Roeder puts case for Newcastle job

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The Newcastle caretaker manager, Glenn Roeder, believes there is "a good argument" to be made for him to be allowed to take the reins permanently at St James' Park - providing the chairman, Freddy Shepherd, decides that he is the right man for the job.

Roeder does not have the Uefa Pro Licence required of new managers in the Barclays Premiership. But he enlisted on the course three years ago, after which he suffered a brain tumour - and by opting to work with youngsters in Newcastle's youth academy rather than return to work in top-flight management, Roeder did not need the qualification.

However, he now appears keen to become manager at the club he captained in the 1980s, and said: "My take on that is I agree that our coaches over the past 10 years or more haven't been sufficiently qualified.

"In 2003, I signed up and paid my money to go on the course. Then I had the health scare which, thank God, I got over. Last year I decided I wanted to work in the [Newcastle] academy, and the Pro Licence was not required. I will take the Pro Licence this year."

Roeder suggested there might be a way he could manage the club initially without having the licence. "With the experience I have, there's an argument I should be able to," he said.

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