Wigan signing Sibierski: Shepherd should leave Newcastle

New Wigan Athletic signing Antoine Sibierski says Freddy Shepherd should sell up at Newcastle United.

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Sibierski saluted the fans he leaves behind, but accused Newcastle's chairman of reneging on a two-year deal the striker had agreed with former boss Glenn Roeder.

The 32-year-old, who stepped in for the injured Michael Owen, was furious that Shepherd, now under pressure to quit himself, would only offer a one-year contract.

He said: "I agreed with Glenn Roeder last February about a new deal. It was a good deal. Now Glenn is gone and when my agent spoke to the chairman, it was not the same deal.

"It was a lack of consideration from the chairman. He never explained it to me, just spoke to my agent.

"I'm disappointed because I've left the Newcastle fans, with whom I had a great relationship. The takeover is a good thing for them. They deserve to win a trophy."

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