Major Newcastle News Stories – June 14th – 2007

Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.

The big news today is that it looks like Ben Haim has chosen Chelsea for his free transfer   🙁    apart from that not much new really.


  • Not good news from a Newcastle perspective is that it looks like Bolton’s Ben Haim is ready to choose Chelsea over Newcastle – so we have lost out on one of our first major targets. We’re disappointed at this – but we’ll have to move on. Maybe we can get Rosehnal and Hyypia in next week. That should probably be enough for the center backs (two of them) and then we need two full backs also.

    Ben Haim – Chelsea Bound

  • News today that the fixture list has been released for the Premiership next season. We play Bolton at the Reebok stadium in our first game and we have a piece on this – where we look at our first six fixtures – which are not too bad – and we predict we can get 14 points from them. We also review a way by which we can see how we are doing towards 60 points for the season – which should get us a top six place.
    This what Sam had to say today when he heard the first game was at Bolton:

    “It’s amazing really, it’s just unbelievable, you really couldn’t make it up.
    “I guess there would always be a lot of interest in the first time I played Bolton since leaving, but it’s quite incredible it will be the first day of the season.”


    Big Sam

  • Sam has talked about Steven Taylor and James Milner and that he already knows a lot about them – and that they will form the backbone of Newcastle. We have a piece on this today. Certainly looks like both will figure prominently for Sam next season – they played over 100 games for Newcastle between them last season. Sam will be watching the England Under-21 game against Italy tonight on TV – and will have keen eyes out for the Newcastle boys – and maybe even Leighton Baines?

    Taylor and Milner

  • Not much new news about how the Rosehnal deal is going – but let’s hope we don’t miss out to Burussia Dortmund on this one. Maybe the Ben Haim affair will give us a bit more determination to get Rosehnal in. He looks a good player to us and a steal at around ₤3M. There’s also renewed talk about Sam Hyypia of Liverpool. We’re confident that we can get him at Newcastle if Sam went after him – and think he would be good for a couple of years helping the youngsters come through – especially under Sam – who brings the best out of the older players. We’ll have to wait and see – but we think Rosehnal and Hyypia would be a good pair.

    Rosehnal and Hyypia

We’d appreciate your comments on these stories.

13 comments so far

  • AndyT

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    “There’s also renewed talk about Sam Hyypia of Liverpool. We’re confident that we can get him at Newcastle if Sam went after him”

    Ed – you’re confident we can get anyone if Sam goes after them 🙂
    But I do think your seeing a few things through black and white tinted glasses 🙂

    The Ben Haim deal for example – sure there is money involved, but i think a lot of people overlook the level of opertunity as well. He may not be the number 1 starter CB at Chelsea, but for a club who if they perform like last season will be playing through the vast majority of the premiership, the champions league, the league cup and the FA cup, thats a lot of games and a lot of oppertunities to pick up a winners medal. Newcastle are not going to win the premiership next year, and not really at the top of anyone elses list of teams likely to lift one of the domestic cups either (although I hope every year – every year damnit and I’ve watched us loose 3 finals). This is a serious problem that we face in the short term. Without the same level of prospects of winners medals as the big 4, the players we will get are the mercanaries, because we will only attract them by paying over the odds.

  • Kadai

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    The lure of Champions league would have been a suitable excuse if there was any chance that he was going to get even a minute on the pitch…I look forward to watching him warming chelski benches all season…..idiot.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    AndyT – i’m sure you’re right – am looking through heavily tinted b/w glasses – i’m as biased as hell 😀 You make a good point and in the short term maybe we use Sam’s ability to bring in players who initially nobody knows about and he can put them together into a good team. If we can finish in top 6 next season and Ashley’s in with his money and he let’s us know what he wants to achieve etc – we can then really look next year at this time – and see what it takes to challenge the top four – but Sam knows he must have good first season. Also hope that Ashley is patient and gives Sam a real chance – and some time – and we fans need to do that as well.

  • AndyT

    Jun 14, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope he manages to get the Rosehnal deal tied up now, because as much as Taylor is already a good centre back and on the way to becoming great, hes still inexperienced and him and Ramage does not bode well for a strong defensive performance next season. Our signings so far are a boost in Attack and a boost in midfield – but I think we all know we need a rebuild in defence. That Sam’s first target defender, someone who he has worked with and knows well – chose not to come is a bit worrying for me.

  • AlexW

    Jun 14, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    well i feel that big sam has let go of a big fish in ben haim but if im honest i dont think that there wasnt the same money being offered as chelsea because who in the right mind would play for a team who will be on the bench 9 games out of 10………….and hypia is past his sell by date, we need fresh young talents as well as a few experienced players, bring in rosehnal along with baines and shorey………………GET OWEN OUT, if he dont wana play for his then show him the door and bring in someone who would, ie alan smith

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    AndyT – on your last sentence above – worrying to me too!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #7

    AlexW – yes – i’m disappointed we didn’t get Ben Haim – hopefully we can bring Rosehnal and Shorey in – we should be able to get Rosehnal – but need to up our bid to PSG by 1M – difficult on Shorey – he’ll be very popular with a lot of clubs.

  • AndyT

    Jun 14, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Hey Alex – What inside info do you have that Alan Smith would rather play for Newcastle than Man Utd (Personally I think there’s a better chance of getting Michael Carrick now that they have Hargreaves).

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Michael Carrick would be great – he’s a Geordie lad of course – but think ManU will have both Carrick and Hargreaves – Carrick came on far too much last year to be let go of by them now.

  • AlexW

    Jun 14, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #10

    i cant remember where i read it, but alan smith would be an awsome signing, especially with viduka and martins, he would be perfect in holding behind them two. What a good signing barton is as well, looking forward to other new signings with reo-cocker, baines, shorey and smith al on my wish list assuming that the rosenhal deal is wrapped up.

  • Andy T

    Jun 14, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed – I still blame The Fat Controler for Carrick not being a a regular Newcastle starter. The daft idiot made the assumption that he was going to snub Man U a-la Shearer and refused to put in a bid when we could have got him for about 4M because he only had a few months left on his contract before he could start talking to clubs with a view to a free transfer. The Fat one thought that he’d wait an extra year at West Ham until we could have him on a free because his desire to play for Newcastle was so high!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #12

    AndyT – Carrick left Newcastle when he was with us initially because Keegan disbanded the reserve team – and he couldn’t get a game so he joined West Ham in 1998.

  • Andy T

    Jun 14, 2007 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d reply to that but then your site would become illegal in many countries and I may not be able to access it from work anymore


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