His four years in the north east were badly hampered by injury, but he still produced a healthy return of 26 Premier League goals from his 71 appearances.
But he sought to set the record straight last night:
Newcastle fans, following my Football Focus interview, plenty of you tweeting me saying you don't blame me for getting injured but for
leaving when we got relegated. Despite the club saying they did, they didn't ever offer me a new contract despite them putting it in the
press that they did. How could they when they had just been relegated? It would have been financial suicide. I've seen it a million times, a
club will blatantly lie to their fans to take the moral high ground leaving the player with no leg to stand on. I've taken the stick for
years which is fine but you really don't know half of it. All will be revealed one day.