Kevin Blasts Stories of Viduka Bust Up

Kevin Keegan has today blasted news stories circulating in the gossip press that he has had a falling out with Mark Viduka.


Kevin – training with the lads
We know there are media reports put out there, for the sole purpose of trying to disrupt the club. We already have enough problems with avoiding relegation from the PL to worry about.

Kevin was asked today if he could clarify what had gone on behind the scenes at St James’s Park with the former Leeds and Middlesbrough star, who has been injured a lot this season:

“Can I just say that most of the stuff written about this club is tosh, absolute rubbish and that’s just another case,” “I get on really well with Mark, we’ve never had a bust-up with any player at this club, and that’s the truth, he just hasn’t been fit.”

“He’s come back from one thing and then got another thing and they’ve all been genuine. All the other stuff you’ve seen is absolute garbage.”

“He’s my kind of player. I like him as a player. He’s got this fantastic ability to score goals in tight situations and to score goals at important times. That’s what wins you football matches.”

“You saw Fernando Torres the other night score a goal (against Inter Milan) when a lot of players would have taken another touch and moved across, and Mark comes into that category. He doesn’t need a lot of space, he can do the unexpected. It’s a massive bonus having him back for the last 10 games.”

“If he’d been fit and available, Mark is the kind of player you want on your team sheet every week. You always want your best players available, but forwards who can score you goals and win you football matches, who have experience, yes, you need them especially.

“That’s not been the case up to now, but it’s a 10-game season for us now. That’s what we’ve told the players. Forget what’s happened beforehand, the only thing that matters is the last 10 games and that’s what we’re focusing on. If we can have a fit Mark Viduka for the last 10 games, that’ll be a huge bonus for us.”

“When you look back over the season, when Michael has played with Mark, I think the results have been pretty good but, for different reasons, unfortunately they’ve not been paired together much.”

“One’s had an injury, then the other. Maybe for the last eight or 10 games we can look at a partnership there that’s going to score goals. There’s definitely goals in it.” “At the moment, it looks as though he’ll definitely be involved.”

“We’ve tried to work on fitness and bringing him back in a way that doesn’t blast him out. We can’t be too intense with him. So far that’s good. He’s trained. We’ve always erred on the side of caution up to now, but come Saturday and Sunday, he should be ready.”

Mark may be very good when he does play, but the beef we have with Viduka is that he’s hardly ever available. If we had world-class striker Fernando Torres at the club for instance, (dreaming again) and he was injured all season with niggly little strains and pulls, he would be of no use to us at all.

That’s how we feel with Mark. He’s hardly ever available and when he does play he’s never match fit, and before he gets match fit he gets injured again. Get the point?

It will hardly be any better next season when he’ll be one year older, and injuries always tend to get worse as your body gets older.

We’re not sure Viduka is worth the money we pay him. Hey, we’re sure he’s a great guy, but it’s his football contribution at the club that concerns us.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • ken from jarrow

    Mar 14, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Viduka is busted up

  • tdt

    Mar 14, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    i’d prefer vodka over smudge tho… which is wot kevs implying, but does that mean smudge will play right mid because milners out? hope not, leave him in a lay-by on the out-skirts of birmingham please!!

  • ken from jarrow

    Mar 14, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    He needs to sort himself or be shipped out with Carr and some others as well. Too injury prone and not scoring enought goals. However he could be a toon hero by staying fit for the rest of the season and scoring some much needed goals. GIVE OBA A GO

  • paulthepom

    Mar 14, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    his wallet is now bigger than his boro mate said he would start well,then get injured and then play well towards the end of his contract.i know its not the end of his contract but i cant see him wanting to play championship football,so hopefully the big lazy bastard might pull up his socks and play properly for 9 games.or we could drop him for carroll who is like it or not our future.

  • Eric

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    No way KK do you pick Viduka! Pick me up when the team coach sets off and I will play. Nearly 64 and would play my heart out better than Butt and Smith. My Dad played for the Newcastle United Swifts after 1928 for a while. He was bloody proud of wearing that shirt and to clean the boots of Seymour etc. On your bike Viduka, Butt and Smith – don-t want you on the coach when it pulls up at my front door!!!

  • Stami

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6


  • m.

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #7

    KK couldn’t be serious when he compared Vodka to F. Torres

  • Andreas

    Mar 14, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    “When you look back over the season, when Michael has played with Mark, I think the results have been pretty good but, for different reasons, unfortunately they’ve not been paired together much.” = Oba won’t start -> huge mistake.


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