N'Zogbia reveals Kinnear rift

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Wigan midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has denied he is a trouble-maker or sulker and is looking forward to a challenge with his new club.

The Frenchman made the move from St James' Park to the JJB Stadium after falling out with Joe Kinnear when the Newcastle boss mistakenly called the player "Insomnia" in a television interview.

"There was no conversation at all," said the 22-year-old. "I was talking to Chris Hughton (assistant manager) all the time but I wasn't talking to the manager - maybe when there was something bad in training but he wouldn't tell you why you were on the bench. I think he did it with everyone."

Rumours had long circulated about N'Zogbia's attitude but that did not deter Wigan manager Steve Bruce from breaking the club's transfer record by spending £6million to bring the player in.

N'Zogbia claimed he did not like Kinnear's management style and was looking forward to a fresh start in the north-west.

He admitted: "I can be moody sometimes, of course, but I enjoy my life."

When Wigan expressed an interest in signing him, with Ryan Taylor going the other way as part of the deal, N'Zogbia jumped at the chance.

"It is good to have a manager who can care about you, ask you many questions," he added.

"When you are young you need that, something like he will be your dad and can really help you.

"You need that belief to be able to play your best football. "When you don't have that conversation you don't want to feel like that. You want to feel like the manager is on your side."

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