Roeder's rocky reign at Norwich

Kim Briscoe Glenn Roeder joined Norwich City in October 2007 at a time of turmoil. The previous manager, Peter Grant, had left the club at the bottom of the Championship and four points adrift of safety.

Kim Briscoe

Glenn Roeder joined Norwich City in October 2007 at a time of turmoil. The previous manager, Peter Grant, had left the club struggling and after three matches under caretaker boss Jim Duffy, the Canaries were rock bottom and four points adrift of safety.

The then 51-year-old's first game in charge was all-important East Anglian Derby against city's arch rivals Ipswich on November 4.

The city's pride was at stake and at half time it all looked to be going wrong as the Canaries were losing by two goals to nil. But Norwich pulled it back to finish 2-2 and fans celebrated it like a win.


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Roeder's first win came in a Carrow Road match against Coventry City, which he followed up with a first away win of the season in the 3-1 defeat of fellow strugglers Blackpool, who previously had not lost at home that season.

A run of good form saw the Canaries rise rapidly up the table and at one stage fans had their fingers crossed for a shock late burst into the play-offs.

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An overhaul of the squad in the January transfer window saw him release players such as Julien Brellier and David Strihavka, who had been signed by his predecessor and who he did not consider to have a future at the club.

He made the loan signing of Matty Pattison permanent, renewed loan deals for Ched Evans and Mo Camara and signed four loan players including Matthew Bates, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Pearce and James Henry.

However, during the second half of the season Norwich were sucked back into a relegation battle and the club's place in the Championship was not confirmed until a 3-0 home win against QPR in the penultimate fixture of the season.

On July 25, 2008, Roeder was fined �1,000 and given a suspended two-match touchline ban at a FA disciplinary hearing after criticising referee Andy D'Urso following Norwich's 2-1 defeat to Bristol City at Ashton Gate on March 29.

Both Roeder and assistant Lee Clark reacted angrily to Bristol City being awarded a 91st minute free kick from which they scored the winner. Clark was given a one match touchline ban and fined �500 for his part in the incident. They were both warned by The FA about their future conduct.

Over the summer disillusionment started to set in as concerns were raised over the treatment of fans' favourite Darren Huckerby. The winger was left in the dark over his contract and then unceremoniously told it would not renewed - after the season had ended - leaving fans aggrieved at being deprived of the chance to say goodbye properly.

The lack of money at the club became the focus during the summer of 2008, with rumours of a takeover by billionaire businessman Peter Cullum.

At the start of the 2008-09 season, Roeder's large number of loan signings became the hot topic of discussion, as fans began to question whether he was building a long-term loyal Norwich squad.

Things took a turn for the worse at the club's AGM in November as Roeder came in for the most criticism. His replies to questions didn't do him any favours and alienated many fans.

The former Newcastle and West Ham boss, in response to one supporter's question about why he could not see the faults in his team when it was clear to fans in the top tier of the Barclay, Mr Roeder said he must have missed that man's tenure as England manager. For that he was jeered and apologised to the supporter, but the damage was already done.

A further blow came in December, when his assistant manager Lee Clark was unveiled as the new Huddersfield Town boss.

Clark joined the Canary backroom staff shortly after Glenn Roeder took charge.

But his appointment at Huddersfield came as a surprise as just days before Roeder had dismissed speculation linking the former Newcastle United player with the job as “totally unfounded and untrue”.

A poor run of performances this season was punctuated by just two memorable highs - a 2-0 win over Ipswich at Carrow Road and a 5-2 trouncing of Wolves.

The dismal matches continued and many fans felt the club's exit last night in just the third round of FA Cup, to a Charlton side which had not won for 18 games, was a new low.

And it would appear the board agreed - announcing his sacking this lunchtime.

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