Why Charles N’Zogbia Will Become a Choir Boy


We just couldn’t resist putting this story up today.

It’s relates to one of the bad boys that Sam Allardyce will be inheriting at Newcastle – a certain Charles N’Zogbia.

Charles went into a tantrum when he was named as a sub last Sunday and apparently walked out of the Watford ground before the game.

Well – suffice to say he will not be doing much of that stupid and childish behavior under Big Sam – otherwise he’s out – and he knows it.

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Charles N’Zogbia

Here’s what Freddy Shepherd said about N’Zogbia’s antics last Sunday.

Charles N’Zogbia wants his backside smacked. It’s ridiculous. A young man like him who has been here all this time trying to play ‘the big star’ – he should do it on the field before trying to do it off it. The events of last Sunday were very disappointing. Oba has been on the phone and has said it was a complete misunderstanding. Until we see him face to face I cannot really comment.
Sam’s very much a northerner and he encapsulates what the true Geordie supporter is. He’s very enthusiastic, very down to earth, which is the main thing and I don’t think he’ll take any of the backchat we’ve seen from the players.’

He has been a good player for Newcastle – for one so young (20) and obviously has class – but has had restricted chances this last season because of the presence of Damien Duff on the left wing. He has already appeared 98 times for Newcastle with 67 starts and 6 goals.

A little background on CharlesN’Zogbia’s transfer to Newcastle.

His transfer to Newcastle proved controversial as Le Havre had tied him to an educational contract, but FIFA and Newcastle claimed the player had freedom of contract to move on a free transfer. Newcastle eventually paid a nominal fee to sign him from the French club and the compensation Le Havre received was in the region of £250,000. Newcastle officially signed N’Zogbia on September 2nd 2004.

Suffice to say that Charles will grow up very quickly in the next month or so – and the comments by Freddy Shepherd will be mild compared with what he’ll get from Big Sam if he even thinks about any of that nonsense again.



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23 comments so far

  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    I guess Charles will soon be singing Sam’s tune 😀

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  • Arthur Prince

    May 17, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed ,I sincerely hope so . The boy has talent as Arsene Wenger knows .Iwould hate him to go to Arsenal but again it is down to whether he really wants to play for us . Sam won’t accept nonsense but is also very capable of getting the best out of the Zog. I am still not convinced of Damien Duff yet or his fitness .Also thepoitions on the left wing where Milner and Dyer have been played makes me wonder if selling Duffer to the Mackems for a large fee would be sensible but geting the Zog to fight hard for his place is the key . FS is absolutely right in his comments though . Show the star quality on the pitch and not in a Baby Bently!!!

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  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 17, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #3

    shouldnt this be titled “why nzogbia wants his backside smacked” 😛

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Ahmed – yes 😀 I had thought of that one !

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Arthur – think that having both Duff and N’Zogbia at club is a problem – or as we were taught to say – a challenge. Duff’s signing was strange last summer. N’Zogbia is like Milner – he gets better the more he plays – and look how good he was after 53 games ! Think it would be the same with Charles – they both played at the end of last season (last year) – for Roeder and both played very well. With Charles available maybe we could get a good price for Duff – and certainly Roy Keane would snap him up.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 17, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #6

    i agree, keep the zog and sell duff for at least what we paid for him. personally i prefer duff but i just get the feelingthat he will never play constantly. of course, the zog must sign a new contract first and roll his sleeves up!

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Craig – think Zog would roll up his sleeves – if he has chance to play more regularly. He’s a talent in the making and far too young to let go.

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  • reggie22

    May 17, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #8

    i think when your younge u make mistakes and he will learn id be peed of if duff played infront of me at the moment he is quality but u have to be a pro aswell as soon as he shows that of the pitch on the training ground and in the dressing room he will be given the chance his quality diserves so zog its up to u and trust me the grass isnt always greener

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #9

    reggie22 – well said!

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  • craig chisholm

    May 17, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #10

    forgetting zoggs for now – hasnt it all gone very quiet about owen in the last 48 hours. wonder whats going on. what do you lot think??

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2007 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Craig – yes – we noticed that also – still think there will be something concreate on Owen – before end of week. Assume Sam has talked to him by phone today.

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  • SS

    May 18, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    The Pitch
    So Charles, we want to take you from this little town in France’s footballing backwater, give you lots of money, and take you to an English Premiership club with a fantastic playing atmosphere and an ethos for attacking football. We may not be in the Champion’s league just yet, but we will cut our teeth on the UEFA, and be challenging in a couple of years. What do you think – Fancy a go ?
    The Reality
    So Charles, you played really well for us, but there is a big name on the market who may not be any better than you as a player, but he will sell more season tickets. So we would like you to fight for your place, even though you wont get it back unless he is injured. In the meantime – we will throw you a couple of games in the outer reaches of the InterYoYo. We have appointed a new manager, who probably is going to shout at you a lot, and really isnt renowned for attacking flair football fed by fleet-footed wingers. Yes I know the fans booed us off after our final match, and the champions league looks like next year rather than this one. We want you to keep this bit of the bench warm for us please, while we go and take hopeless Watford apart. Oh and when you have a moment, a Mr Wenger left a message, could you give him a call back when your not busy.

    Is it any wonder a young 20 year old is a bit disillusioned ?

