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Jose Enrique – Hero To Zero?

10 years ago

In advance of tonight’s match, ex-Newcastle player Jose Enrique talked about why he left;

“I had very good moments there … They have amazing fans, it is an amazing city. I still love Newcastle and will do all my life. But I play for Liverpool now and I want three points because it is important that we get them”.

“I hope the fans understand why I moved. I gave everything for Newcastle, I always gave 100% and nobody can say any different. I played in the Championship after they got relegated. I wanted to stay and help because I was part of the reason that we dropped out of the division”.

“But an opportunity to play for Liverpool came along and I couldn’t refuse it. We are one of the best teams in Europe. You cannot say no when a team like Liverpool comes for you”.

“They sold a lot of players … when you sell a lot of players, normally the team drops a little bit but they are doing really well. Demba Ba has come in and is on fire this season. They are doing really well and I am happy for them”.

Should every player who leaves St.James’ Park get treated the same?

No doubt some of you will boo Enrique tonight but to me he was a class player who simply didn’t believe Mike Ashley shared the same ambitions as him for Newcastle United (How many of us believe Mike Ashley shares our ambitions for Newcastle United?).

A class player who I loved to watch, he never gave less than 100% and was more than happy to stay and help deal with the fallout of relegation. What is there not to like and respect?


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