Allardyce Speaks About Current Squad – Who Will Come and Go?

Things are starting top take some shape with Allardyce about to bring in the first players in the new era with Sam Allardyce as manager.

Sam has been talking again to the Evening Chronicle and we’ll bing you that interview – plus who it looks like we’ll be bringing in – and shipping out – if we are reading the tea leaves correctly.


Big Sam

Sam is again speaking a lot of common sense today as he talked to the Evening Chronicle about Newcastle and the squad:

“I know first and foremost I can give myself as much time as I need by winning football matches. “I can’t come into this job and not think that’s the main priority.
“To win football matches you’ve got to build a strong culture, structure and team behind the scenes, and a strong team on the pitch.”That does take time.
“Obviously, I’ll shall need some time and a little bit of patience. Sometimes from the fans, sometimes from everybody who works at the club.
“We’ve got some excellent and very talented players already at the club.”

“It’s a place some players don’t find comfortable, and we’ve got to make sure we find the players that are comfortable with that type of atmosphere and it brings the best out of them.
“We’ve got a lot here already, and we’ve just got to make sure we give them a little bit more guidance, a little bit more organization and a bit more belief so we can start turning things around early next season.

“I’ve inherited hugely talented players and I’ve just got to try and guide them and give them the support that they need, leaving no stone unturned so they can be best prepared as they possibly can and give their best every time they run out for Newcastle United.”

It looks like Ben Haim and Derek Boateng will be the first to come – but sorting through the rumors there are other players we think he will eventually bring in – and some he must let go – to make room in the squad.


Derek Boateng

  • Defenders Coming InBen Haim (free) , Baines (₤5M)
  • Midfielders Coming In – Boateng, (<₤1M), Barton (₤5M?)
  • Forwards Coming In– Either Viduka (free), Gudjohnsen (₤8M) or Crouch (₤10M)

We think he will let go at least two of our current midfielders – with Scott Parker looking to go to join Alan Curbishley at West Ham – where we could possibly get 23 year old Nigel Reo-Coker in part exchange.

We feel Dyer or Emre will also be let go – probably Dyer – to join his friend Jermaine Jenas at Tottenham.

Hopefully we should be able to get around ₤14M for Dyer and Parker – although ₤7M for Dyer may be wishful thinking.

Other players we like are right back Luke Young (₤2M?) of Charlton and Curtis Davis (₤10M?) of West Bromich Albion.

Hopefully, we’ll get some news before the end of the week about our new players.

Let’s have your comments on this – who would you like to see come in – and go?

46 comments so far

  • Ebol

    May 29, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #1

    We also need a right back. Any suggestions other than moving Taylor or Ben Haim out there?

  • discogaz

    May 29, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    I personally feel we have to go for 5 players to get this team back to where we should be.I would go for Luke Young For right back,Leighton Baines for left back , Ben tal Heim centre half,Viduka and joey barton.If this take over does go ahead then get Curtis Davies aswell.These additions along with some of the quality we have on their day would be intersting to see where we would finish.

  • Ebol

    May 29, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry, other than Luke Young.

  • carl

    May 29, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    what about micah richards??

  • carl

    May 29, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    i think we should move for wes browne ,but yeah we do need a right back.cant think anyone

  • Phil

    May 29, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    All signings (and getting rid of Dyer) sounds fine, except for Barton. He is a proven thug that will repeat his violent tendencies over and over again until he is stuck in prison. I do not want him at our club. Remember Lee Bowyer? This guy’s twice as bad.

  • AB

    May 29, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #7

    My 2-pence:

    Defence – Ben Haim and Baines are a must – would shore up the CB problem and allow us to ship Babayaro off to a scrap heap. Keep Carr as RB/LB cover and play Solano at RB (a fix for one year, but too much change would de-stabilise the club). If we got in Curtis Davis all the better because Ramage doesn’t cut it for the top 4 finish we all want.

