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Martins Well Advised To Be Quiet About Former Team-mates

We never like to hear former players adversely criticize the Newcastle club or its players,  once they have left, for whatever reason.


Oba Martins – part of the relegated squad last season – after all

And unfortunately today Oba Martins is at it – by accusing Newcastle players of  not trying last season.

While we don’t disagree with him, the club has now moved on, and are enjoying considerable success in the Championship, and even look the class side in the league.

Wolfsburg’s new  striker Obafemi Martins has criticized his former Newcastle United teammates for not trying hard enough to beat the drop last season.

Oba said today:

“I was very happy when the move was completed because Wolfsburg are a team that is on the up with a good group of players.”

“Plus, I didn’t really want to play in the Championship after experiencing the Premier League.”

Well that’s a surprise, since Oba said in the summer he wanted to stay at Newcastle, to help them get promoted back to the Premier League.

While Martins claim that many Newcastle players did not give their all to make sure the club avoided the drop last season, this season has been completely different, so obviously we have to assume we got rid of most of  the slackers over the summer.

Certainly Cacapa, Owen, Viduka and Xisco have hardly been missed at all.

Oba added:

“In the last season I was injured and I had surgery. They did not do it right.”

“Other players were injured as well and that’s why we really went down.”

“For me we also didn’t try enough to avoid relegation.”

It would have been better if Oba had commented on Newcastle’s tremendous  resurgence this season, since what happened last season is now stale news.

Martins is in the news because his new club Wolfsberg are at Manchester United tomorrow night, in the European Champions League.

Oba is not  a starter this season at the German club, having started just one game and appeared 4 times as a sub, and scored 2 goals.

To be fair to Oba though, he always did his best at Newcastle, but just didn’t score enough goals to warrant wearing the famous number 9 shirt. He got 30 goals in his three seasons at the club.

That number 9 shirt is now vacant, and the club should probably wait until the end of the season,  and if young Nile Ranger is as good as we think he is – give the youngster the shirt!

Newcastle   have done very well without Oba this season, having won 7 of our first 9 games in the Championship – not too bad at all.

Hey – maybe we got rid of the right players over the summer after all. 😀

34 comments so far

  • Where did the good times go

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1


    An article by George Caulkin in The Times online edition.

    Sums up what many Newcastle United fans feel about King Kev.
    Forget all the ongoings in the courts and the whys and why nots about him leaving the club on two occassions.

    This artcile sums up my feeling towards the man and also the reason why Ashley will never understand him or the fans!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Thats Oba’s opinion and its about spot on, players didnt seem to deliver last season, like they didnt care, we have since had a good clear out and we are now left with a team of tryers and they are showing that this season.

    I will say though, maybe if Oba hadnt spent so much time on the treatment table and more time on the pitch bagging the goals, then maybe we wouldnt have gone down!

    Anyways, all water under the tyne bridge now, nufc is a different team now!

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s right though, isn’t he? Especially when it comes to that little scrotum Owen.


    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4


    and to be honest, although i liked him, he was never prolific as a goalscorer and dont miss him at all.

    ranger will p*ss all over him,

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Aye!.. A little tug on the old heart strings from Geordie Times…


  • Dragonera

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6


    That’s a bit harsh, mate. To be honest, i don’t see what is so wrong with Martins’ comments but oh well, there you go eh.

    I always liked Martins and i hope he has better success at Wolfsburg than he did here. He is such an exciting little player…even if he doesn’t score anywhere near enough for a striker.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    If I want a headless Chicken Oba I will give you a call…until then shat it!

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    He neglected to mention the ‘sitter’ missin’ part of last season, didn’t he?..

  • Irish Toon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Bar Oba and Given we haven’t lost any players who ever preformed for us. If and I stress “if” we bounce straight back up. I personally believe we will be in a lot better situation than last season. Lets never pay those sort of ridiculous wages again. Players simply playing for the money was clear to see last season. Owen been paid 120 grand to sit on the treatment table was a disgrace to our great club!

  • Sav

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Where did the good times go – I agree. Caulkin’s article should be ‘required reading’ for fickle fans, misguided blog administrators and the entire board, backroom and playing staff at SJP.
    Love it!
    How fortunate we are to have one journalist with a thorough understanding of the real situation of being a Newcastle fan and one who can communicate it so well and with such passion. I’d rather that than all the ‘arry ‘arrises and their rhumey-eyed jaundiced view of the world in general and , in particular, all things north of Manchester.

  • Jonas18

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #11



    thanks for trying your best, even though it wasn’t enough last season.

    He’s a great exciting player but his finishing is nowhere near what it should be. Has Oba ever heard of SIDE FOOTING it at close range instead of blasting it? he could have had so many goals last season if he had a bit of a cooler head.

  • RyanToon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Oba will ALWAYS be one of my FAVE players that played for us

  • murvar

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Astonished that anyone ever thought this player was any good. Couldn’t control the ball (“his first touch was so bad his second touch was a tackle”), never saw any other players around him, and ran up blind alleys faster than Stevie Wonder on a Harley Davison. Nice boy, crap footballer – with a good shot on him.

  • Sav

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Irish Toon, – Given and Martins might not have been much to lose under the circumstances, but as they say, at least they were a start.

    I can’t help wonder, as I come to appreciate how bad the Championship is and what a gulf in class to the Premiership, just how many of our current team would we want to still have with us if and when we have to face Arsenal, Man Utd, City, Chelsea and Liverpool again on a regular and equal basis? Smith, Nolan, Coloccini, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Carroll?

    Remembering we are still top-heavy in wages, these lads might be tearing up the Championship but there’s going to have to be one hell of a shopping spree if we get promoted. Ashley isn’t going to do it and I’m not sure Moat will have the readies….

