Why David Beckham Could Join Newcastle United


David Beckham may arrive at Gallowgate for a three month winter loan from the LA Galaxy this January. When we first saw the story we dismissed it as just that – a story.

But then when we looked more closely at it – we saw the possibility of Beckham arriving is probably greater than most Newcastle fans believe.

Maybe the planets are lining up – but first let’s look at what’s going on with this – so we can see how much reality exists.

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Please Sign Me Newcastle !

Beckham is due to start playing for the LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer League in August and will play for them until November.
The Americans are already making him into a huge celebrity and the Football people (Soccer in USA) are hoping that David will have a major impact on Soccer in the US – which they know they have to be part of. The game is taking off globally in a massive way – unlike most of their American sports.
LA Galaxy Coach Frank Yallop has said there would be no January loan move to Newcastle for Beckham and other clubs – like Everton, Tottenham and Blackburn – would obviously be interested in luring Beckham.

The success of Henrik Larsson’s move to Manchester United in January has proved that a big star can have a major positive influence on a club – even if it’s only for three months.

LA Coach Yallop told Sky Sports News recently:

“I think David is going to have such an impact when he joins the squad again it will be difficult to leave him out to be honest,” “We realize David wants to get to the 100-cap plateau and we will never stop him doing that.”

David Beckham – sometimes considered over-rated – is a much better player than most people realize and you can never accuse him of letting all that publicity go to his head and affect his performances on the pitch. To his credit he still plays the game with the enthusiasm of a youngster – and that is one of his greatest attributes.
Can Newcastle really lure him to Tyneside?
The simple answer is yes – and there are at least three good reasons why:

  1. David Beckham is a great admirer of Sam Allardyce (and vice versa)
  2. Money would be no object with Mike Ashley in charge
  3. In a world where we are trying to put the Newcastle United brand on the global map – the publicity for Newcastle would be priceless

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David and Victoria Beckham

A Newcastle insider – familiar with the story said recently:

“David has a lot of time for Big Sam and the manager would love to work with him.” “He feels he would be a welcome addition to the dressing room in terms of experience and a big influence on the pitch.
“You only have to look at the impact of Henrik Larsson at Manchester United last season to see what a short-term loan deal can do when it comes to giving your squad a boost.”

FIFA have insisted they will back David Beckham in his attempt to secure 100 caps for England – and he will return to the England side this Friday against Brazil at Wembley – after being out of the international scene since last year’s World Cup.
It is expected that several of England’s friendly matches will clash with Galaxy’s league fixtures and general manager Alexi Lalas had claimed he wouldn’t allow Beckham to play in friendly games – only in qualifying matches and major tournaments. But FIFA have already warned Lalas that he has no choice but to allow Beckham to play. In fact wouldn’t that be good for the Galaxy – to have one of their players playing for England?

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LA Galaxy GM Alexi Lalas and Billionaire Owner Phillip Anschutz

A FIFA spokesman was quoted as saying:

“The same rules apply for everybody – for all national associations, for any club, for any player,”
“Players must be released for friendly or competitive games if they are on the international calendar and the required notice is given.
“The only difference in competitive and friendly games is regarding the time-frames that players must be available before the games. Under the regulations, all players are equal.”

David Beckham is also desperate to play at next summer’s European Championships in Austria and Switzerland and is likely to make a formal request to the Galaxy to return to the Premiership. Despite all his publicity and superstar status – he a fair man – and it would be hard for the Galaxy to turn that request down.

So will David Beckham play for Newcastle in January?
We think there’s a much better chance than we ever thought possible.

Comments always appreciated.



