Given And Duff Big Players For Newcastle And Ireland

It’s not only Kevin Keegan that has been delighted with Damien Duff’s form so far this pre-season.


Damien Duff – had great game last Saturday at Hartlepool

Ireland’s new Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni was only too happy yesterday to stress the vital role Damien Duff can play in Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Italian has already been impressed with Duff’s play over the summer for Ireland, and was delighted with the top form the Irishman displayed last week for Newcastle at Hartlepool, with a very well taken hat trick and some great wing play.

Giovanni will be hoping Damien can settle in at Newcastle this coming season and return to his old exhilarating form.

Certainly Kevin Keegan, the Newcastle United manager has already spoken highly of the Irish winger’s impressive pre-season for the club so far – which included a hat-trick against Hartlepool last Saturday – and probably his best performance yet for the Newcastle club.

Keegan said yesterday:

“Duff is very important because he has huge international experience and a good personality,”

“As an opposing manager I would be afraid of him.”

“He can play left or right and, for us, and we need that type of player.”

Liam Brady, one of Ireland’s all time gifted international players, is now assistant to Giovanni Trapattoni for the Ireland National team.

Lliam said that over the next few weeks, Trapattoni and his assistants were intending to watch some of the players who were absent for the end of season training camp in Portugal, and the friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

Brady said yesterday:

“We plan to see them all in pre-season before Giovanni names the 22 who will go to Oslo for the friendly against Norway next month.”

Brady also had good news about Newcastle’s top goalkeeper Shay Given, who has already played for Ireland 85 times, and who now seems to be finally over his injury problems of the last two seasons.

“I spoke to Shay and he’s confident that he will be fit for the game in Norway,”

Shay and Damien can be two top players this coming season for the Tyneside club, in what we hope will be a huge Newcastle revival, which is so long overdue.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Irish John

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    I know Duff has had a hard time here at Newcastle but for Ireland he is our main man aswell as Keane..Those 2 make us tick…Given, best keeper in the prem IMO

    Duff on he’s day is a world class winger..Im praying we see the real duff this year. If we do it would be like a new signing..

  • reedy

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    hes only played one pre season game, against hartlepool!

  • Leo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    oh please god dont get injured while on international duty i would actually cry into my hands if we loose either of them

  • Faustino

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree John – a rejuvinated Duffer is as good as a genius signing imo.

    Genius signing would still be handy mind.

  • Terry

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    One good game against a League 1 side and all of a sudden he’s our best player. This is the kinda hype that our fans fall into time and time again and get criticised for.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    When are NUFC going to spend some money. END OF!!!!!!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Well, we normally spend right at the end of the window, don’t we?..

  • Mark G

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Duff on form would be great for Newcastle but the test of his current form will only come from the first few matches in the premiership not in any of the friendlies.

    I’d disagree about Robbie Keane, I think his performances for Spurs have been far better than his international performances.

    Shay Given is an absolute legend in my opinion for both club and country.

    As for Stephen Carr…

  • Ross G

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9


    not sure if u have read this but .com is reporting us in getting Aaron Spear very soon, as well as give trial to a 15 yr old Velje defender Niels Bisp Rasmussen arriving from his native Denmark for a week-long trial.

    I dont know if this is just his excitment or a bit of arrogance but hear is Spears Bebo site :

  • dingo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Apparently we are in for Nicolás Burdisso from Inter Milan as well as Collocini….. bit of an Argy bargy vibe going on at the club right now… still it means nowt till they sign on the dotted line.

    Anybody feel like we are having dejavu from Roeders transfer window. I will be none too happy if it turns out like that.

  • Graham

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Toon1978 – NUFC (Ashley) has spent £250m over the last 13 months to keep us out of the brown smelly stuff. There won’t be shed loads of cash spent unless the correct players become available (Woodgate Modric etc etc etc.)

    If you open your eyes a little wider than SJP you will notice that apart from the next financial disaster (spurs) not many clubs have spent loads of cash. There are a few big name deals waiting to go through which will start off the transfers – a bit like moving house in a chain.

    Unfortunately we aren’t at the top of the chain so we have to wait for the big flash houses at the top to start moving.

