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Glenn Roeder: The Day I Collapsed

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In this interview with Maxine Mawhinney, Glenn Roeder discusses the day he collapsed with a brain tumour, the pressures of management and the current state of the game.

Glenn Roeder, a boyhood supporter of West Ham United, was named caretaker manager of the club in the aftermath of Harry Redknapp’s sacking, losing the final match of the 2000/01 season 2-1 at Middlesbrough.

Roeder, who had previously managed Gillingham and Watford and been a coach under Glenn Hoddle with England, finished seventh in his first season but the failure to improve the squad led to a downturn in form in 2002/03 – only Gary Breen (free transfer) and Edouard Cisse (loan) were brought in over the summer of 2002.

Roeder was sacked the next day.

Needing to better Bolton’s result on the final day, the Irons drew 2-2 at Birmingham whilst Bolton beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium.

By the start of the following campaign, Roeder had been named permanent manager after approaches for Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren had proved unsuccessful.

The next match, an Easter Monday home encounter with Middlesbrough was won by a goal to nil, but events after the match overshadowed the result – Roeder takes up the tale himself in the video below.
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