Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why a United Front Is Vital

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why a United Front Is Vital

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His passion for Newcastle United, nurtured as skipper of a star-spangled side, overflows now he's back where so much happened for him.

Glenn Roeder is a strict believer in loyalty and he made that abundantly clear upon taking over as the manufacturer of tomorrow's stars.

"I've told them all that the name of this club is Newcastle United and not Newcastle Divided," he told me.

"If I hear any young player bad-mouthing those in the first-team camp or joking on about a Premiership defeat they are out of here. I mean that."

Nodding towards the first-team training complex half a mile across country, he adds: "We are all in this together and we must back our own club 100%. That's the way forward, not having an us-and-them policy about those over there.

"I'm told that the two places were distinctly separate before but I go over to have breakfast or lunch with Graeme Souness once a week. I tell him what he needs to know and if a lad is suddenly showing big time he'll be invited to train with the likes of Alan Shearer, Scott Parker, Shay Given and Kieron Dyer. …

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