Mark Viduka has been talking to the Journal this morning, and we’ve never heard the Australian so positive about his football under Kevin Keegan.
Mark Viduka – player is inspired by Kevin Keegan
Mark said today:
â€œIâ€™m really enjoying my football at the moment, very much so in fact,â€ â€œIâ€™m probably not the only one. After the game on Sunday against Tottenham Iâ€™m just buzzing, absolutely buzzing.”
“Itâ€™s not often you go to a place like Tottenham, play so well and get a result like we did.â€
That was plain to see when Mark was replaced, because as he walked off he had trouble keeping a smile off his face at what the team had achieved, and they were only 3-1 up at the time. 😀
â€œIâ€™ve not always enjoyed my football, if Iâ€™m honest. It is like every job, some days itâ€™s good, some days itâ€™s not. People looking in from the outside might think thatâ€™s strange because playing football is something a lot of people would love to do, but itâ€™s different than people imagine sometimes.â€
“The good times and the bad times are magnified in football, if anything. Itâ€™s great when things are going well, but it can be very tough when things are bad. There have been periods in my career when I havenâ€™t been happy.â€
â€œBut itâ€™s days like we had last weekend that make it all worthwhile. Iâ€™m thrilled with the way things are going under Kevin Keegan and Iâ€™m thoroughly enjoying my football again.â€
Mark is supremely talented of course, and probably the best player Australia has ever produced. But there have been times in his career when he has looked as though he is merely going through the motions on and off the pitch. That was even true at Newcastle before Christmas.
But Mark Viduka has now found a manager who is not only capable of inspiring him greatly, but also one who shares many of the same views about how the game should be played. Going forward all the time which certainly suits Mark’s style of play. And of course Kevin is hugely supportive of Mark’s skills as a football player.
Mark went on:
â€œKevin is a huge part of why Iâ€™m happy,â€ â€œHeâ€™s the one who is pulling the strings, isnâ€™t he?â€ â€œI think over the last few weeks, the way we have played and the style we have played as a team has been different because of him.â€â€œItâ€™s a good thing to be part of. I believe football should be played a certain way and I agree with the managerâ€™s philosophy.â€ â€œThen again, Iâ€™m an attacker so I would say that, wouldnâ€™t I?â€
â€œ I think, ideally, every team would like to play attacking football, itâ€™s certainly a style of football I enjoy and long may it continue. But itâ€™s not just about attack, attack, attack, we have been solid at the back as well.â€
â€œPeople used to say that Craig Bellamy was Alan Shearerâ€™s legs as he was so quick and did so much running, but Iâ€™m lucky because Iâ€™ve got two quick players around me,â€ â€œI donâ€™t know how many years Iâ€™ve got left as a player, as many as possible.â€
â€œIf I can be involved in a team like this, it would be great to be playing for as long as I possibly can.â€ â€œItâ€™s a really positive club at the moment and itâ€™s exciting to be a part of that.â€ â€œItâ€™s not just the football club either, the whole town seems to be positive about things. Some of the football we played against Tottenham was outstanding and you donâ€™t want to give that up.â€
â€œYou know, Iâ€™ve got those two up there with me and I hope they can prolong my career. Iâ€™m very excited about the prospect, thatâ€™s for sure.” â€œWe played quite well against Fulham and got the result we needed. It could have been better in terms of how we played, but against Spurs you really saw what we are capable of and that really excites me.”
â€œIf anything, the more we play together the better it is going to get which is a mouth-watering prospect.” â€œI guess Iâ€™m the focal point, the battering ram as it were. I give the team the option to hold the ball up if thatâ€™s what is needed and the other guys can play off me.” â€œThey love running at people. If those two get on the ball high up the pitch they are so dangerous, which is what I try and give them.â€
It’s just great to hear Newcastle players so positive, but of course when they are doing well they get phenomenal support form the people of Newcastle and the surrounding areas. We have a feeling the City of Newcastle will be buzzing again next season when hopefully we can improve our squad in the summer, and keep playing the way we have been over the last 3 games or so.
We’ll certainly win more games than we’ll lose, and hopefully we’ll have Mark banging them in for us.