Date: 1st August 2006 at 1:21pm
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Nicky Butt is one … and the Toon Army have yet to take to him.

Roeder: ‘Nicky has played for one of the biggest clubs in the world at Manchester United and has a drawer full of top honours in terms of medals and caps for England.

‘He’s a strong character and our supporters are a forgiving crowd. He got a few boos when he came on but by the end they had died away. Nicky got in some good tackles and the crowd could see his commitment.

‘He knows he’ll have every chance with me. If players play well enough they get the shirt. If they play well they keep the shirt. All the lads know that.’