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Shearer – Viduka Has Shown Fantastic Desire For Newcastle

Alan Shearer came through what he described as the biggest game of his career on Monday night,when it really mattered,  and showed he has everything it takes to become a top manager for Newcastle United.


Mark Viduka – in action Monday night 

Both Alan and Gareth Southgate came across on TV before and after the game on Monday as two good, down to earth managers who were former England team- mates, and they spoke an awful lot of sense. We expect both men to have successful management careers in the future.

But it was Alan and Newcastle who had escaped a jail sentence, on the night, or so we are all hoping, as Newcastle brilliantly won the game in the last 20 minutes 3-1 to rise to 4th bottom and safety, at least for now.

And the player who sparkled more than anybody on a night when Newcastle players regained their passion for the fight cheered on by the legendary Newcastle fans (there’s no other way to describe our fans) was Mark Viduka, what a game this man had on the night.

And Shearer today has revealed he made the return of Mark Viduka one of his main priorities when he came back to Newcastle United as manager.

Any more displays like Monday night form Mark and even though he’s been in the injury room far too much these last two years, most fans would be happy for Mark to stay another year, just as long as he is put on a personal fitness program and gets a good pre-season in.

Shearer has not ruled out the possibility of giving the 33-year-old a new contract at the end of the season.

Alan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about Mark’s contribution:

“I was absolutely delighted. His performance against Middlesbrough was precisely the reason why we did not give up on him. The fitness guys have worked ever so hard with him, and so has Mark.”

“We had to get him fit because we knew he could put in the type of performances which could help save this club from relegation. A fit Mark Viduka playing like that, not many people can handle him. Middlesbrough simply couldn’t handle him.

“Trying to get him playing was an obvious priority for me because we knew what a good player he is and it would have been a terrible waste if we had just let him waste away, which is what was happening.”

“We knew he had these sorts of performances in him. Hopefully we will get another one of those out of him against Fulham on Saturday.”  “It’s a Catch-22 situation.”

“We want to keep him fit, but we don’t want to push him too hard in case he gets injured. It’s been a delicate balancing act. But he has done superbly since I got to this club and has shown fantastic desire to get out there playing.

We still have two games to go and we cannot let up after Monday’s night’s absolutely superb display of guts, courage and skill from the lads. To say it was heart-warming is to utter another huge understatement, because it was a game and night to remember for the ever faithful Newcastle fans, who again were more than superb.

As Alan has said we need two more wins, and then we’ll know we’ll be safe.

If Mark plays like he did on Monday night, we expect a goal from the Australian on Saturday, after he brilliantly cannoned a shot off the bar against Middlesbrough early in the game, and Steven Taylor almost converted the rebound. What was Steven doing in the penalty box? 😀

We need the same typew of all out performance against Fulham on Saturday, and nothing else will be good enough.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • DanToon

    May 13, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    The boy was unreal on monday, his control and first touch is second to none!

  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we need a combined team effort to repeat that performance. Viduka was outstanding on Monday – no one can take that away from him.

    Lets make Fulham as welcome as a dose of herpies with a side or genital worts!

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 13, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    One point made about Viduka by nearly all pundits was that he always puts in an extra shift and plays well when he is looking for a new contract. Then he sits on his behind collecting wages without putting in the same graft for the following season.

    Yes Viduka was excellent on Monday, but how many times we will see that next season? 4 maybe 5 times? Is that honestly worth £3 million in wages?

    My biggest concern about staying up is that we will reward these “has beens” yet again and keep them all at the club. Which means they will get us in the same mess next season because they don’t have the pace to compete with the better teams.

    I would love Shearer to be ruthless and cull the lot of them. Thanks for your efforts old timers but get out of the Toon.

  • 51times

    May 13, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Butt could still make a useful player as long as he stays in front of the back four and leaves the through balls to the other midfielders.

  • estechco

    May 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    how hard can it be to negotiate a pay-as-you-play extension to his and possibly even Owen’s contracts?

  • stevep

    May 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    @James – thats why we should offer him a pay as you play deal.

