Roeder Won't Waste His Pot Of Gold

Last updated : 30 December 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

The fans have seen the likes of Marcelino, Hugo Viana, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Albert Luque arrive in big-money deals in recent years, with less than impressive results, and we wonder why the glamour boys never seem to settle on Tyneside.
David Ginola had a great spell under Kevin Keegan but he still never settled here.
Will Roeder go Latin?
GLENN ROEDER: "People might say I have not been over-active or very quick to bring players in. But I am conscious of not bringing players in who, within a couple of months, I am thinking 'I wish I had not done that', and we are stuck with them on a two or three-year contract.
"That has happened here before and it has happened at many clubs. Managers sign players with a short-term goal and within two or three months wish they had not signed them.
"They are then lumbered with them and when they go to the chairman, he says: 'Hold on, I allowed you to sign a number of players, you signed them, it is your fault if you do not like them now'.
"I have been careful to try to bring in players who, once they are in, we like them and we know we are going to get good use out of them over the next two or three seasons - like Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins.
"I would have thought in the next four to six weeks we will be sitting down and talking to Antoine Sibierski about taking up an option we have got for him to stay for a year.

"Those are three players I have brought in who I have been more than happy with, and that is what I am trying to do during this window.
"If we can secure players I want, hopefully we will be able to get them - if not, I will not sign just for the sake of signing and regret it three months down the road when they have done part of the job, but would not be in my future plans and I would be lumbered with them.
"I do not want to be stuck with players I have signed but do not want after six months.
"The window is only open for four weeks. We know what we are doing. We know what we want to do, anyway.
"We have got some specific targets and we will keep our heads down at Newcastle and work away at those targets."