The Player Who Gets Toon Managers The Sack

Last updated : 16 January 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor

... (like Sir Bobby and Souness before him) he can get the best out of the player.

Bramble, who has been side-lined with a serious calf injury, was told by Roeder back in December that he had to impress to have his contract extended. He has not played since, but it seems the 25-year-old has won over Roeder by his attitude to return to action.

Bramble, it has to be said, has given Newcastle a poor return for the money paid to Ipswich Town back in 2002. Yet, although Roeder claims he has been frantically searching for a new centre-back during the January transfer window he still feels Bramble has a future on Tyneside.