What Goes Around…

There has been quite a lot in the press this week about the importance of nepotism within football management. The same old faces seem to to turn up again and again and again. Consider the case of Glen Roeder. Roeder’s managerial career has been almost uniformly unsuccessful. His first season in charge of a club saw Gillingham have to win on the last day of the season to avoid dropping out of the Football League. He then lasted two years in the middle of the Championship with Watford before getting sacked with them bottom of the table. He then had a period just managing to keep Burnley from dropping into League Two, as assistant to Chris Waddle, before departing and spending five years in the England coaching set up for five years. When he returned to management, he had a good season at West Ham before his brain tumour struck in the middle of a relegation battle that they lost. He was sacked the following April. He then returned again for 15 months in charge at Newcastle United (notable, again, for a conspicuous lack of success) before being sacked at the end of May. So, where would Glen end up next? This man of many talents. This coach without a UEFA Pro licence, who had Freddy Shepherd pleading exenuating circumstances being the reason that he hadn’t got it (with...

Read More