Duff Backed To Do Well Next Season

Damien Duff has not played well since Newcastle bought him from Chelsea a couple of years ago, for a bargain £5M price tag.


Damien Duff – off form and injured for two seasons

Former Newcastle Academy manager Alan Irvine, who is now manager at Preston North End, brought Duff to England when he was at Blackburn Rovers, and thinks Newcastle fans will see a rejuvenated Damien next season.

He talked to the Sunderland Echo today:

“I thought he’d be brilliant for Newcastle, and, of course, he still can be,”

“He’s a very, very talented player. He’s had his problems with injuries, but hopefully they’re all behind him now and Newcastle fans will start to see the best of him.”

“I thought he’d be the type of player to excite Newcastle fans. He’s a player who really excites fans.”

“I spoke to him before he made the move, and recommended the club to him.”

“He’s been unfortunate with injuries, but that’s behind him. Hopefully he’ll have a really good pre-season, and he can show what he’s capable of doing.”

“He’s a very talented player, and very exciting. He’s a smashing lad, as well.”

“Unfortunately, the last few years have been dogged by injury, and I hope for his sake that he has an injury free year.”

It’s true that Damien has had many injury problems in his career, and certainly at Newcastle over the last couple of seasons.

And we don’t want to be too harsh on Damien, who is still a good player, but he hasn’t been worth the high wages, about £60K/week, we have paid the Irishman over the last couple of seasons.

It also seems that Mike Ashley is trying to get rid of those players who didn’t perform up to scratch last season, and Damien could still be one of them that we let go in the summer.

We’ll have to see just how much Kevin Keegan wants to keep Duff.

We have to point out we have nothing against Damien personally, who tries 100% in training and in games, but he just hasn’t shown his old form for two seasons while on Tyneside, and how long do you wait?

Damien is also quite injury prone, and doesn’t play too many games each season, at the best of times.

Duff has made just 44 starts, and 8 substitute appearances for Newcastle over the last two seasons, and scored just two goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    He shite, injury prone and earns about 80k a week, get him out!

  • broon ale

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    couldn’t beat an egg! please move on duffer. to sunderland!

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Not sure if we’ll ever get him, but the Duff at Chelsea looked one hell of a player.

    One i would have over Arda!

    But those days may well be over…..sigh.

  • Faustino

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #4

    If the rumours are true he hates being here. But hey it’s only a rumour. Maybe magic will happen and all our sh)t players will be good next year.

  • Jimmie

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Hasnt exactly set the place on fire but ok then, showdown season, stay clear of injuries, make or breake..

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s going, his house if for sale.

  • broon ale

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #7

    his house is nice.

  • broon ale

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8

    i havent seen him have a good half in a black and white shirt, nevermind a good game

  • todd

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9

    i reckon duff could surprise us next season. I thought he would have been one of the first shipped out but it looks like we wont have much money so we are keeping some players who werent good enough last season. just hope smith goes. never liked him as a person or as a player. him being a leeds fan and then joining utd says it all about his character.its like shearer managing sunderland.

  • mozza

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #10

    aye and we help loads of these under achievers buy pads like that, they earn more in a week than most of us earn in a year

  • Ian

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Eds chosen the worst year to start a blog, not a single snippet of official news!!! By now Freddy would have given him a repetitive strain injury on his typing finger!!

    I see we may have signed another keeper, cant stop a ball but he sings quite well. Didnt need to mind, Beardlsey missed by a country mile!!

  • Davies

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #12

    His house is tacky. I’d gut it and re-decorate.

    Time to go Duffer.

    None of the faith I’ve put in this player has been repaid.

    The left wing should belong to Charles N’Zogbia now (if he stays), he’s younger and faster. I really do feel his attitude would improve a great deal if he played there every game.

    If Duffer stays, he’d better improve fast. Give him until January, otherwise ship him off with Shola.

    Shame, he was superb once.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Duff’s house is up for sale because he’s building/buying a new one, ffs the whole “Duff’s house is for sale, he MUST be leaving” story was just sh*te stirring by the media…

  • Toony Montana

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    So he is the guy who “allegedly” told SWP it was “Shit” at SJP so dont bother coming?

