Former Clarets Assistant Manager Passes Away

Glenn Roeder (1955 – 2021)

League Manager’s Association Chairman Howard Wilkinson has this evening confirmed that former Clarets assistant manager Glenn Roeder has sadly died at the age of sixty-five following a long battle with a brain tumour. Roeder spent one season at Turf Moor under former England International winger and then Clarets manager Chris Waddle.

Glenn Roeder was a much-liked and much-respected coach who also managed Gillingham, Watford, Newcastle United, West Ham United & Norwich City. He also worked as a coach with England during Glenn Hoddle’s spell as the national team manager.

While in charge at West Ham United in April 2003 and after leading the club to a seventh placed finish the previous season, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and then had to undergo surgery and a period of recovery before returning to the dugout in July that year. His final role in the game was as a managerial advisor at Stevenage Borough in 2016.

As a player Glenn Roeder captained Queens Park Rangers in the 1982 FA Cup final against Tottenham, which they lost following a replay and to the Second Division title in 1983. He also made 219 appearances for Newcastle in five years and led them to promotion from the Second Division in 1984.

Confirming the news this evening LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said, “A cultured defender as a player, he managed with a studious style and was always generous with his time and ideas, he was such an unassuming, kind gentleman who demonstrated lifelong dedication to the game. Not one to court headlines, his commitment and application to his work at all levels warrants special mention. Football has lost a great servant today and our sincere condolences go to Glenn’s family and friends.”

Gary Neville who worked with Roeder during his time as an England player. Speaking during commentary duties for Sky Sports at Chelsea’s Premier League home encounter with Manchester United today, the former full-back described Roeder as a “fantastic person, well respected by all the players and it’s really sad news.”

Don Hutchison played under Roeder at West Ham. Paying an emotional tribute to his former manager on Twitter, Hutchinson said: “I’ll never ever forget when my dad was passing away. The gaffa told me to get in my car to Newcastle and go see him quick. Glenn was on the phone with me for all 5 hours of my journey! Sleep well gaffa. My thoughts are with his family.”

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