Former Leeds, Middlesbrough and Celtic striker, Mark Viduka, is looking forward to playing for Newcastle in European competition before he retires from football.
Mark Viduka – looking forward to more European nights
Training starts again for the Newcastle squad on 7th July, which is just a short 10 days away, and Mark talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI have had great European nights in my career, but I would love to go back there with Newcastle.”
â€œTo be involved in European games at St Jamesâ€™ Park would be something special.”
â€œI would love to play in front of the crowd here in Europe because the fans are so passionate.”
â€œIt would really be something for me.”
â€œI would love it to happen and that will be the aim â€“ to get back in there next season.â€
Newcastle fans have not seen European football since we were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by AZ Alkmaar last year, and we again have no European competition next season.
In retrospect, the club has gone backwards since Freddy Shepherd decided to sack Bobby Robson in August of 2004, and then amazingly appoint Graeme Souness as the new manager, to the complete shock of many fans at the time.
The poor performance of the last two seasons is seemingly having a negative impact on our ability to attract top players to Tyneside, but hopefully we’ll have a much better season this coming year,Â and be back in Europe again.
â€œThis club is all set up for European football.”
â€œHopefully, the results will keep going our way like they did at the end of last season.”
â€œIf we play like we did in the last third of the season, the results will continue to come.â€
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has been back at work this week, and is obviously working hard to add to the Newcastle squad for the forthcoming season.
It’s surprising we haven’t heard from Kevin yet, since his return, but getting new players to the club is the most important thing for the club right now.
And we have every confidence in Kevin getting the club back to some success in the coming season.
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