Newcastle drew yesterday 1-1 at
home to Sunderland. How did it go?
We passed well, dominated the play and should have won the match. With all the
chances we had at the end of the game, we should have gained the three
points for a victory. Newcastle hadn't beaten Sunderland for three years and
wanted to win the match to stop this curse.
Did you play well?
I passed the ball for Bellamy's goal at the end of the first half. I recovered the
ball in midfield and Bellamy made a good run. My pass let him in unmarked on
goal and he scored with a cross-shot.
I also put over some good crosses, one of which in the first half which would have had led to a penalty. The defender
handled the ball of the hand in surface but the referee didn't see it. The
game went ok for me.
Were you not tired a little after the Intertoto match against Troyes?
The boys had one day off to recover but as the side is made up of young players, they recover relatively quickly.
We did not have a problem.
So far you have two points into two matches. Are you anxious about
the team's start to the season?
Absolutely not. We've met two good teams at the beginning of the championship and
succeeded in taking a point each time. It was a good result to draw with
Chelsea and we should have won yesterday in the derby against Sunderland.
The team played well.
When will the injured players be fit?
Alan Shearer made his comeback yesterday at the end of the match him, that goes much better.
As we have no match this weekend, I think he will have a great chance of
returning on September 8th. For the others, they continue to be looked after,
but we will be soon have our complete team.
How will you manage this two week break from action?
We will continue with training. With not having a match because the fixtures
are moved for various international meetings, perhaps I will
go to Paris this weekend.
Let us return to the Intertoto exit. Newcastle went out to Troyes after a completely insane match. How did you
find the game?
Hard, very hard. We failed to mark,stopped playing and gave them two goals. From 4-1,we
made it back to 4-4 but came across a good defence.
Now, it is necessary to concentrate on the championship. There
are important games to be played and I will do everything to make sure they
Sylvain Distin was also present at St James Park. Did you see him?
He stayed the evening in the same hotel as me but we weren't
together. I know he was there to meet with club officials but I don't know
when he'll join.
There has also been talk about the arrival of
That would be a very good thing for us but we'll have to wait and see. There are
enormous changes at present Manchester, with the departure of Stam to Lazio
and rumours of Laurent Blanc to replace him.
It's true that with Shearer, that would make a very wonderful attack,
but at present the team is going well and i''m content - hopefully that will
continue for as long as possible.
Paris have beaten Rennes this weekend. Did they play well?
Yes, they are fourth in the league. They won 3-0 and the new recruits
fitted in well. - good for them. I understand that Okocha has become the new
star of the side, and i'm happy for him.