FORMER West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich boss Glenn Roeder has died aged 65.
The highly-respected former player and coach had a long and brave battle with a brain tumour.
Glenn Roeder has died aged 65Credit: PA:Press Association
Glenn Roeder enjoyed a successful career as a player, coach and managerCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Born in Woodford, East London, Roeder spent his youth career with Arsenal before joining Leyton Orient as a player.
A classy ball-playing defender, Roeder also had lengthy stints with Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle during the 1980s.
After 193 appearances for the Toon he joined Watford where he spent three years before joining Gillingham as a player-coach.
He kept the Gills in the Football League before taking over at Watford at the beginning of the 1993-94 season.
Roeder would be assistant to Chris Waddle at Burnley before working under Glenn Hoddle in the England set-up.
In 1999, Harry Redknapp appointed him as coach of West Ham where he took the managerial role two years later.
Roeder was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003 and after two years out the game, he returned as youth-development manager of Newcastle.
He was named interim boss in February 2006 and helped turn the Toon’s season around by guiding them to a seventh place finish.
Newcastle paid a touching tribute to old boss Glenn RoederCredit: Getty
Roeder was also a coach under Glenn Hoddle at EnglandCredit: Reuters
Roeder was handed the permanent role and he won the Intertoto Cup in 2006 before joining Norwich in 2007.
He said in 2018: “When I look back and see the front three was Keegan, Waddle and Beardsley, I can see why we got promoted that year!
“What made Gazza a good player was that he wanted the ball. ‘Give me the ball, I’m a good player’. ‘But Gazz, there’s six on you’. ‘Let’s make it seven’.
“He was fearless. That’s the biggest form of bravery.”
Tributes have poured in for Roeder from across the footballing world as they come to terms with his passing.
Newcastle wrote: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player and manager, Glenn Roeder at the age of 65.
“The thoughts of everybody at #NUFC are with his family and friends.
“Rest in peace, Glenn.”
Glenn Roeder was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Norwich wrote on social media: “Norwich City are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former manager Glenn Roeder.
“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Glenn’s family and friends at this very sad time.”
And another former club West Ham added: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former manager Glenn Roeder at the age of 65.
“The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with Glenn’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Glenn.”
Glenn leaves behind his wife Faith, daughter Holly and sons Will and Joe.