Jonathan Woodgate bizarrely trolls Newcastle United as he bigs up Middlesbrough
Jonathan Woodgate was a brilliant defender, when fit.
In fact I would say he was easily the best ever defender I have seen in a Newcastle shirt.
Sir Bobby Robson bought him and it was only the lure of Real Madrid that ended his all too brief stay at St James Park.
However, I’m not quite sure he is cut out for the management game.
In the summer Jonathan Woodgate got his dream job, manager of Middlesbrough, the club that he has supported all his life.
However, he is struggling badly only a month or so into the season, only one win in six games and two points above the relegation zone, plus knocked out of the League Cup by Crewe.
Bizarrely, in trying to prop to prop up the poor job he is doing at Middlesbrough, Woodgate has tried to use an attempted rubbishing of Newcastle to try and distract from it.
It is very similar to the past week where we saw the classless Michael Owen trying to sell a few extra books by having a go at Newcastle United and the fans.
“It’s a big step up for them to play for this football club.
“This football club is a big football club, who’s done well.
“I know we’ve only been in the Premier League once in 10 years but we’ve been to a UEFA Cup final, we won the Carling Cup, Newcastle haven’t.
“When was the last time Newcastle went to a UEFA Cup final?
“Our history is better than theirs in recent times, I’d say. It’s a big club.
“So I would say it’s a bit of a step up for them. It was difficult for them at first but those two will improve, they will get better, that is guaranteed.
“I’m seeing it in training, they will definitely improve and they will be a success at this club if they keep on going and keep on wanting to improve which they do, they are keen as mustard, the pair of them.
“They they listen to everything I want them to do, they look me in the eye, there’s no looking at the floor, they want to improve.
“It’ll take time, but that’s the vision of the football club, improving these players.
“Gone are the days when we are going to spend £5m, £10m, £15m on players.
“I know we’re a big enough club but money doesn’t always grow on trees, you have to graft for it.”
Well I’m not sure just how ‘big’ Middlesbrough are…but as usual their crowds aren’t. Only 7,897 at the home cup game v Crewe and averaging less than 20,000 at home in their three Championship home matches.
It is now only once in 11 seasons Middlesbrough have been in the Premier League and nothing wrong with pointing out his club’s previous achievements BUT why would you childishly try to compare to Newcastle. It is only going to end in tears.
If winning a League Cup trophy 15 years ago and getting to a UEFA Cup final two years later is how you gauge success, then they are on a par pretty much with say Tottenham, who have a League Cup win and a European final defeat in the same period.
We’d all like to win a trophy or two but in this Premier League era would you honestly have swapped Newcastle’s adventure (pre-Ashley mainly) for Middlesbrough.
From 1993 to 2004, in 11 seasons Newcastle finished in the Premier League: second (twice), third (twice), fourth, fifth, sixth.
As for when have Newcastle been in a UEFA Cup final, well of course we won it when we got there in 1969 (Fairs Cup the forerunner of UEFA Cup).
As for overall history, four League titles, six FA Cups and the Fairs Cup win…one League Cup win doesn’t even register.
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