Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by Luther Bassett, Feb 28, 2021.
Just announced on BBC
R. I.P. A very decent man. Difficult days but he was a good manager. Brought in some good players, got the best out them and showed great dignity under a terrible chairman.
Very sad - talented player, did ok as a boss and I believe he was a good bloke
Said in the obituaries thread he got us just outside the playoffs, about 7th I think. That wasn’t an easy time the early 90’s as we started to fade following the GT years. That season was a real optimistic bright point. Shame it didn’t last.
Very sorry to hear the passing at what is a young age, was a good player, manager and person, R.I.P. Glenn condolences to all family and friends.
Started the career of Kevin Phillips and brought in some Watford legends like Tommy Mooney and Steve Palmer.
Being 39 and born in 81, I only really got into and remember football from Italia 90 onwards. Watford has always run in my family, but my first memories of Watford and going to games (my uncle used to take me once I got into football) are from his spell as manager. RIP.
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Honest as they come as both player and manager. Did a remarkable job on very limited resources. Found a few gems in the rough. Sincere condolences to family and friends.
Was the manager when I first started going to games as a youngster, we were not great but some good memories.
Rest in peace!
Sad news. 65 is no age. RIP
Very sad to hear this.
He always struck me as a good man and I thought he did very well with what he had as manager with us.
God bless, Glenn.
Very sad news. Glenn always conducted himself with great dignity and good humour. One of the good guys
Sad day for football RIP Glenn
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His Watford days were before my time, but I vaguely remember him getting ill towards the back end of his time at West Ham, I didn't know he carried on working through it, was that brain tumour which killed him in the end. Rip Glenn!
Good football guy and very well thought of. RIP
Cultured player and very underated spell as manager
Glenn's Watford team was the first I had seen after a few years away at Uni and Law School and there were some cracking games and results under his management until it turned sour after Petchey refused to give him funds to strengthen. Today is a sad day for Watford and for the other teams he played for and managed.
Very sad and a horribly young age to go. A good bloke and very much an out and out lover of the game.
Sad news. He did a good job as manager under difficult circumstances. I seem to recall his scoring a cracker of a goal to beat GT's Wolves on his first return to Vicarage Road one evening. The Roeder shuffle is now confined to the mortal coil.
When I learned today the devastating, sad news that Glenn Roeder had lost his battle with a brain tumour it stopped me in my tracks. Not just because we shared fun on coaching courses. Not just because he asked me to be his assistant at Newcastle United where we had incredible fun together and success. Not just because he and his family, Faith, Holly, Will and Joe welcomed my family to Newcastle and made us feel included with their genuine warmth and affection. All of these things, and because he was a man with incredible integrity, humility warmth, humour and humanity. A sensitive caring man who didn't always have as high a regard for himself as others had for him. He was loved and admired by those who worked with him. I loved working to "Glenn time". Nicky, Hannah & James send their love.
I'll miss you, my friend x
That was Richard Johnson.
He certainly has his faults and has left most clubs under a cloud, but you can see why fans of most clubs he’s managed hold NP in such high regard.
Very sad news. A decent man on and off the pitch. Rest in peace.
Very sad, 65 is no age. A very decent man and a great manager for us in challenging times.
He was the manager throughout the most debauched years of my time as a watford fan, so he will forever be associated with truly joyous moments of my life.
But much more than that, he was the man who brought my beloved Jamie Moralee to the club, so will forever have a place in my heart.
One of football's good guys. A really nice man. I had the privilege of working under him for a short while. So sad to hear he's now gone. 65 is no age.
Will never forget him playing at Hull for us after his father has just died. A great man.
Roeder was the manager for that game.
RIP Glenn, you were a good servant for WFC
Er. I know this.
Richard Johnson scored the 40 yard cracker. I was in the Vic End when it happened.
A decent bloke as many have said, I think he joined us in the summer of 1990. He was a solid head in a team destined for the drop in 1991.
However he made a contribution to the great escape near the end of the season, his headed goal gave us an equaliser at home to WBA, who eventually did get relegated, under the lights of a midweek full house at the Vic.
When he returned to manage he had a tough first season but a credible 7th in 1994/95 despite losing both Furlong and Dyer the year before, as I started uni in 1994 I didn't see a great deal of that season or the relegation season before he was sacked.
Very sad news - a proper good guy by accounts. RIP Glenn
A great guy. One of my dad's closest friends from Watford. Many have come and gone, but Glenn never forgot to call my dad and check how he was doing from time to time and to ask after Tom Walley.
He was a real gentleman and his era still ranks as a sort of 'golden era' of true Watfordyness for me. A team assembled for pennies who busted their guts, taking scalps here and there and defying the odds. So many of those players from what might be considered a nondescript era in terms of position, are legends who will live far longer in the hearts, than the passing mercenaries of today.
Yes, that point in the West Brom game was certainly crucial. We would have been relegated without it. It was a big crowd that night for the time - 15,000 or so instead of the standard 10,000 - but hardly a “full house”. This was before either the Vicarage Road or Rookery end stands had been built so the official capacity would still have been up in the high 20,000s.
I am so sad to hear the news of Glenn Roeder's passing. He was a true gentleman and one of Watford's very best managers in difficult times.
When you're a fan you don't get many chances to meet the manager but I did get the opportunity. It was at a fans forum which I believe was in 1994. Beforehand supporters were not happy. Watford had just sold Bruce Dyer and Paul Furlong and the money was being used to fund the new Rookery Stand (actually with hindsight not a bad investment). Worse still, the week before we had just been trounced 2 -4 at home by L*t*n in a shambolic display. So in the first place all credit to Glenn for turning up!
It wasn't a big meeting, certainly far fewer peole there than there was for forums in subsequent years. This made it more personal and it didn't take long for the unrest to surface. I can clearly remember a guy in his 40's getting up and having a right go at Glenn. It wasn't just the fact of us selling our best players and losing the derby, it was this chap's tone and manner - rude, threatening, almost insulting. The room bristled. Glenn was visibly rattled but his response got everyone on his side. He was calm and polite. He said he understood how this fan felt but he said something like this "if you think as a professional person and as the manager of this club, I don't hurt after a defeat to our local rivals, then you are completely mistaken. If you think that I am disappointed to lose two wonderful players like Bruce and Paul then again you have missed the point. Many of you here today are fathers. Imagine Paul was your son and a club like Chelsea came in to buy him and at a stroke his future for the rest of his life could be secured. How would you feel? And how would you feel if Watford stopped the move? Next Saturday he could get badly injured and his lifetime opportunity would be lost. Not only would you and the player be devasted but imagine how I would feel? I am a manager and I want the best for this club. The way to achieve the best for this club is to care for each player, treat each player with respect and build that respect throughout the team and at every level throughout the club."
For me to recall this now shows the impact Glenn made on me and I think everyone else in the room. If I'd been in his team, I would have run through brick walls for him. When I see the tributes being paid to him by people who really knew him like Nigel Pearson, it makes me realise that the impression I gained that night was indeed correct. RIP Glenn you will be fondly remembered by us all.