Tributes have been paid to former Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder who has died aged 65
Tributes have been paid to former Newcastle United manager and player Glenn Roeder, who has sadly passed away at the age of 65, after a long battle with a brain tumour.
The former Watford, West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich manager, who was a defender during his playing days, also had a spell in charge at Gillingham and was a coach in the England set-up when Glenn Hoddle was manager.
Tributes have been flooding in since the news emerged on Sunday teatime.
Newcastle United posted a message on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player and manager, Glenn Roeder at the age of 65.
“The thoughts of everybody at #NUFC are with his family and friends. Rest in peace, Glenn.”
In tribute to Roeder – who managed Newcastle in 2006-07 – the LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “A cultured defender as a player, he managed with a studious style and was always generous with his time and ideas.
"Glenn was such an unassuming, kind gentleman who demonstrated lifelong dedication to the game. Not one to court headlines, his commitment and application to his work at all levels warrants special mention.
“Football has lost a great servant today and our sincere condolences go to Glenn’s family and friends.”
LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “Glenn achieved so much throughout his lifelong career in the game.
"After retiring as a player, he became one of the country’s most respected coaches, working across all levels of the professional game, in senior and academy football, and acting as a trusted advisor to many coaches and players.
"At every club, he chose to develop new talent and to give opportunities to the younger players in his charge.
“He will be sorely missed by all of the LMA’s members and his colleagues from across the game. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Glenn’s wife Faith, his daughter Holly, his sons Will and Joe and all of Glenn’s family and friends at this difficult time."
Roeder began his playing career at Leyton Orient before going on to represent Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle, Watford and Gillingham.
Don Hutchison, who played under Roeder at West Ham, paid an emotional tribute and shared a particular memory from their time working together.
Hutchison wrote on Twitter: “I’ll never ever forget when my dad was passing away. The gaffa told me to get in my car to Newcastle and go see him quick.
“Glenn was on the phone with me for all 5 hours of my journey! Sleep well gaffa.
“My thoughts are with his family x”
Former England striker Gary Lineker called Roeder “A real football man who had a great career both on the field and in the dugout”.
Gary Neville worked with Roeder when he was a player in the England set-up and paid tribute to his former coach.
Neville, working as a commentator for Sky Sports on the Chelsea-Manchester United game at Stamford Bridge, said: “I worked with him for a couple of seasons.
“He was a fantastic person, well respected by all the players and it’s really sad news.”