Allardyce helps old rival Roeder get to grips with studies

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Eight months after opposing Glenn Roeder's full-time appointment at St James' Park, Sam Allardyce is again lecturing his Newcastle United counterpart. The Bolton Wanderers manager's views are rather more welcome this time, however, his words of wisdom helping towards Roeder's coaching qualifications.

Allardyce is a guest speaker at Warwick University this week, where the Newcastle manager is attending a three-day residential course as part of his efforts to gain the Uefa Pro Licence. Allardyce, a past managerial target for the north-east club, is a prominent figure within the League Managers Association, which voiced concerns at Roeder's appointment last May after a successful stint in temporary charge, due to the 51-year-old lacking the prerequisite Uefa badge he aims to secure this summer.

Roeder was given dispensation by Premiership chairmen due to suffering a brain tumour when originally enrolled on the course in 2003.

Allardyce, as he did in the case of Middlesbrough appointing the similarly under-qualified Gareth Southgate before the start of this season, insisted there was nothing personal in his stance, but the irony of the pair's "pupil-teacher" relationship was lost on neither Roeder nor his counterpart at the Reebok Stadium as they met to meld minds.

There was another familiar face among those imparting knowledge to the former West Ham United manager, with David Moyes also among the lecturers on the course.

Relations between Moyes's Everton and Newcastle have been strained after Emre was charged by the Football Association with racially abusing the Goodison Park club's black players - accusations denied by the Turkish midfielder - in a Premiership game last month.

Meanwhile, Roeder has told Tottenham Hotspur to expect little encouragement should they resurrect their interest in Damien Duff.

Newcastle beat Spurs to sign the £5m winger from Chelsea last summer, but Roeder insists that despite suggestions of renewed attempts from White Hart Lane, there will be no immediate return to the capital for Duff. "They're wasting their time," Roeder said.

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