Ex-Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder passes away at the age of 65

Former West Ham and Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder dies at the age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumour

  • Former footballer and manager Glenn Roeder has passed away at the age of 65
  • Roeder also managed Newcastle, West Ham, Watford, Gillingham and Norwich
  • He is also the only Newcastle manager to win a trophy since 1969 
  • The LMA said they were ‘so very deeply saddened’ to hear of Roeder’s passing

Former Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder has passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumour.

Roeder also managed West Ham, Watford, Gillingham and Norwich City during his coaching career, while he held a coaching position with the England national team under Glenn Hoddle. 

The London-born football figure also had a stellar playing career at Newcastle – playing over 200 times for the Magpies – while he also made over 150 appearances for Queens Park Rangers.  

Former Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has passed away at the age of 65 after a brain tumour

Roeder also managed West Ham (above) along with Norwich, Gillingham and Watford

The League Managers Association announced they were ‘so very deeply saddened’ to hear of Roeder’s passing in a heartfelt statement on their website. 

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: ‘A cultured defender as a player, he managed with a studious style and was always generous with his time and ideas. 

‘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.

Roeder’s last job in football saw him take up the role of managerial advisor at Stevenage

‘Football has lost a great servant today and our sincere condolences go to Glenn’s family and friends.’

Roeder leaves behind his wife Faith and children Holly, Will and Joe along with the rest of his family. His last job in football saw him take up a managerial advisor role at Stevenage Borough which he held between 2016 and 2018.

Gary Neville worked with Roeder when the late manager was an England coach and paid tribute to his former manager on Sunday.

Neville told Sky Sports: ‘I worked with him for a couple of seasons. He was a fantastic person, well respected by all the players and it’s really sad news.’

Former England striker Gary Lineker called Roeder, ‘a real football man who had a great career both on the field and in the dugout’ while Don Hutchison recalled a special memory from when they worked at West Ham together.  

Hoddle also worked alongside England manager Glenn Hoddle in the national team set-up

Hutchison tweeted: ‘I’ll never ever forget when my dad was passing away. The gaffa told me to get in my car to Newcastle and go see him quick.

‘Glenn was on the phone with me for all 5 hours of my journey! Sleep well gaffa. My thoughts are with his family x’. 

In statements on social media, Newcastle, West Ham and Norwich announced they were ‘saddened’ by the passing of their former player and manager. 

Gillingham, another of Roeder’s former clubs, said they were ‘devastated’ by their former player and manager’s passing.

Roeder’s former clubs revealed their sadness of hearing of their former employee’s passing

Gills boss Steve Evans added: ‘I was privileged to know Glenn. He was without doubt a fantastic person, an outstanding footballer, coach and manager.

‘He has gone far too young and all our prayers and thoughts are with his wife Faith, his daughter Holly and sons Will and Joe. Rest in peace my friend as your next journey begins.’ 

Norwich City and former Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul tweeted on Sunday: ‘So sad to hear the news that Glenn Roeder passed away. The man who believed in me and who gave me my @NUFC debut Rest in peace..’   

Roeder last took up a managerial position at Norwich for a two-year spell between 2007 and 2009. 

Roeder (left) won the Intertoto Cup at Newcastle, the Magpies only trophy to date since 1969

But it was at Newcastle where he was best known having won the Intertoto Cup with the Magpies in 2006, thereby becoming the first manager at St James’ Park to win a trophy since 1969.

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: ‘Glenn achieved so much throughout his lifelong career in the game. 

‘After retiring as a player, he became one of the country’s most respected coaches, working across all levels of the professional game, in senior and academy football, and acting as a trusted advisor to many coaches and players. At every club, he chose to develop new talent and to give opportunities to the younger players in his charge.

‘He will be sorely missed by all of the LMA’s members and his colleagues from across the game.’

Roeder (right) came through the youth ranks at Arsenal but joined Leyton Orient in 1973

Roeder reached the 1982 FA Cup final with QPR and captained Newcastle to top-flight promotion in 1984

Roeder’s first taste of football saw him come through the youth ranks at Arsenal before transferring to Leyton Orient in 1973. The defender played over 100 times for the O’s and reached the FA Cup semi-final with the east Londoners in 1978. 

He then joined QPR in 1978 for £250,000 and captained them to the 1982 FA Cup final and the 1983 Second Division title. Roeder then joined Newcastle in 1983 where he captained them to promotion to the First Division in 1984.

Roeder also played for Watford and Gillingham in his playing career, as well as having a second stint at Orient.  

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