Glenn Roeder ‘may’ve performed continental soccer like Franco Baresi’ and deserved extra credit score for work at West Ham

The tributes have come pouring in for ‘gentleman’ Glenn Roeder, who has handed away aged 65 following a battle with a mind tumour.

Roeder is understood for his spells answerable for each West Ham and Newcastle however he wasn’t half unhealthy as a participant both, Perry Groves has revealed.

Glenn Roeder has handed away aged 65 after a protracted battle with a mind tumour
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The previous Arsenal man performed towards Roeder, saying he was a ‘pleasure to observe’ and likened him to Italian soccer icon Franco Baresi.

Groves informed talkSPORT: “I bought to satisfy him a few occasions off the pitch and he was a gentleman. A very, very nice bloke, no airs and graces about him and all the time very well mannered.

“He knew the sport inside out however to play towards he was uncommon in that period that he was a ball enjoying centre-half. He was a pleasure to observe as a centre-half, he may play.

“He may’ve performed continental soccer, like a Baresi. He may play as a sweeper.

Roeder performed for Leyton Orient, QPR, Notts County, Newcastle, Watford and Gillingham

“Within the previous days he performed as a quantity two centre-half. The large centre-half goes and heads it and Glenn Roeder goes and sweeps round.”

Nonetheless, Groves advised that Roeder’s kind-hearted nature meant he might not have been absolutely lower out for the ruthless world of administration.

He added: “On the managerial facet, perhaps he didn’t just like the political facet of it. There’s a ruthless edge it’s a must to have.
“I believe his man-management was glorious however I don’t suppose he favored the darkish facet of the sport typically once you handle. That in all probability didn’t go well with him.

“Fairly rightly, everybody will probably be speaking about him in glowing phrases. You received’t hear one unhealthy phrase stated about Glenn Roeder from anybody in any respect.”

Roeder was answerable for West Ham once they have been relegated from the Premier League within the 2002/03 season, though he left his put up shortly earlier than it was confirmed attributable to well being causes.

The gifted Hammers outfit couldn’t beat the drop simply twelve months after Roeder guided them to a seventh-place end within the high flight.

And David James, who performed beneath Roeder at Upton Park, advised his former supervisor didn’t get the credit score he was due for his work there.

Roeder loved spells answerable for Gillingham, Watford, West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich Metropolis

James informed talkSPORT: “The dearth of glory from our relegation season overshadowed what he did the season earlier than.

“I didn’t begin that season by harm however I got here right into a facet that was doing rather well however Glenn didn’t actually get the credit score as a result of twelve months on we have been in a relegation battle very early within the season.”

In the meantime, Roeder’s former assistant at Newcastle, Nigel Pearson, left a beautiful tribute to his former colleague.

Pearson tweeted: “Once I realized right this moment the devastating, unhappy information that Glenn Roeder had misplaced his battle with a mind tumour it stopped me in my tracks.

“Not simply because we shared enjoyable on teaching programs. Not simply because he requested me to be his assistant at Newcastle United the place we had unimaginable enjoyable collectively and success.

“Not simply because he and his household, Religion, Holly, Will and Joe welcomed my household to Newcastle and made us really feel included with their real heat and affection. All of these items, and since he was a person with unimaginable integrity, humility heat, humour and humanity.
“A delicate caring man who didn’t all the time have as excessive a regard for himself as others had for him. He was beloved and admired by those that labored with him.

“I beloved working to ‘Glenn time’. Nicky, Hannah & James ship their love. I’ll miss you, my pal x”

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