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10 comments so far

  • jacobmannjones

    May 30, 2007 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Still seems far-fetched for me. I don’t think Galaxy manager Yallop is willing to let Becks play in the EPL on loan in fear of losing his services permanently. Then I’m not sure that he’d suit up for anyone besides ManU. I think that is the only EPL shirt we’d see him wearing. Hope I’m wrong but seems to Alice in Wonderland for my tastes…

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  • kev

    May 30, 2007 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I would personally love to see Beckham at the toon but as jacobmannjones said, it all seems a little to far fetched to me. My main problem with this story would be Posh spice filling his ear with so much rubbish at how it can only do the Beckham brand good in America if he stays in the USA. He’s too much like a poodle when listening to what posh has to say. Even if it’s for three months, it’s three months too long for Posh.

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  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 30, 2007 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Ummm…no?

    Ok, let me put my elitist bias aside for a second – the rumours you’ve quoted are no more believable than the statements attributed to Beckham (you’re quoting Newcastle insiders, hardly Beckham confidants) which say it feels impossible to return to the Premiership to play for a club other than Man Utd.

    It would be amazing for Newcastle if Becks ambled along, but somehow I doubt it would happen.

    If Owen leaves, it’s not happening.

    Becks is on good terms with plenty of managers – do Arsenal want him too? Chelsea?

    Becks will play in the international team until McClaren sorts out his shit and Lennon is good enough to put in good crosses (or McClaren picks Carrick in the middle as the quarterback). Otherwise England might not go to Euro 2008, which puts the whole ‘next season’ thing out of the window.

    Sorry mate, too many things going against this rumour.

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  • joe

    May 30, 2007 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #4

    It could happen. If Beckham feels playing in England for a period of time will improve his England chances, then he’ll do it. Simple as that. Where it’ll be is anyone’s guess, but I doubt it’ll be the top 4. NUFC or Tottenham. That’s my guess. If MO stays, then Becks will want to play with Englands number one.

    It’s a possibility. Small but possible.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    ahmed – agree the chance is not huge – but if Ashley takes over the club – we would think he would give it a try – and it becomes more realistic – if he really wants to put Newcastle on the global football map. To be honest it’s hard for me to visualize Victoria in Newcastle – but she could commute from London – and it would be three months only.

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  • Kein

    May 30, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Aren’t we supposed to build something permanent with our new manager..? Do we need a player for only three months (unless longer deal can be made after loan period)?

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Kein – yes – that’s right – it will put Newcastle on the map though – it’s important we get our name out there – and it’s something Ashley has already talked about. We expect Sam to reshape our side – for the better – in the summer – certainly the players he is looking at are good.

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  • Aaron D

    May 30, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Beckham at NUFC can only be a good thing, Newcastle will become more known throughout the world and have Beckham there might convince Owen to stay put for another season, although it would mean dropping James Milner, who along with Taylor and Given deserve starting births next season.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 30, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Aaron – yes – that’s what we want – we’re already known very well – as it happens – but need to get our name out there. Shearer helped big time – he was one of the few names people had heard of in the US – and they knew he played for Newcastle. We certainly have the best strips of anyone. 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Here’s a comment from one of our readers….

    Kurt wrote:
    Just a quick note from across the pond re: Beckham.

    You guys seem to be taking what I think is the correct, cautious path about
    discussing him playing anyplace but Los Angeles in the future. Here’s the thing
    — while his recent play on the pitch suggests he should stay in Europe, the
    American MLS league cannot afford the publicity hit of letting him go. They
    have a whole marketing campaign built around him coming over. Trust me, I live
    in LA, I see it plenty (and it’s not just here, television schedules and more
    were built around this). Plus, in a nation where domestic football/soccer
    rarely gets mentioned on a national stage, the signing was big news and got
    people talking for a few days. His arrival would do that again. Letting him
    walk would be a PR disaster for a league already having a tough time at the
    gate.

    By the way, Becks contract is actually with the league, not the LA Galaxy.
    Here’s a link to something that spells it out pretty well:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/grant_wahl/01/17/beckham.qa/index.html: < http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/grant_wahl/01/17/beckham.qa/index.html>

    Guys, keep up the great work!

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