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‘So sad’: Former West Ham manager Glenn Roeder dies, aged 65

Written by on 28/02/2021

Former West Ham manager Glenn Roeder has died aged 65.

Roeder, who played for QPR and Newcastle and worked as a coach under Glenn Hoddle with England, had endured longstanding illness with a brain tumour.

He had also served as manager at Newcastle, Gillingham, Watford and Norwich.

Roeder was diagnosed with a brain tumour while in charge at West Ham in April 2003, having led the club to a seventh-placed finish the previous season.

Alan Shearer (L) and Glenn Roeder during their time together on Newcastle United's management team
Image: Alan Shearer (L) and Glenn Roeder during their time together on Newcastle United’s management team

He underwent surgery and a period of recovery before returning to the dugout in July of that year.

West Ham said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former manager Glenn Roeder at the age of 65.

“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Glenn’s family and friends.”

His other clubs all paid their own tributes.

Don Hutchison, who played under Roeder at West Ham, shared an emotional memory from their time together at the club.

Hutchison wrote on Twitter: “I’ll never ever forget when my dad was passing away. The gaffer told me to get in my car to Newcastle and go see him quick.

“Glenn was on the phone with me for all five hours of my journey! Sleep well gaffa. My thoughts are with his family.”

Alan Shearer, who was briefly assistant player-manager under Roeder, tweeted: “So sad. A fantastic man.”

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, who worked with Roeder when he was in the England squad, told Sky Sports: “He was a fantastic person, well respected by all the players and it’s really sad news.”

Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, who played under him at Newcastle, tweeted: “So sad to hear the news that Glenn Roeder passed away.

“The man who believed in me and who gave me my NUFC debut.”

Roeder captained QPR in the 1982 FA Cup final against Tottenham, which they lost following a replay, and to the Second Division title in 1983.

He made 219 senior appearances at Newcastle in five years and also led them to promotion from the Second Division in 1984.

Roeder’s last role in the game was as a managerial advisor at Stevenage in 2016.

 Sky News

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