Duff Could Be On His Way Out Of Newcatle

It seems other clubs are cherry picking our best players, and news tonight that Newcastle have received a decent offer for Irish winger Damien Duff,  from a Premier League club.


Damien Duff – good offer received for him

So don’t be surprised if Duff joins the summer exodus out of St James’ Park.

Duff has always insisted that he wants to stay on Tyneside and finish his career with Newcastle, but this is now out of his hands, and if Newcastle decide to sell because the offer is good enough, Damien will be on his way.

With nobody in charge of the club who’s to stop the sale after all?

Chris Hughton said today:

“There will be a lot of talk about players leaving the club.”

“There are plenty of quality players here still and that always leads to speculation like that.”

Newly promoted Burnley were linked with Duff earlier in the summer but boss Owen Coyle dismissed the talk two months ago.

The fee is said to be £4M and if that’s true we would expect Damien to be moved out, probably before Saturday’s game. since that offer is very close to the £5M we paid Chelsea for the player 3 years ago.

It looks like owner Mike Ashley is willing to decimate the squad and sell players, with nobody controlling who can go and who will come in to rep-lace them. And this guy is supposed to be an intelligent businessman? W don’t think so.

It’s a disgraceful state of affairs at any football club, especially at Newcastle.

And notice we still have left the players we really would have liked to unload this summer. like Xisco, Geremi, Coloccini, Barton  and Gutierrez.

Comments welcome.

76 comments so far

  • NorthernPaul

    Aug 14, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m kind of numb, like I have been for two years now.

    Watching the club crumble away to nothing.

    There is no light at the end of the tunnel, and I honestly think it’s going to get worse.

    I’ll always support my NUFC, but I honestly wish I didn’t. I wish I could leave it behind, and move on to a different team.

    I love my club, and to see it die of a slow cancer called Mike Ashley is killing me.

  • chuck

    Aug 14, 2009 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Guess this means no sale , in which case MA is about to unload the highly compensated players
    to reduce the wage bill.
    A least those saleable.
    Expect St.James`s to become a bargain basement untill the window closes.

  • HarryWorth

    Aug 14, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Duff to Fulham, Stevie Taylor to Everton blah blah…..
    If these latest stories are true and Ashley keeps asset stripping and not replacing any players and you decide to keep giving him your money in the belief that you are a proper fan, you need to see a shrink.

    A mass boycott will be THE only solution to get rid of this horrible bastard Ashley.

    Dont tell me that boycotting the Toon will knacker the club out because if YOU , THE FANS dont do anything to get rid of Ashley, you wont have a team left to support anyway.

    He is fukking the club over big time now and is leaving the club with very few experienced players. Relegation to division 1 is his intention m if you cant see this you need to go to Specsavers.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #4

    As expected…like vultures around a warm carcass.
    Ashley will stay…Admin will follow after the assets are stripped.

    Duff is plop anyway so won’t lose any sleep over him.

  • baro

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Fulham are the team reportedly after him.

  • baro

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #6
  • baro

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope Damien Duff doesn’t leave. But if he does Shane Ferguson is up or i hope we buy Per Ciljan Skjelbred or Erik Huskelupp

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #8

    I know things are tough at the moment, tougher than I can ever remember or loathed to imagine. But… Look at the positives from this (there are not too many).
    Have a look at who is leaving.. All of the over paid sh*te players that we have had the displeasure of watching for the past 2 – 3 years. Appart from Bassong and Beye, I would not mind seeing any of them go. We had one of the highest wage bills in the PL last year and It couldn’t go on like it was. It was tearing the club apart. Each year MA was having to juggle the clubs revenue to try and cover the clubs debts. And for all of those who keep commenting on how Mike Ashley just pockets all of the money that he makes from player transfers “GIVE ME A BREAK!!” If you owed the bank 1million dollars and you sold a personal asset for 500K, what would you do with the money??. Going by some peoples opinions on this site, you would pocket it and leave your debt as it stands! Would you f*ck. You would put it toward your debt owed and try and get back into the black.
    Everyone keeps saying what a sh*te business man MA is. To me he is doing the dirty work that previous owners should of done years ago. It has cost us a spot in the PL and I can’t stand to watch it now that we are no longer in it. But, if we can keep a few older heads in our team and use the youth we have, I think we can make a real crack at promotion this year. The championship is not as hard as the PL. Everyone keeps talking about how tough it is… Come on, Man U at Old Trafford is tough.. If Mike Ashley stays, I won’t mind. At least you know he is not interested in puting an insurmountable amount of debt on the clubs books so he can buy a trophey. This a rebuilding year. To rebuild something you need to start at the bottom and work your way up. I’ll keep supporting the team no matter who is in charge or who owns the club.

  • Sav

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Those Norwegians would probably cost about the same as we get for Duffer, so it won’t happen. We are clearly looking for loans and frees only unless a new owner comes in.

    £4 million is a decent price for a 30- year old with a history of injuries but I’ll be sorry to see another player of skill and intelligence leaving.

    I’m hoping a sale of Duff (if it happens) signals two things – first, that the club should now be available even cheaper and second, that this is FatAsh just putting more local pressure on Moat to make his move as we fans naturally get peed off with watching him dismantle this wreck of a football club.

