Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Just the Job for Glenn

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Just the Job for Glenn

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Byline: By Alan Oliver

Newcastle United have decided that Glenn Roeder is the man they want as manager of the club ( without the caretaker tag.

But the United board will hold back making any official announcement until they have talked to the Premier League about the fact that the 50-year-old Roeder does not yet have the FIFA Pro-Licence required to enable him to take the job on a permanent basis.

United will ask the Premier League if they will grant special dispensation for Roeder to take the job because of the "extenuating circumstances" as he was halfway through qualifying for the Pro-licence when he was struck down with a brain tumour while he was actually on Premiership duty as West Ham United boss.

I understand that Saturday's victory, the fifth in a row in April, albeit against a poor West Brom side, finally convinced the United board they have to give Roeder his chance.

United insiders tell me Saturday's win was achieved without players who cost pounds 70m if you take into account the transfer and agents fees, yet Roeder was still brave enough to leave pounds 20m of talent on the bench in Jean Alain Boumsong and Albert Luque.

When United opened their offices yesterday morning they found they had been inundated with messages demanding that Roeder be given the job, and Freddy Shepherd knows the support in the dressing room for the caretaker boss could hardly be stronger.

Indeed, Geordie boy Lee Clark today joins Emre, Nobby Solano, Shola Ameobi and Titus Bramble in making public a wish that Roeder be given the job on a full-time basis.

And after the way the adulation poured down from the stands for Alan Shearer in an amazing and emotional 15-minute spell during Saturday's victory, Shepherd knows that there is no way Tyneside's favourite son cannot be involved at the club once he has had his 12-month family break from football. …

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