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James Perch – From Zero To Cult Hero

11 years ago

The club gave us the final confirmation that James Perch had moved on to Wigan after a strange United career which saw him go from zero to (cult) hero.

A player who never hid and showed he had the bottle to bounce back after a less than average start to his Newcastle career.

This is how Newcastle United bade him farewell in their official statement;

‘Newcastle United defender James Perch has joined Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the FA Cup-winning Latics, who were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season.

Perch signed for Newcastle in July 2010 from boyhood club Nottingham Forest and made 81 appearances during his three-year spell on Tyneside.

Deployed in a number of positions across defence and midfield, he represented the Magpies in the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup, scoring once – against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day last season.’

Not even a thank you to a committed player who Newcastle got much more than their money’s worth out of.

No message of thanks from our Chief Executive/Managing Director, which is kind of understandable seen as we haven’t got one!

No message from Alan Pardew either, despite our manager having battled to get Perch a new contract during last season. Though that is no surprise either, to an extent, with it being now fully three weeks since anything was heard of Alan Pardew.

If the club aren’t capable of even saying thanks/farewell/have you left your keys, to an outgoing player, exactly how can anybody have faith in their ability/intention at the moment to do credible deals.

Well James, as nobody appears to be left at St.James’ Park to say it, thanks from us on behalf of all fans who appreciate players who give their all, you can’t ask anything more of players.

Though maybe you can ask more of the people who are above our players.


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