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Mourinho Fears Reds Backlash

The Republic of Ireland winger passed a medical on Tyneside and signed a five-year contract. And although Liverpool and Tottenham were in the race at the death, Mourinho didn't want the player to go to a side he feels could be challenging him for the Premiership, or to his near neighbours.

Duff was a 17million signing from Blackburn in 2003, and although he has been a success with the Blues (with two Premiership medals to prove it) he didn't fancy a 'bit part' at Stamford Bridge next season.

Mourinho, on the other hand, refused the offer by Liverpool, knowing full well this could be a player who could come back and haunt him.

Liverpool's loss - Newcastle's gain.

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The Journalist

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Date:Sunday July 23 2006

Time: 12:23PM

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23/07/2006 12:39:00

So what you are saying is that Mouinho was happy for Duff to go to Newcastle because they are not a threat. I agree that Newcastle are not a threat to anyone but themselves but I am sure that it did not enter Mourinho's head, he sold to you lot because you where the idiots that paid 10-11 million for him. Don't get me wrong he is a good player but 10-11 million! Mourinho saw you lot coming.
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23/07/2006 12:39:00

I like Duff he's an excellent player but this deal was not just black & white it was tinted with plenty of anti red and anti lillywhite COYS
North Devon Spurs
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23/07/2006 12:59:00

The guy,s fu cking ugly and would have ruined the classy new shirt, looked alright in a fu cking gay blue shirt though.
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23/07/2006 13:05:00

It seems that Newcastle only paid 5 million for him. Suppose he didn't want to play for spurs because they have no champions league experience at all. Never mind one day maybe.
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23/07/2006 13:19:00

wow thats nice ent he had to choose u cause he wasn't allowed to a big club, haha have to agree, u boys need to sort ur team out or u will find urself in big trouble
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23/07/2006 13:22:00

Yeh there was only one place he was allowed to go if he wanted first team football, for sure.
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23/07/2006 13:42:00

The authors comments are exactly right, Chelsea stopped the transfer to Spurs (& Liverpool) as they KNOW we are going to be a bigger threat this year, and their gay 'trophy' fans couldnt bear the thought of some competition in the leaugue this year. They would rather have all the players and dominate again with all the money but no satisfaction of actually winning it from a level playing field with the other teams around you. Please take me back to the good old days of division 1 when you could pick from lots of teams capable of winning a trophy, and they was a limit on foreigners so your players could relate to a london derby and actually cared! No seriously good luck to chelsea this year... i hope the Russian gets bored when you fail in CL again and then you will go under when the arse is ripped out of your club. BTW - Duff will create lots of chances for newcastle in the 20 games he manges to play in a season, shame they wont have anyone to knock them in as the rest of their squad is *****e...
surrey yid
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23/07/2006 14:02:00

Dont say that they got Owen, for maybe two games of the season. LOL
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23/07/2006 14:31:00

owen was good business! wot is it? 1m a game! what an overrated shower of *****! sooner you newcastle fans realise you are in the ***** the better. no-one is bitter duff has signed for you, its the ridiculous calls you lot make saying that your a bigger club than spurs! you jokers!
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23/07/2006 15:48:00

Jose's only fear is not getting to go to Itlay in a year or two after 2 more EPL and a CL title.
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23/07/2006 16:26:00

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23/07/2006 17:12:00

I was born in Newcastle and i still go back up a lot ,so i know just how big the club is and how good most of their fans really are, how they fill james's every week (been many times myself)and how much everyone up there loves the club. But i also know the fan base only runs city deep and you have debt coming out your ar*s hole
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23/07/2006 19:57:00

To she MUG who said no one is bitter we signed duff, if anyone is bitter its u soppy Bo***cks so think before you open your trap.
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23/07/2006 21:03:00

HAVE U EVER SEEN A SPUR IN MILIAN ERMMMMMMM NO shearer Ermmmm YES I have thanks very much, Spurs "BEAT AC Milan" on the way to WINNING the UEFA CUP, It was the second of our 3 (THREE) European Trophies (they are shiny things with handles on the side). Have you EVER seen the Barcodes "WIN a Trophy" THOUGHT NOT, Spurs have "ONLY WON 13 (THIRTEEN) Trophies" since Newcastle last WON a Domestic Trophy IN 1955 LOL, and you mugs have the front to "Try to have a go at Spurs", EYE MAN WERE HUGE LIKE , Newcastle are also around 100 million pounds in debt, Spurs have a NET DEBT, and Spurs also make a profit each season .
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23/07/2006 23:50:00

To the last comment hahahaha - spurs aint goin no were - and when did they last achieve anything - since i was born its been absalutly fu$k all (oh u got beat in a final i remember) lol
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24/07/2006 04:23:00

ps- who in there right mind would go to spurs lol ??? Sol cambell nearly broke his neck to leave there 5 yrs ago cos its that much of a ***** hole lol
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24/07/2006 04:27:00

From the Chelsea fans, to all the illiterate wannabes out there... we just love watching you whine it out among yourselves.
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24/07/2006 09:24:00

wait until you see the reat of our signings for this season! we're gonna come back bigger and better than before
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24/07/2006 11:59:00

what a bunch of *******s on here, all bitter cos the toon got duff for 5m, very good business, and even if newcastle are debt rifdden, which club isnt!? Just wait for a few strikers to arrive & we'll see who has a good season.
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24/07/2006 15:16:00

Good signing Newcastle, 5 million is a bargain even if the player DOES have injury problems it's got to be looked at as worthwhile. By the way Newcastles debt is'nt directly connected to the club, in the same way as the Emerates Stadium is'nt with Arsenal. Also "NET DEBT" is still DEBT!! Net or Gross debt is debt!
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24/07/2006 19:45:00

Good signing Newcastle, 5 million is a bargain even if the player DOES have injury problems it's got to be looked at as worthwhile. By the way Newcastles debt is'nt directly connected to the club, in the same way as the Emerates Stadium is'nt with Arsenal. Also "NET DEBT" is still DEBT!! Net or Gross debt is debt!
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24/07/2006 19:57:00

So when did you last win something Rubbix?? you sign an over rated Chelsea reject (again) and you all think your fu*king world beaters!!
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24/07/2006 22:47:00

if you actually check out duffs stats you'll see he actually hasn't missed many games due to injury, even going to blackburn. he said it himself, he didn't want to play for tottenham or liverpool, you can say its the money all you like, he could have walked into any team in the prem. so, we are not much of a threat to tottenham eh? who had had the better premiership years? who has won more games out of our meetings togther? if we are so crap how come we stuffed you 1-3 last season, and had you in our pockets? i can't see how ppl think we are in big trouble, how far did we finish behind you? and we had a shockingly bad start to the season. so if we are crap and finished off the season better than you, how crap does that make you after you had a really good season for tottenham and we had a really bad season. you think you had success last year? you finished where we used to and a few years ago that was seen as crap for newcastle.
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