Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clark Sad to See Roeder Step Down

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clark Sad to See Roeder Step Down

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Despite being one of the most vociferous critics of his appointment, Frank Clark has expressed his regret at Glenn Roeder's resignation as Newcastle United manager.

As vice-chairman of the League Managers' Association (LMA), the former Magpies full-back was vehemently opposed to his old club giving Roeder the job on a permanent basis 12 months ago.

The LMA wanted to see the Premiership stand by its own rules, which state that full-time managers must hold a Uefa Pro Licence or an FA Diploma and the former West Ham United, Watford and Gillingham boss had neither.

Nevertheless, having seen Newcastle get their way and be given special dispensation to appoint Roeder, Clark was sorry to see the Londoner's tenure cut short. "We don't take any pleasure in the fact Glenn has lost his job," stressed the County Durham-born former Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Leyton Orient manager.

"We're always sad to see any manager lose his job, especially a promising English manager.

"I disagreed with the decision to appoint Glenn at the time but my problem was with the Premier League, not Glenn Roeder."

The saga of Roeder's possible appointment was the main point of discussion at St James's Park this time last year.

Having been in caretaker control since March 2006, Roeder did not have the required qualifications for his job because he suffered a brain tumour when enrolled on the course in 2003 and had not got round to sitting it in the intervening years, fully expecting not to return to first-team management, before the Magpies came calling. Clark was by no means the only critic of Roeder's appointment, with a host of other managers voicing their concern.

Ironically, most prominent among them was Bolton Wanderers' Sam Allardyce, who now seems most likely to succeed Roeder at St James's Park. …

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