Guest smoggeordie Posted April 3, 2007 Share Posted April 3, 2007 I'll take the flak Apr 3 2007 By Alan Oliver, The Evening Chronicle Glenn Roeder insisted today he accepted he would have to take the flak after Newcastle United's run of four Premiership games with a goal and victory. Once again there is doom and gloom hanging over Tyneside especially as United have allowed what can only be described as mediocre teams like Fulham, Wigan Athletic and now Manchester City beat them since the turn of the year. And United fans will not breathe easy until there are another couple of wins in the bag to ensure that Premiership football will be played at St James' Park next season. To be fair to Roeder, he has never been one to duck the issues, as was shown by his question-and-answer session for Chronicle readers last week. And when I asked him today about all the flak that is flying around he told me: "It goes with the job. "I know that the expectations are so high here at St James' Park, and not only do I understand this, I don't mind it. "And I do know that this season we have found it hard to reach those expectations, and that some of the players have not done as well as I thought they would. "Now there is no doubt that some of our players need to finish the season strongly. "There is still a heck of a lot to play for and we are aiming to finish in the top half of the table." Roeder accepts that he was not the big name some United supporters wanted as manager, especially as his predecessors at St James' - Graeme Souness, Sir Bobby Robson, Ruud Gullit, Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan and Ossie Ardiles - are six of the biggest names in football. Martin O'Neill has that big- name reputation and the amiable Ulsterman has built an aura round himself to such an extent that he has escaped any criticism down at Villa Park. And that is despite the fact that, after being one of the few managers given money to spend in January, O'Neill has seen his Villa side win just two games out of 18 in the Premiership games and they are currently 14th in the table. While O'Neill is "safe" in the Midlands, my information is that as long as United are playing Premiership football next season, the board of directors at St James' Park have no intention of changing their manager. However, Roeder knows that, after results, the other key issue that he will be judged on is how he wheels and deals in the summer transfer market. Clicky Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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