Major Newcastle News Stories – 21st June – 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 the defeat of the England Under-21s and the way Steven Taylor played heroically (plus James Milner) in a devastating loss after Maceo Rigters had equalized for Holland with just one minute to go in normal time – and England eventually losing 13-12 on penalties.


  • Great game last night in which our very own Steven Taylor epitomized England’s fighting spirit. Even though Steven was injured he still managed to score a penalty – and James Milner slotted in his two also. Both looked the great paleyrs they are going to become at Newcastle. Here’s what Stuart Pearce said after the game.

    Steven Taylor and James Milner

  • Following on from the same England Holland game last night we spotlight the potential transfer to Newcastle of Dutch striker Maceo Rigters – who scored the last minute eqalizer last night. His transfer fee is so low (₤350K) that it must be a bargain if we can get himn to Newcastle.

    Maceo Rigters

  • Also as luck would have it last night we spotlighted what Sam Allardyce had to say about Steven Taylor and that he needs to get Steven some help at center-back. Steven has tried to step up at Newcastle in leadership – and he has done well for one so young (and great last night). Sam is sensibly trying to take some of the pressure off Steven. From last night’s performance we have to say that young Steven seems to thrive on pressure!

    Steven Taylor

  • The other transfer news is that we are still after Rozehnal of PSG – but it seems we may have him bagged shortly – because the news is that Borussia Dortmund have signed Juverntus’ Robert Kovacs as a replacement for Metzelder – and so they seem to have filled their center-back opening. We focus on comments made by David Rozehnal yesterday – he certainly seems a rather cool charcter – take a read.

    David Rozehnal

  • Other Newcastle news in the Independent is that Derek Boateng is back in the frame for Newcastle – we have spotlighted the attacking midfielder a couple of weeks back and we think Sam will go after him now to get him in before training begins next month.

    Derek Boateng

  • Also lots of reports that Mike Ashley will appoint someone imminently to look over the workings from top to bottom of the club. But there seems nothing new in this – and it’s really what you would expect when someone buys a new business.

    Owner Mike Ashley

  • Here’s a quote from our very own Mark Viduka and yes – it’s pretty stupid. 😀

    “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.”


    Mark Viduka

As we get new and worthwhile Newcastle news during the rest of the day we’ll add these to this report.   We’d appreciate your comments on these stories.

27 comments so far

  • Chris

    Jun 21, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m starting to be disheartened by the lack of transfer activity at the club. After bagging Viduka and Barton so early, I thought Sam was starting early to get his team together before they got back to training.
    It now doesn’t seem the case and I’m beginning to wonder whether or not Sam has actually has anything to spend. The only deals that’s been done have been payed for by the sale of Parker and it’s strange how he’s only offered £2.8m for Rozenhal which is round about what he’s got left over.
    Don’t get me wrong, I know Mike Ashley will give him funds but will it be too late to do anything in this transfer window. We are desperate for defenders and if the gaps aren’t filled were in trouble.
    I thought this transfer window would be different to last when we tried to sign players on the last day and failed, but it’s looking the same to me!

  • Cicero

    Jun 21, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Not surprised at David’s comments. He doesn’t know where he’s going to end up and why alienate himself by declaring he “desperately” wants to play for one team or another. He has no real affiliation to us, PSG or Dortmund and his comments are professional and sensible. No foreign players are going to be passionate about coming to NUFC; we aren’t in Europe our manager is virtually unknown, success wise, outside the UK and we haven’t won anything for years. If foreign players do sign and are any good and show commitment the crowd will take to them and the passion for the club will grow (Nobby & Pav).

  • Ebol

    Jun 21, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Do you mean young Steven seems to “thrive” on pressure (as opposed to “strive”).

  • Cicero

    Jun 21, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Give Sam a break; he’s just walked in to the mess at SJP, within days there’s a take over, promises made by Fat Freddie are thrown out the window, Ashley wants a review so probably freezes massive spending, need to assess current squad, players and managers are on holiday, etc, etc. If we were a proper club with a proper infrastructure we would have had budget, who we wanted and the negotiating machine primed before the end of the season.

  • Cicero

    Jun 21, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Sam could do what Souness did and do out and blow £50m on crap.

