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 Â Â Â 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.”
- 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 â‚¤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
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