Mark Viduka has said many times he wants to finish his career at Newcastle, but there’s little chance he will still be at the club come August.
Mark Viduka – last season at Newcastle
Mark’s current deal runs out in the summer, and it would be a huge surprise if Newcastle take up their option of a third year on the player.
The reason is obvious – Mark is always injured and isn’t worth the £60K/week we pay him.
The good news is he didn’t cost us any transfer fee 18 months ago, when we signed him as a free agent, after his former club Middlesbrough refused to meet his wage demands.
Since than Mark has started only 20 games for Newcastle, yet it appears he still wants to be at the World Cup next year in South Africa, so we imagine some club will be willing to sign him on a one year deal until then, but not Newcastle.
Starting less than a third of Newcastle games isn’t who the club should be paying £60K a week to, surely.
At least we hope not, because we have far too many players who don’t earn their wages at the club and they also include Cacapa, Smith and Geremi.
We look to them to leave in the summer, so that the club can get a better handle on the wage bill, which is far too high right now.
Back just before Christmas Mark told The Evening Chronicle:
“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 love coming to work every day, especially when we win games.”
“Ideally, I would love to play another year for Newcastle, but if it’s not to be, it’s not to be.”
Mark – it’s not to be.