Mike Williamson was never good enough for the Premier League.
A very honest player who always gave his all, his ability just never matched up to his effort.
A perfect sign of the failure by Mike Ashley to properly invest after promotion, Newcastle still had the same centre-backs (Coloccini, Williamson, Steven Taylor) when the 2015/16 season kicked off, as they’d had when second tier champions six years earlier.
There was always a feeling Mike Williamson could do a really good job in the Championship (elsewhere, not waiting for Ashley to relegate Newcastle again…) and he impressed when going on loan to Wolves in October 2015.
The move was made permanent in January 2016 and Williamson handed an 18 month contract.
However, a succession of injuries meant that after completing his £250,000 transfer, Mike Williamson had three managers (Kenny Jackett signed the Newcastle player, then Walter Zenga replaced him, before Paul Lambert quickly took over from Zenga) at Wolves but no first team football, until March this year.
The defender played five Championship games in March/April 2017 but is still set to be released when his contract ends next month (June).
Now aged 33, the media in West London claim that QPR and interested in taking Mike Williamson.
Les Ferdinand is Director of Football and Rangers have a track record of former Newcastle defenders, with James Perch, Peter Ramage and Danny Simpson all having turned up at Loftus Road sometime after their days at St James Park were over.