Glenn Roeder is an experienced manager, having taken charge of five clubs at varying levels.
A cultured defender as a player, he has brought a studious style to the job while also coaching within the England set-up when Glenn Hoddle was national team boss.
Essex-born Roeder became player-manager at Gillingham in 1992 after serving Leyton Orient, Queens Park Rangers - who he captained in an FA Cup final - Newcastle and Watford. He won seven England B caps.
Roeder kept Gillingham in the Football League before being appointed by Watford in the summer of 1993.
He almost led the Hornets into the play-offs and claimed the distinction, during a near-three year reign, of being the first League manager to spot the talent of a striker called Kevin Phillips. Glenn paid non-league Baldock Town just £10,000 for Phillips, who has gone on to be a prolific goal scorer with Sunderland, West Bromwich and Birmingham.
Roeder was briefly Chris Waddle's assistant at Burnley before becoming a coach under Harry Redknapp at West Ham in 1999. He stepped up as manager after Redknapp's departure two years later and guided the Hammers to seventh in the Premier League in his first season.
West Ham then suffered a losing battle against relegation which paled beside the personal battle endured by their manager, who collapsed with a blockage in a blood vessel in his brain in April, 2003.
Happily, Roeder, who returned to work three months later, made a full recovery. After leaving Upton Park, he became Newcastle's youth development chief and then caretaker manager after Graeme Souness was sacked.
With Alan Shearer as Roeder's assistant, Newcastle climbed the table to finish seventh. He was named permanent manager and won the 2006 Intertoto Cup, Newcastle's first trophy since 1969.
After leaving St James' Park, Roeder was hired by Norwich - then bottom of the Championship - in October, 2007. He hoisted them to safety before becoming a victim of the pressures facing all managers at that level early in 2009.