Damien Duff has done extremely well since he came back from his crippling ankle injury that he sustained last April.
Damien Duff – we’re fitter now then ever under Sam
We think the Irish International has been playing well and certainly worked his socks off for the club last week against Manchester United and it was clear for all to see. It was great to see him working so hard even at the end of the game.
Damien has said some surprising things today about Big Samâ€™s old regime â€“ very surprising indeed.
The Irish International winger said today:
â€œWe’ve been working hard and as the gaffer said in the meeting this morning, training has been getting better every week. I don’t think we were the fittest before he came here.”
“I know Big Sam used to say we were the fittest around, but I think we were far from it. It’s going to take a while for the gaffer to put his stamp on things.â€
â€œI think one of his quotes was that the work you put in on the training pitch comes out on a Saturday. That’s what we’ve been doing since he came in. It’s been hard work and I think that’s what we needed.â€ â€œThere’s definitely a buzz around and rightly so; he’s a legend here.â€
â€œHe’s the most positive person I’ve ever met. He’s done great work, but we need to start taking it out on to the pitch results-wise. It’s great working with him and I’m loving every minute of it â€” I’m just desperate to get that first win for him.â€
Good words again from Damien, but it’s rather surprising that we weren’t fit under Big Sam after all the ballyhoo about his modern training methods.
Since Damien has returned he’s put in 13 successive appearances for the Magpies, so he’s making up for time out with his severe ankle injury.
Good for him.