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You are in: Norfolk > Sport > Football > Roeder appointment divides fans

Glenn Roeder.

Glenn Roeder at City's press conference

Roeder appointment divides fans

Norwich City's three-week wait for a new manager ended today with the appointment of Glenn Roeder. The former West Ham and Newcastle boss has a fight on his hands to keep the club away from League 1, and to win over some sceptical fans.

Glenn Roeder takes charge of Norwich City with the toughest of challenges: the club is three points clear off the bottom of the Championship, going into the biggest match of the season.

Sunday's East Anglian derby at Carrow Road sees City face a high-flying Ipswich Town side at a time when fans need something to cheer about.

The 51-year-old former West Ham and Newcastle manager is a respected figure in the game, and as he told the press at Carrow Road, he has plenty of experience when it comes to a relegation dogfight.

"I've got a lot of experience in this situation, I'm very confident and feel ideally positioned, with the experience I've had in this situation, to turn things around at Norwich City," he said.

The right man

Certainly the Norwich City board is banking on that experience being enough to turn Norwich's season round, and club chairman Roger Munby was quick to outline the qualities that won Roeder the job.

Glenn Roeder with a Norwich City jersey.

Roeder wants to re-ignite the spark

He said: "Relevant experience, a studious, diligent approach to managing and a fiery passion under the surface which combines to make it a choice we really believe in."

Certainly, the board is confident it has the right man for the job, but a big factor in Roeder's future success will be the support of the Norwich fans.

Disgruntled supporters

Immediately after Roeder's appointment fans flooded BBC Radio Norfolk's Morning Show with texts, and there were mixed opinions.

"Another poor choice by the board. Let's hope this one works," said Paul in Cromer.

"It's a disastrous appointment, look at the mess Roeder left at West Ham - he ruined Redknapp's great team," said Sheila in Costessey.

"I will not be renewing my season ticket until the fools that run this club go. Another poor choice which I believe will take us down," said Leigh from Holt.

Taking a positive stance

While there were fans displeased by the appointment, many more are adamant that Roeder should be given the chance to prove what he can do, starting with Sunday's East Anglian derby.

"Let's give him a chance! Let's see who he brings in and all of us going on Sunday get behind the team and be the 12th man. A great appointment," said Andy from Dereham.

"I can't believe fans are going against Roeder already. Give the manager a chance, this could be the turning point we need," said Simon in Norwich.

"Excellent decision by the board. Glenn Roeder will bring quality to the club through his coaching and management. Well done, Mr Munby," said Jamie in Acle.

Only one thing will unite fans, whatever their current opinion, and that's a winning team.

If Roeder can start a revival with a win against Norwich's oldest rivals then surely even the most sceptical fan can be won over.

You can have your say on the appointment on a special edition of The Scrimmage on Tuesday, 30 October at 1800 pm on BBC Radio Norfolk, with special guests Dave Stringer and Craig Fleming.

last updated: 30/10/07

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