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Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« on: November 24, 2006, 08:39:12 AM »
Don't know if any of the UK based saw it. He was interviewed by John Barnes on his Channel 5 show. They had an interview with Didier Drogba first, then Yorke. It was mainly about his time with Sunderland. Not a lot about T&T but in summary here were they main things he talked about. By the way this is what he said....some things could be misinterpreted.

- Main reason he went to Sunderland was because of Roy Keane, he did try to cover himself by saying Sunderland were a big club. He said nothing about being forced out of Sydney just that when Keane called he could not turn the offer down. Most of the interview was about his thoughts on Keane, the teams chances for promotion, the squad etc.

- Barnes asked him if he came back to the UK because he felt he had some points to prove after his unsuccessful stints at Blackburn and Birmingham. Yorke did'nt really answer directly, said he was happy with what he had achieved in his career, achieved more than he dared believe he could have. That his time at Blackburn and Birmingham were tainted by 'Personal Issues', one of which being the death of his sister. Said his mind was'nt truely focused on playing ball during this period.

- Was asked by Barnes about his thoughts on Graham Taylor, a manager who affected both their early careers. Yorke said all the usual glowing things he normally says about Taylor but also said Taylor as well as Bertile St Clair were the ones who convinced him to return to play for T&T. That Taylor had advised him to play and said it was his final chance, that Yorke would regret it if T&T did qualify. Yorke said Bertile took him to see Talyor when on a visit to the UK to convince him to play for T&T. He also said that Taylor was considered to replace Bertile as T&T coach before Leo, did'nt mention why this fell through.

- The expected question about T&T's qualification and his thoughts on it came. The expected responce given with words like great, acheivement, unbelieveable and dreams littered throughout.

- He was asked about his nickname in Sydney 'Allnight Dwight' (or something like that). Yorke said it came from the UK but the Aussie press were no different from their UK collegues. He said he dosen't understand why the nickname follows him as his activities aren't as bad as the nickname suggests.

at the end of the interview the Studio panelists (Barnes, Pat Nevin and some journalist) were glowing in their praise of Yorke. They seemed more pissed than him about his reputation.....said if you ask any Manager who has dealt with Yorke they always say Yorke is the ultimate pro when it comes to training, preparation for a game and keeping himself in shape. Nevin and the journalist said Yorke and Graham kavanagh are by far the class players at Sunderland. The journalist went on to say that Yorke in his new midfield role is too good for the championship. He also mentioned that in Yorke's first press conference at Sunderland he was asked if he and Keane ever socialised...the response - NEVER! Asked if they were friends - question not answered. They had a mutual respect.

was a nice interview, nothing really groundbreaking though.

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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2006, 09:08:04 AM »
Anybody tape it?
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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2006, 09:38:48 AM »
I did'nt think to tape it  >:( , only saw it by chance as it's not a very good show (Barnes is a crap presenter), plus it comes on around midnight-1am UK time. They don't usually replay it either. :'(

maybe some Sunderland fan will post it on youtube!

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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2006, 10:57:47 AM »
Thanks for de run-down Rodney.

The editors of Four Four Two magazine had the same perspective on Yorke's attitude to training, game prep and keeping in shape. Yorke is class and a professional, despite the rep. I wished he'd have gone back to the prem after Sydney because he IS a class above others at Sunderland.

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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2006, 12:51:05 PM »
thanks for the effort in typing up dat interview Rodney.......ah love it!!
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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2006, 01:22:46 PM »
Imagine how much of a professional impression Yorke has made on Keane for Keane to approach Yorke for the position even though they aren't friends.

Or maybe Keane just wanted some press attention at Sunderland  ;D


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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2006, 03:22:33 PM »
like ah pass some goat mouth on the man.  ::)

He get sub at the half...misplaced passes and a yellow for a poor tackle just before the break. Nothing but abuse from the BBC commentry team.

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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2006, 03:43:14 PM »
He did have a very poor first half. Very unlike him.

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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2006, 11:37:59 PM »
Nice summary, dey, Rodney.  Thanks for dat.  Haul BBC ASS!! Dwight is entitled to a bad game or two in English football as far as I am concerned, especially after all that he has accomplished there.  Some of them commentators and dem does just be pure haters when dey ready.  If de man had a bad game, then point it out without trashing the man.  is not like he has been nothing but garbage in football.


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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2006, 06:44:59 AM »
when one sits and thinks, if it wasnt 4 yorke's sister he would proably be another higley or hardest. bags of skill but not having the  work ethic and guidance to fully make use of it
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Re: Espn Soccernet giving Yorkie some props
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2006, 09:45:56 PM »
Great article...hopefully he will be coaching at home one day !
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Re: Espn Soccernet giving Yorkie some props
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2006, 10:52:40 PM »

There is a scar on Dwight’s back. Anyone  knows the story behind that scar?

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Re: Espn Soccernet giving Yorkie some props
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2006, 11:53:16 PM »

There is a scar on Dwight’s back. Anyone  knows the story behind that scar?

I found an article about it:

http://football.guardian.co.uk/worldcup2006/story/0,,1788058,00.html

aparantly it was said to have been caused by being run over a car when he was 2 years and being scalded with the exhaust pipe!!!