  • Sav

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #10

    I reckon that will make around £25 million in further transfer profit, plusthe wage bill has been further reduced by Owen, Viduka, Cacapa and Lovenkrands leaving on frees.

    – Surely that should reduce the value/asking price on the club by the same amount. If Ash hopes to get his money back by a Championship push, even he has to realise its going to cost significant reinvestment in the squad.
    Does he really want to do that? I reckon he’s getting ready to take Moat’s best offer for a club.
    Pete Townsend used to treat his guitar better than this fat fool treats his own club. The man is rich scum; classless, friendless, tasteless and clueless.

  • MacToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Don’t think it’s the fee that’s the issue with the likes of Duff but his wage. Could probably get 2 or 3 good players for a similar wage, maybe like some of those mentioned as coming to the club already.

    Cheap alternatives, that’s what our owner has led us to.

    Who’d choose to be a fan of NUFC if they had the choice! It’s so depressing and no light at the end of the tunnel yet……

    Duff though seemed to be one that atleast tried but it is a good deal@ £4 million but only if these players are going to be replaced somehow.

  • Alanmc09

    Aug 14, 2009 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #12

    If duff goes we will be in trouble!
    Being from ireland duff is a player i hold with high regard and respect!

  • davis_toons

    Aug 14, 2009 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Hi Guys,

    In this current situation, i think is best that we just let Ashley do whatever he want,

    1) Dnt appoint manager WHY?
    There is lots of reason to it. One of them was manager controling the sale of “better players”.

    2) Let Ashely recover back some losses. Then we can HOPE either he will rebuit the team or interested buyer will have a chance for a takeover til to the lower wages incur now.

    We shall ALL see. What is ASSLY is going to do.

  • davis_toons

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Like what KK have said beefore. There’s still always lots of seashells on the beach. We’ll never finish picking them.

    Duffy good luck to you. I just hope if the news was true, we can fetch a high price from this sale.

  • chestnut

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Duff leaving is a big loss.. an intenational player, hard working, used to the premier league style, etc etc. an irreplaceable in the championship. i dont want to sound like an ashley supporter.. but what the heck has the guy done to suddenly rise everyone against him? what precisely is it? is i because the club was relegated?.. if we had no player of calibre, i can accept the crap ashley excuse, but the players were the ones “directly” responsible for losing every single game they played. Is it because teh team had no game plan, hence losing every single game they played? .. that is the job of the previous managers to sort out, not crap ashley.. so the blame lies squarely on kinnear and shearer! the blame is also on the egoistic keegan who had no patience with himself, unlike kinnear who could work well alongside the hated ex-director of football. Alan shearer is no god, he is human just like you and me. he makes mistakes too, and he made plenty during his 8 games stint. ACCEPT THAT AS A FACT. Ashley was hailed as toon saviour after he bought out shepherd and hall family. now because all these so-called geordie “messiahs” failed miserably, the toons are trying to put the blame on anyone but the “messiahs”. so there is no one else on the block except poor crap ashley. My real prediction (which always comes true) is if another messiah such as shearer is appointed as manager, any failure in the future would not be blamed on him or his players, but the owner. If i was a potential buyer of a football club, i would not even consider owning newcastle utd unless ..

  • chestnut

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #16

    consider why sir bobby robson was sacked after he took a useless side to 4th, 3rd, and 5th. the answer is the toon likes to side with the wrong side. shearer was not the key to gaining top 4 positions, sir bobby robson was the key. ACCEPT THAT AS FACT! no player, no matter how good he is can override his manager. LEARN FROM MANCHESTER UTD for a change. then this crap football team can go somewhere, anywhere.

  • ginkoh

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #17

    I think Duff has enough quality to beat any defender in CCC, If we want to promote this season he will be our important member. not just because our thin squad but his skill also.

    Unless we can bring some new players, we should not let anyone go now (except Shola, Geremi, Colo and Xisco)

  • chestnut

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #18

    instead of continuing to write an asheley hate blog, why don’t you start a “shearer should not be toon manager” blog .. you know, as a precaution. in the long run, the club will benefit.

  • chestnut

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #19


    Have you ever thought why ashley doesn’t want shearer as manager? why don’t you start a blog to discuss whether the majority of toon fans want shearer as manager. you can start an online voting system.

  • Duffman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Chestnut, add an Allen Shearer in his prime to last years squad and we finish mid table. Yes, an elite striker means that much. N’Zogbia would have been a Toon legend should a striker of Shearer’s class been on the end of those crosses, instead of an Owen who looked worthless for Man U against Chealsie, or the abominable Ameobi.

  • Rangerman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #21

    He’s supposed to be on £70k per week and he’s in the final year of his contract, we would be mad not to sell.

    He will need replacing though.

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #22
  • magforlife

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Everton have bid 8m for Taylor according to BBC gossip column

  • magforlife

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #24

    With all the outgoings and no incomings apart from the spectre of JFK not only is Ashley aiming for an empty dressing room, he is going for an empty stadium as well.

