Speed Won The War - But Who Won The Battle?

Last updated : 16 October 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

The player returned from holiday to find the Magpies in talks with Sam Allardyce, and Speed said at the time he would only go if Newcastle didn't want him.

I think that was answered when he got the call to go to the Reebok Stadium to sign on the dotted line.

Scott Parker came face-to-face with Speed on Sunday, and the Toon skipper hoped to put the horror of Croatia behind him with a good display. But it didn't work out that way. He simply left one "crisis" to join up with another.

Parker: "I'd like to think I'd play that long in the Premiership, but I can't see it! I have watched Gary a couple of times this year and he is still so, so fit.

"I have played against him many a time. He is strong and physical and can get around as well. To think how quick the game is getting now, it shows he has led his life the right way and been a true professional. He is a credit to himself.

"When he left here, I think it was a big loss."