â€śThereâ€™s enough going on in Joeyâ€™s life. The last thing he would want is an opinion from well outside from me,â€ť said Oâ€™Neill.
â€śThere was nothing at all in stories that we were interested in him, regardless of off-field activities or anything.
â€śWe have a number of central midfield players in our team and I wasnâ€™t chasing anybody. I havenâ€™t made any enquiries whatsoever.
â€śHeâ€™s a very fine footballer. Newcastle spent ÂŁ5.5million on him.
â€śYou wouldnâ€™t command that sort of fee if somebody didnâ€™t think you were worth it.
â€śI suppose Iâ€™m probably not the best judge, but people like Stuart Pearce, Kevin Keegan and Sam Allardyce, who all worked with him, those people were prepared to take that chance.
â€śI thought he played very well for Manchester City the other year when they beat us under Stuart Pearce.
â€śMost of it will be up to him but what he will have found more than helpful, is that managers like Kevin Keegan and Joe Kinnear are giving him a boost by standing by him.â€ť