GLENN Roeder's reign as Newcastle United manager ended on Monday, May 7 when he resigned from his position at St. James' Park.
The former skipper had replaced Graeme Souness in the hot seat in February 2006 in a caretaker capacity after stepping up from his role in charge of the club's Academy, and after guiding the Magpies to a seventh-placed finish in the Premiership and a return to Europe via the Intertoto Cup, he was given the job on a permanent basis at the end of the 2005/06 season.
The 2006/07 campaign, however, saw the club suffer cruel luck with injuries. United were eliminated from the UEFA Cup at the last 16 stage by AZ Alkmaar and Glenn left the club following a 2-0 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers on the penultimate weekend of the season.
Glenn was born in Woodford, Essex on 13 December 1955 and after a successful playing career, encompassing six clubs, where he played 579 matches, Glenn used that experience to embark on a coaching career in the game. The proud holder of 7 caps as an England 'B' international, Glenn began as an apprentice at Leyton Orient, signing professional terms in 1974 and going on to make over 100 appearances for The O's before joining Queens Park Rangers.
He appeared 157 times for Rangers, scoring 17 goals and reached Wembley in 1982, leading the side out against Tottenham in the FA Cup Final (1 - 1) but missed the replay through suspension which QPR lost by a single goal. The following year he briefly joined Notts County on loan before moving to Newcastle United in 1984 where he helped the Magpies to promotion to the top-flight in a super side containing the likes of Keegan, Waddle and Beardsley. Glenn was an inspirational leader on Tyneside the following season, famous for the 'Roeder Shuffle' and also becoming a mentor to young Magpie Paul Gascoigne.
After 219 appearances in five years at St. James' Park, Roeder moved back to London with Watford, staying at Vicarage Road for two seasons before joining Gillingham in 1992 as player/manager, playing six times. Glenn left the Priestfield Stadium after just one season having been invited to take over as Watford manager from Steve Perryman. Roeder was in charge of the Hornets for nearly three years taking the team to within one place of the play-offs in 1994/95. The following season was not so successful and Roeder left the club in February 1996.
For the next five years Roeder worked as a coach with both West Ham and England, the latter under Glenn Hoddle which included the National Team's participation in the 1998 World Cup. At Upton Park, Glenn was brought into the club as a coach by Harry Redknapp in 1999. He helped nurture the talents of West Ham's bright young English stars as they broke into the first team, players such as Joe Cole and Michael Carrick.
Following Harry Redknapp's departure in May 2001, Roeder assumed temporary charge of team affairs for the last game of the season before being installed as Team Manager for the 2001/02 season. Regrettably a devastating brain tumour, diagnosed in April 2003 meant Glenn had to stand down as Manager. Happily, fully recovered, he assumed charge again with the Hammers before leaving Upton Park shortly after the start of the 2003/04 season. Glenn began working again as an England scout and assessor before Newcastle United came knocking on the door once more and he returned to the North East to take charge of United's Academy.