Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A TRAGEDY Former United Boss Glenn Roeder's Verdict on the State of the Magpies; Toon Being Relegated Was "Gut-Wrenching"

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A TRAGEDY Former United Boss Glenn Roeder's Verdict on the State of the Magpies; Toon Being Relegated Was "Gut-Wrenching"

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Byline: LEE RYDER

GLENN ROEDER is not a man to use the word "tragedy" loosely or lightly - but it's just one of the terms he insists on using to describe the plight of a club close to his heart in Newcastle United.

Roeder lives life to the full and narrowly survived a major health scare whilst in charge of West Ham in 2003 when he collapsed while on Premier League duty.

Having fought back from that setback Roeder was brought in by Freddy Shepherd to oversee the club's Academy and then called in as an emergency manager with Newcastle staring the second tier in the face after a disastrous run under Graeme Souness.

Amazingly, Roeder turned things round to not only fend off the threat of relegation but also win a place in Europe no less.

Continental football followed for the Toon Army with trips to Latvia, Estonia, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Holland all part of a reasonable run in the UEFA Cup.

However, with Roeder robbed of the services of Michael Owen for the season due to an injury in the World Cup in 2006, it was always going be difficult for Newcastle in the aftermath of Alan Shearer's retirement, with his shooting boots proving huge voids to fill.

With Newcastle in mid-table Roeder left St James's Park - but his achievements on Tyneside don't look anywhere near as horrific as that of the current regime, who turned to Shearer as boss too late last season for the legendary No 9 to have the impact required to survive relegation after Joe Kinnear and Chris Hughton's poor run of results left Newcastle in a precarious position.

Now as Mike Ashley struggles to sell the club and keep his counsel on his future plans, leaving Hughton in caretaker charge, Roeder has reflected on the three years that have passed since he departed his role.

He told the Chronicle in an emotional interview: "I've run out of adjectives to describe what has happened there since I left the club. …

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