON HIS FACE...I CANT BLAME HIM...WE SHOULD KEEP HIM AND UP THE WAGES COZ HES A CLASS KID..TITUS BUNGLE...SORRY BRAMBLE...NEEDS TO MOVE ON...GET BRIDGE IN ...TAKE THE NO.9 SHIRT OFF MARTINS COZ THE LAD HAS TOOK TOO MUCH ON HIS LITTLE SHOULDERS..GL TOON.

Ian said:

Adam, I know we spent on Duff and Martins, but taking into account all of the players that have gone, some for fees and some off the wage bill, we've hardly spent anything this season.

Not that that is surprising considering the craxy levels of spending of the past few managers.

weebowie said:

i know we geordies expect the earth and instant success, but really it's time for a reality check.successive managers have taken this club from the fridges of atop premier side to also rans, a lot had to do with self bloated ego and wasted millions.GR doesnt have a self bloated ego,for me hasnt wasted millions, infact duff was a great buy and martins gets better each game.the days of insytant success is gone it's time for us to be realistic and accept it's a building process,lets give glen a chance,no he's not the big name a lot crave for but he quietly gets on with his job, and for me is doing ok.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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