A little more on the scar:

http://room311.blogspot.com/2006_06_04_room311_archive.html

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A touching story from Dwight Yorke's biography on the Trinidad and Tobago website:

"When he was two, Yorke was hit by a car speeding on the way to the airport at Canaan and was carried on its bonnet for 100m before bouncing off.A Chinese doctor stopped at the scene and saved his life but the little boy had a broken leg and spent three months in hospital.The car's exhaust burned a scar onto his back that eventually grew into the shape of Tobago and to this day it's a constant reminder that every day is a blessing."

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Re: Yorke Interviewed on UK TV last night
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2006, 07:58:28 AM »
Nice work Rodney.

Soccernet has this interview on the first page, don't know if it has been posted on the site as yet.

Dwight keen to make an impression[/b]

In 2005 when Dwight Yorke made the move down under to play for Sydney FC in Australia's new A-League, few would have begrudged the former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker a little more time in limelight.
 
A pioneer for the new league, the 35-year-old spurned the overtures of the lucrative middle-east to continue his career with Sydney, and quickly became a fans' favourite at his new club, as well as the biggest name in Australian soccer.

Boasting a unique striking pedigree, Yorke found a new lease of life as a midfielder for Sydney, using his vision and experience to knit the team's play together, while not having to rely on his ageing legs to lead the line. Although he was able to weigh in with seven goals in his first season at the club.

'I've had my fun as a striker,' he says. 'I've scored lots of goals week in and week out, but at this point of my career I'm not going to be doing that again.'

'It was a position I thought I could always play, coming back and linking up with midfield so it wasn't such a difficult job playing in that role when the coach asked me to,' he adds.

Just having a player of Yorke's calibre was enough to give the A-League a much-needed boost of publicity and, as his salary fell outside the Australian wage cap, Yorke was branded Sydney's 'marquee' player.

'I really enjoyed being the star player, and I relished having people there to see me', he says. 'Being in Sydney, the biggest city in Australia, everyone wanted to beat us so we were like Man Utd, it was challenging and great to be in that position.'

After a successful World Cup in Germany, Yorke found that the profile of Australian soccer rocketed, buoyed by his own success with his native Trinidad and Tobago as well as the Socceroos own showing.

'It was a dream come true for me,' he says. 'At that particular time I thought I'd lost the opportunity to take my country to the World Cup as I was in the twilight of my career. Leading the team out was the icing on the cake for me and we were pretty happy with the progress the team showed in the competition.'

Indeed, Trinidad and Tobago were one of the surprise packages of the tournament, holding Sweden to a 0-0 draw, although they didn't qualify; while the Australian national side also impressed- reaching the knockout stages, only to be denied by a last-minute penalty from eventual winners Italy.

'Once the Socceroos qualified for the World Cup, it became easier for the A-League because people were more soccer-orientated,' Yorke says. 'The supporters all got behind the teams and the first year was a great success, mostly down to the success of the World Cup.'

Not only did the Socceroos exceed all expectations in their march to the knockout stages, they also raised the profile of the domestic league, which has since seen other big-name players like Benito Carbone and Brazil legend Romario join the ranks- albeit with limited success.

England legend Terry Butcher has also made the move down under to cut his managerial teeth, while ex-players Stan Collymore and Gianfranco Zola have also recently been linked with stints in the league.

'The A-league was something new to the people of Australia and the federation behind it,' Yorke says. 'They didn't quite know how people were going to react when it first started off, but the support has been great.

'To make any league successful you have to take risks,' he asserts. 'Maybe they need to bring in three marquee players instead of one, to get more people into the ground.

'Attracting quality players, who are coming to the end of their careers and still want to play in a good league, they have to have the imagination that they can be a big league. With the right organisation behind them I'm sure the A-League will be even more of a success.'

Having moved from the sun and sand of Sydney at the end of the August transfer window, Yorke has settled in colder climes, and has now been re-united with old United team-mate Roy Keane at Sunderland.

'There is one reason and one reason only,' Yorke says of his decision to head back to England. 'It was because of Roy Keane, there's nothing else to it.'

Together for four years at Old Trafford, which included the treble in Yorke's first season with the club in 1999 and three league titles, the Trinidad star has the utmost respect for his new manager.

'His record as a player has been phenomenonal,' he says. 'Knowing Roy Keane as a person and knowing what he will bring to the table as a manager was the pure and simple reason I'm here now.'

But surely playing under your former captain has to be strange?

'It's definitely weird that he's the boss and I'm the player here,' he laughs. 'It's going to take a bit of time for me to get used to it, but he's doing well. He's trying to find his feet as the job is pretty new and given time I'm sure he'll do a great job at the club.'

With promotion top of the priority list for a club only out of the top flight of English football for a year, Yorke is keen to make yet another impression on a league he is well at ease in.

'Getting to the Premiership is the ultimate ambition for any footballer,' he says. 'Having played in the top league for 15 years as a player, to end my career playing there again would be a great achievement.

'We're not going to get carried away though, and there's still a lot of work to be done, but if there's anyone who can do the job it's Roy.'

And Keane has already had an influence on the Trinidad and Tobago star's development both as a player and as a person. We've already seen Yorke the striker and now Yorke the midfielder; who's to say that next on the cards won't be Yorke the manager.

'I always thought I was going to just walk away from the game and disappear somewhere in the Caribbean,' he says. 'But since I've come back to England and spoken to Roy, he's persuaded me to get my coaching badges, so I will never say 'never' to being a manager.

'Right now I'm focussed on doing the best for Sunderland, but in the future I can see myself involved in management. I love the game too much to leave.'
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