Sad day in football as prominent Premier League manager dies at age 65

Sad day in football as prominent Premier League manager dies at age 65

- Glenn Roeder has died after battling with a brain tumour for many years

- The 65-year-old managed a number of top English sides including and Newcastle and West Ham

- The central defender made over 500 appearances during his career as a player

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English manager Glenn Roeder has died at the age of 65 after surrendering to a long battle with a brain tumour, Sky Sports.

Roeder was a former assistant to Glenn Hoddle in the England national team and managed top English sides including Watford, West Ham, and Newcastle.

The former Gillingham and Norwich City was a prominent player as he made over 500 career appearances as a defender.

Sad day in football as prominent Premier League manager passes on at age 65
Former Newcastle, Wet Ham manager Glenn Roeder passes on at age 65. Photo Professional Sport and Frank Coppi
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He featured in the 1982 FA Cup final against Tottenham where he captained QPR which they lost but helped Newcastle gain promotion into the elite division in 1984.

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After spending 20 years as a player and manager, Roeder was diagnosed with a brain tumour while working for the Hammers in 2003. He underwent surgery and returned in July the same year.

The English FA paid tribute to Roeder:

"We're saddened by the news that Glenn Roeder has passed away at the age of 65.
"Having made a number of appearances for our B team as a player, he later served the #ThreeLions as a coach between 1997 and 1999.
"Our sympathies are with Glenn's family, friends and loved ones."

Norwich City also released a statement:

"Norwich City are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former manager Glenn Roeder.

"The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Glenn’s family and friends at this very sad time."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Swansea City who are campaigning in the second tier of English football have announced the death of their former goalkeeper Dai Davies who died after a serious battle against cancer.

The 72-year-old was diagnosed with the heartbreaking disease last year with his family members hoping that he would survive before he died on Tuesday, February 10.

Davies began his career at Swansea in 1969 and had only nine appearances for the club before he left for Everton a year later.

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