Former Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has been given a six week job to help save Stevenage.
The League Two club are in 22nd place in the table and only one place above the drop, though currently have a seven point cushion.
Glenn Roeder was appointed this week as managerial advisor role on a short-term basis to help young Stevenage boss Darren Sarll for the remainder of the season.
Ask any Newcastle fan of a certain age and they will talk about the ‘Roeder shuffle’, as the popular and stylish centre-back enjoyed five years in the eighties at St James Park.
Glenn Roeder came back to Newcastle United to look after youth development whilst Graeme Souness was ruining (sorry…managing) Newcastle after Sir Bobby Robson’s sacking.
February 2006 saw Newcastle in a desperate state and thankfully Souness was given the sack and the fans released from the misery of watching his ‘style’ of football.
In a surprise move, Glenn Roeder got the main job and Alan Shearer in his final season as a player, agreed to be his assistant whilst carrying on playing.
A remarkable run, compared to what had gone before, saw Newcastle lose only three of their final 15 games as Roeder and Shearer rallied them to win 10 (including that final Shearer 4-1 game at Sunderland) of those 15 matches, including six of the final seven (how we could do with that today…).
The duo inspiring Newcastle to somehow climb the table and grab seventh place, which with it came European qualification via the Intertoto.
Alan Shearer retired at the end of that season and with Souness and Shepherd having invested/wasted so much money on Boumsong, Owen, Luque etc there was little cash for rebuilding.
Glenn Roeder appointed Kevin Bond and then Nigel Pearson (later to be Leicester boss) to assist him and he managed to keep Newcastle up in that 2006/07 season, though he was then sacked before the end of the season by Freddy Shepherd and a certain Sam Allardyce appointed, only for then Mike Ashley to shortly walk through the door and the rest as they say is history…
Good luck to Glenn Roeder in his new role.
At a press conference on Thursday Glenn Roeder said:
“Monday afternoon I got the call from somebody who put the suggestion of coming to work at Stevenage to help out a young manager that the club have got a lot of faith in.
“They thought if I gave my experience to him during this six-week period I could help him long-term become a better manager and make sure we, in the nine games I’m here, get enough points to see how high up the table we can finish.
“I’m here for six weeks and that’s it, that has been said clearly by everybody, it’s a short-term deal.
“I’m happy with that situation and Darren’s got no worries about me secretly, or openly, trying to be the manager as that’s his job.
“I hope looking back in a few years’ time he might say ‘that short period of time I worked with Glenn Roeder helped me become the manager I am today’.”