Newcastle Irish winger (full back?) Damien Duff come out today and accused some of his Newcastle team-mates, of not being too bothered the club were relegated last season – Newcastle were relegated last season.
Damien Duff – admired by Newcastle fans
You would think he had just scored against Spurs or something!
Damien, who looked both embarrassed, sad and devastated when he was interviewed after the Villa game, at that time defended the players for their second half performance, saying they were trying – but just couldn’t do it.
But Duff, like some others attached to the club (Beye, Taylor, this blog) have already nailed their black and white colors to the Newcastle United mast, and will stay on next season.
And Damien is clear that Alan Shearer made huge changes at the club in the short 8 weeks he was there, even though the Tyneside Idol couldn’t prevent his home town club from being relegated.
Duff said in his thick Dublin accent:
“There will obviously be a massive clear-out, there are budgets in the Championship and also I’m sure the gaffer knows who cares about the club and who stays, who’s going work to get out of the Championship,” “He knows that already.”
“There is only one man to get us back up and that is Alan Shearer. I’m sure it’ll be him and I’m sure he’ll take the job.” “From a Newcastle point of view, the aim is to come straight back up,” “They belong in the Premier League so it is just one season in the Championship hopefully.”
“I haven’t really looked into it but I’ve done two years in the Championship before with Blackburn. Why not?”
We took a shining to Duff towards the end of the season, as he was one of the few who gave it everything they got – but he also p[layed very well – in his unaccustomed positon of left back,
But that may be a pointer to Damien for the future a few years – because he could play full- back well into his mid thirties – when/if he nstarts bto lose speed for the wing position.
While Duff was great at left-back we think Alan will want to use the Irishman up front – and he had his very best season last season, because he had a full pre-season for the first time for a long time.
And Ireland’s Italian boss Giovanni Trapattoni has hinted that being in the second division of English football would not harm Duff’s international hopesl:
“He is a great player and the great players are great players, in Ireland, in Newcastle, yesterday or tomorrow.”
Great words from a legendary coach and motivator.
Now we need Cameroon’s new coach to come out, and after Sebastien Bassong plays blinders for them in the coming Internationals, say that his position is safe – even if he plays in the second division at Newcastle.
Now there’s a thought!
Oh, and the club needs to offer him at least £40K/week in wages – because as we’ve said before he actually earns them, which we know is very rare indeed at Newcastle.