Damien Duff – Shearer To Have Massive Summer Clear-Out

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Girth

    May 31, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #1

    jeff buckley is good.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    May 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #2

    This is all too strange. I mean, I couldn’t really see Ashley was planning to sell the club after we got relegated. I saw his pictures with Llambias and his helicopter and really thought he was commited to take the club foward again, as he said.

    Also, maybe it’s because Newcastle were relegated, but I think is too strange that no journal like Daily Mail has put this issue in their headlines. And even Sky Sports wrote under an Ashley photo: ”Understood” to be looking the sell.

    I don’t know. This news, also due to the way it was suddenly published, seems like it’s made up. Or I still cannnot believe what’s happening. As Ed said, it seems like an nightmare whatsoever.

    Really, I’m still a bit suspicious of this news and waiting for some official statement. I mean, I can’t believe it. I’m shocked.

  • Shot Bru

    May 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Those players to whom Duff is referring to should be ashamed of themselves both professionally and morally. Where the hell is their work ethic? Duff for once should have been equally unprofessional and unethical and named and shamed those players that didn’t care.

  • Nick D

    May 31, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed we all know you are a duff fan but you know he comes in to the same category as all our other obscenely overpaid, sicknote, over the hill has – beens. He only wants to stay because not even premiership teams will give a 30/31 year old the silly money he is on at SJP.

  • The Original Todd

    May 31, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Nick D (4): That’s sort of my opinion of Duff. It’s nice he wants to stay, but how badly? Is he dedicated enough to take a wage cut? – b/c he’s one of the players making silly money.

    I’m happy he wants to stay, but I hope he isn’t expecting Premiership wages – and I get the feeling he probably is.

  • andymoore1981

    May 31, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Please join this group if you would like to see these morons get named and shamed.


  • chuck

    May 31, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Sure Duff has his detractors (mostlyknow nada morons) fact is he has had a good season and no one can deny the effort he has put in (wish we could say that about some of the rest)
    Another player much maligned by the fans is Butt who while having lost some pace is a true professional, it`s the things he does that are missed by those who have a very basic understanding of the game.
    And of course Beye another 30+ guy who has been terrific.
    Many of the fans of course have praised Bassong a good young talent, but not as yet the finished article, I believe he is about to sign an extended contract with a healthy raise, good news.
    Should be an interesting next few weeks, as this is a club at the crossroads, which road to take.
    Perhaps Ed. Harrison could extend the blog through the summer, sure things could get interesting.

  • jimiley

    May 31, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    If Duff and a few others on 70K a week were really loyal they would …. off pronto or take a big pay cut. Could their loyalty be that they are on a fortune, have reached the end of their careers and still have a couple of years on their contracts at 70K a week and no other club would be mad enough to pay them a third of that. loyalty??? Kiss the badge!!!

  • The Alchemist

    May 31, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    I really don’t know why people on here are defending the likes of duff and butt. They might put in a bit of effort but they are on silly money. None of them are realistically going to take more than a 50% pay cut which still is the same as mid table EPL teams!

    Butt & Duffs combined wages a week (130k) are more than the wages for a whole STARTING 11 for some of our opponents next season!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Duff can still go as he is on 80k p/w, old and not even that good.


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