A good interview with Titus Bramble today, in which he says he always knew Newcastle United were a massive club, while he was on Tyneside for 5 years, from 2002 until 2007.
Titus Bramble – always knew Newcastle were massive club
Wigan Athletic defender Titus Bramble admits he still regrets leaving Newcastle United, but of course he had no choice when Sam Allardyce came in and didn’t elect to renew Bramble’s contract.
Titus talked to the local Newcastle Journal today:
“I still regret leaving Newcastle,” “I didn’t want to leave, the new manager came in and decided he didn’t want me. It was one of those things really.“I loved playing for the club and I would have been happy to still be there now. People perhaps don’t realize what a massive club it is, but once you have played there, you realize. It should be in the top six every year and probably in the Champions League.”
“Yeah, I had my ups and downs. The highs were great, but the lows, well they were low. I seemed to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the fans and there were some unpleasant moments, but on the whole it was a very happy stage in my career.”
“I was a young man when I went there and I left four years later knowing I’d played for one of the biggest clubs in the country. I’d played in the Champions League and I’d played for a manager like Sir Bobby Robson who always believed in me when others didn’t. That is some compliment for a player.”
“Nobody makes mistakes on purpose, and everybody does make mistakes. Sometimes it is a lapse in concentration, sometimes it is bad technique, but it happens to everyone.”
“Strikers miss open goals, but they can get away with it. But if defenders or goalkeepers make a mistake, the ball is in the back of the net. That’s the position we play in. That’s the way it goes.”
“I’m not bitter about the treatment I received. Sometimes I felt as though it was a little harsh, but the fans have such high expectations. They do take it out on the players sometimes, but in the main they were great. I had a lot of support from them while I was there as well, people perhaps forget that. If anything I regret not being able to do enough to get a new contract.”
It seems like Titus has matured somewhat since his time on Tyneside, and it’s always nice to hear our former players heaping praise on the club, especially in these very difficult times.
And to his credit he had a solid game against his old club on Saturday, but did he really have to score that late equalizer? 🙁