Allardyce After Experienced Center-Back


Sam Allardyce is well aware he needs to get in an experienced center back at Newcastle to help mentor his up and coming youngsters – including Steve Taylor and Peter Ramage.

If Sam cannot prise Sol Campbell away from Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth – then he will probably go after Sam Hyypia of Liverpool.

Another center back on a free transfer is Sylvain Distin – but it looks like he has selected Portsmouth ahead of Newcastle – if you believe recent news reports.

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Sam Hyypia Kisses Cup with Gerrard Houllier in Background


In the summer Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is expected to recruit at least one central defender for Liverpool and Sam Hyypia could be the one to leave – to make way for the new arrival.

He has made an astounding 399 appearances for Liverpool and scored 28 goals since signing in 1999 from Willem II, a Dutch football club – for ₤3 million.

Hyypia has climbed into the top 25 of Liverpool’s all-time appearances table and it was reported in 2005 that he had agreed to a new three-year contract with Liverpool – which means he would cost Newcastle a small fee – if he were to move. It’s unlikely that Liverpool will want much for him – given the great service he has given the club over the last 8 years.

While there may be some concern about Sam Hyypia’s speed these days – at 6′ 4″ he would still be a good acquisition for us and could do a job at Newcastle.



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12 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    hypia might be good for one more season but thats all it would surley be. sol would be a much better aqusition although even hypia for one year would surely be a marked improvement for our leaky defence. and his knowledge would be good for the young guns too. i would rather see wes brown and haim coming in plus baines

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  • carl

    May 21, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #2

    yep id love to see haim,brown and baines at the toon with sol or hyypia.

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  • Soren

    May 21, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I also don’t believe hyypia will be nearly a good signing as Sol. I’d prefer to really push for Sol. Then with baines, haim and taylor we’d have a pretty decent defence

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  • Justin Durst Jr

    May 21, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #4

    It doesn’t matter to me which player he gets as long as it is someone who can do the job. I give credit to Sam for starting the rebuilding process in the right places, center back may not be the most expensive, but it is certainly one of the most important.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Justin – agree completely. We’ve never spent enough on defensive players in the past.

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  • Ed W

    May 21, 2007 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Think that’s right.. surely the main goal for next year is top 6 and hopefully a good cup run! whether he can only manage a year doesn’t really matter to me get back amongst the big guns and we can start attracting big names with a future… i hope! also there was a bit of talk of our interest in julien faubert before roeder left hope the interest is still there.. i know youtube can be highly deceptive but looks a very good solution at right back from this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAcMg1ZkIX0

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  • Andy

    May 21, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed – disagree slightly – we’ve never spent WELL on defensive players in the past. Souness spent more on Boumsong than the last 5 managers spent in defence overall. Brought him in because “He was a talker on the pitch” in fairness thats what we needed – unfortunately turns out he mumbled – in french – while looking the other way – to no one in particular.

    I hope big Sam does bring in a good centre back who can command the back 4 – Woodgate was good at that. In fairness to Bramble he made a lot fewer cock ups when he had someone with a better footballing brain telling him what to do and how to get organised, becuase for all he was a liability, he had good pace and good timing in the tackle – it was the lapses in concentration that undid him. Taylor and Ramage both look very good and if they can have one or preferably two seasons working along side a good “general” will advance their game a great deal, hopefully taking them to the next level. A couple of seasons along side a Sol Campbell or Samii Hypia and I could see Steven taylor pushing for an England place.

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  • Neil

    May 22, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Hyypia would be a good stop gap for one year.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed W – great post – we’ll try to use youtube a bit more on our site. Faubert looks good and fast – like Stephen Carr – when he was good.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Andy – yes we’ve spent some money on them in past – that’s right – Boumsong, Woodgate (what a player!), Marcellino. Like Taylor and Ramage together – they looked good – so it’s up to Ranmage to challenge but if Taylor can stay fit – there’s one center back who will be great for us next year. Just think if we could have got Woodgate – combination (Woodgate, Taylor) – WOW.

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  • Ed W

    May 22, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    No worries – i think he looks ready to muscle in the premiership as well – he said himself he’s keen! Still can’t believe we didn’t sign Woodgate back, or sell him in the first place! like andy said he even made Bramble look good – now that’s talent!

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed W – big mistake on Woodgate. This is a piece I wrote on it at the time….you can tell from the title what i thought.
    http://nufcblog.com/newcastle-blew-it-with-woodgate/

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