Birmingham’s Oba Martins has admitted that he is still disturbed by his Newcastle exit, sating he was forced out of the club, after the side were relegated.
Oba Martins – crying while at Newcastle – it was tough
It’s interesting to hear Oba Martins talk about Newcastle, and he’s had just a shocking time of it since leaving Newcastle in the summer of 2009, obviously trying to get into the Newcastle fans’ good books.
Oba has played very very few games since he left Newcastle and the lad is just pleased to get back to England where his girlfriend and family reside, and he seems really keen to make the deal at Birmingham a permanent one.
Oba will be nowhere near the £10M that Glenn Roeder paid for him when he brought him to Tyneside in the summer of 2006 from Inter Milan.
The 26 year-old striker made his debut for Birmingham during the 1-0 win against Stoke on Saturday – a game that Birmingham won with a 93rd minute winner from Zigic.
Martins left for German club Wolfsburg in a £9M deal in 2009, and has surprisingly said he is still coming to terms with his departure from the famous newcatsle club, who were on their knees when top players were sold that summer.
This is what Oba said today to the Daily Telegraph:
“The only bad memory we had was when we got relegated,” “It was normal when I left because they couldn’t afford the money, that’s why they asked me to go. I have good memories of there with the fans and the players. We had good players but things weren’t right.”
“We kept asking ourselves, ‘Why are we relegated?’ and we don’t even know ourselves why we were relegated. We don’t know what was wrong with the team. There was a problem with the chairman Mike Ashley, who we didn’t know whether he was going to stay or sell.”
“Alan Shearer tried to save the team but he didn’t and it was a sad story.” “It was definitely the lowest point of my career and it affected me because when I went to Germany my profile was lower and they knew my team had got relegated.”
“It is not a good thing but you have to continue and take pressure. It was painful when we got relegated. Just because I left there that wasn’t it, it was painful for about six or seven months because I was still thinking how we got relegated. But I am very happy they are back in the Premier League.”
There’s no way Newcastle could afford to pay Oba’s wages in the Championship, and just had to unload him, but those players who left the club never got the job done in the league that season for Newcastle, it’s as simple as that.
Newcastle were the sixth top club in the Premier League in terms of paying out wages to their players, with £71M that season, and to think they finished 18th in the league is both amazing and disastrous.
Oba can hardly expect Newcastle fans to applaud him tonight, when he was one of the highly paid players, who simply let the club down that season.
Oba Martins wore the famous number 9 shirt on Tyneside, and in 104 appearances scored 35 goals for the Magpies.