A Class Act Leaves Newcastle

Mike Williamson joined Wolves last month and it’s a pity, because for the second time in three games we will be struggling for defenders on Saturday against West Brom.

We suppose Newcastle are never too keen on having too much back-up or a bigger squad and when we get some players we let others go.

Some of that is to open up spaces in the Premier league 25 list, but we have players like Sylvain Marveaux who have never played for us for over two years and are still here.

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Mike Williamson – a class act at Newcastle

Mike joined us just over six years ago when we signed him from Portsmouth for a cool £1M and he played 171 times for Newcastle with two goals.

Mike has talked about Newcastle and he thinks we will be safe, although that was probably before last night’s disaster at Everton where we put in a shocker at Goodison Park – it was hard to believe how bad we were last night.

We are still in shock.

This is what Mike said, first about owner Mike Ashley and then about manager Steve McClaren:

“They can’t knock him for the money they spent in the summer and this transfer window.”

“He came out and stated he wanted to win something and wouldn’t leave until they did, he has got ambition.”

“The fans will judge it on the consistency and how they progress from here.”

“Steve McClaren is a good guy, I learned a lot from him.”  “He creates an optimistic environment and they deserve to be higher.”

“I hope the players they’ve brought in have added a boost and they can turn it into points.”  “They will be fine, they have more than enough.”

“It was emotional to leave the north-east.”

This is the way to leave a club with a little bit of class – don’t criticize those you are leaving – don’t burn your bridges – be a professional.

Mike came in for withering criticism a year ago at Newcastle playing under John Carver, but overall he was a great buy for us at just £1M and immediately helped us get promoted playing for Chris Hughton – and he always gave his very best.

We wish him all the luck in the world at Wolves, where we expect him to be a standout for a couple of years at Molineux.

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