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Glenn Roeder

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 13/12/1955


Glenn Roeder was confirmed as Harry Redknapp's successor at West Ham United on June 14 2001 having been appointed as caretaker boss following Redknapp's shock departure in May.

Roeder was brought into the club as a coach by Redknapp in 1999 having previously worked in Glenn Hoddle's England set-up and managed at Watford and Gillingham.

Born in Essex in 1955, Glenn is widely respected as a coach and has experience from a league career that spanned 574 games, earning 7 caps as an England 'B' international.

He began as an apprentice for Leyton Orient, signing professional in 1974 and going on to make over 100 appearances for The O's before joining Queens Park Rangers.

He appeared 157 times for QPR, going on to captain the side and scoring 17 goals before briefly joining Notts County on loan and moving to Newcastle United in 1984, where he became a mentor to a young Magpie named Paul Gascoigne.

After nearly 200 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, playing 6 times before being appointed Gills' manager.

He left after just one season with Gillingham having been invited to take over as Watford manager following Steve Perryman's exit from Vicarage Road, a move that cost the Hornets 40,000 in compensation.

Roeder was in charge of the Hornets for nearly three years taking the team to within one place of the play-offs in 1994-1995. However, the following season was not so successful and Roeder left the club in February 1996 as Watford were languiushing near the bottom of Division One. He was replaced by Kenny Jackett and Watford were relegated at the end of the season.

Having worked for the FA as part of Glenn Hoddle's England coaching team Roeder was given the opportunity to coach at the club he supported as a youngster.

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 after seven years in charge at Upton Park in May 2001, Roeder assumed temporary charge of team affairs for the last game of the season, which The Hammers lost 2-1 away to Middlesbrough.

After the board's primary targets, Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren, turned down the chance to manage the club, Roeder was installed as West Ham's ninth manager and given a two-year contract to prove his ability - the primary aim being a marked improvement on the previous season's disappointing 15th place finish.

After a tricky start in the manager's chair, Roeder managed to guide the Hammers into mid-table and began to win over some of those who doubted his ability to manage at the top level.

In February 2006 he became caretaker manager at Newcastle with the departure of Graeme Souness. His full apointment was confirmed in May later that year - albeit with criticism as he is yet to acheive his UEFA Pro-licence.

Previous Clubs

West Ham, Watford, Gillingham,

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