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Wal hangs up his boots - 31/03/2004

Wal hangs up his boots
Well respected on Tyneside
   Warren Barton
   Newcastle United

It’s a sad day when you realise you’ve pulled on your boots for the last time. Warren’s made his decision and he’s now going to concentrate on his coaching.

For me, he’s been one of the most professional players around. How many times did you hear about him falling out with people or getting himself into trouble? He doesn’t shirk from taking on responsibility and has always done things the right way. He’s captained at a few clubs, works hard off the park, and was always volunteering to help out with charity functions. His role as a PFA rep was appreciated by those around him and until today he held the top players job - Chairmanship of the PFA, which he's subsquently had to hand over today.

Although his playing days are over, he’s not lost to the game. He’ll certainly make a good coach and/or manager and I know that he won’t be short of an offer or two. Perhaps he’ll be back up at St. James Park some day? You hear fans talking about him teaming up with Alan Shearer, well I don’t know if that’ll happen but it wouldn’t surprise me if it did!

Whatever offer he accepts, I’m sure he’ll do a good job.

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