    As for Duff – I’ve a funny feeling that he’s going to be a big player for us this season. Hasn’t had the best of luck with injuries while he’s been here but I wouldn’t class him as injury prone so we could see the best out of him this time (hopefully)

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Graham…………..thank you for your info.

  • Graham

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon1978…………………….. do I detect a touch of sarcasm?

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry, I would let them both go, albeit for two very different reasons!

    Duff – I have no time for, once he’s lost the ball that’s it, he gives up. On a personal note, I live no more then one street away from both of these chaps, ok well around the corner to be specific. All though they appear to be very good friends outside of football, the differences between their lifestyles is in-comprehendible.

    Given on the other hand – HERO! In my opinion, since his original groin injury, he hasn’t performed as well, especially last season. When Harper took over from him, he looked different class (Obviously, I’m referring to performances last season). I would begin the season with Harper in nets, and possibly use the cup competitions to blood the two young guns – That’s just what I would do!

    Speaking of the Irish – Robbie Keans deal to Liverpool is worth £20Mill – Out of hand, these sorts of prices is stupid money for any player, yet alone a mediocre one – Imagine how many hospital wards that sum of money could fund for the next 6-7 years! Absolute disgrace….

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Graham i am bot being sarcastic at all, i buy the Chronicle and the Journal every day for the footy news and i have had more info off you in a few sentences then what i get from the local rags.

  • dingo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon1978…… I echo those sentiments… There are a few on this blog that actually understand the principles of business that the rags just dont get… There are others that don’t…. In poker it called the ’tilt’… or letting your emotions rule your logic…. cheers Graham.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Bolton seem to think we are bidding for El Hadj Diouf, what ‘y’think of that apple?.. 😀

  • 9 Shearer

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Have realised that we ve been linked to everyone this transfer period. Everytime a player is signed, Newcastle has lost out.

  • Doug Costa Del Bay

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #19

    El Hadj Diouf is a little turd…but I think he could do well at the toon!

  • chuck

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #20

    If Trapattoni & KK think he is okay, good enough for me.
    Look both guys are comming back from serious injuries, it takes time to get back in the flow.
    However, cant please everyone, but good players dont turn into bad overnight, give him a chance, Duff that is, I know Shea will be back.

  • micepie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Details are…

    “Bolton manager Gary Megson has revealed that a bid has been made for want away striker El Hadji Diouf. Speaking after the friendly game against Rochdale, Megson said that an offer had been received and was being considered. The player himself has indicated that matters will be resolved over the weekend with Newcastle rumoured to be the destination. More speculation to follow.”

    I rate Diouf, though would be another who likes to play out wide and we need either to buy central mf or to convert wider players to fitting in comfortably in the centre and not drift.

  • euanpolo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Diouf is a good player, don’t really like him but he could be a good addition to the squad.

  • micepie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #23

    p.s – give Duff at least this season

  • chuck

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Start a new contoversy here.
    There are rumors that theres a bid in for Diouf.
    I thought he was a decent player even if somewhat controversial as an individual.
    If the price is right, why not, after all we need bodies badly and there are a lot worse.
    Whadda you think ?

  • chuck

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25

    The media are reporting, both The Toon and W. Ham are chasing Coloccini, speculation has the price around £8m.
    My fear is we wont go for that amount, W. Ham gets him, then flogs us Ferdinand.
    Who`s better ?

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Duff, I’d defo give him this season to see if he returns to past form.

    Given, no problem class keeper.

    Diouf, good on his day but a bit stroppy if things don’t go his way, a bit of a gamble and could upset the dressing room.

  • dingo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #27

    chuck… we are apparently in for Nicolás Burdisso from inter as well

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #28

    chuck, easy Coloccini

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Can we have some sources please….Thanks guys

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 26, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #30

    No sources because then you would know it isnt true!!!!!!! lol

  • reillers

    Jul 26, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Given has never been anything but fantastic for Ireland. He is irreplaceable, first name down on the team sheet and has shelves full of MOTM awards to prove that.
    Duff will have to fight his way into the Irish team. But the old Duff, who the Irish fans fell in love with, the Duff 2002 WC Duff, along with Robbie Keane, Kerr’s kids, were amazing. If only Duff could show that dazzling form he once had. I think he can again. He’s shown flashes of it with Ireland whenever the last time we played and again in the friendly. Hopefully he’ll keep it up.


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