Barton backing Roederto take United glory - 29/06/2006
Warren Barton is confident that Newcastle United can build on last season's top-seven finish under the leadership of Glenn Roeder.
The former Toon defender experienced the qualities of Roeder at first hand on the FIFA Pro-Licence course at Warwick University, and feels that the good times could be ready to roll again with his fellow Londoner in charge.
Roeder called United back early this week for pre-season training, and is preparing for the InterToto Cup campaign which he hopes will earn his side a place in the UEFA Cup.
Barton said today: "After what Glenn achieved last season with limited resources and in a short space of time, I knew he would be good for the job.
"But after spending time with him on the Pro-Licence course, I realised just how much he cares.
He cares very much about Newcastle and knows the club after playing for them earlier in his career.
"There aren't too many of us Southerners who have actually come up and been such a success at Newcastle!
"But Glenn was captain and many people's hero when he played in his first spell.
"Yet it isn't just his association with the club.
"He knows how to treat people and talk to them and, more importantly, he knows his football. He is very intense about football."
Barton, learning the ropes to be a manager or coach himself, acknowledged the course, which attracted so much publicity, is a worthwhile venture.
But he admitted that Roeder's football knowledge was already extensive enough. He added: "I did learn a lot on the course, not just from Glenn but from the other managers who were also on the course, people like former Torquay boss Leroy Rosenior.
"It was a great week but I am sure Glenn knows enough about management from his early days as well as his West Ham experience and he knows enough about life after his illness."
Former Toon favourite Barton is hoping for a solid season from Newcastle and wants United to build on last season's unexpected drive into the top seven.
Barton says: "It is always going to be tough after losing Alan Shearer through retirement and then Michael Owen at the World Cup.
"However, the thing with Newcastle is they will get more players in and they have already have good ones in their ranks too.
"I am looking forward to seeing the younger lads come on again, people like Matty Pattison, Peter Ramage and Steven Taylor. The future looks bright there.
"The club also have Kieron Dyer still to come back, which will be a great boost when he is fit again."
So far things have been pretty quiet on the transfer front for United - but Barton is backing Roeder to stay calm and bring in the right people when he sees fit.
Barton went on: "The thing with Glenn is he will not panic.
"He will not be rushed into signing players who will not fit in.
"He knows the type of players he wants and, with Kevin Bond at his side now, I think he will find those right faces."
Barton will be taking part in the Northern Masters which takes place on Saturday, July 8 at the Newcastle Arena (3.00).
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