  • AndyT

    Jun 21, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #6

    I think there are a number of factors which are keeping the transfers low at the moment. I also think the take over will be hurting Newcastle in the transfer market at the minute. My reasoning being:
    1) The transfer window hasn’t officially opend yet, never mind getting near to the close. There is no presure yet on the selling clubs to agree deals without pushing as hard as they can for as much as they can (like wise agents).
    2) The U21 championships are ongoing and a lot of talent is being watched and pondered before moves are made.
    3) The end of season internationals for Euro qualifcation mean that just about all of the senior internationl players are away on holiday at the minute.
    4) Every agent in the world knows that the reigns of power at Newcastle are being handed to a billionaire who’s willing to spend money and that Big Sam will have his backing – why would they sell now when they can wait a month or two and see if they can get even more (Newcastle have already shown willing to up the price for someone they want – Barton and Rozehnal)
    Once the players are back from their holidays you can expect them to start putting some presure on their agents to get their deals sorted out. The agents will also start getting tetchy about what their summer bonuses will be looking like as they get closer to the end of the transfer window and they start looking for cash in the bank instead of potential on paper.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Ebol – thrive means to flourish or prosper – to realize a goal despite the circumstances – so what I mean by Steven thriving on presuure is that he welcomes it – and propers or flourishes in spite of it.
    Strive is trying to achieve something.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    AndyT – good analysis.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Cicero – exactly – and Sam’s not going to do that. I still cannot believe we payed 8.5M for Boumsong when 6 months before he was acquired by Rangers on a free transfer – and Souness was best friends with the Rangers chairman – so it figures – but we were still a bit dumb.

  • AndyT

    Jun 21, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #10

    ED – with regards to the Mike Ashley review. It is stated in the offer documentation that he will undertake a full audit of the current state of the club before finalising the level of personal financial comitment he will be making to the club.
    Another interesting fact from that document. Freddy Shepherd & Douglas Hall both had employment contracts up to 70yrs old with 2 year notice periods, so the “bluster” about Shepherd being “kept on” for 2 more years can be directly translated as “Ashley has given him his notice”. This is slightly different to the other directors who had 2 year temporary contracts (and salaries of around 35k instead of 450k).

  • t-g-w

    Jun 21, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Thank you Any T – the transfer window isn’t even open yet so why despair Chris? I’m sure we will get the players in that we need – trust Big Sam!

  • Chris

    Jun 21, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    I suppose I am being a little impatient. I have total faith in Allardyce, I was practically dancing in the streets when he became our manager.
    It’s the not knowing that’s getting to me. We don’t know how much he will have to spend on players. We don’t know when he’ll have money to spend. We don’t know who his realistic targets are.
    I was assuming the transfer window had already opened. When is it officially open?

  • Pete

    Jun 21, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Chris, 1st July

  • AndyT

    Jun 21, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #14

    I think its open within the UK (End of season constitutes start of transfer window and I think end of season is defined by last playoff finishing).

    I think european starts in 1st week of July.

  • kieran

    Jun 21, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #15

    so have we “oficially” signed vid and barton, because the transfer seasona aint even open yet

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m pretty sure the premier league signing season opens end of season – we’ve had this discussion before – and somebody looked up the FA definition..

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17

    AndyT – so you are saying that Shepherd and Hall are working through their two year notice period – because they have already been given the sack by Ashley – right?

  • Ebol

    Jun 21, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed – I know you meant to say “thrive” instead of “strive” but you put down “From last night’s performance we have to say that young Steven seems to strive on pressure!” This makes no sense. Sorry if I wasn’t clear enough first time.

  • AndyT

    Jun 21, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed – That’s my reading of it. The offer document gives details of the contracts for the directors. It says that Sheperd and Hall have to be given 2 years notice by the club, they can themselves opt instead for 3 months notice and take 2 years salary in compensation at the end of that 3 months. So for the announcement to be made that Sheperd was selling his shares, but staying on in his current role for 2 years…. I cant help but read between the lines that Ashley has triggered that notice period. No doubt diplomatically, and in two years time it will be time Sheperd will spontaneously decide that he can’t contribute anything more to Newcastle and its time to let someone else take over blah blah. But he looks like he’s clinging on to whatever he can of his Prestige as Chairman of a premiership footbal club. Douglas Hall on the other hand I would expect (Probably after a little nudging from daddy) to take the three month option and use the 2 years wages to help pay off some of his debts!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Ebol – whoops – my fault – i corrected it!

  • nightfall

    Jun 21, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #21

    we should get malouda…for duff + cash…he would be a perfect instructor for n’zogbia…

    chelsea don’t have any money to spend and liverpool will blow all their money on strikers…over 30 mio…

  • nightfall

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #22

    ed…don’t worry
    there are still curtis davies, coloccini,…
    if rozehnal doesn’t wanna come, f*&^%k him…at least we’ll get players that want to play for the best fu**ing club in the world…

    that’s all from me for today..time to go to sleep… i am one hour in front of you 🙂

  • nightfall

    Jun 21, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #23

    sevilla mad a bit for rozehnal… fu*k!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2007 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #24

    we’re going to look pretty stupid if we lose out to Seville – Rozehnal will decide tomorrow!

  • nightfall

    Jun 21, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #25

    but sevilla are not a bad club…plus rozehnal doesn’t seem to be enthusiastic about newcastle…

    it’s a shitty week…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #26

    I put up an article up on our blog – seems he doesn’t want to come to Newcastle – and I said that. This could be very embarrassing for the club.

  • Aaron D

    Jun 22, 2007 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #27

    I think that we should definitely go for that Rigters @ £350,000, thats 3 weeks of Owen’s wages. Looked good so far in the Under 21 championship. Even just as a back-up. Get his team mates Babel and Drethe as well. I think we should go for Curtis Davies if the price is right.


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