Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Carver Can Take Inspiration from Roeder's Rise to United's Top Job

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Carver Can Take Inspiration from Roeder's Rise to United's Top Job

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WHEN Glenn Roeder was appointed caretaker manager of Newcastle United back in 2006 the news hardly had the Toon Army singing and dancing in the Bigg Market.

If anything there was a feeling of relief because the unpopular Graeme Souness had been axed - but by the end of the season there were fans chanting Roeder's name.

Roeder deserved it after hauling the team from a relegation fight and into Europe in just 15 games - one less than John Carver has in front of him now.

It should be food for thought for Carver in a week where some observers have written his chances of landing the job off altogether.

Basically, he has 16 games to win the job. If he doesn't lead the team to a respectable position in that time, he will know the dream is over.

Unlike Roeder, Carver didn't have a great playing career at Newcastle due to injuries. But their stories in terms of being handed the chance to manage Newcastle are similar.

Roeder gave his all in a black-andwhite shirt and still talks about his time on Tyneside to this day with fondness.

He wooed fans with the "Roeder shuf-e shuf fle" at St James' and played alongside greats like Beardsley, Keegan, Waddle and Gazza.

It was a great day for him to get the job, and while it didn't capture everybody's imaginaton he guided the team into Europe via the Intertoto Cup.

He often jokes that he was the last man to lead the club to a trophy after the Magpies were handed an underwhelming plaque for being the Intertoto team that stayed in the UEFA Cup the longest back in 2007!

Scott Parker's face was a picture when he was told he HAD to pose for a snapshot at St James' Park as UEFA officials made a big deal about the "ceremony".

If the photograph means anything, it should be used as proof that a caretaker manager CAN turn things round.

Like Carver, Roeder knew he didn't have the same aura around him like Sir Bobby Robson or Kevin Keegan. He didn't have an ego full stop. …

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