Major Newcastle News Stories – June 7th – 2007 – Ashley Takes Over

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

We’d appreciate your comments on the above news stories.

3 comments so far

  • crazydave

    Jun 7, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Things seem to be moving along nicely, but Owen needs to come oput and state what his future plans are. I think Sam will be able to handle Barton, and looking at his OPTA stats compared to the rest our Midfield he will be a big assest to th Club. This is th first time in years I have felt so excited about the pre season and the season to come. Lets hope at last the sleeping giant is awake. The Top 4 had better start looking over their shoulders we are coming to get you.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 7, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    crazydave – feel the same way – really excited about Sam’s moves and next season – we’re now on level playing field.

  • jacob

    Jun 7, 2007 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Over the moon about Shepherd selling. I believe he’ll only be here for one more season before Mike Ashley intalls his own man…and as long as FFS stays out of the headlines, then I’ll live with that. I’m pleased we got Barton… always thought him to be a class act – but not too good with a cigar. Anyway, barring any tobacco related incidents, I think he’ll become a major player for NUFC, especially under the wing of Allardyce. Mark Viduka is an excellent signing and promises a mouth-watering partnership with Owen or Martins. I’m a little concerned by the rumours of Dyer staying and playing right back…I say get rid, and find a player who wants to wear the black and white shirt. Did he tell Steve McClaren that he wouldn’t play right back?


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