    Midfield – Why get rid of Dyer? He’s an England international who seems to have finally gotten over the injury issues that have blighted his career. His pace terrorises opposition defence. Parker, again why get rid of him when he was one of the good players from a rubbish season? I think he got frustrated with the rest of the team not living up to expectations. He’s our captain and if he goes, who’s going to take that role? Shay probably, but I never like having a keeper as a Captain, you need someone to run the show, not just shout instructions. This Boeteng fella seems like a good deal,

  • Soren

    May 29, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Reo-Coker over Barton any time. Barton seems a lost cause even for allardyce. Reo-Coker I think would be excellent because of his work rate. If Barton comes he’ll bring the same, but his wierd behavior will not be a good for the squad. Also I’d be sad to see emre go. His a good technical player who gives 100%. As for Parker, well he is good and he works hard, but if we could get £8mil, then I think we should take the offer.

  • paul p

    May 29, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    If we are to make strides back into the top 6 to start with, I would sign the following players. We need a right back so I would say Luke Young at £2 mill is a good option, or I would go for Micah Richards if we can tempt him to come. Ben Haim is a quality player on a free transfer. He with Sol Campbell at £1 mill probably as he is held to contract, then we will get Curtis Davies for about £7 million. At left back, Leighton Baines will be a great signing for us. Midefield, I would try for Wright Phillips down the right. Riquelme would be a great free signing as well, as he is available from Villareal. Kevin Nolan would be a great goalscoring midfielder we could go for, as would Nigel Reo-Coker at £5 million. Up front, Mark Viduka is the obvious choice, but what about the prospect of having the fastest forward line in the premiership. My choice here would be to play Owen, Martins and bring back the man who left us on bad terms….Craig Bellamy. The way we got into the top 4 was with pace, skill, look at man u with rooney, ronaldo, giggs, smith, all have pace. we would have pace in a bundence and with a good defence to back it up, we should be creating alot of chances to score goals. thats my opionion.!

  • Ebol

    May 29, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think Reo-Coker is the answer. He has just had a horrible season at West Ham and was really just taking up space on the pitch in some matches. He would be a very risky signing. Barton would be available for well under his proper value and we already know how good he is. I believe that Sam could clean up his act just as Sir Bobby did with Bellamy (albeit, only temporarily). At the end of the day, if the signing doesn’t work out, we always have Boateng who could yet be our long-term solution.

  • GLEE

    May 29, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Why does everyone want to be manager and comment on who should stay and who should go. We have a new manager and good if sometimes wayward squad and a need for signings in defence.

    I get dissapointed over individual performances from certain players only because I know they can do better and to change this we have Sam.

    Why is it that players who underperform are link with other clubs that are currently better than us, I’m sure they know something that the underperforming managers we had recently (Roeder and Sourness) did Hopefully,Big Sam knows:- HOW TO MAKE THEM PERFORM.

    If that dos’nt work then sell them but let the expert (manager) decide and in the meantime please back the team regardlessly.

  • CARL

    May 29, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12


  • Ed Harrison

    May 29, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Carl – isn’t Micah Richards too expensive – if Ashley takes over I guess the money wouldn’t be such a concern – he’s a good young player but like Luke Young and Solano can fight i out for right back – annot be bad.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 29, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Phil – that’s a concern certainly – but wonder why Allardyce seems to like him – if we believe the stories.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 29, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Soren – think Sam may keep Emre – we haven’t seen him yet at his best – so it may be Parker and Dyer who leave – and we can get good money for both – if we play our cards right.

