Roeder Report Card
Glenn Roeder`s final comments were a testament to a man who we all believed was trying to punch above his weight. Let`s face it - after the debacles at Watford, West Ham and Gillingham he was lucky to be in a job, and he knew it. However he is a fan and was a cracking captain and servant to the club over the years. We look at where he did well and where he ultimately failed:
Interestingly Glenn`s results polarised in the two seasons he was here. In the 2005/06 caretaker run he beat all the no-mark teams and lost comprehensively to the big boys. However, once appointed main man he had no problems with taking points of the Man Utd`s and Liverpools but struggled against the Sheffields and Fulhams. I think a lot of us expect to be beaten by the top 4. We don`t expect to be beaten by a rock bottom Sheffield Utd side with Danny Webber up front on his own though. That`s what cost him.
Fair play to Glenn - he did his research in this respect. Martins and Sibierski are big plusses. Duff - lets be honest, we all thought he`d be a world beater. Bernard - dead. RIP. Gooch - Glenn had a suspicion he`d be pony so only took him on loan. Unlike Souness who would have paid £8m. Ticks the right boxes for me.
Like the majority of the article - started brightly but tailed off horrendously. Some of his patter by the end was verging on the Souness. Constant bemoaning the injury situation really put a lot of people`s backs up.
This is where you knew he was out of his depth. Squad players dropped the instance a big name came back, no matter how bad the replacement`s performances are. Dyer for captain was a slap in the face of the fans. Couldn`t deal with N`Zogbia or Carr, which was a massive negative.
As many have pointed out - provided the team picked itself he was ok. Never got to grips with his midfield - square pegs and round holes with Butt and Parker. Overall his football was good to watch for about half a season before it reverted to the age old classic of Bramble hoofing the ball up to midget centre forwards.
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