Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Basketball: Sullivan Takes a Dig at Eagles

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Basketball: Sullivan Takes a Dig at Eagles

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Byline: Paul Gilder

NEWCASTLE return to BBL action this evening with Fabulous Flournoy confident Jeremy Hyatt can help the inconsistent Eagles restore their reputation as the domestic game's supreme force.

But Andrew Sullivan, the England international who quit the North-East club this summer, last night insisted that the franchise's problems will persist as he took a mischievous swipe at his former employers.

Although Flournoy is confident Newcastle's fortunes are improving, Sullivan is not so sure and a player who left the franchise to join DKV Joventut this summer has been keen to have his say.

"I would like to say that things will come good but there are a lot of things which need to be put right at Newcastle," said a player who managed less than two minutes of action during his new team's Euroleague defeat at the hands of Panathinaikos in Spain this week. "I would like to say that they will pull through and be okay but everyone I have spoken to on Tyneside tells me something isn't quite right."

Although he was widely regarded as the best player in the BBL last season, Sullivan has claimed that he was not offered the chance to remain in the North-East last summer, although the sizeable salary available to him in Europe would have rendered such an offer irrelevant.

"I said before I left that I would like to play for Newcastle again this season," he added. "But I was never even approached by the management. As a result of that I have a different type of interest in the team now.

"As individuals I want to see my friends do well. But I am not that interested in the organisation any more."

A Newcastle roster which completed a remarkable clean sweep last term has made a difficult start to the current campaign and will go into its sixth game of the season against Worcester Wolves having already been beaten on three occasions. …

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