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Bernard: United dream is dashed

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Olivier Bernard will be allowed to slip quietly out of Newcastle United at the end of the season.

 

The French defender was given a one season contract by United on September 1 but he will not be given another one.

 

And the 27-year-old will leave without getting anywhere near a first team game in his second spell at St James' Park.

 

That is bound to be a huge disappointment for Bernard, who signed on transfer deadline day on August 31 last year.

 

For he said at the time: "Leaving Newcastle United was the biggest mistake I have ever made"

 

"There hasn't been a morning I have not woken up and wished I was back at St James' Park.

 

"This is my club. They gave me my chance and I cannot wait to play for them again."

 

Bernard must be rueing the fact that talks about his new contract in the summer of 2005 broke down and this led to him leaving St James' Park.

 

And he must be regretting that after an unsuccessful spell with Southampton, he decided to go to Rangers where he came under manager Paul le Guen.

 

For his fellow Frenchman ordered him to lose weight and this had a detrimental effect in the opinion of the managerial and coaching staff at United.

 

They felt that after duly shedding the pounds, Bernard also lost the pace and power that is so vital in the Premiership.

 

It was Paul Montgomery, working as a scout for Sir Bobby Robson, who brought Bernard from Lyon to St James' Park in 1999 and he became a firm favourite with the supporters.

 

Ironically, it was also Montgomery who, in his role as European scout for Rangers, persuaded Bernard to make that ill-fated move to Ibrox.

 

And just as ironic is the fact that Montgomery, who worked with Glenn Roeder at West Ham, has now returned to United as a scout and has been given the job of finding a new left-back.

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If he wasn't such a greedy bastard he would never of left in the first place.

 

Hard luck.

 

 

Aye I don't have any sympath for Bernard, brought it on himself. Shame he couldn't have helped the LB issue here though all the same.

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If he wasn't such a greedy bastard he would never of left in the first place.

 

Hard luck.

 

 

Aye I don't have any sympath for Bernard, brought it on himself. Shame he couldn't have helped the LB issue here though all the same.

 

he paid the price for being a greedy bassa with a dodgy agent

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A total mercenary as far as I'm concerned, he may weep about leaving Newcastle now but couldn't wait to leave for West Ham when he thought he could

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