Major Newcastle News Stories – 10th May 2007

We’ll start today with a piece that we’ll show every day on the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club – with a brief view on the story from us.

Hopefully this will be a useful addition to the Newcastle United Blog.


  • There’s a piece on Sky Sports in which Phil Gartside questions whether the Newcastle United is a bigger club than Bolton and whether it is step up for Allardyce moving to Newcastle.Of course we could argue about this forever – and depends on what you mean by big.
    Suffice to say from our view it is a step up for Allardyce because he’ll be able to buy top players and be supported by 52,000 fanatical fans every week – at a wonderful stadium – and be able to coach his players at a world class training facilities at Little Benton.
    Enough said.
  • There’s a continuing piece from yesterday on whether Michael Owen will be with us next season. A good piece is on Reuters News
    We believe he will stay at Newcastle and Shepherd could have handled this a little more discreetly with Michael – rather than having it out in the press – before Michael was presumably even asked about it.
  • Various news reports on Bobby Moncur’s interview with Alan Oliver yesterday – where he supports both Sam Allardyce as the new manager – and also Glenn Roeder as the old manager.
    That’s Bobby Moncur for you – a great guy and always so positive.
    We have a piece on it today and also take the opportunity to review Moncur’s time at Newcastle – briefly – plus a nice walk down Memory Way.
  • A piece in the Journal today from Nicky Butt saying the Newcastle players have to stick together and get a win at Watford on Sunday.
    We must finish off with a win.
    Seem to remember several players saying the same thing last week regarding the Blackburn game – but Nicky knows what he’s talking about and we’ll not be too critical.
  • It looks like Sam Allardyce will now be unveiled next Wednesday – from an article in today’s Evening Chronicle by Alan Oliver (who always has an inside track into Freddy Shepherd).
    It’s a pity Big Sam couldn’t attend the game on Watford on Sunday – that would guarantee us a win – which is badly needed.

Well – those are what we feel are the major news stories – at least for today.

8 comments so far

  • W

    May 10, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m sure he has handled it discreetly. Owen has refused to make a statement. So Freddy is making sure of it now and also this might deflect the focus more on owen issue other than the managerial issue. This so much indignation in the way he speaks as if he’s been betrayed by michael himself. So this is not the case of Freddy being stupid, in my honest humble opinion.

    Sam Allardyce will not be the manager to everyone’s surprise. There’s so much contempt in Gartside’s words, i believe Allardyce has been approached but there will be no progress.

  • Dimitri

    May 10, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I personally hope that we do give some more consideration to managers like Houlier and Eriksson. What Newcastle need is some stability with one manager in place for a sustained time – just look at what this gave us when Bobby and KK were in charge. I also feel we need someone with world class and a proven track record. Both Sven and Gerrard have a proven track record. They have dealt with players from all over the world and managed in different leagues. They have a repetoire of tactics and some acute strategy. They, I believe have it in them to be able to change things around when the club hits a slump in terms of performance. They also have player management skills. So in my opinion they do bring the same and more than what Big Sam could bring us… Lets do what’s right for the long run… and lets not focus on Sven’s England tenure… which other coach has guided England to win anything recently??? But what has he achieved at club level… I for one do like him and hope we could get him to manage our team for the next 5-10 years.

  • SB

    May 10, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m going to puke up with all nonsense being thrown around. I can’t take it, we’re not gods chosen people after all, why do we have to suffer everytime!!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 10, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #4

    W – we should see by next week – and hopefully sooner rather than later.
    If Sam has said yes – Shepherd could pre-announce it to stop all the stuff that’s being banded about.
    If it’s not Allardyce that’s a major major surprise.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 10, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    SB – My late father told me in the 50s we WERE God’s chosen people – was he lying ?
    😀 😀

  • Toon Exile

    May 10, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Sam Allardyce has been spotted tonight at the Malmasion in Newcastle

  • SB

    May 11, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Phil Scolari is back in the frame, a world cup winner. Sam who? Shout out to my by boy Dmitri, enjoy NYC MF!

    Sexy football is ocming back, but with big Phil, not bog fat fred of his bff Sam!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 12, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    No way would Scolari move to Newcastle.
    He likes the sun too much.


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