Newcastle United cannot afford to lose at Norwich City, says Glenn Roeder

Saturday, January 12, 2013
10:30 AM

Former Norwich City and Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder has labelled the struggling Magpies’ Premier League trip to Carrow Road this weekend as a ‘must not lose’ test for Alan Pardew’s depleted side.

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Roeder has been out of the management game since a fractious stint in Norfolk ended in 2009, but the 57-year-old has a healthy respect for the job Chris Hughton has performed since his summer arrival. Norwich welcome the Magpies currently five points and three places better off, with Pardew’s injury-hit squad bidding to reverse a wretched decline in recent months that culminated in last weekend’s FA Cup exit at Brighton.

“I don’t look at this game as a must win, I look it at it as a must not lose,” said Roeder. “You look at the dial and it’s not on red yet, but it probably will be if they get beat at Norwich. Going to Norwich is tough and although I don’t think it’s impossible for teams to win there, look at the job Chris Hughton has done; it’s solid so far. Chris is a good manager and an intelligent man. He’s looked at the situation and knew it wasn’t broken so why fix it? They are well oiled and he hasn’t changed a lot.”

Roeder spent one full season at the helm in the north-east in 2007 and sees plenty of similarities between Pardew’s current injury crisis and his own experiences on Tyneside.

“Managing in the Premier League is all about players,” Roeder told the Newcastle Chronicle. “Look at David Moyes, he is one of the best in the league. But because of the resources he’s got there have been seasons where the team have dipped. Everton have had seasons when they haven’t had players due to injury and they’ve suffered. That doesn’t make David a worse manager, as it is all about the players.

“I can sympathise with Alan Pardew at the moment. I went through exactly the same thing with Newcastle. Our treatment room was bursting in 2006/07 – we had 12 players who had operations including Michael Owen at his peak.

“In some ways it was a miracle that we finished just outside the top 10. But that is football, it is about results.

“For Alan now I can see what he’s going through. He has not became a bad manager overnight. It is not about his tactics or his techniques or anything else. It is about the lack of players who are available to him. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what your team talk is. When you are winning you don’t need a team talk, you just continue to go from game to game.”

Newcastle have shipped 13 goals in their last three Premier League games and Roeder accepts confidence will inevitably have suffered.

“Last season Newcastle were knocking the ball about with confidence. You had Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa doing that last season but when you have seven or eight players out injured you simply can’t reproduce it,” he said. “You need your best players back. That’s not just Alan. It’s the young players, the backroom staff, the fans and the tea lady. It lifts the whole club. Once that happens you pull clear.”

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13 comments

  • Mr Roeder, I have forgotten more about management than you have ever learnt, and I dont know anything ! Fired from the last 3 jobs and you feel you have the right to comment ?? Its almost as bad as listening to Gedward Rooster.

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    Turkish Martin

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • is this guy really serious? how can he have the gall to raise his ratty little face above the ground and comment on our club that he nearly ruined in a season!!!

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    mrmojorisin

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • If you ask Glenn Roeder You'll get a load'a Stuff that's brown with a nasty odour

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • No one cares what you say Glenn! There are few people despised by so many different football fans and players than you. The way you treated Hucks and spoke to NCFC fans who paid your wages was disgraceful. I’m sure that there are worse managers out there than you but most of them conducted themselves better than you did. The world of football is better for your absence Glenn. Now go and crawl back under that rock!

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Listen to Glenn, he knows everything there is to know about football club management.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • He can talk the talk. but as hell as like that's all

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    gordon52

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Glen "lets make up a team of loan players" Roeder had no idea how to create a team with spirit and working for each other. All he ever did was loan player after player who had no commitment to Norwich and returned to their clubs at the end of the season.Not a good period for NCFC under his leadership-really hope we win today,feel a bit nervous though.Hope Holty is fit

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    canaryjon

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Were they so desperate for a story that they dredged him up? please return him to the depths now!

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • The Jury wasn`t out long on Roeder! Delia and Fanny Craddock are\were both Celebrity Chefs. Quite similar, really - except Delia`s much prettier and doesn`t need the assistance of a Johnnie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Newcastle would win if we still had Roeder in charge. No club for 3years say everything

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    Tone the moan

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Newcastle would win if we still had Roeder in charge. No club for 3years say everything

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    Tone the moan

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Poor old Glenn! He was badly treated by Toon and even worse by WHU. He must have been an embittered man by the time Naaridge got what was left of him. Hoots, of course, is The Eternal Healer and doesn`t bear grudges. Not that you`d notice.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Comparing Chris Hughton and Glen Roeder is like trying to compare Delia with Fanny Craddock.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

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