There was a pleasant surprise for Glenn Roeder on his arrival at work yesterday when he was informed that he had guided Newcastle United to their first "major" trophy in 37 years.
It probably was not how he had envisaged ending the club's lengthy wait, but the manager will always remember where he was when discovering his side had won this season's Intertoto Cup. "Someone mentioned it to me at the gate this morning," a bemused Roeder said. "The lads will be pleased."
Auxerre's exit from the Uefa Cup group stages means Newcastle have progressed further than any other club starting out in the Intertoto Cup in June, thus claiming their first major trophy since the Fairs Cup in 1969.