Glenn Roeder dead: Former West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich manager dies aged 65

Lawrence Ostlere
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Glenn Roeder has passed away aged 65 (Getty Images)
Glenn Roeder has passed away aged 65 (Getty Images)

Glenn Roeder, the former Newcastle United player and manager who also managed West Ham and Norwich City, has died aged 65 after a long illness.

Roeder began his playing career at local club Leyton Orient, building a reputation as a talented ball-playing defender. He went on to play for Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle – whom he captained to promotion – before a brief return to Orient. He started his management career at Gillingham, before spells with Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, where he won the Intertoto Cup, and Norwich.

Roeder was first diagnosed with a brain tumour while in charge of the Hammers in 2003, and took time away from the game for treatment.

In a statement, the League Managers’ Association said: “The LMA is so very deeply saddened following the death of member Glenn Roeder, at the age of 65, after a long battle with a brain tumour. Glenn was a highly respected and much loved member of the coaching fraternity, having managed Gillingham, Watford, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Norwich City, and having served as a coach under Glenn Hoddle for the England national team.”

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The 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. 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.”