  • AB

    May 29, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16


  • Aaron D

    May 29, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #17

    I think Sam is doing the right thing in getting players out first and not rush on signings, still needs to get rid of the players who want to leave, such as Dyer, Owen, Parker, Carr and Babayaro. Get rid of Duff too. There’s no point Owen staying if his heart is not there. Martins in think should be kept as he is only 22 and full of potential, and his wages are properly £30000-£50000 wk, compared to Owens £110000 wk. According to Reports Sam has £45m to spend plus monies from above other £20m. With Boateng costing £1m and Ben Haim free. He can get some quality players in with that budget.
    Needs a tall strong striker to partner Martins, not Crouch, I would go for Ashton. Go to Ajax and sign Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Ryan Babel and Urby Emanuelson. Van Der Vaart from Hamburg, Baines from Wigan, Andrade from Deportivo, and a few young back up players that would be happy to sit in the reserves and wait for there chance. Then would have a strong side. Gk- Given , DL – Baines, DR – Emanuelson, DC x 2 from Taylor, Ben Haim and Andrade. ML – Babel/N Zogbia, MR – Milner, CM x2 from Emre, Butt and Van Der Vaart. ST – Martins and Huntelaar/Ashton. Send some scouts out to Brazil as well, so much talent out there.

  • Andy

    May 29, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #18

    How bout Michel Salgado at right back. Hes 3rd choice right back at madrid at the moment behind torres and cicinho. Big Sam has managed to bring players over from madrid before…Also Roberto Carlos is leaving R madrid this summer at the end of his contract so would be free if sam could convince him to come

  • mike

    May 29, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #19

    we need to bring in new lb/rb and cb, we also need a new left winger as duff is wrecked again , get rid of him in jan wen hes fit, we also need a proven striker for cover cause there aint much chance of martins an owen stayin fit for a whole season thts if they both stay !!

  • Evan

    May 29, 2007 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #20

    If we can tie down Owen and Martins, then our front line would be exceptional. If we replaced Ameobi’s longterm backup role with someone with a bit more skill – Viduka – then we will be set. Crouch would be a superb signing if Martins or Owen don’t commit.

    As for the midfield, I would like to flat out say that if we buy Nigel Mediocre, then we will just put ourselves back in the rut we are in now. We can’t keep buying decent players. We need quality to back up Owen and Martins. In this light, Reo-Coker and Barton would be stupid signings. Barton would only bust up the lockerroom, as he has consistently in the past.

    As for the defense, Ben-Haim and Baines would be quality. Get rid of Carr… all he offers is the occational blast of the crossbar. If we play Babayaro next year, we’re donefor. He is shit… get rid of him. We need a solid, starting right back, and numerous names come to mind. Names to consider include Luke Young and Khalid Boulahrouz. Another CB would be good, and there are few that would add good depth. These include Curtis Davies, Paul Scharner, Phil Jagielka, and Wes Brown.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 29, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Evan – some good ideas – maybe it is time to ship out Carr and Babayaro – they’re injured most of the time in any case.

  • mike

    May 29, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #22

    we are goin down the wrong road if we attempt to sign crouch, he is shit i do not rate him at allhe is the same player as ameobi so wats the point in wasting 10 million on him !

  • Ed Harrison

    May 29, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #23

    mike – we’d like to see Gudjohnsen – he’s a really good player – and can play in quite a few positions.

  • Evan

    May 29, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24

    I would say that Crouch would be a fantastic signing. We lack the ability to score from set-pieces, and a striker of his aero-prowess (if you will) would be the first step to mending this issue. Further, he would be great for flicking balls into space for Owen or Martins to run on to. He always finds a way to get on the scoresheet when he gets on, similar to Defoe, and I think that this is enough evidence of his skill and potential.

  • Valle

    May 29, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Well, keeping in mind that money talks and we are about to get a whole load thrown at us i would set my sights higher than u guys. Remember Ashley wants instant success alla chelsea when they got Ruski… Ribery, Nani or Simao, Kehl or Frings for midfield. Mertesacker, Ben Haim, Campbell, Baines & Jagielka for defense. Klose, Huntelaar & Viduka for attack.

