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Roeder set to be unveiled as Newcastle manager

Glenn Roeder will be unveiled as Newcastle's new manager this morning.

The move will be confirmed after chairman Freddy Shepherd won his battle for dispensation to appoint him without the UEFA Pro Licence qualification usually required to manage in the Premiership.

Roeder earned a permanent role at St James' Park by claiming 32 points from a possible 45 after being asked to take over temporarily from the sacked Graeme Souness.

He was adamant on the day he took charge that he did not want the job on a permanent basis and would return to the club's academy once a successor was found.

However, having reawakened his passion for working at senior level, he needed little persuasion when Shepherd decided he was the right man and that decision has gone down well with former Newcastle midfielder Paul Gascoigne.

'I am so proud of Glenn Roeder and what he has achieved in the past couple of months, and the fact that he is going to become manager of the football club we both love,' he said.

'Don't forget, he has come back from an illness which nearly claimed his life (Roeder developed a brain tumour), which in itself is a miracle.

'As a Geordie and former player, I'm delighted that he is going to be the next manager of Newcastle United.

'For him to get 32 points from 15 games in the Premiership is incredible, and the way he has got the best out of someone else's players shows he knows all about man-management.

'He also knows the game inside-out and he is a hard grafter who will work his socks off for the club.

'Everybody can see that when he's on the touchline, he kicks every ball. This is a great opportunity for him because I know he loves it up here and he will have the full backing of his wife Faith and the rest of his family.

'Really, it is a dream job for him and believe me, he is really up for it.'