North East UK news Carroll reveals Roeder's brilliant 'test' and pays tribute to Newcastle legend MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Glenn Roeder handed Andy Carroll his Newcastle United debut at the age of 17, and the striker has revealed the 'test' he was given before his first-team breakthrough
Breaking News ! Andy Carroll has paid tribute to Newcastle United legend Glenn Roeder and revealed the 'test' the former Magpies boss issued before his first-team breakthrough. Roeder passed away at the age of 65 on Sunday following a long-term battle with a brain tumour, and his death has prompted a wave of tributes from the football community. The former Magpie was a member of the successful side in the 1980s alongside Kevin Keegan, and played a key role in Paul Gascoigne's formative years at St James' Park. Roeder would go on to manage Newcastle in the 2005/06 season after initially returning to the club to work in the Academy, and steered the club from relegation danger to European football. Carroll was one of the Academy graduates to benefit from Roeder's appointment, and the then 17-year-old was handed his debut in the UEFA Cup victory at Palermo in November 2006. Read More Related Articles 'Loved and admired by those who worked with him' - Tributes paid to ex-Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder Read More Related Articles Manager, leader, legend - Newcastle United have lost a black and white giant in Glenn Roeder The striker has praised his former manager for guiding him into first-team football, but admits the former QPR and Watford defender originally told him he wasn't 'good enough' for Newcastle's first team. Carroll told NUFC TV : "He made me into a man really. I've got a funny story, he brought me up and sent me back a week later saying I wasn't good enough. When he brought me back up, he said it was just a test to see if I can handle it. "He helped me grow from a boy in the Academy into the first team.
. "He was a great person to talk to. You hear a lot of football things about him, but as a man he was a great person to talk to. Being a kid, I found him so easy to have a conversation with." Newcastle have confirmed the team will wear black armbands in memory of Roeder this Sunday for their important relegation clash at West Brom. Carroll admits the players have been reminiscing about the club legend in training, and hopes the squad can deliver the perfect tribute at the Hawthorns. He added: "Everyone is talking about him at the minute. We've heard all the mentions and stories about him, even coming out today in our first training session back. Some of the lads have been talking about him such as Dummy [Paul Dummett] in the Academy. "It would be great to go out at the weekend and get a win just for him."
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