The Shields Gazette have an exclusive interview today with former Newcastle U21 coach Willie Donachie, who resigned a couple of weeks ago after allegedly striking center-back Remie Streete, following the 3-0 defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, which came just two days after the first team had lost by the same score to Sunderland at St. James’ Park.
Willie Donachie – while at Newcastle
This is what Donachie told the Shields Gazette today:
“What I try to teach the players is to be responsible for your actions – don’t try to blame anyone else,” “And so I’m going to go somewhere else to try to be a great coach.”
“All I’ve had is a lot of support and people wishing me well.” “I want to say thank you to the people of Newcastle who have been very supportive, especially all my neighbours and a lot of people at the club.”
“The Newcastle people are tough people, but they’ve got big hearts.” “They’re really the club – the fans.” “It’s a shame.” “I’ve been here four years now.”
“My wife and youngest son lives here. We bought a house straight away.” “I’ve come to love the city and the area around it, but most importantly the people.”
“Now I’ve got to go somewhere else, but that’s football. You can’t always stay in the one place. It’s a shame it’s happened like this.”
It’s not been a good season for Newcastle coaches, and of course Alan Pardew is now in trouble for head butting Hull player David Meyler on Saturday, and the Newcastle manager is likely to get a lengthy ban from the FA, which could even be announced later today.
Willie was a good coach at Newcastle, and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors.
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