Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today – in no particular order of priority.
There are no really big news items breaking so far today.
- Lots of news today on the transfer finally going through for Joey Barton and it looks like a lot of Manchester City fans are happy he is out of the club. Joey was quoted as saying how many great players the club has had – and how it is steeped in history. This is what Joey had to say:
“The sky is the limit” as to what can be achieved here at St. James’ Park.
“Everything is in place for this club to take off and join the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
“If anything, there are a Big Five in this country and Newcastle United are one of them. If success is achieved here then the sky is the limit.
“It’s a club steeped in history. There have been so many great players down the years, names like Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer.
“I hope the fans will take to me in my own way and appreciate the job I can do. I’m looking forward to it, I’m really excited.”
Newcastle’s Joey Barton
- Big Sam talks to the Newcastle web-site on how the new TV deal is inflating players’ demands for wages plus the transfer fees. He is doing a lot of phone work to try to set up the deals. This is what Big Sam told the official Newcastle web site:
“I’m spending a huge amount of time on the phone trying to get things in place.
“I’ve got my foot on the pedal trying to go at 90mph but only going 20mph at the moment.
“We’re finding out that inflation has hit. The new money has come in from Sky and all of a sudden it has inflated the salaries and the transfer fees, but we are having to compete.”
- After leading 2-0 at half time England Under-21s ended up drawing with Italy 2-2 in Holland last night. It has to be looked on as disappointing given the lead they built up. Our boys Steven Taylor and James Milner played the full game and Steven took the captain’s armband late in the game when Reo-Coker went off. England now have to win against Serbia to qualify for the next round.
Taylor and Milner
- Allardyce has explained that the main reason we lost out on Tal ben Haim was the Israeli wanted Champions League football. Sam obviously likes Ben Haim a lot – but we wonder how many games he will get next season – certainly he will be first choice should John Terry or Ricardo Carvalho be out injured. This is what Sam said about the deal:
I think we’ve had a long, hard go this week, but the lure of Chelsea and the Champions League for Tal has perhaps just pipped me at the post.
‘I’m sad I can’t bring him here and work with him again. I like the lad an awful lot and we know each other really well. But, like I said, the lure of Chelsea is a big one.’
- We run our own piece today on two players we hope are coming to Newcastle. David Rosehnal of PSG and Nicky Shorey of Reading. While we’ve been in for Rosehnal for a couple of weeks we are surprised to read that Borussia Dortmund are favorites for his signature. Shorey is being pursued by at least three clubs – including Newcastle. We need to concentrate on bringing some good defenders in as a high priority.
Rosehnal and Shorey
- Not particularly anything associated with Newcastle – but there is a hilarious story on stupid football quotes in the Sun today. Here is just one from Uncle Bobby when he was managing England:
“We didn’t underestimate them. They were a lot better than we thought.”
Bobby Robson after England nearly lost to Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup.
Take a look at the article and have a laugh 😀
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