Viduka Wants One More Year At Newcastle – If He Can Get It

Joe Kinnear was told when he came to Newcastle United that the word on Mark Viduka was that he would retire next summer.


Mark Viduka – would like another year at Newcastle – if he can get it

And it seems like Joe has got that in the back of his mind, as no contract extension has yet been offered to the Australian striker, and his contract runs out in June.

Mark has only appeared 28 times for Newcastle with 7 goals in the last 18 months, and he’s has been our injured far too much at Newcastle – that’s the problem.

It depends to a large extent how well Mark contributed to the team in the next 5 months, but we don’t really expect Newcastle to give him another year, at least not on his very high current wages.

But Mark would certainly like another year as he talked about it today:

“I never had it in my head that I might be retiring and, for me, it would be ideal if I could play one more year here.”“I enjoy doing it. I love coming to work every day, especially when we win games. It’s a beautiful place to be.”

“Ideally, I’d love to play another year for Newcastle, but if it’s not to be, it’s not to be.” “I work hard for the team whenever I’m used, but football’s a funny game and anything can happen.”

And Mark had a positive impact on the game yesterday, right at the end of the game, as he set up the winner for fellow substitute Damien Duff.

Mark continued:

“It was looking like it was going to end up a draw and it was a big three points for us. It’s always nice as a striker to be involved and to show a little bit of your style.”

“We didn’t really get into those positions too much, but Damien and me have struck up a bit of an understanding between ourselves in training.”

“We do those sort of moves all the time – it was automatic. I’m just very happy to be back on the field. It was nice to get on.”

“To be involved in a winner in the last minute was something very special.”

Newcastle may decide they have enough front men in Michael Owen, Shola Ameobi, Oba Martins and 19 year-old Andrew Carroll, so they can let Mark retire or move on at the end of the season.

And there;s always boy wonder 17 year-old Nile Ranger coming through in the Under-18 side, along with 18 year old promising Italian striker Fabio Zamblera.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    keep him!

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Written off Xisco then? lol

  • safferusa

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s a natural game winner, he’s done it before and did it again yesterday – a team needs someone to string our attacking players together and put them in scoring positions – give him another year!

  • Graeme S.

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree with safferusa. But can he stay fit? Loan young Andy to the championship to get some valuable experience. Shola has scored a couple of goals recently, but he makes silly mistakes and loses possession too easy. Release him. Where’s Xisco?

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    An article in the Daily Telegraph. Which clearly points out that if you dont come from London you dont count!


    West Ham
    AC: P71 W28 Success 39%.
    GZ: P14 W 3 Success 21%

    KK: P21 W6 Success 29%
    JK: P12 W 4 Success 33%

    JR: P54 W21 Success 39%
    HR: P10 W5 Success 50%

    HR: P127 W54 Success 43%
    TA: P10 W2 Success 20%

    RK: P100 W42 Success 42%
    RS: P3 W2 Success 67%

    PI: P21 W6 Success 29%
    SA: P1 W1 Success 100%

    So, only Redknapp has brought a marked improvement, suggesting that you can take the man out of the club, but can you rarely get an instant improvement. Chairmen beware


    Forgive me if i’m wrong but does Kinnear not have a better record than KK and he’s only played just over half the amount of games!

    Oh hang on we’re Newcastle United and we clearly dont count.

    I wonder why fans outside of London, views the rags with such cynicism!

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6
  • Ben_BKK

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Perhaps by marked improvement they mean a large one, and JK only improved our win ratio by 4%. Not that I’m trying to defend the rags here, just pointing out what could be a logical explanation.

  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    FOR 80K a week he is dreaming.Unless he accepts a wage cut he is gone.40k at most or a pay to play bonus.He has alot to do even still.

  • Will Iam

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Guys have u hard Lassana Diarra cost R Madrid 20m pounds is he that money.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10
  • ed_speed

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    william, hi there (it’s ed)

    i beleive him to be a good player but more around the £18m – £19m price.


  • DanToon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #12
  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    I disagree Ed 17.9 m in my estimation.

  • ed_speed

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14

    hi jason, ed here. (speed)

    via further analysis, i have come to the opinion that your estimation of 17.9m, is more acurate.

    i apologise scinserly.


  • Monster

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Well I think it’s a matter of opinion. I for one would value Diarra in the £18.25m bracket.

  • ed_speed

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #16

    i wouldn’t pay a penny more, or less, monster.

    your figures are fantastic. do you work for an economical company?


  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    No wonder Pompey flogged him.

    Fire sale in Jan!!!! Pompey is skint.

  • G

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #18

    What happened to Ameobi last Sunday?
    He got replaced after 30 minutes, serious injury?

  • HeronMag

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #19

    I apologise for the change of subject but I thought I’d pass on the great news that ex-toon defender Craig Moore has been given the all-clear from testicular cancer.

    I’m sure all on the blog wish him and his family well.

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #20


    Good news

  • HAMMY14

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Heron:- I second that mate hope he still plays footy for a few more years yet. Good luck Craig pleased about news for you

  • irish_al

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    won’t need to be a firesale if they are getting twice the players realistic value, reckon he wil be at madrid two and a hald seasons then be sold for a fraction of what they payed for him

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    gd lk craig

  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Xisco should be his understudy for a year. Just concentrate on high balls and those backheels.

    Viduka deserves one more year but only a performance-based contract.

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 22, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #25

    The only way Viduka will get a new contract is if its performance based; i.e. small basic salary with additional amounts based on performance, goal assists and goals scored……

    He’s a very skilfull player for some one so tall but slow……

  • 52times

    Dec 22, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Unban 52times

  • Auschas

    Dec 22, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #27

    The funnish thing I have heard is portsmouth want Zakora….I thought he was complete crap aginst us the other night.


    Dec 23, 2008 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #28

    pay him when he scores; 7 goals in 29 appearances is not good enough for a new contract.


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