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1) So how has your season been so far?

Mixed is probably the best word for it. After a dreadful start things really picked up and we find ourselves fairly firmly lodged in mid-table. Whilst this is far from ideal it's certainly an improvement on the way things were going. Then there's that FA cup game. Fortunately we seem to have picked ourselves up after that, after all if I'm being honest I don't think we were really going to win the cup anyway.

2) Is Glenn Roeder the man to take you forward?

Hopefully, but he needs finical backing. His one big signing, Martins, seems to be a bargain at £10million and he apparently had a load of cracking signings lined up when he was at West Ham (including a then unknown Didier Drogba for £500k) so clearly he's no slouch in the transfer market. He seems to be good at eveloping youth players too, so that's another bonus. Team sprit is high too and that seems to be down to Roeder.

3) Realistically what can Newcastle achieve this season now and what do you expect in the next few years?

Scraping a UEFA cup spot shouldn't be out of the question, though the lack of signings in the transfer window makes it a slightly more distant prospect. Finishing above Middlesbrough would be nice though. And on the subject of the Smoggies, if they can get as far as the UEFA cup final I don't see why we can't. Having said that Spurs getting a bye to the next round makes even more of a mockery of a competition that already has a strong hint of Mickey Mouse about it.

As for the next few years, god only knows. I very much doubt we'll be challenging for the Champions League any time soon though, not without a massive cash injection. But, if the ownership situation ever gets sorted, that might happen... Realistically though we should be aiming for Europe every year. We won't see a return to the glory days in the near future, but on the other hand when I look at Leeds, who had a similar level of success to us in the late 90's, I realise just how bad things could have been for.

4) How far away is Michael Owen from a return?

He'll be back in April, apparently. Though having said that one of the papers ran a story saying in addition to the knee problem he'd been seeing a specialist about his troublesome hamstring too so maybe that'll push things back a bit. Overall though I'd rather wait until the start of next season and have a fully fit Owen turn out than have him rush back for this season and have him end up getting crocked again.

5) What is your opinion of Aston Villa?

It's strange but I don't think Newcastle fans have any strong opinion on Villa. There's certainly no great history of rivalry. I think Moe from The Simpsons sums it up best when he says 'I'm a well wisher. In that I don't wish you any specific harm.'

6) What do you think of Martin O'Neill and were you hoping he'd join the Toon?

Clearly O'Neill is a quality manager and he'll do well at any club he goes to. But I must admit I'm happy with Roeder.

7) If you could swap a player or two of yours for one or two of our players, who would they be?

Now you're asking. Babayaro for Barry would be a definite, we really need a quality left back. And Ameobi for, well, anyone really. A striker if possible but I'm not really that bothered. In fact, I'd be more than happy to just let you have him.

8) Who do you fear in the Villa side?

Anyone who can head the ball basically, we're worryingly lacking in height. I think Petrov could cause us problems too.

9) Who should Villa fear in your side?

Martins, without a doubt. He'll either terrorise your defence for most of the game and score a cracker or doing nothing for most of the game and then score a cracker anyway.

10) What is your prediction for the game?

It all depends on which Newcastle turn up, the gutless bottlers or the never say die heroes. I have a feeling it'll be a score draw though.

My answers on Vital Newcastle


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday January 30 2007
Time: 12:36PM

Comments

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can you have another fight between yourselves too? the last one was entertaining!
bobbyfett
30/01/2007 14:20:00
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"after all if I'm being honest I don't think we were really going to win the cup anyway." You think!!
danvilla2
30/01/2007 14:51:00
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Its a game between two teams who appear to be capable of finishing mid-table, before summer rebuilding plans click into gear to prepare both for a much better 2007-08. Martins is very definitely the one to watch, although I wouldn't be overly surprised if a certain James Milner stepped up to centre-stage. Pre-game I'll willingly settle for a point, while obviously hoping for away win number two for the campaign. It'll help make for a decent drive home.
glensider
30/01/2007 18:32:00
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IMHO Wednesdays game is hard to call for the following reasons, Villa bedding in new players, how will they dovetail? Sweetness and light from the word go or a little nervous? Barcodes have been up and down like a fiddlers elbow this season, depending which team come out on Wed will depend very much on the result.
col8
30/01/2007 23:25:00
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My answers on Vital Newcastle
The Fear
31/01/2007 09:17:00
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I reckon we'll get a win with John Carew scoring on his debut. Happy days!
The Fear
31/01/2007 09:18:00
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