Sam To Tempt Middlesbrough’s Woodgate Back to Newcastle?

With the capture of Mark Viduka, the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager – and the take-over of the club by English Billionaire Mike Ashley – Newcastle should be able to attract talented players once more to Tyneside.

Middlesbrough players like Mark Schwarzer have expressed disappointment that the club couldn’t keep their top goalscorer – Mark Viduka – and that he chose Newcastle over them. Wonder what other players may be disillusioned at Middlesbrough – Jonathan Woodgate for instance.


Jonathan Woodgate

With Newcastle’s increased pulling power and positive outlook acquired over the last 2-3 weeks – we wonder if it would be possible to tempt Jonathan Woodgate back to Newcastle at some point. Of course this will depend almost completely on what Allardyce thinks of Woodgate – and we’re sure Middlesbrough fans will not be too pleased with even the suggestion that Woodgate may move back to Tyneside.

It looks like we really blew the chance to get Woodgate last summer when Roeder was concerned about Woodgate’s injury record – which over his career was not good at that point. However last season Jonathan did not miss much time at all due to injury and played 36 times for the club. It was also rumored at the time that Woodgate was not impressed with Roeder as a manager.

Given what’s happened to Newcastle since then we wonder now what Jonathon may think of his choice to go to Middlesbrough. Yes, we know he is a local Middlesbrough lad and he’s doing an Alan Shearer in trying to make his home town team successful. But the lack of ambition or attraction that Middlesbrough have shown of late cannot be impressing their top players.
Woodgate is just the sort of player Newcastle need – an English International who is close to world class and has already performed well during his 18 month spell at Newcastle before he was sold to Real Madrid in August, 2004.

We thought Real (Jonathan played 9 times for them over two injury ravaged seasons) may have wanted him back this summer given their very poor defensive performances this season but they were willing to let him go and Jonathon plumped for his home town club – who to be honest had shown faith in him last summer when Newcastle hadn’t.

Now Newcastle have a new manager, a new owner and a whole new positive outlook on what they can achieve in the coming years – and Ashley has huge ambitions for the club. So we wonder what the chances of Woodgate returning to Newcastle are?

Let’s know what you think.

26 comments so far

  • Blair

    Jun 9, 2007 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #1

    I can’t see it happening this season as he just signed with them, but maybe next season?

  • Tom

    Jun 9, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Coming from a Boro fan, I don’t think you have a chance. He’s on a long term contract and has stated he wants to play for us the rest of his career.

    Admittedly loosing Viduka is a bit worrying but its still early in the transfer market, and depending on how much we have to spend Viduka could be replaced. We are apparently looking at Castelen, Vagner Love, and even that kid Kerlon – if these types of players don’t show ambition for a mid-table club like ours what does?

    We loose one fairly old player, who left at the end of his contract and everyone thinks we are going to be relegated because of it. Yes Viduka was excellent in his last season but he was not as vital as people make out.

  • ray192

    Jun 9, 2007 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I know he has a £10 million release clause but you still have no chance of signing him. We still have a better team than you even though we have no money to spend and have a manager who is inexperienced and caught between the headlights

  • The Lizards Jumpers

    Jun 9, 2007 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    You say “Given what’s happened to Newcastle since”.

    All that has happened at Middlesbrough is that we were outbid for a out of contract striker because you were willing to pay more and he didn’t want to move from his Harrogate base, so you were the only other club in the running.

    I dont think that the loss of a 31 year old striker who only really showed form when he was looking for a new contract is that great a loss. Sure I’d have liked to keep him but I dont think his loss is going to leave a mass exodus from the club.

    I’ll put my faith in Steve Gibson, a man who has always delivered what he’s promised to us, unlike both Ashley and Fat Fred.

    I fear you’re counting your chickens quite sometime before they’ve hatched with regards to how successful you’re going to be next season.

  • steve

    Jun 9, 2007 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #5

    no, woodgate is a fine player without injuries but there are many other defenders out there we could buy on better terms without the glass-man antics of woodgate.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 9, 2007 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Tom – little chance of getting Woodgate this year – but if Newcastle do as well as we expect next season (and of course the expectation are back at sky high) we could be a lure to him next summer – and if we are to challenge for Premiership we will need top players like Jonathon. It depends of ocurse.
    See Boro are after Aliadiere from Arsenal.

  • George Wraith

    Jun 9, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle HAD Woodgate as a player and made a £4 million profit on him. We should just leave it at that.

    He is in the comfort zone playing for his home town club and barring a relegation disaster at the Riverside, that is where he will stay.

    I am not a fan of bringing ex players back, (that goes for Bellamy as well!)

    In anycase the Boro public would lynch Southgate and co if they sold Woodgate to Newcastle. Would Newcastle have ever dared sell Shearer to the Mackems?

    He is a great player but ultimately is still a high injury risk so you really should forget about signing Woodgate and move on.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 9, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    The Lizards Jumpers – could be right – but your quote at the end reminds us of Uncle Bobby Robson mangling that quote.
    If you count your chickens before they hatch – the chicken won’t lay the egg. 😀

  • Tom

    Jun 9, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Expectations are sky high, but I’m still not sure. The reason Big Sam was such a success at Bolton was because he was given time, wasnt he there for about 8 years? I can’t imagine he would be given that time at Newcastle unless there was instant success, which I’m not confident he will deliver.

