Roeder: Two or three will go
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder says 'two or three' of his team do not have futures at Newcastle.
Glenn Roeder claims 'two or three' of his Newcastle team do not have long-term futures at the club.
Roeder, whose team slipped up at AZ Alkmaar in the Uefa Cup and Charlton in the Premiership, has been disappointed by recent performances.
While the former West Ham chief admits he can have no arguments over the application of the majority of his injury-hit squad this season, he has cited poor attitude in some players.
The manager is determined to root out the deadwood in his squad and claims he already knows where to start wielding the axe.
"In our last two games in Alkmaar and at The Valley, I was disappointed with the attitude of two or three of our players - not all of them - when we went a goal behind," said Roeder.
"That is something I will not accept. I know who these players are and it will not matter to me whether they have contracts or not, they will not feature in my long-term plans.
"I have been in football all my life and one thing I have learned is that as far as motivation is concerned, 99 percent of the time, it comes from within.
"It is something you are born with, so in some cases, it does not matter who the manager is.
"However, I am a naturally motivated person and I have to say I am hugely disappointed that at times in our last two games against Alkmaar and Charlton, some of our players have not shown the natural motivation I expect and want at this club."
Meanwhile, Newcastle are said to be keeping tabs on Shakthar Donetsk left back Razvan Rat.
A Newcastle scout is understood to have taken in Romania's game with Holland and Rat is reported to have impressed.