Roeder Waits For The Boot

Last updated : 27 February 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor


United's caretaker-manager has admitted he has yet to be told whether his short-term reign will stretch to a sixth match.

Bolton are the next side up to face the Toon, and we can expect the return of Alan Shearer, who has been laid low with a calf complaint and missed three matches.

Roeder: "Alan was very close to playing (against Everton). He has been putting a brave face on in the dug-out because he really wants to be out there on the pitch. That's where he enjoys himself most of all.

"But Alan's such an excellent professional who knows his body and he knew that if he had played, he might have got to half time but fatigue would have set in and he could have found himself out for a month. We would have been back to square one.

"As much as it's painful now, the fact is Alan will be back for Bolton and I'm sure he will give me a nice problem.

"I don't know if I will be involved next week. I haven't spoken to the chairman yet but if he says to me `Glenn, push on, go and prepare the team for Bolton' that's what I will do and my only target will be to try to take another three points. If not, it will be someone else's problem."