Major Newcastle News Stories – 15th May 2007

Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.


  • The major news today is that Newcastle will hold a press conference at 1:00PM BST at St. James Park today presumably top unveil Sam Allardyce as the new Newcastle Manager.
    Let’s hope this is a start of a new and much better era at Newcastle under Sam – and let’s get right behind him.
    We should learn a lot this week on who will be leaving Newcastle – the sooner we know the better.
  • Lots of reports again that Allardyce will be bringing in new players. A number of Bolton players are mentioned including Anelka and Davies.
    But do we really want Davies when we have Ameobi, Owen and Martins already?
  • A good article in the Daily Mail – on Butt stating there are a number of Newcastle players who don’t seem to care whether they play for Newcastle or not.
    Obviously a clear-out is on the cards – and good for Butt – that he has shown some leadership – but we also hope Sam doesn’t disrupt the squad too much – but of course that’s his option.
  • Lots of reports that Oba Martins is leaving Newcastle. Two of the clubs mentioned are Valencia and Juventus – but we are concerned that Owen and Martins both have uncertain futures at the club. Of course Oba has reportedly gone missing and is AWOL – and perhaps he is one of the players Butt has mentioned.
    We don’t want to lose too many of our good players – and bring in mediocre players – so a lot of these reports may be paper talk.
    We would expect Martins to have a ₤15M price if he does go.
  • Tribal Football reports (via Daily Mail) that Allardyce will keep coach Nigel Pearson at Newcastle.
    We think this would be a good decision since Nigel has shown he is an excellent coach – and is the England under 21 coach right now.
  • There is a report that Mark Viduka is considering signing his last contract with Middlesbrough. We have been linked with Viduka in the past – and we don’t think he would be too suitable at Newcastle – given the striking power we already have – so we expect him to sign for Middlebrough.

Those then – briefly – are the major news stories today – let us know your thoughts and opinions on these.

13 comments so far

  • joe

    May 15, 2007 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Stating that we hope Sam doesn’t disrupt the squad too much is a bizarre statement considering our performances for the last three years. Only Shay, Taylor, Milner and one or two others are players that are must keep. The whole mentality of the club needs to change, even Butt has said that. If there’s a massive clearout then so much the better. Martins to go for £15 million? It would be good for us to make a profit for a change. Personally i hope it’s the backroom staff who are cleared out with the exception of Pearson. Big Sam needs time to reinvent our club, let’s hope he gets the chance.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 15, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Joe – yes – understand the point.
    Well we still think that there are good players here which he can build around. (see article just put up)
    Agree with you on defense – we think all should go except Taylor, Ramage, Solano and the youngsters.
    The reason we didn’t want too much change is it would be harder to gell quickly ….but we’ll need a new defense and one or two midfield and forwards to augment what we have.
    BUT – top six is must for coming season – then what we need to do to get to top 4 – we have to be ambitious.

  • joe

    May 15, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    I appreciate that top 6 is a yardstick for our club, but to be honest, if we go from where we are now to 8th next year does that mean Sam should be sacked? I don’t think so. We should be grateful for any improvement not just a one season wonder ala Roeder. In time Sam can get us up there again. If he replicates his achievements at Bolton at NUFC but adds just a little more quality with a bigger squad, then the top 4 would be realistic – eventually. He needs time though. Three seasons should be the minimum time allowed unless relegation beckons. Can’t see that though. Hopes for next season for me are:-

    SJP being a horrible place for opposing teams, a superb home record being the result.

    Away from home, NUFC being more stubborn and grinding out a few more points.

    If so, we can get in the top half and perhaps threaten the Eurpoean places. One step at a time though.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 15, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Joe – agree – and there’s nothing like winning to keep supporters’ spirits up – and we already have some entettaining footballers at the club.
    I think Sam’s goal for himself will be top 4.
    But a steady season next season is fine.
    Sam came over great at today’s press conference – we also have all the interviews we could gather – he talks a lot of sense.

  • W

    May 15, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #5

    I think the minimum he has set for himself in a few years is to do what bobby did, which is good.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 15, 2007 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #6

    W – well if he can emulate Bobby Robson – he will be big success.
    Bobby had us in top 4 – that is more difficult now – but sure that’s what he wants to do .
    Now – money will not be problem for him (he’ll get enough) – but he did great with little money at Bolton – he will not go wasting it.
    It’s an exciting time – this summer will be great. 😀

  • Barry Bethel

    May 15, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #7

    The problem with so many fans is apparent with comments on this site. Over expectation, over realistic demands and loyalty with a squad which is bereft of commitment to the club. I would be delighted if Sam could unload the entire first team squad and start again. The players here now are either stale or only here for the money or simply not good enough – just tick as applicable. Forget next season. Let Sam start to sort the club out – that’s got to take a season. But I bet you something – I’ll be surprised if one player from Saturday’s squad is still here in 3 years time. Oh, and for all the fans who start calling for Sam’s head in the first 12 months as he tries to spin gold with the crap we’ve got – just remember, the real enemy of the club is the one constant in all our failings – the arsehole Shepherd.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Barry – you’re right – we have to give Sam time to build the team.
    You’re also right that Geordie fans are not very patient !
    We’ve had too much turmoil sine Bobby Robson left – we hope Sam will have a long – and successful reign at the club – and give us stability.

  • joe

    May 16, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Agree with you Ed. We are desperate for stability and you are right about sam making alot of sense yesterday. He seems to be the first manager in a while who genuinely knows what he’s up against and is actually relishing it. Personally i can’t wait. The likely hood is that one of the strikers will go possibly with Emre, Parker, Dyer and a few more for smallish money. With the money Shepherd is offering (£15 million reported?) He should be able to complately revamp the feel of the place. Hopefully the figures are true and he could raise good money for the above mentioned.
    Martins – Juve for 13 million?
    Parker – West Ham for 8 million?
    Dyer – Spurs for around 6 million?
    Emre – Bayern for 8 million?

    Probably not true but with 15 from Shepherd he could have a £50 million kitty. Sam could get 30players for that!!! Lol!!!

    Seriously though, there must surely be a huge amount of comings and goings in the next few weeks. here’s hoping……….

  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Joe – yes we think Sam can get good players in via really good deals – and he will not waste our money.
    Good start today with Moore, Bramble, Gooch, Bernard and Srnicek leaving – after their contracts expired. Thought we’d keep Srnicek and send Tim Krul out on loan.
    Wait now for who will be put on the transfer list – Babayaro, maybe Carr and maybe a mid-fielder or two – as you indicate in comment.
    Sam’s said he likes Martins so expect to keep him.
    Also remember the players left – Sam could get to play for us – much much better than anyone since Uncle Bobby.

  • Joe

    May 17, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope so Ed. Still wouldn’t be surprised to see martins go and the money raised would be enough for Darren Bent with change for another player. If Owen stays then attracting an English striker such as Bent or Crouch would be easier for obvious reasons. They all want the chance to prove they can play with MO and then England would be a formality. I just hope that two solid full backs are brought in and one outstanding centre half. Taylor would surely blossom alongside a terrific defender.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Joe – some good center backs and full backs will be available.
    Not sure we’ll keep both Babayaro and Carr.

  • joe

    May 17, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    I reckon Ben Haim will be here on a free which would be a great start. Possibly either Hyppia or Campbell as the experienced defender? Maybe we’ll push the boat out and go for Bale? It’ll be tough though as Man U seem to be waiting to pounce. Luke Young might be an option as he will want to keep his England aspirations alive. It won’t happen in the Championship. Anyone you would like to see arrive on Tyneside?


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