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Last Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Roeder gives hope to Magpies pair
Nicky Butt and Lee Bowyer
Nicky Butt and Lee Bowyer may still stay at Newcastle
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder insists midfield duo Nicky Butt and Lee Bowyer could yet have a future at the club.

Butt looked on the way out after a season on loan at Birmingham, while Bowyer has been tipped to leave.

Roeder worked with Butt when he was on England's coaching staff and said: "The Nicky Butt I know was excellent back then. He did very well for me.

"Lee Bowyer did very well for me at the end of the season and is another who I won't be in a rush to move anywhere."

Butt, 31, had been destined for a permanent move to St Andrews, but their relegation - confirmed by a 0-0 home draw with the Magpies last month - put an end to that.

Wigan and Bolton have been linked with the former Manchester United star.

Roeder said: "I won't be rushing into anything. There is no need to do that at the minute because there are lots of managers away on holiday now.

"We are still to sit down and talk about who will potentially still be here at the start of the season."

Bowyer, who was signed by Roeder at West Ham from Leeds in January 2003, still has a year left on his contract and may yet figure in future plans despite his hefty wage packet. But Roeder said: "In the game against Tottenham at the back end of the season, Lee was absolutely outstanding, and when he is in that kind of form, you don't want him to be anywhere else.

"I haven't sat down with him yet, but as I say, I won't be in a rush for him to leave."

Bowyer's time on Tyneside looked to have come to an end in January when manager Graeme Souness revealed the midfielder wanted to return to London, with Charlton keen on re-signing him.

However, the 29-year-old remained at the club as the transfer window closed and, after Souness' departure, found a new lease of life.



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