Roeder to accept responsibility
Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder says he will take the blame for the team if they fail to perform next season.
"I don't feel the pressure. Four years ago on Easter Monday I collapsed with a brain tumour. Things like that change you," he said.
"I am as passionate as ever. I want to win perhaps even more but things like that straighten you out and I actually feel lucky, although I know that's a crazy thing to say.
"Managing Newcastle is not just a job - that simplifies it too much. It is too much of an honour, it's a responsibility to be given this chance so it's never just a job.
"I am so determined to bring some success to Newcastle and like any new business, because I am new, the first couple of years are the hardest.
"Hopefully in two years' time I will have survived and I will have my own squad. Basically I am still working with other managers' squads.
"Obafemi Martins is mine, Damien Duff is mine and Antoine Sibierski is mine and I am happy with all three.
"Getting to the summer I know where I want to strengthen the squad, it has to be strengthened.
"Next year - minus the injuries - I want to accept the responsibility of where Newcastle need to be.
"People need to understand it has been impossible to do that this year with a dozen injuries for six months and I can't wait to write Michael Owen's name on the team sheet as a starter."
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