Time to resume football's hardest job

By Lee Ryder on Apr 20, 07 08:49 AM

Glenn Roeder will continue one of football's hardest jobs on Sunday when he takes charge of Newcastle United's clash with Chelsea at St James' Park.

Many people say that the England job slots into this category too but with the national role as boss, the pressure doesn't come on a daily basis and therefore there is no escape when the going gets tough.

OK, managing in League Two is tough but with low expectations comes less pressure or at least a different kind of pressure.

True every set of supporters want to see good results but not everywhere in the UK or anywhere else around the world is the football team the main thing in the city and the appetite for the club as unfeedable as it is here in Newcastle.

Because, remember a bad result in the Premiership is always just around the corner.

And in the shape of champions and title chasers, sorry quadruple chasers Chelsea, that is exactly the case on Sunday.

Roeder's side will go into the clash in dire need of a win but that in Chelsea they are facing a side who are simply on fire at the moment and no anything other than three points isn't enough to keep alive their glorious dreams of a quadruple.

Yes, Newcastle are involved in the title race but not in the way any of us want.

And if watching Chelsea come here chasing the title wasn't bad enough, even winning on Sunday would mean aiding Manchester United - a team we once done battle with at the top, it's a horrible situation to be in.

But push on for three points, Roeder's boys must.

It doesn't look like Michael Owen is involved now and Shola Ameobi also doesn't look like being fit.

Andy Carroll therefore must come in to the equation.

The 18-year-old is on fire and full of confidence after firing in a hat-trick against Boro in the reserves in midweek.

True, the reserve scene is a million miles away from the Premiership but Carroll helped turn the game on its head at Portsmouth despite the 2-1 defeat.

Fittingly one of Carroll's goals in the reserves came when the striker dived low to head home despite a defender's boot being just milimetres away from his head.

Yes, fortune favours the brave and that's exactly the way Roeder, Carroll and all of the rest involved on Sunday have to look at it.


oxboy said:

Perhaps we will dumbfound everyone and scratch a draw which no doubt would be heralded as a great achievement.
Make no mistake this manager is neither able to motivate the team nor find and attract those capable of lifting the quality above what already exists.
Like my mum taught me I shall pray for my team tonight as I fear not for them tomorrow but for the embarasment that may be caused to loyal supporters who deserve so much better.

Genghiz said:

I would guess that managing in league two would be quite different because of the rawness in talent being displayed. A developed personality would make there way to the top league. If this kid Andy must be used, he may get his socks knocked off by a Chelsea player and then by the Newcastle fans. The motivation for Roeder I would suggest is to concentrate on what he will be bringing in for next years roster and then play around that. And that would mean to get Oba the ball. But if they want to lose now and make Andy their guy in the next 2-4 years, then play him and he will become a competitor barring any setbacks.


Lee Ryder

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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