Date: 4th September 2006 at 5:34pm
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He took to the pitch proclaiming Toon fans were better than the ‘Blues’ at Stamford Bridge; Glenn Roeder was as good a manager as Jose Mourinho; and praising everything black and white.

But the dust has settled, he has sampled life on Tyneside, and now he wants to put the record straight and say he got himself ‘a little carried away’.

The Republic of Ireland international picked up back-to-back championship medals with Jose Mourinho’s side but reluctantly accepted his time had come.

Duff: ‘I had to move for my game. If you had a football brain, you could see that. But it did ruin my summer. I loved every minute of my time at Chelsea. I was roaring crying when I left.

‘Jose told me he didn’t want me to go. If I had two or three years left on my contract, then he wouldn’t have let me go. But I had to.

‘To add to it, the Republic of Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup, and I was depressed I wasn’t there.’