Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's All Rover Now as Roeder Exits

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's All Rover Now as Roeder Exits

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Byline: By Alan Oliver

Let's hope it is a busy summer. That's all you can say after Blackburn Rovers capped a miserable end-of-season spell by Newcastle United with what has become their customary victory at St James' Park.

Quite clearly some of the United players are simply not good enough and just as clear is the fact some have no pride in wearing the black-and-white shirt.

And while Saturday's performance and result sealed Glenn Roeder's fate, let's hope that those underachieving players follow him out of the door.

When Rovers won here last year the United supporters called for Graeme Souness to be sacked.

On Saturday there were chants mostly against the United board and also some against Roeder.

The Rovers Press corps joked that every time they come to Tyneside there are calls for someone to be sacked, but it isn't a laughing matter for United and their frustrated fans.

You could also have some sympathy for Roeder. American international Oguchi Onyewu knows he is going at the end of the season and on this performance he looked determined to make sure his manager went with him.

For his eight-yard header at the start of the second half, which flew over the top of the goal when it was easier to score, was the sort of effort which gets managers sacked.

And Roeder must have already known it wasn't going to his and United's day when Michael Owen fired over when Brad Friedel was lying on the ground just before the interval.

Throw in other simple first-half chances squandered by Kieron Dyer and skipper Scott Parker, and another great opportunity put wide by the left foot of Oba Martins near the end, and this just about summed up United's day.

To add to Roeder's agony, Benni McCarthy looked offside when he grabbed the ever- so-vital first goal, but to be fair after that there were times when Blackburn were wrongly flagged up, particularly when the impressive David Bentley was clearly onside when he put the ball into the net just before the interval. …

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