Clock Ticks Down On Roeder

Last updated : 14 March 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

 ... and it was not a defeat on a football field. Should he manage a shock win at Stamford Bridge and take the Mags to Cardiff, the League Manager's Association confirmed he will not be allowed to manage the club for more than 12 weeks, and will NOT be manager after that.

Amazing though it was, can you believe it was ex-Newcastle defender Frank Clark that put the "block" on all possibilities? The Fairs Cup winner insists there is no way Roeder can remain in charge at Newcastle unless he gets his Uefa Pro Licence coaching qualification.

Roeder is in his sixth week in charge of first team affairs and his twelve week stint will have to end after the penultimate home game of the season against West Bromwich Albion on April 22.

That would potentially leave the Magpies without a manager for their final two Premiership games of the season against Birmingham City and Chelsea, as well as the FA Cup Final should they reach it, although reserve team coach Tommy Craig has passed his Pro Licence exam and could step in if needed.

Frank Clark: "We're very supportive of mandated qualifications and we think it will raise standards in the game. Glenn has done a terrific job and Newcastle are hoping to find a manager to bring them success. I can see why Freddie Shepherd wants to take his time, it's vital for them that they get it right this time.

"But we're more than happy with this rule to deal with the caretaker situation."