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    I am with Murvar on this one..very hit and miss…pace and nothing else.

  • Jonas18

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Aye Oba is one of my Favourite NUFC players ever!

    Oba last season

    Oba’s First Season

    There are very few players that get you on the edge of your seat and cause an air of expectation and electricity in the stadium when they are on the ball, they are very rare and if you ever get them at the club, you freaking keep a hold of them.

    We are lucky to still have Jonas Gutierrez at the club.
    He is another one of those special players that creates that atmosphere of excitment, expectation and electricity in the stadium.

  • Jonas18

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Murvar he was more than C#@9 footballer to this club. He was a really good player for us and…….

    ALWAYS looked like our best bet for a goal!

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Sav I think we will need mega investment and complete overhaul if we get promoted otherwise we will just yoyo from season to season caught in the middle of both divisions.

    I am not that keen on the Moat takeover and feel the necessary funds needed to build a decent team would stretch his budget.

  • komfort

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #19

    we all know his second touch was a tackle…..we just about got our money back on him and should be thankful for that.

    …but where has the money gone ????..

  • NorthernPaul

    Sep 29, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    I thought Oba was crap.

    He’s right in what he says though to be fair.

  • Filthy Malcolm

    Sep 29, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #21

    An excellent article written by George Caulkin that shames ALL of the people who have had their heads turned by Ashley and Llambias’s anti Keegan propaganda.
    (The above comment is also aimed at the blog owner)


  • Filthy Malcolm

    Sep 29, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #22
  • 3eltoroEnrique

    Sep 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #23

    First time post, never normally comment, but something in this got at me. Nobody could ever question oba’s commitment, which is a far sight more than you could say for any of these players, and that being said he has a right to question the events of last year. As for his ability, yes he a little hit and miss but he was our one player that could change a game with a bit of pace or great goal, and his pace alone made teams adapt their game to play us, by necessity dropping back to give themselves more time. As for his goals ratio, it was 1 in 3 which is a fair return especially when in many of those games he was used as winger or impact sub. And to say that Ranger will p/ss all over him after something like five games and no goals is a joke. Don’t get me wrong, I like ranger and think he’s done well, put people shouldn’t get too carried away with the lad. After all, he only managed to score 7 reserve team goals in over 20 appearances last season. Added to all of this you have to remember that we are playing championship football, so our great resurgence is really little more than our team playing somewhere near the level it should be. Yes we should enjoy these performances, but we shouldn’t get carried away. Martins is a premiership player with champions leauge pedigree, to ask him to play chpionship football is an insult to his pride: in the same way Given, the most loyal of all our players, simply couldn’t take any more humiliation every week in a team that didn’t care, felt that his ability deserved a better club. We should thank Martins for three years and some great goals, but respect his decision to leave and hope that Nile Ranger becomes even a fraction of the player. Rant over, howay the lads tomorrow and so on.

  • crawcrook3

    Sep 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Oba was an over-rated up-his-own-backside player. He could have saved us!!! But so glad he is gone, promised so much – but peppered the roof of St James. There was obviously discontent and disruption in the dressing room last season that has now cleared up, me thinks him leaving may be a clue why it is better!!! Good Riddance and well said Ed.

  • bren32

    Sep 29, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25

    one more goal and we stay up , great penalty against arsenal oba, arshole

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 29, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Martins had 2 assets he could jump & he was very, very quick. The problem was he couldn’t trap a bag of wet cement & didn’t score nearly as many goals as he should have. Bit of a headless chicken, I think we did well to get so much money for him.

  • MacToon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Great article by Caulkin again but has everyone missed Stardick err dust’s reply:

    “…….And I once loved him and now despise the selfish spineless shell of a man who walked away – knowing a club, a city, its fanbase and their dreams would crumble behind him.

    Dont waste your love on Kevin Cowardly Keegan – he only knows how to love himself not you or NUFC.

    Posted by: Stardust”

    Well there’s always one who doesn’t or can’t understand the obvious!

    As for Oba, he had very little service but when the team used a 4-3-3 we seen the best of the players (who have mostly left now) in action like the game against Spurs.
    KK got to use the tools he had to the best of his ability and then when he wanted some new ones had them thrust upon him and then expected to beat the likes of Chel$ki!

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 29, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Worst ever number 9. I will never miss him. He killed the shirt.
    Am glad all the thugs left and we are a better team now.

  • tom tomb

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Oba loads of pace -yeah he did but when did he use it? He scored only one goal one on one with the keeper for us and Inter. He was never looking to use his pace to get past the last man. Oh and like the lads say he missed loads of sitters last season from 6 yards. He and that scrote Owen playing in the champions league is unbeleivable -200,000 a week nearly for their pay at the toon! For what exactly give me Billy Rafferty and Frank Pingel anytime at least they knew they were shi-e.

  • chuck

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Seems any and every player who leaves the side for whatever reason, immediately becomes a traitor and a lousy player overnight.
    Grow up please, Oba was a good player who lacked service and Seamus has just been voted the best goalie by far in a recent poll on PL goalies.

  • chuck

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh, bye the way Ed.
    Who are you to give people advice on what and whatnot to say, bit over the top,dont you think ?
    I could find nothing wrong with what he stated and fully agree, that there were in fact those who did`nt try.
    Last I heard we were all still living in a democracy with freedom of speech.
    It`s a bit rich considering some of the statements in blogs attributed to you.

  • Davy Craig

    Sep 29, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #32


    Very good point and I agree wholeheartedly!

  • Davy Craig

    Sep 29, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #33

    The frustration on Martins’ face was there for all to see and he didn’t just feel sorry for himself like Man Utd’s new top paid bench warmer.

  • chuck

    Sep 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #34

    3 El Toro Enrique
    Ever hear the addage ” Casting pearl among swine”


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