Five Players Out is Good Start at Newcastle

Newcastle today announced that five players – four whose contracts have run out – and one whose loan is complete – will not be given new contracts.
All the players are defenders and three are center backs – where Newcastle’s problems have been huge over the last few seasons.

We think that’s a good start – but more is to come.


Sam at Bolton with then Assistant Sammy Lee

On recruiting new players Sam Allardyce talked a lot of common sense when he said:

“It’s important we recruit the best players possible and make sure we are not always looking for the big names all the time, as Newcastle have done in the past”

“There are very talented players outside this country who want to prove themselves in the Premiership.”

“I have managed to do that with Abdoulaye Meite and Abdoulaye Faye, who have been outstanding successes in this country, but were very rarely known in this country.”

We agree completely with those sentiments and hopefully Sam will be able to acquire a few players outside of England – that will be future stars at Newcastle – certainly his judgement of players at Bolton was first rate.

The other promising aspect of Sam Allardyce being our manager is that players want to come to play for him – which is great for Newcastle.

Sam yesterday came across at the conference call and in the numerous interviews he gave – as a steady, no nonsense, authoritative football man with his feet firmly planted on the ground.

He is noted for being straight and very honest with his players and his motivational qualities are strong.

We believe that whoever is left from the current squad – after all the outgoings that will happen – Big Sam will be able to get much better performances out of them than the previous two managers – we’re sure of that.

For the record there are no real shocks in the players whose contracts will not be renewed:

  • Titus Bramble – Had 5 years at the club – signed for $5M from Ipswich by Bobby Robson – made a total of 156 senior appearances for the club and scored seven goals
  • Pavel SrnicekGeordie Pavel signed again late last year to fill in for Given and Harper – made one appearance last season – just a little surprising we let him go since we think that Tim Krul may go out on loan next season.
  • Craig Moore – Signed from Borussia Mönchengladbach two years ago on a free by Souness – was good when he was fit but missed over 75% of games through injury. Rumored that Sunderland may go after him. A good player if he can be kept fit – he made only 29 starts and a single sub appearance over two seasons
  • Olivier Bernard – Signed on September 1st last year when we had failed to bring in defenders by the previous day’s transfer deadline. Never played for the first team this last season – seems to have lost his playing prowess – very strange signing for us last year. Made 117 starts and 26 sub appearances for the club and scored six goals
  • Oguchi Onweyu – signed on loan at the end of January from Standard Leige – lost his place after six games and was therefore not expected to get a contract from the club. USA International – this will be blow to him as was keen to sign for Newcastle. Gooch made 7 starts and 4 sub appearances for us this year.

Freddy Shepherd also talked yesterday about potential new players coming into the club this summer:


Freddy Shepherd

“I think four or five players would be the top end of what we would try and get to resolve some of the problems that happened last year.
“There are obviously some resources there to bolster the squad.

“You have never heard any manager at Newcastle saying we have never backed them.”

We think if Sam gets rid of some more of the deadwood – putting a few more on the transfer list – and then bringing in five players (or more) – we will have a good squad to start next season with – and then the real fun begins ….. again.

8 comments so far

  • Raza

    May 16, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m thinking Robbie Keane – what do you lot think ?

  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Raza – great if we could get him – we could have gotten him 18 months ago – before he came on big at Tottenham – but Souness said he wasn’t the type of player he was looking for. 🙁
    Be hard now to get him from Tottenham – but would be great at Newcastle.

  • Surface

    May 17, 2007 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I dont understand why newcastle get sven instead of big sam. Sam Allardyce never win a anything but look at sven, he won italian seri A championship. sven is in the same class with sir alex, wenger, lippi, mourinho but what about Sam Allardyce ? i think he is in the same class with souness and roeder.

  • SS

    May 17, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #4

    I play a game when I watch football commentary, called Pundit Cliche Bingo. The rules are simple – you watch the action, and if you can then guess what the commentator or expert analyser are about to say, a few seconds before they actually say it then you score a goal. Play with a roomful of friends and see who can score the most goals. I have to say I am unbeaten at this whenever I watch Newcastle play – the secret of my success ? Titus Bramble.
    You know that at some point during every game, when Titus gets the ball, the commentator will make reference to “lapse in concentration”. In PCB, Titus is a two goal head start every time – match after match. It really brought it home to me just how unoriginal our football press are.
    Now, dont get me wrong, there is no getting away from the fact that every now and again he will make an absolute howler, maybe even more regularly than most. The point is though that every half wit, dullard pundit is just waiting for him to make the mistake, and yells out triumphantly when it happens. In actual fact, when he has been fit, I dont think his consistency has been very much different to any other of our defenders, which may be seen as faint praise by some, but he is the one looking for a new club now.
    All in all, I think young Titus got a pretty raw deal from the gentlemen of the fourth estate, who turned a promising defender into a pariah, who will now always carry the ‘poor concentration’ label. Good luck to the lad, I think he would be an asset to us still, and I hope he finds a club out of the spotlight for a year and a manager who convinces him he is a better player than the know-nothing, headline-hungry cliche-ridden press have told him he is.
    I’m sorry to see him go…..

  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 17, 2007 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    SS – well said

  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Surface – you could be right – certainly Eriksson has a great club track record – we’ll have to wait and see.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    SS – when Bramble played he played well (actually very well) for 95% of the time. He will be quickly picked up by Portsmouth, Fulham or the like because the managers there think they can cure Titus of lapses – and make him a better player. You’re right – he has a cloud over his head now – earned or not.

  • Big AL

    May 17, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Glad to see that bungaling baffoon go, how can we forget the amazing partnership he formed with boumsong as they where labled loral and hardy together. Hes never been good enough good riddence and god help whoevers stupid enough to sign him.
    Still it will be fun watching him cost some other team matches.


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