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Ex-Owl Heard has foot in three camps

FORMER Wednesday and Rotherham player Pat Heard finds himself torn this weekend as the Premier League relegation battle reaches its climax.

Heard had stints with three of the four clubs who are battling to avoid the drop.

He was Jack Charlton's first signing as Newcastle manager, played in a Middlesbrough side relegated to the old Third Division and had two spells with his hometown club, Hull.

Newcastle must get a result tomorrow against another of his former clubs, Aston Villa.

Heard will be at that game at Villa Park in his capacity as a summariser for Birmingham radio station BRMB.

"There are so many permutations," Heard said. "It's probably too close to call.

"I wouldn't like to be in Middlesbrough's position and if I had to pick the two to go it would be them and Hull - but I really don't know which way it's going to go.

"I'd like to see Hull stay up. Considering they have never been in the top league or been to an FA Cup final, it's been absolutely fantastic for them this season.

"But they've got to play Manchester United. If United play a weakened team they might just scrape it but United have also got to be honest to the other clubs."

Since his playing career ended, Heard has been a landlord, a hypnotist, a radio commentator and, now, a driving instructor.

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