Damien Duff has come out today and said in the local Sunday Sun that Newcastle players should fear the Championship.
Damien Duff – imperative to get promoted
The Irishman has warned his team-mates it is important that Newcastle put behind their problems and concentrate on getting promoted at the first attempt next season from the Championship.
Damien spent two seasons – 1999-2000 and 2000-01 – in English football’s second tier with Blackburn Rovers and Graeme Souness, finishing 11th, then second place and promotion.
He says the time outside the Premier League top flight was really tough and predicts an even more competitive Championship 10 years later.
Damien Duff said today:
“I would like to think so.” “I have done two years down there with Blackburn about 10 years ago, and it’s tougher than people think.”
“There are 46 games and no easy matches down there.” “It’s just a battle every week – well, three times a week some weeks – so it’s imperative that the club does get back up straight away, but it’s going to be tough.”
“It must be even tougher than it was then – same as the Premier League. Compared to 10 years ago, it’s an awful lot more competitive than it was.”
“There’s no easy games in the Premier League now, and it’s the same in the Championship.”
Good words from Damien, and even though wee have not had a smooth pre-season the lads must concentrate on getting a win next Saturday at WBA.
They cannot use the excuses of consistent turmoil behind the scenes – because in any case they should be getting sued to it by now. 😀
Howay The Lads!!