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Bramble wants to stay

Nov 30 2006

By Luke Edwards, The Journal

Titus Bramble has vowed to do all he can to earn a new contract at Newcastle United after insisting he never wants to leave the club despite the personal criticism he has been forced to endure at times in the past.

 

Bramble, who will once again start in the centre of defence against Eintracht Frankfurt tonight, remains a popular figure among supporters despite a poor start to the season which appeared to suggest the centre back was slipping back into bad habits and damaging lapses in concentration.

 

But the former England Under-21 international, who is out of contract at the end of the season and who can discuss a free transfer move with other clubs under the Bosman rule if a new deal has not been agreed by the New Year, is adamant he wants to prove he deserves to stay at the club he has grown to love.

 

"I want to stay at Newcastle United," said Bramble, who at 24 is confident the best years of his career are ahead of him.

 

"I love the club and I am settled in the North-East. Leaving Newcastle would be a massive wrench. There are not many better clubs to play your football at in Europe than Newcastle United.

 

"I've grown up at this club, both as a footballer and a person and I'm not thinking about leaving.

 

"I've not heard anything about a new contract yet and, to be honest, that isn't up to me. I've spoken to the manager and he's told me to go out there, play my football and prove to everyone that I deserve one.

 

"That's all I can do. The rest is out of my hands, but I'm determined to show that I should stay a Newcastle player.

 

"Hopefully something will be sorted out soon, but as I've said, all I can do is play well and see what happens."

 

Bramble's blunders in the home game against Fulham earlier this season led to some calls for his removal but, with Glenn Roeder's support, the former Ipswich man has recovered his form and his confidence to play a pivotal role in a defence which has conceded only six goals in its last 11 games.

 

There are few players who have attracted as much personal criticism as Bramble in the last few years, although much of it is born out of the frustration that he has the potential to establish himself as one of the best defenders in the Premiership if he can find the consistency.

 

And Bramble is determined to show that he can handle the pressure after suggesting United defenders are always going to be singled out by the critics.

 

He said: "You have to be strong to be a Newcastle defender, mentally it's tough because you probably get more criticism than at other clubs. Yes I've made mistakes, but I've always put my hand up and accepted the blame.

 

"I've always been mentally strong, even when I was a kid. I've got my family to thank for that. I've been low at times because sometimes the criticism has gone too far in my opinion.

 

"But I've got family, friends and team-mates who lift me up again. I've never buckled under the pressure and I never will.

 

"If I couldn't handle it, I wouldn't be so keen to stay."

 

It remains to be seen whether Bramble will be offered a new deal by chairman Freddie Shepherd, but, for now, Bramble is concentrating on more immediate issues.

 

A point in Frankfurt tonight would ensure Newcastle top their Uefa Cup group, which will mean they are paired against a team which finished third in their group and not a side coming from the Champions League.

 

He added: "It's going to be tough in Frankfurt, but we want to finish top of the group because that will help us in the knockout phase.

 

"We're on a decent run at the moment and we want to keep that momentum and take it into the league with us.

 

"That run has been helped by a much-improved defence, although Bramble is reluctant to be singled out for special praise.

 

"It's nice to see the defence has been praised in recent weeks.

 

"We've played really well as a unit and the statistics show we've had one of the best defensive records in the Premiership over the last couple of months.

 

"But it's not down to one individual. It's the whole team. I think the Arsenal game was probably the match where we proved a lot of people wrong. People expected us to get hammered there, but, although we were put under a lot of pressure, we repelled everything they threw at us."

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Guest Ridzuan

He might want to stay but I think at the end of the day,its the manager who decides whether he should stay or not.He still hasnt convince me that he is worth giving a new contract though.

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i stopped reading after "remains a popular among supporters..."

 

i hope he does well - but he has made too many mistakes, i wouldn't mind him as a squad player, but we really need to find a first choice cb to play alongside taylor!

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i stopped reading after "remains a popular among supporters..."

 

i hope he does well - but he has made too many mistakes, i wouldn't mind him as a squad player, but we really need to find a first choice cb to play alongside taylor!

 

he is popular,they didnt say he is good :D

 

don't we stand on our feet whenver he have the ball...

 

but the truth is that he dosn't deserve a new contract,UNLESS he improves himself this season and prove that he can put the past behind him,though i personaly doubt that..

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From that article, it sounds like the decision about a new contract will rest with the Chairman, not the Manager. I know the Chairman is ultimately responsible for financial decisions, but when it comes to the playing staff, he's got to be guided by the manager.

 

Freddie doesn't have a great reputation for taking advice, and I suspect that, like most fans, he doesn't like Bramble. Otherwise, the contract position would have been sorted out before now.

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Again I say it...Let's not make Bramble the black sheep of the defence...The whole problem with our defence has been the back four not playing as a team...

 

I think Bramble can still be useful for us so a contract of 2 years should be sufficient to see how he does in a couple of years...But we have to get a new commanding experienced Centre Back to help Bramble and Taylor and Ramage improve...

 

Keep him I say...

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If we had Bridge & Young in defense alongside Bramble & Taylor, 65% of Bramble's problems would never happen.

 

Its 50-50 with this guy for me, i think we should sign him up for another 2 seasons, simply because with two decent fullbacks he'd improve loads, and he still attracts interest off other clubs, so he'd still be possible to sell, only for more money.

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If we had Bridge & Young in defense alongside Bramble & Taylor, 65% of Bramble's problems would never happen.

 

Its 50-50 with this guy for me, i think we should sign him up for another 2 seasons, simply because with two decent fullbacks he'd improve loads, and he still attracts interest off other clubs, so he'd still be possible to sell, only for more money.

 

Does he?

 

Ipswich a division lower have said they'd take him but I'm totally unaware of anyone else showing their hand.

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If we had Bridge & Young in defense alongside Bramble & Taylor, 65% of Bramble's problems would never happen.

 

Its 50-50 with this guy for me, i think we should sign him up for another 2 seasons, simply because with two decent fullbacks he'd improve loads, and he still attracts interest off other clubs, so he'd still be possible to sell, only for more money.

 

Does he?

 

Ipswich a division lower have said they'd take him but I'm totally unaware of anyone else showing their hand.

 

Man City.

 

Maybe we can swap him for Distin plus cash.

 

:thup:

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