There are a number of players who left Newcastle in the summer, who the Tyneside club has simply never missed.
Damien Duff – shown during his terrible 3 years at Newcastle United
One of them, the picture boy of the old Newcastle United was Michael Owen, who was captain last year, but in the final stressful 5 weeks of the season Michael never gave one interview to the press, and found it hard to get his place in the side.
When you have a captain with that attitude, you’re in big trouble – and we were.
And when Newcastle were relegated, he helicoptered out of Newcastle with his family just two days after the stunning defeat at Villa Park, never to be seen again.
He apparently went to work on his dossier to get a new club, and despite playing just 79 games in 4 years on Tyneside with just 30 goals, which cost the Newcastle club £40M in transfer fees and wages, he said he wasn’t really injury prone, after missing more than half his time injured on Tyneside.
And when he signed for Manchester United he then said he’d rather play a bit part for a great club like Manchester United who were winning trophies, than play full time at some other other mediocre club.
Right – that’s it – we rest our case on Owen.
But at least Michael kept his silence on his time at Newcastle, which showed some class from the now 30 year-old former England International.
And it appears there are some stories today that Ireland International Damien Duff was not much better, but when he left the Newcastle club he has not shown the same wisdom that Michael has.
The winger, who is now at Fulham, never played well at Newcastle (but I guess that was the club’s fault), and has recently said that Roy Hodgson, admittedly a wonderful manager, has given him the spark that he didn’t have at Newcastle.
Damien – a little word in your little ear – it’s one of your jobs to provide your own spark, that’s why Newcastle paid you £60K/week. You’re not a schoolboy any longer.
This is what Damien said :
“It was well documented that my three years at Newcastle didn’t work out so it was a massive move for me to come to Fulham to get my career going again.”
“I knew the gaffer from my Blackburn days so it was always going to be exciting.” “Working with him has sparked me again – I’ve loved every minute of it and it’s been really enjoyable.
“It’s just what I needed after my three years at Newcastle. It’s been a great season.”
We don’t expect football players to necessarily be anything other than spoiled overpaid brats, given the very false world they live in, but it’s simply not right that Damien should say that’s what he needed after 3 years at Newcastle.
What the heck does that phrase mean?
And Damien has talked before about what a terrible 3 years he had on Tyneside, poor little thing we feel so sorry for him, but we ignored those comments in the interests of keeping things positive, but this lad has gone too far.
We also have a little rule – for mature people in this world – never burn your bridges, and at least show some dignity and class when you leave your employers.
So in the case of an overpaid footballer who never produced the good on Tyneside, when you leave your old club, please don’t say anything bad about them, even if you have good reason to.
While he was at Newcastle, Duff only ever said good things about the Tyneside club – but he was one of the players who wanted out last summer, and he moved on, after playing poorly for Newcastle for 3 years, while being paid ridiculously high wages.
By the way, we had a great season up here on Tyneside – but there again we only had mature players playing for the club this season – and only those lads who wanted to be at the club, and were not at St. James’ Park just for the money. Funny how big a difference that made this season.
Finally, Newcastle have saved well over £8M/year in wages by moving out these two particular players last summer – and have me missed them at all?