    It looks like we have signed Aliadiere too, which is only good news in my opinion. He won’t replace Viduka, he won’t score as many. But he will bring something we havnt had in a Boro side in a long time, pace and energy which we are seriously lacking.

  • woodymfc

    Jun 9, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Viduka was rubbish for most of his time at boro, he only played well when he was wanting a new contract. He will be on the treatment table more than Dyer. Very over rated. Why do you think no top clubs ever came in for him.

  • Nicci

    Jun 9, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    We don’t need Woodgate. A brilliant player, but we don’t need to bring him back. I’m sure if Newcastle were in this position last season, Woodgate would have definately come here. I still find it amazing how Boro fans still think their club is bigger than Newcastle, get real, you never will be.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 9, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Nicci – to be fair to Middlebrough fans – think everybody has that innate attachment to their club and it clouds their reality – probably true with us too – we’ve never let facts get in the way of wanting to make Newcastle great again.
    Now it looks like it might actually happen 😀 😀

  • chris

    Jun 9, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    ‘disolusioned’… are an illiterate!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 9, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Chris – that’s not how you spell disolusioned – it’s spelled disillusioned – isn’t that how I spelled it?

  • Valle

    Jun 9, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #15

    So this is a spelling contest now?… Woody was good, i loved him. But he turned his back on medals to go to his home team and i admire that. We dont need, Sam will build a defense just as good and Boro get to keep their man.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 9, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Valle – yes – you are probably right. he’s gone.

  • Gav

    Jun 9, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m not too disappointed that Viduka has gone, yes he can be a quality player, but there were far too many times when Viduka had ‘stomach bugs’ or ‘flu’ or something to stop him playing. Newcastle have signed a quality player in him, when he wants to play!

    As for Woodgate, I cant even see why Newcastle fans would start talking about re-signing him now, its nothing more than laughable! Sounds almost like jealousy! Really though Newcastle fans have always believed they should be a top 4 club, and unless you start showing faith in your managers, it wont happen! Give them a chance!!

    Its the same every time you get a new manager, you beleive he’s going to deliver the world, and in their fans eyes he’s the best manager around… yet a couple of bad results and a couple of months later, and you all turn your back!

    You will never get anywhere near the top 4 without stability, and changing managers every year will never bring you that!

  • smoggy82

    Jun 9, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Valle…when was the last time you lot won medals like? wasnt that long ago for us

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 9, 2007 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Gav – i agree with that – unfortunately looks like our soon to be new owner doesn’t have much patience either – if Sam doesn’t do well this season he could be out next summer.

  • Matt

    Jun 9, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Doubt he would go back for many reasons. Another article dreamt up without any proper thought including the fact you cant even spell his name right – you really have no excuses for getting it wrong considering he has been one of your players before…….

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 9, 2007 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Matt – don’t understand the spelling problem? I can spell Antoine Sibierski – he was one of our players too – but have problems with disillusioned. You’re taking all this too seriously methinks.

  • Nicci

    Jun 9, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Settle down everyone. The smogs have bitten. Fact is we don’t want Woodgate. Yes we have also had a lot of new managers in the past few years but i certainly never expected to win things with most of them. Robson yes. I’m not expecting miracles from Allardyce either, well not in the first year, but the things that have happened in the past couple of weeks at Newcastle would excite any Newcastle fan. things are looking up for the Toon. Finally, who gives a monkeys about spelling mistakes?

  • noel hopper

    Jun 10, 2007 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #23

    I would rather rather have woodgate than wes brown!!! But then again I would rather have bramble than brown.

  • Outlaw

    Jun 10, 2007 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Wes Brown is shit

  • matt w

    Jun 10, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #25

    i do think that woody is a super CB but only when he is fit! he had a torrid time while with us before leaving for Madrid, which we made a decent bit of money on to be fair, probably our best piece of business in years! lol
    he is at his childhood club, he seems very happy, we need to move on like he has and get in somone else of equal or better ability

  • Happy_Man

    Jun 14, 2007 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #26

    We let a soon-to-be 32 year-old on 60,000 a week go. He had a goal average of 5 league goals per season at Boro until this Christmas. Then when he was in his last six months and trying to get one last big contract he suddenly scored eight goals in the second half of the season.

    Meanwhile, Yakubu scored loads before xmas and few after. Typical short term memory loss caused Boro fans to think Yakubu was the inferior player. In fact, until xmas he had the second best goalscoring record over the past 3 season in the Premier League.

    Then, in comes Turkey’s best player on a free. Tall, fast, skillful, brave, two-footed and good in the air. 77 goals in 207 starts in Turkey. 12 goals in 40-odd internationals. And at 25 he’s got years left to play. All that at 42,000 a week.

    Hmmm. Who did best then?

    Oh, and Woodgate is a Boro boy. He had his chance to sign for the barcodes and chose his home town, where he will stay


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