Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.
We have agreed in principle to sign Mark Viduka – which is good news for us today.
- Almost official news today that Mark Viduka will be joining Newcastle. icteeside reports that Mark has agreed in principle to join Newcastle and we understand Mark isd still in Australia. This is good news because the more players Sam can sign early will be ready for pre-season training which will be important because of all the new signings expected.
- Both Antoine Sibierski and Titus Bramble signed for Wigan yesterday on free transfers. While Antoine will remember his season at Newcastle with some pride along with his 8 vital goals – Titus did not have a happy time at Newcastle during the 5 years he was with us. We hope both of them do well at Wigan Athletic next season.
- News that Kieron Dyer is in line to play right back for England tomorrow against Estonia. Right back is not an unfamiliar role as he made his England debut in that position back in 1998. Nobby Solano also went back to that position for Newcastle last season having previously played right back for Boca Juniors.
Also to put some reality on the England game against Estonia tomorrow – which is said to be vital for McClaren – Estonia are ranked 110th in the FIFA rankings to England’s ranking of 8th. Estonia in European Qualification have played six games, lost six, scored no goals and conceded eleven. If England cannot beat this team then McClaren should be sacked immediately – and if we win it’s no big deal – unlike what’s being reported. To read the reports you would think Estonia was actually a good team.
- News on the NUFC official site has Steven Taylor talking about the upcoming European U21 Championships in Holland. Steven thinks England can win – and with a bit of luck we do too – although Italy will be a tough team to beat. England have some good players in the squad – so it will be interesting watching their progress – it’s about time we won a Championship like this. We’ll be following the U21 Championships on this site (and our own Milner and Taylor’s participation) when they get under way shortly.
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