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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Mike Williamson hoping Wolves loan will provide relief from Magpies woes

Mike Williamson has joined Wolves on loan from Newcastle for a month.
Mike Williamson has joined Wolves on loan from Newcastle for a month.

Mike Williamson wants to move on from his Newcastle struggles.

The defender has joined Wolves on loan for a month after failing to force his way into Steve McClaren's Magpies side.

Williamson has made just two Capital One Cup appearances this term, despite second-bottom Newcastle's troubles in the Barclays Premier League.

Last season he was also accused of deliberately getting himself sent off by former boss John Carver in the defeat at Leicester, but the ex-Portsmouth man is keen to forget his old problems.

"It's in the past, it was a difficult time and there was a lot of pressure on people's shoulders and people react in different ways. It's gone now though," said the centre-back, who could make his debut in Wolves' Sky Bet Championship game at Birmingham on Saturday.

"Now it's an opportunity to play football. My chances have been limited and it's frustrating but is part of the job. It's a fresh challenge.

"It's hard to predict (whether he has a future at Newcastle). I'm just going to come here and do the best I can and show I have a lot of football left in me."

The 31-year-old leaves Newcastle with McClaren under pressure following their start, which included Sunday's 3-0 derby defeat at Sunderland.

Williamson believes they are suffering from a lack of know-how, but backed McClaren to turn Newcastle around.

"If you had the answers you'd be a rich man," he said. "It's been difficult, the transition in the summer with the staff and we lost a lot of experienced players - Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor. Young exciting players have come in who are abundantly talented but maybe lack Premier League experience.

"Once they find their feet I have no doubt they'll be fine, they have a fantastic manager and great ability. In the last month Newcastle have dramatically improved. The derby at the weekend was an injustice. The manager is building solid foundations."

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