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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 10, 2006

LMA accuse Toon of 'circumventing' rules for Roeder

The League Managers' Association today accused Newcastle of trying to 'circumvent' the rules after they were granted dispensation to appoint Glenn Roeder as manager.

Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd confirmed this morning the club had won the support of his Premier League counterparts to give Roeder the job despite his lack of a FIFA Pro Licence.

The 50-year-old will be unveiled at a press conference on Monday, but the LMA has repeatedly voiced its disapproval, much to the club's annoyance.

That opposition was reinforced today when they issued a statement, which had been agreed at yesterday's annual general meeting.

'Following the Annual General Meeting of the League Managers' Association held yesterday, we have decided to issue the following statement in response to concerns raised by our members regarding what appears to be an attempt by Newcastle United to circumvent the FA Premier League's own rules,' said the statement, issued on the LMA's official website.

'UEFA issued a directive that had to be implemented by 2003, whereby all domestic associations had to have their senior league's coaches/managers brought up to FIFA Pro Licence standard, or they could not manage in that senior league.

'All Premiership clubs signed up to this agreement, a very clear rule, easily understood and supported by the LMA.

'The League Managers' Association's aim has always been to raise the standard of coaches and managers. We have a history of helping the FA and the Premier League in that difficult transition period of getting everybody qualified.

'The committee of the LMA took instruction from the members attending yesterday's AGM, who expressed their deep concern that once again, a member club had chosen to side-step this rule when it proved inconvenient to them.

'This sends out the message qualifications are not important and players looking for a future in the game as a coach or a manager do not have to concern themselves with obtaining these qualifications.

'Once again, we wish to make it clear this is not about individuals, but is an important point of principle.'

Newcastle's argument has been that Roeder would have had the Pro Licence had his career not been interrupted by a brain tumour in 20003 when he was due to start the course.

He will belatedly begin his studies next month and will be qualified by this time next year.