Glenn Roeder returns to football as former Norwich City manager joins League Two side Stevenage

Former Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder pictured at Colney. Photo: Archant Library

Former Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder pictured at Colney. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant © 2007

Former Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder is back in football after taking up a managerial role at lowly League Two side Stevenage.

Roeder has been appointed as a managerial advisor to Darren Sarll, who succeeded Teddy Sheringham in early February and has since won two and lost six of his first eight matches in charge.

The 33-year-old played as a midfielder for a host of non-league clubs, including Bedford Town and Dunstable Town, before taking on coaching roles with Football League clubs Stevenage, Brentford and Rotherham.

Roeder, now 60 years old, has been brought in to advise Sarll with the Hertfordshire side sitting 22nd in League Two but with a seven-point buffer from the relegation places.

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said, 'Darren Sarll is an excellent young coach who has the respect of the players and understands the DNA of the club but obviously has limited experience as a professional manager.

'Rather than throw away his energy, dedication and skill set to get results, we are instead introducing top level managerial experience and tuition to the management structure and Glenn, having managed in the Premier League is a fantastic addition to our team.

'Glenn will start today and will be at the heart of everything we do until the end of the season. We hope this exciting appointment gives the whole club a lift and sees us start to climb the table in our remaining nine games.'

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The former West Ham and Newcastle boss arrived at Carrow Road in October 2007 following the sacking of Peter Grant, with the Canaries coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Ipswich at Carrow Road in his first match in charge.

He kept City clear of relegation that season, finishing in 17th place in the Championship table, but was dismissed midway through the following season with his team hovering just above the relegation zone.

Bryan Gunn was subsequently unable to keep the Canaries out of trouble and the club slipped into the third tier of English football for the first time in 49 years.

Roeder has not been involved in management since his sacking in January 2009 but had been working as an advisor to Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri between April and December 2015.