Roeder denies Fergie rift
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder has denied falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson over Giuseppe Rossi.
Glenn Roeder has denied falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson over Giuseppe Rossi, with the Newcastle boss insisting the youngster can play alongside Obafemi Martins.
The Magpies beat off stiff competition to secure Rossi on loan from Manchester United, but he has so far been restricted to a bit-part role on Tyneside.
Red Devils chief Ferguson is eager for Rossi to secure regular playing time and reports suggest he is unhappy with developments at St James' Park.
Roeder says Ferguson has not voiced any sort of frustration and expects Rossi to figure prominently for Newcastle.
"Giuseppe Rossi has made a big impression at the club," Roeder told The Journal. "He's been here for a month and he's been on a few times.
"He couldn't play in the European games, which I accept, and he couldn't be involved at Old Trafford. That leaves four games he could have been involved in and he played in a couple.
"I'm sure that between now and when he returns to Manchester United on January 1 he will have had plenty of starts. He's made a good impression both as a player and a person."
Roeder has been keen to utilise Shola Ameobi's height alongside big-money recruit Obafemi Martins, but the Magpies chief feels the diminutive pair can form a partnership.
"I think we could pair the two of them (Rossi and Martins) together," Roeder added. "At home, where we are expected to make more of the running, it could work.
"Giuseppe is such a good footballer in terms of dropping off to get hold of the ball and he knows what's going on around him.
"Oba Martins could use his speed to make some clever runs and Giuseppe would be able to slide him in.
"Physically, they wouldn't be a big partnership but there is definitely the potential for the two of them to play together."