Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.
Well – the really big news – and very good news for Newcastle is that Freddy Shepherd has agreed to sell his shares to Mike Ashley. Newcastle now have the chance to challenge the big four – and Sam Allardyce will have no money problems in the next few years – as he attempts to put Newcastle back on the football map.
- News dominating the air waves today is that Freddy Shepherd is selling his shares to Ashley – which makes the takeover of Newcastle by Mike Ashley a done deal – in that he is now very close to 75% ownership which he needs to have complete control of the club.
Great news for Newcastle fans.
Newcastle Saviour Mike Ashley
- Good report my Luke Edwards in the Journal on how Sam Allardyce says he can control Joey Barton. We all know how good Sam’s reputation is for motivating and exerting positive influence on players – and it will be needed in Barton’s case. But there’s no doubt he is a talented player – and we all hope he will do great for Newcastle over the next five years of his contract. He could be a pivotal player for us – and he knows it.
New Signing Joey Barton
- News on the NUFC official site that Sam has Mark Viduka tied up to come to Newcastle – and he will sign a contract – maybe even today – once he completes his medical at St. James’ Park. Late news is that he has flown in from Australia to complete the move – and will meet with a Newcastle group that includes manager Sam Allardyce. Sam also looks to have Tal Ben Haim in his sights and appears confident he too will be coming to Newcastle. These will be two excellent signings for us – no doubt about that – since both have good Premiership experience.
Mark Viduka – Ben Tal Haim
- News today again on the NUFC official site about Michael Owen’s goal for England last night in their easy 3-0 win over Estonia – ranked number 110 in the world. Also Kieron Dyer came on for David Beckham in the 68th minute. Beckham had a major influence on the game – again – setting up two of England’s three goals – including the one for Michael. Hopefully Owen’s future at the club will be sorted out imminently – now that Ashley will be in control of the club.
Michael Owen – Kieron Dyer
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