Frenchman Hits Out At Newcastle Chairman

Last updated : 06 June 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor
The Frenchman says he quit the club after the Newcastle chairman went back on a promise to extend his stay by a further two years.

Sibierski signed for Wigan but he claims he would still be on Tyneside if it was not for a lack of "honesty" in the Newcastle boardroom.

Sibierski: "I agreed in February a new deal with Glenn Roeder. It was a good deal. But now he has gone, or has been sacked, I don't know the facts. And when my agent spoke to the chairman again, it was not the same deal.

"I wanted two years because I am still fit enough to go on for that long. When I saw how much I ran last season and how fit I was, I wanted to play two or three more years.

"When I knew Sam Allardyce was the new manager I went to see him to ask him what was going on with me. He told me he wanted to play me and to carry on talking to the chairman about my contract.

"For me, it was a lack of consideration from the chairman to give me the contract he wanted to give me. He didn't explain why. He just talked to my agent.

"I like to be honest myself and so I like to be with honest people. If I had been poor last year or had been injured, I could have understood. But that wasn't the case. I did very well and scored some goals, so I couldn't understand why he wanted to give me the second contract.

"I am very disappointed - not because we didn't come to an agreement, but because I left the fans with whom I had a great relationship. I will never forget the time I had in Newcastle. I am a Newcastle fan for ever. It was a big shame to leave. I hope the fans get the trophy they've been waiting for."

Was Freddy right? It obviously seems as though Allardyce has bigger fish to fry, and when you get a change of manager you get a change of ideas and ambitions.

Sibierski claims he has been badly treated by Newcastle, but last January he was BEGGING for a one year contract, never mind calling the odds on an extention.