  • Ericles

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Everton bid 8m for Steven Taylor, Wolves and Fulham after Duff. This means that other clubs recognise Ashley is a lunatic owner and is only interested in selling NUFC players prior to unloading a devastated club. So the result will be that the barrow boy will sell Taylor and Duff. It is not all media bollocks – up to you Taylor, up to you Duff. What is the going rate for loyalty boys?

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #26

    We can’t ask the players for loyalty when the stadium will be half full tomorrow.

    Also if Ashley stays and brings back JFK I won’t be there either so I cannot blame em or going!

  • magforlife

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Taylor is the only player from last season i would have kept, the others deserve to be sold but having said that i am deeply concerned that the door is swinging one way only.
    Yes the wage bill needs to be reduced but this transfer policy must be being conducted by a non football person, no one in their right mind would weaken an already paper thin squad.
    They just wont listen to anyone, they were warned last season about squad shortages but took no notice and look what happened, what a bunch of wankers.

  • magforlife

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Taylor is the only player from last season i would have kept, the others deserve to be sold but having said that i am deeply concerned that the door is swinging one way only.
    Yes the wage bill needs to be reduced but this transfer policy must be being conducted by a non football person, no one in their right mind would weaken an already paper thin squad.
    They just wont listen to anyone, they were warned last season about squad shortages but took no notice and look what happened, what a bunch of tossers.

  • Stardust

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Chestnut – I have stated the same for a year. But too many will not listen – they just want their messiahs and feel they should run the club -but then they criticise a man who does as they wish when it doesnt work out. So all we end up with is a viscous circle of unfounded hatred, the fans should look at themselves first and foremost.

    But that being said – I want resolution to our future right now – whatever it is.

  • Ericles

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Other clubs now see NUFC along the same lines as a high street charity shop – bargains going cheap. Other clubs realise how incompetent Ashley is and they are moving in for the kill. I think Taylor will want to stay but Duff? The lure of premiership football beckons. I suppose the Ashley embargo on in and outs went into the saloon spittoon as well?

  • davis_toons

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #31

    As the club is in this state. I would say truthfully I WOULD NOT MIND IF MOST 1ST TEAM PLAYERS WERE SOLD in a resonable price.

    With money in hand, there will be new players coming in for sure.

    And, any manager, will call for new players.

  • magforlife

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #32

    davis-toons – what if the incoming players are on loan from the likes of spurs, do you want our club to be an academy for London clubs?

  • gloryhunter

    Aug 14, 2009 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #33

    I’ve been on holiday for two years 🙂 . I ‘returned’ yesterday and look forward to some continuing correspondence.

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 14, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Chestnut & Stardust: It is proving impossible to find any ‘fans’ site which deals in constructive and intelligent appraisal of an increasingly unacceptable situation. The Ashley-haters just bring out the worst in the bloke, compounding the miserable string of decisions he has made over the last 12 months, and probably longer. He has no love for the club, or its supporters, why should he – he has lost a fortune on this venture? He’ll take the club down with him if he must, that seems to be the mentality of the man.

    In all this time there has been no attempt at real bridge building, only vitriol. He is NOT going to appoint Shearer for any number of reasons and it would appear at this moment in time that Barry Moat has as big a mouth as Billy the Bass, his bid seems predicated on hopes and dreams rather than hard cash. If he can’t raise the money to buy the club, how can invest the 50 million or so needed to mount a serious promotion push – assuming he had the time left. What makes him a good chairman anyway, because he is mates with Shearer?

    The only common ground between MA and supporters is a joint dread of remaining in the CCC. This should have shocked both sides into a pact of convenience if nothing else. In June and July I believed the best chance of getting out of the mess was a PAX-NUFC; Ashley receiving the backing of the fans and a united front to allow the club to make serious decisions. If Ashley doesn’t want Shearer, fans must respect that and move on. I don’t want Shearer either, and I was born up the road from him!

    In the resulting mess we will end up with a hopeless compromise foisted on the club by a bitter Ashley, instead of sensible experienced candidate (it should have been Steve Bruce, he put out enough hints). There is a saying that struggling sheep drown one another – nowhere have the sheep been so intent on this collective suicide than at NUFC.

  • batty

    Aug 14, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #35

    chestnut crawl back into your shell you arse wipe

  • batty

    Aug 14, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #36

    why do people keep saying JFK

  • batty

    Aug 14, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #37

    dus it stand for joe fckin kinnear

  • magforlife

    Aug 14, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #38

    Jinkygenius – Ashley apologised to the fans before and promised to listen and put things right, he is a liar.
    He has hidden all summer behind a NDA whilst plotting and scheming in the background to take the club further into the mire, he has no credibility left.
    All bridges have been burnt with the current regime as they have had ample opportunity to put the club back on track but continue to wreck this beloved club of ours.

  • Stardust

    Aug 14, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Jinky Genius – great post.

    Unfortunately objectivity doesn’t go down too well with the collective – they are smashing their own houses up and blaming someone else for “making” them do it.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #40

    Taylor to Everton….the sale is hotting up nicely as expected. I feel lucky though because we have JK waiting in the wings to save our sorry backsides.

    How bad is this going to get…we are in ruins.


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