    Before we get ahead of ourselves on saying who we should sign we need to ensure our better players are staying, players such as Bassong, Beye, Enrique, Lua Lua and possibly Carroll and Ranger will no doubt get offers from other clubs (especially if we go down – tho I think we should stay up now)
    We need to start building the playing side on solid foundations and look towards cementing a mid table finish next season rather than signing a couple of headline players and suddenly fans shouting for europe

  • JJJ

    May 13, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7


    I’d rather pay Owen to leave than to play 🙂

  • Bosck

    May 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Jamesthefirst – In many ways i’d agree with you, but i would offer Viduka a pay as you play contract next year which should hopefully solve this.

    he is unlikely to get a big contract elsewhere given his injury record, so this is a chance for him to still earn a good wage. it is also a good incentive for him to a) stay fit, and b) keep producing his best to keep his place in the team.

    as for the rest of the squad i would do the following:


    Beye (c)

    Probably keep:
    Smith – Controversial for many but i think he can offer more than Butt in the DM role as starter or backup
    Lovenkrands – a willing squad player who covers a number of positions and offers goals off the bench
    R Taylor – don’t think he has shown his best yet, potentially a good squad player.
    Duff – starting to show some real form if he keeps that up keep him on.
    Collocini – I reckon there’s more to come from him next season but I woul also sell him to generate funds if necessary.

    Get shot of:
    Owen – Have been a staunch supporter for most of his time at the club but he just doesnt seem bothered. martins has shown the hunger against tottenham and boro when replacing owen despite being injured.

    Barton – Again I have been a big supporter, but enough is enough and maybe this will be a bit of a symbolic clear out move along with owen, showing an end to former regimes.

    Ameobi – Enough said, potential no longer, ranger and carroll deserve his spot.



    Xisco – May have potential but we have 2 younger English forwards with seemingly more potential.

    Butt – he’ll probably stay on, but would be back up at most for me. can do a job but gives the ball away to much having worked hard to win it

    Edgar – yeah the lad is good back up but he’s never gonna be a starter. let him have a career elsewhere rather than playing 5 games a season.

    That would leave my starting line up as:


    Beye——– S Taylor——–Bassong—–Enrique
    R Taylor ??????? ??????? ???????


    Guthrie Nolan Jonas

    Carroll Ranger

  • geordie jock

    May 13, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    I think we are getting too carried away because of one win, hardly any of our players have done anything over the season as our position shows. The only players worth keeping (who have been playing regular ) are Beye, Bassong, Enrique and possibly Steven Taylor and Guthrie, the rest need to be shown the door as well as our fabulous owner. Bring in a mix of younger hungry players along with a few experienced pro’s and gradually build up the club over time instead of going for the easy fix.

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 13, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    @Bosck – I hope we get rid of Jonas. Lovely lad but offers absolutely during a game. Runs and runs but loses the ball every time. He was a Dennis Wise buy – enough said.

    Personally I’d like Carroll to either leave or go out on loan because I see nothing from him to suggest that he can cut it in the Premier League. He even struggled when he was loaned out to the Championship.

    You don’t need to even mention Barton —he’s all but gone.

    RYAN TAYLOR and ALAN SMITH have to go. Smith is on massive wages for doing nothing. Good attitude bad player.

    As for Xisco, I saw a lot of him when he was playing in Spain. Good player and still only 21, and has aparently become good friends with Enrique which obviously helps them both settle into the club. We should keep him and send him out on loan to another club for experience of first team football.

  • Bosck

    May 13, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Jamesthefirst, I know what you mean with jonas but i think he should be given another season to produce for us like he has done for Argentina, you don’t start for them if you’re a bad player with no end product.

    to be clear on smith I would give him a take it or leave offer of a lower wage contract. taylor is good enough for back up at least for next year if we are going to build gradually.

    everyone has their opinions but we’ll have to disagree on Carroll and Xisco, what you say about carroll i would say about xisco, and i dont see the point in keeping him as he is friends with enrique if you’re only gonna loan him out anyway.

  • Oleg G

    May 14, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #12

    He was “WOW” on monday, but Jamesthefirst is right.

    But stop talking about next season. we still dont know where we are going to play.

    Expect the worse, Hope for the best. not more then that !

  • Tom_Toon

    May 14, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #13



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