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We lost 4-0 at Spurs this afternoon but that was all put into perspective when soon after the final whistle we heard of the passing of our former assistant manager Glenn Roeder at the age of 65 following a battle with a brain tumour.

Roeder arrived at Burnley in the summer of 1997 with Chris Waddle, with the Clarets in Division Two (now League One) and a promise to get us out of the division. They almost did too, only a win on the last day against Plymouth kept us up in a season that didn’t quite go to plan.

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It all came good, or better, in the end, with a good second half to the season but Roeder was always the one who had the finger pointed at him by Burnley fans and most will bring up the time he suggested Glenn Little wasn’t fit to tie Waddle’s boot laces although that was taken out of context.

By then he’d had a playing career of over 560 league games for Leyton Orient, QPR, Notts County, Newcastle, Watford and Gillingham. He ended his playing career at Gillingham where he became player/manager and he’d also managed Watford as well as leaving the game for a while to become Paul Gascoigne’s bodyguard in Italy.

He was an England coach with Glenn Hoddle during the time he was at Burnley and he later went on to manage West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich. It was in 2003 that he left West Ham because of a brain tumour but all seemed OK when he replaced Graeme Souness at Newcastle and then took over Norwich. Twice he was in charge of them against Burnley in 2008, a 2-0 win for Norwich at Carrow Road in April with goals from Dion Dublin and Ched Evans and then when Chris Eagles scored twice in a 2-0 win for us in November.

His most recent role was as a managerial advisor at Stevenage between 2016 and 2018 but there was the constant, and long, battle with the brain tumour which so sadly has seen him lose his life today at 65.

Our thoughts are with his wife Faith, his daughter Holly and sons Will and Joe along with the wider family and all of his friends at this sad time.

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