Former West Ham and Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder dies aged 65

Former West Ham and Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumour.

A statement by LMA Chair Howard Wilkinson released on Sunday afternoon read: “A cultured defender as a player, he managed with a studious style and was always generous with his time and ideas.

“Glenn 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.”

Glenn Roeder has died at the age of 65

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “Glenn achieved so much throughout his lifelong career in the game.

“After retiring as a player, he became one of the country’s most respected coaches, working across all levels of the professional game, in senior and academy football, and acting as a trusted advisor to many coaches and players.

“At every club, he chose to develop new talent and to give opportunities to the younger players in his charge.

“He will be sorely missed by all of the LMA’s members and his colleagues from across the game. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Glenn’s wife Faith, his daughter Holly, his sons Will and Joe and all of Glenn’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Roeder served as manager at the likes of Newcastle and West Ham
Roeder served as manager at the likes of Newcastle and West Ham

Roeder had a long and established playing career in which he represented the likes of Leyton Orient, QPR and Newcastle before moving into management.

After starting as a player-manager at Gillingham he later took charge of Watford before moving onto the Hammers and Newcastle, and he also had spells at Norwich and at Stevenage as a Managerial Advisor.

Gary Lineker led the tributes to Roeder, tweeting: “Saddened to hear that Glenn Roeder has died. A real football man who had a great career both on the field and in the dugout. RIP.”

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