  • jacobmannjones

    May 29, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #26

    I like the idea of Ben Haim (free) and Leighton Baines (₤5M) as the defenders being brought in. I believe there to be a tremendous amount of quality there. As for the midfielders Derek Boateng (₤1M) and Joey Barton (₤5M) would be an improvement, and that probably means that Parker gets the pink-slip from SJP. Does that possibly net Reo-Coker? The NUFC faithful can only hold their breath…

    As for bringing in a forward, I’m biased to Crouch (₤10M) myself, even if he happens to be the most expensive right now. I just think that you can create more mismatches with him up front than you can with the others mentioned here. He is under-utilized at Anfield, I think Allardyce could get alot more production out of him at SJP.

  • paul

    May 29, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #27

    people seem to forget we have made so many big money signings in the past, of which, none paid dividends. We need a solid defence, with an additional attacker. Why not purchase david nugenr, bags of potential and young. Addtional Curtis from West Brom would be an excellent signing. This illustrates players who want to prove themselves in the premiership and break into the england team. Im all for big plays if they perform, however this costs alot more in salary

  • Soren

    May 29, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #28

    £10M for Crouch? woooow. Thats a lot of money for a player whose best feat is beinging tall. As for cover to Duff, I’d said try out O’Brian/N’Zogbia, O’Brian is doing well for Ireland and he’ s very very very fast. As for N’Zogbia, he’s got skills and just needs games to prove it.

  • Oleg

    May 29, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #29

    I have to say, that i am a big fan, I live in Israel, and i just wanted to say to you that Boeteng is a really good player, but it depends on the alternative. beacouse in here (B. Jerusalem) he is one of the best in the league. But i’m don’t think that with Ashley (Money) he is the best deal. One thing i can say thou, he has potantial !

  • kavel

    May 29, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #30

    baines, davis and ben haim. thats all. defence is all we need. maybe vidiku as he is a natural goal scorer. but no midfielders, we got quality there and thats a fact.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 29, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Soren – hope we keep Alan O’Brien – he’s played more games for Ireland almost – than he has for Newcastle. But he plays well for them – and who else to get the best out of him than Sam. With Duff being out until November it will give N’Zogbia and O’Brien a chance to stake their claim – if they do well maybe Sam will cash in on Duff – though I doubt it.

  • Jon Gretar Jonsson (Iceland)

    May 29, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #32

    I want to see Big Sam take Luque back to NUFC and then you will all see.

  • phoonck

    May 30, 2007 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #33

    suggestions on transfers (players we shld take a look at):

    tal ben-haim (cb, bolton)
    curtis davies (cb, wba)
    gabriel milito (cb, zaragoza)
    coloccini (cb, rb, deportivo)
    micah richards (cb, rb, man city)
    leighton baines (lb, wigan)
    roberto carlos (lb, real madrid)
    michel salgado (rb, real madrid)
    dani alves (rb, sevilla)
    richard duffy (rb, hearts)
    julien faubert (rb, rm, bordeaux)
    jimmy briand (rm, st, rennes)
    laryea kingston (dm, lokomotiv moscow)
    ryan babel (lm, st, ajax)
    rafael van der vaart (cm, hsv)
    mark viduka (st, middlesbrough)
    fernando cavenaghi (st, spartak moscow)

    taking a look at these players wouldn’t hurt
    don’t flame me though, its just a suggestion, and with mike ashley’s
    strong financial backing here (if his takeover is successful),
    i see no harm at dreaming anyone of them coming to st james’ park!

    howay the lads!
    meanwhile, pls support sam allardyce with all you can!
    i believe he can sort out our problems, on and off the field!

