Former Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder was interviewed prior to the Magpies losing 4-0 at Wigan yesterday and is delighted that they’re doing so well…
What have you made of Newcastle United’s progress this season?
Absolutely brilliant. That is a club that is very dear to my heart having spent eight years up there as a player and a manager. It’s great they are having such success under Alan Pardew, who would be the first to admit that it was Chris Hughton who got them going again after they were relegated. Hughton did extremely well to get them back up again at the first time of asking, which is very important. If you don’t do it at the first time of asking then it gets more difficult. The club then made the decision – which was quite unpopular at the time – to let Chris go and bring in Alan. Alan is doing a fantastic job at Newcastle and Chris Hughton is now doing brilliantly at Birmingham.
The person that keeps getting mentioned with Newcastle’s success is their chief scout, Graham Carr, who has done wonders with the players that he has found in France, Holland and Germany. I watched Papiss Cisse for Freiburg earlier this season and was very positive about him.
How impressive has their player recruitment been considering their limited resources?
I think Mike Ashley has proved why he is so astute in business. He has sold at the highest point and bought at value for money. He has found the highest prices possible for the players he has sold, and he has reinvested in others who have all proved to be bargains. If they suddenly had to have a fire sale, they could sell all of those players they have bought recently for three or four times what they paid for them.
Do you think they will secure a top-four finish and qualify for the Champions League?
It’s in their hands. They have got themselves in a great position to finish in the top four, and deservedly so. The other teams chasing that place have got to pull up some trees to overtake them, because they are very much in form.
Here’s Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor doing karaoke…