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  • craig chisholm

    May 18, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    hey SS, it looks like you are running down our new manager and his style of play already and his hasn’t even had a game yet. solano said the same stuff about five dys before sam joined. Solano (not to bright) said that he hopes that sam does not try ‘that’ style of play here as the fans like flair. Is Solano on this planet?? what flair is he on about like?? we have not seen flair for years, its just a myth at the minute and we are living in the keegan bygone era. we need to get real, what is the point in us playing ‘solano’s so called flair and loosing every game and getting relegated? i for one would rather loose a bit of that and have a solid top six team every season – and keep our feet on the ground until we are well established and all the roller coaster seasons are a thing ofthe past. when we get there – and we will, then lets introduce a little bit of ‘solano’s’ flair. we need to walk before we can run. stability and winning games is key – sams the man.

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  • reggie22

    May 18, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    i agree with craig i aint seen any frair from the pitch for about 3-4 sesaons and trust me wen i walk out of st james adn we play well and lose i still feel like **** and if we play crap and win i feel on top of this world so who cares gone r the glory days football has evolved and as a life long fan i couldnt give a monkeys if a trophy comes this way then sam left we we be crying out for an adventourous manager no cos at the end of the day we r winners ugly sexy noone cares down the pub after if three points r on the table !

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15

    SS – maybe Charles is disillusioned – but in a month or so we expect nobody to be disillusioned – once Sam has told everybody exactly what we wants from them.
    Think Sam can get the best out of Charles – and hope he stays.

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  • SS

    May 18, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Well – theres the difference I guess. Personally I would rather watch a set of results 4-0 4-0 3-4, than 1-0 1-0 1-0 and if that means coming second in the league rather than first, then so be it.
    People remember us and admired us in the keegan days for flair football and just being exciting to watch – I would rather that than they remembered us for winning the league like Blackburn. I think a lot of fans think that , and that is what makes us different from the glory hunters – we appreciate good football played fairly – is not as important to us to win….
    Discuss !!!

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  • reggie22

    May 18, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #17

    fair comment ss but can u truly tell me a run of 5 games we we have played sexy football since keegan left the man was a god to us all but football has changed no one plays that open anymore if u do u get distroyed and instead of the top 6 havin all the quality players it goes through the whole league now even charlton 1 mistake bent makes u pay. but the truth if in all football u build from the back keegan had albert(what a player ) and players who could play so he built from the back since then we had no one no even i discent defender taylor aside but he is the dogged def he needs a thinker woodgate would have been perfect then that allows the rest of the team to play cos from what i witness and as an honest fan we have played the long ball for the last 3 seasons when u stop and think about it.So now is the time for us to stand up be counted and i feel we have the right man the right players give or take 3 def and we much much hit uefa next season then when we get that we start to look more appealing to the better quality players who crave it cos besides money why would anyone leave another club for newcastle at the moment. PS santa if your listening forget about my christmas this year just bring in some quality new players for us all to enjoy and maybe a trophy next !!!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2007 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #18

    SS – I’m far too realistic to agree with you. It’s not important for us to win – you’ve got to be kidding me. It’s like the little kid after the exam saying “I could have passed but I didn’t want to”. Winning is what it’s all about – believe me – but we can ALSO be entertaining – and have both of them – that’s the goal. 😀

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  • reggie22

    May 18, 2007 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #19

    well said ed first the points then the entertainment ! and ss the problemm is where not comin second where comin 14th now if we carry on we will playin against the likes of yoevil if they make it now that was entertaining football !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • craig chisholm

    May 19, 2007 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #20

    yesw i am affraid that ss, you are looking at us through rose tinted glasses and thinking of those nights liek when beat manure i nthe rain and when fastino banged a hatrick over barca. everything has changed – the prem has changed, everyoner has caught up now, every single bloody game is hard to win and the stakes for relegation do not bare thinking about (leeds)!! bollocks to flair at the minute. i want wins and stability. flair wont stop nufc going bankrupt if we get relegated.

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  • SS

    May 19, 2007 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Is sad to think that the only purpose of being in the premiership is to make sure you dont get relegated from it. We dont go to football matches to watch a team not get relegated. I want to see excitement, passion, pace, a flash of genius. I want to see someone proud to pull on the most famous No 9 shirt in the world, and have to crawl off the pitch exhausted afterwards.

    You might be right though – its a different game now compared to when we used to entertain.

    Agree to differ I think.

    Good discuss…..

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  • craig chisholm

    May 19, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #22

    ss, i have never said the purpose of playing was to not get relegated. the purpose is to challenge and have some euro and cup runs. keegans thinking (you score 3 we will score four) was great back then asthe prem was wide open with all sorts of different standard teams, it was a mixed bag. not now. just look at the last hame of the season – west ham wining at old trafford. infact west ham did the reverse on manure too this year, so look at that, stunning players and prem champions plus fa cup final and they lose against a relegation battle team. there are no easy rides anymore. you want players with passion and who will roll up there sleeves for our great club – that all comes down to sucess. everything is a habbit, winning is a habit as is loosing – and we have done far to much of the latter in recent seasons. if we win games it will breathe through the team spirt and thats when you will find the drive and passion, the desire to pull on the best looking shirt in the prem.

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  • jj

    Jul 14, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #23

    nzogbia is the best player in the world he wil stay a geordie n hes the best weve ever had live long NZOGBIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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