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Duff sticking with Magpies

25 May 2009 - 13:43:17

Damien Duff has vowed to stick with Newcastle United despite their relegation to the Championship.

The Republic of Ireland international's own goal condemned the Magpies to a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday as they slipped out of the Premier League with a whimper.

But Duff insists he has no plans to seek a move away from St James' Park despite the former Blackburn Rovers winger being relegated for the second time in his career.

"I'm as loyal as they come and whether the gaffer (Alan Shearer) stays or goes, I'd love to try and get Newcastle back up into the Premier League," he said.

"I don't know what words can describe the way I feel. I'm devastated.

"The lads haven't tasted relegation apart from me at Blackburn and Nicky Butt at Birmingham.

"When it happened at Blackburn, I wasn't planning on seeing it again in my career. It's not a nice feeling.

"No disrespect to the Championship, but Newcastle are too big a club to be down there.

"I plan on being straight back up (in the Premier League) after next season."


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