  • ToonKing

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    he’s just another Milner on the left, can’t beat a man, can’t cross, just runs around pointlessly. bye bye

    PS: maybe we should try and bring in a few players too, i heard in some extreme cases in worked at other clubs…………….grrr

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #16


    I cant believe people are still talking about SWP and this crap rumour.

    Google the team sheet of the game at SJP and tell me where you see SWP. Hes not on the pitch and not even on the bench!

    Its just a really crap rumour, more tahn likely started by some Chelsea fan

  • michael

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Duff has to go, gets his money for being injured or on the bench. Got to gan , his best times are well and truly behind him. Not good enough to put on the black and white shirt. There is a few who arnt good enough like geremi , smith , cacapa , viduka and bad boy barton(dickhead).

  • Kash2

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Duff did NOT even perform for Chelsea. He was never at his best there. His best was at Blackburn, and they did the right thing by letting him leave for the £15m.

  • Kaler

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Two seasons worth of chances is long enough…

  • Toony Montana

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    My bad

  • broon ale

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #21

    so we all agree duff should leave.? 🙂

  • Davey G

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #22

    I am having Deja Vue.
    Wasnt the season just gone supposed to be his better season??????????????

    I wouldnt mind his gaff though, thats for sure.

  • HeronMag

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Duff shouldn’t go anywhere before we sign someone!

  • Hammy

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Please remove Arshavin’s face book page I’m fed up seeing people sucking up to him……
    and can we bring back the bird of the day feature, all of this current blog is doing my head in, I’m gonna top myself if nothing happens soon.
    Duff??? hasn’t he slipped behind Lua Lua in the first team pecking order?

  • Swepalle

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #25

    No give him a chance as left back

  • gorskino10

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #26

    on sunderland echo so is this a wind up . Anywho sell him hes on 60k and is one of the worst players we have give himaway at a raffle or something.

  • Ian

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Did no-one watch the news last night?

    We had a new keeper in a black and white shirt.

  • Ross

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #28

    had it apparently came from someone in the club i’d have been gutted because it basically means he’s staying as we cant find anyone better to sign.
    but hopefully thats not the case at all.

  • euanpolo

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #29

    We should flog Duff whilst we can still get some decent money for him! Example of a player like Duff’s career: Very good at mid table club/good but then starts to fade at big 4 club/goes to newcastle/goes to west ham!/goes to Cardiff City? Anyway we should sign Gomis now the attention is on Arshavin rather than him.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Our new keeper looked a real dead ringer for someone!

  • daiv

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Garbage. But will play better if offered £100K a week instaed of only £80K

  • Ian

    Jun 26, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Entertainers and we were told they were going for youth!!!!

    Beardsley missed!!

  • Ian

    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Trouble is it is making sure we sign someone better than Duff, I cant understand why Zog wasnt kept forward and Duff played at the back as apparantly he is very good in that position, he has played it previously.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #34

    If we havent got any players left by next season at least we wont let many in!
    He filled the goal.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #35

    NO NO NO……..we cant use Duff as a LB!

    That was a horrible idea by Roeder!

  • normski1930z

    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #36

    keep him as cover for the in coming zhirkov …shit did i say that out loud.

  • Black and White Blood

    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #37

    How can that be a bargain £5M price tag if he hasn’t played well since arriving..? Doh! I would’ve struggled to say we had a bargain if he came on a FREE!

    Money grabbing shit, F**k Off to Wearside alongside One Man and His Dog!

  • Rob Kirton

    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #38

    “Duff backed to do well next season” – last said June 2007.

    It’s Ground Hog Day

  • daiv

    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #39

    We’ve signed nobody and are struggling to get anybody of any real class. Any good signings would be flagged up straightaway to help season ticker sales.
    MA will not release the pure strings and Wise is useless.
    We seem to be a selling club (Milner, Nzog and Oba may yet go) but I bet the one player we keep is Alan Smith. Very worrying times.
    KK would have walked 10 years ago but he must be hard up these days.

  • Hadji

    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Tom Toon….I need your opinion on Almiron,i know he was a flop in Juventus but do you think we can get the best out of him.I think he could do really well cause for sure he can’t have a worse season than the one in Juventus.


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