  • ben wa

    May 30, 2007 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Toon have finally appointed a top manager.. now its time to fully maximise the huge potential this club endows..
    given..solid as anyone..
    defence.. rid of babs, keep carr back up.. bring in luke young-cheap and solid
    left back- baines sounds decent about dede of dortmund?
    centre back- taylor definitely.. need to sign 2 quality players like davies and campbell.. or foreign such as andrade,ayala, juan?
    midfield for me is the key..why would u want to get rid of scott parker?hes our best player by far..towards the end of the season he deteriorated but first half he’d run his arse off then he realised no one else was…
    milner on the right will be brilliant.. keep duff maybe give him a hip replacement or something he looks slow as fcuk.. we then need a creative mid.. emre is not the man.. he looks lost on the pitch.. if only sidwell came to us..i like kevin nolan tho…
    up front.. get rid of either martins or owen.. i reckon martins but only if he doesnt give his all..get in viduka or huntelaar..

  • Brad

    May 30, 2007 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #35

    GK Given, LB Baines, RB Salgado, CH Campbell and Ben Haim
    LM, Barry, CM Nolan and Butt RM Milner CF Gudjohnsen and Defoe.

    Sell. Owen who would rather be anywhere else it would appear. Martins not good enough in my opinion or a team player. Dyer – Complete waster. Duff – Lost it. Parker – Missing London! Carr and Baba both possibly the worst full backs i can remember in recent times.

    By offloading the above this will cover the cost of rebuilding the team and with a bit of guidance sureley capable of at least winning a cup!

  • Jeff

    May 30, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Dyer must go,he is not a winner….Does anyone actually know where his favoured position is?He says in the middle but yet when he plays there he is garbage….He goes in a huff like a little boy if he doesnt get his own way….He maybe a fast player but he is 27 or so now and that pace wont last forever….also if he is an attacking midfielder his goalscoring ratio is shocking he is no Gazza or Beardsley they were proper attacking midfielders…..Dyer has got no power in his shots He is a problem player and must leave the club simple as that..

  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Jon – that’s an interesting comment about Luque – unfortunate that he is out on loan – because Sam may have been able to get something out of him – like he does with most players – interesting to see what happens with him next summer.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Jeff – with the midfielders Sam is bringing in we think he will ship Parker (who wants to move back to London we are told) and Dyer out – and we should get a nice little sum from the two. If Owen doesn’t want to be at Newcastle we’d also like to see him move – maybe we can get Carlos Tevez in his place – what a great player that guy is !!! He did magnificently for West Ham – proved his class as a player and as a man – loved watching West Ham at the end of the season – and of course Curbishley was fantastic – a story book ending to the season. 😀

  • Aaron D

    May 30, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Carlos Tevez would be good, but £30million asking price as its rumoured and he has also said that he want to play for europes elite, a team in champions league, can see him going to Liverpool or Real Madrid. I don’t think NUFC can attract the best players in the world at the moment but will do if we qualify for europe again. Players in the Dutch league would love to come to the premiership and there are many good strikers we could possibliy attract from there Aroune Kone, Alves, Huntelaar, Danny Koevermans,Jefferson Farfan or Kennedy Bakircioglu. What about Fred from Lyon or Johan Elmander from Toulouse or Theofanis Gekas from VFL Bochum

  • Ebol

    May 30, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Here’s what I hope the team will be for next season:

    GK-Shay Given (irreplaceable)
    DR-Tal Ben Haim/Luke Young (I love watching Dani Alves -the best right back in the world- and Micah Richards play but they are just not realistic signings)
    DL-Leighton Baines (with Emanuelson in backup)
    DC- Steven Taylor (with a decent backup like Milito)
    DC- Curtis Davies (already a very mature player and these two players could form a very exciting partnership)
    MR- James Milner
    ML- Dimitri Payet/ Charles N’Zogbia/ Damien Duff if he comes good in November
    DMC- Thorsten Frings (really impressed me at the World Cup)
    AMC- Diego (if we’re really ambitious)/ Any other suggestions? – it’s unlikely Werder Bremen will let us buy both of their central midfielders/ Sidwell would have been absolutely perfect here
    FC- Obafemi Martins
    FC- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar/ Peter Crouch (would complement Martins’ style of play perfectly)

    This team would challenge for the top four, no bother!

    Comments on this line-up and new suggestions are welcome.


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