Published: 18:55, 28 February 2021
| Updated: 09:46, 01 March 2021
Tributes have been paid to former Gillingham manager Glenn Roeder, who has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumour.
The news was announced by the League Managers Association on Sunday.
Roeder managed Gillingham in the 1992/93 season in Division 3, winning 10 of his 37 games in charge.
He took over in October and helped the club avoid relegation from the Football League with victory against Halifax in the penultimate game of the season. Roeder resigned in July 1993 to manage Watford.
He also went on to become manager at West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich, as well as being part of the England set-up under Glenn Hoddle.
Current Gillingham manager Steve Evans said: "I was privileged to know Glenn. He was without doubt a fantastic person, an outstanding footballer, coach and manager.
"He has gone far too young and all our prayers and thoughts are with his wife Faith, his daughter Holly and sons Will and Joe."
Gills chairman Paul Scally added: "I'd met Glenn on several occasions and he was a great guy with a great knowledge on the game, a genuinely lovely man and a true gentleman.
"Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones."
Former Gillingham player Neil Smith, manager at Bromley, tweeted: "So sad, he gave me the captain's armband while at Gillingham because he said he trusted me as a player and that I would lead from the front. A truly sad day, my thoughts are with his family."
Chatham Town chairman Kevin Hake - a former Gills youth player - also wrote a tribute, describing him as a "top coach and a real gentleman."
LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "A cultured defender as a player, he managed with a studious style and was always generous with his time and ideas.
"Glenn was such an unassuming, kind gentleman who demonstrated lifelong dedication to the game. Not one to court headlines, his commitment and application to his work at all levels warrants special mention.
"Football has lost a great servant today and our sincere condolences go to Glenn’s family and friends."