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Bizarre Newcastle United claims by Glenn Roeder on Mike Ashley, Alan Pardew and forgets about Alan Shearer…

3 years ago

For older Newcastle fans, Glenn Roeder is best remembered as a stylish centre-back who played for us in the eighties.

Whilst the majority will recall he was manager for a brief period, immediately before Mike Ashley arrived.

When Graeme Souness was belatedly sacked in February 2006, Glenn Roeder was promoted from youth development to caretaker boss.

With Alan Shearer assisting him off the pitch and in the dressing room, as well as playing out the final part of his career, the pair of them helped get Newcastle up to seventh that season.

However, once Shearer retired from both roles, the next season was pretty woeful, Newcastle eventually avoiding relegation by five points.

Glenn Roeder sacked two days after the end of the season and replaced by Sam Allardyce, before very soon after Mike Ashley bought the club.

His next and last managerial job was when he spent 15 months at Championship Norwich, though he hasn’t worked as a manager in these past ten years after that failure.

However, in recent years he turned up as an ‘advisor’ at Sheffield Wednesday and then League Two Stevenage, before being sacked from there 11 months ago.

A bit sad when somebody who was a decent player for Newcastle, then decides to say whatever it takes to get some attention.

Glenn Roeder turning up today and declaring: ‘You could have a lot worse owners than Mike Ashley. They [Newcastle United} might be worse under a new owner.’

Well Glenn, one thing is for sure, these past 12 years have shown us well and truly that Ashley isn’t a good owner…and yes, you could end up with the Oystons, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hope for change of ownership.

It is all a bit mad, Roeder’s attempts to justify his outlandish claims.

He brings up Alan Pardew and says Mike Ashley could have sacked him three or four times but instead kept his job and then decided to walk away himself.

I know he was a former player for them but when your manager thinks Crystal Palace are more ambitious and have a better chance of success than Newcastle United under Mike Ashley, what does that tell you?!!! Hardly a ringing endorsement of Ashley’s  running of the club.

You just need to compare Roeder’s idiotic comments and reasoning to the excellent stuff Robbie Earle came out with on NBC last night.

Robbie Earle declaring:

“I’m thinking, you know what, in this league there should be a big seven.

“There is a big six and there should be Newcastle.

“Rafa Benitez being linked to Leicester City job, tells you how badly Newcastle United is being run, because under no circumstances should a manager be manager of Newcastle and then think about going to Leicester City.

“If this club is run twenty five per cent correctly, it is a top ten team.”

Making out that lack of local homegrown talent is a major handicap for this club in particular, Glenn Roeder says: ‘Beardsley, Waddle, Gazza – three Geordies, the North East hasn’t produced one player since of that quality.’

Oh dear, that comment almost as bad as the Mike Ashley one considering Roeder worked alongside…Alan Shearer.

Glenn Roeder speaking to Talksport:

“You could have a lot worse owners than Mike Ashley.

“They [Newcastle United} might be worse under a new owner.

“Take Alan Pardew.

“He could have sacked Alan three or four times times in a rocky period but he stuck by him.

“And in the end, Alan was smart enough that when the opportunity came to slip out of there, he didn’t wait for another bad time where Mike might lose patience and sack him.

“He slipped away and joined another club.

When he [Mike Ashley] does eventually find the price that he wants.

“I’m just hoping that the new owner has got very deep pockets to improve the squad because it does need badly improving.

“They played well last night [in 2-0 win against Burnley] and they deserved to win against an unusually limp Burnley side.

“Beardsley, Waddle, Gazza – three Geordies, the North East hasn’t produced one player since of that quality.”


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