Oba Martins has come out today and said what many fans had heard last week – he wants to stay at Newcastle, and help to get the club back to the Premier League.
Oba Martins – wasn’t happy when he learned he may be sold
Martins is represented by Errol Dapo and says he is more than ready to tackle second-division football with Newcastle, and told the Evening Chronicle from Nigeria today:
“I hope I am not sold.” “If the club decide to sell me I have no choice but to go.” “But my aim is to stay and help get Newcastle promoted next season.”
“I love living in Newcastle and there are few better places to live and play.” “I know the club is for sale and that is hard for the fans.
“Yet I hear there could be some light at the end of the tunnel eventually.”
Martins was signed by Glenn Roeder back in the summer of 2006, for £10M and it’s understood the former chairman is part of one of the consortia ready to relieve the incompetent Mike Ashley of the famous Tyneside club.
Oba is a firm fan favorite of course, and he played through injury to try to save the team, and seems to be in awe of a certain Alan Shearer, and would probably run straight through a brick wall for the Newcastle Legend. 😀
Martins is one of nine players who are top of the list to be sold, but he says he wants to stay despite second-division football.
“I have been in Italy for treatment lately.” “There I spoke to a lot of people about Juventus and their demotion to Serie B.”
“Back then, they still kept very, very good players such as Pavel Nedved, Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon.”
“That helped them get promoted, so I can take a lot of solace from that.”
Martins is one of a few players, who want to stay at the club and help the fallen and famous club return to former glories.
Steven Taylor, Habib Beye, Steve Harper, Nicky Butt and Alan Smith are others who would like to stay and are ready to roll up their sleeves to get the club back next season, at their first attempt.
But Alan Shearer was still waiting to hear any news today from Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias regarding the vacant managerial position at the club, and until he or somebody else is signed, the Newcastle ship continues to drift aimlessly in the ocean.
However, once Alan is appointed look for him to get with the new owners and see exactly what the wage bill needs to be and don’t be surprised if he decides to keep one or two of the high wage earners, and maybe Martins and Smith may be the ones who get lucky.
We’ll need a lot more fight in the squad next season, and it’s great for the club that the likes of Martins and Smith want to stay on Tyneside, and help the club back to glory – and we think Alan will know that’s what it will take.
But once Alan is appointed will be the time Newcastle will need to forget all about the taunts and ridicule we have taken these last few weeks, and realize we probably deserve most of them – and then get back to making this club great again.
We must answer our critics on the field of play next season.
Yes – it will be difficult in the Championship and every team will raise their game when they play Newcastle – but we should take that as a compliment, and any players who plays for Newcastle next year must have Newcastle United written across their brows – and then anything is possible. 😀
We heard one England fan on Sky Sports on Wednesday, addressing the tube strike, say just think what it was like for our lads on D-day and then trying to get to Wembley stadium for the England game will be rather easy. And an amazing 58,000 turned up for the game which England won 6-0 .
That’s the kind of spirit we need from the lads next season, and yes, it’s great to have these players associated with the club right now, whether they stay or go in the summer .