Major Newcastle News Stories – June 23rd – 2007

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

The news today is the Mirror is reporting we are after Darren Bent of Charlton – and we feel that can only be true if Owen and/or Martins will be leaving the club in the transfer window. David Rozehnal and agent Pavel Zika will be in Newcastle on Monday to complete a 4 year deal with the club.


  • The Daily Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are after Darren Bent. We review this story and think it has to signal one of our two main strikers leaving the club. Arsenal are reported to be after both Owen and Martins to replace the departing Henry.

    Charlton’s Darren Bent

  • We look at the upcoming thorough, objective and strategic review of the Newcastle United Football Club. Ashley is said to be unimpressed with the release clauses inserted in Owens and Martins contracts. When the review has been completed Mike may also be unimpressed in general with the running of the club. Chairman Freddy Shepherd we suggest may come under increased scrutiny by Ashley.

    Freddy Shepherd

  • News last night that David Rozehnal will be in Newcastle on Monday to sign a four year deal with the club. This transfer seems to have gone on and on and seems like it’s been like the Pavel Zika show – with agent Zika making multiple press statements every few days. But we are pleased we have captured David and think he will be an excellent center back for Newcastle in Sam’s new era.

    David Rozehnal

  • It appears that the Newcastle career of Alan O’Brien – the Republic of Ireland International left winger is over. It looks like Alan will be signing for Hibernian of Edinburgh. We feel that O’Brien was never given a fair chance at the club – and never had a run of games to see what he could do. We are sorry to see him leave but wish him the best for the future.

    Alan O’Brien

  • We have the new change kit unveiled at Newcastle for next season – it looks like Manchester City’s strip to us – and Joey Barton is showing it off – we had this here yesterday and will keep it in today since it’s drawn big interest – take a look.

    Joey Barton in New Change Kit

  • Finally here’s a quote from Brian Clough (old big-head) – to lighten up the day

    “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.”


    Brian Clough

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.

12 comments so far

  • Jacob

    Jun 23, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    I really hope there’s nothing in the Darren Bent rumour and that Owen and Martins remain at the club. That said, if I were to choose who stays or who goes, I would definitely be saying bye bye to Owen. We must keep Martins, at whatever cost. He’ll be flying next season and I feel will eclipse his 17 goals scored last time around. Can you imagine what he’d be like playing off a big hold-up player like Mark Viduka? He’s already committed himself to the club in no uncertain terms and we all know this is more than Owen has been prepared to do. Additionally, Owen’s continued presence at the club could actually hinder Martins’ progress more than anything else, as he seems to be our automatic first choice striker. Q: How would I feel if Owen left? A: Indifferent/Apathetic Q: How would I feel if Martins left? A: Devastated.

  • Jacob

    Jun 23, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    What about Klass Jan Huntelaar instead of Darren Bent?

  • nightfall

    Jun 23, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    exchange owen for theo walcott

  • Rick

    Jun 23, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Walcott’s not experienced enough for goalscoring. Bent would be better in that respect – however It’s a bit mad that they have a £16m price tag on Bent while Owen could go for nearly half that

    However, we can afford to pay a little more now can’t we? 😉

  • Soren

    Jun 23, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Although Bent is a very nice striker and he could be good at Newcastle, Chatlton wants £17mil for him and that is way too much! And lets just kick Shepherd out of Newcastle United for good, he has had his time.

  • Pete

    Jun 23, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I think someone is copying you:

    Or did you give them permission?

  • Dan

    Jun 23, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d noticed that too Pete…I’m hoping its owen arsenal come in for not martins. Martins has come out and said he wants to play for us, something owen certainly has’nt, we now need to renew martins contract minus release clause. If owen goes i’d love to see gugjohnson come in as i think he and martins could work very well. I like bent but 17m is way too much. other players i like would be G.Barnes, C.Davies, W.Bridge. Stuck for a right back, any ideas anyone?????

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 23, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Pete – I started writing about Newcastle at SoccerLens last year – before we decided to a this separate Newcastle Blog – in fact the major Newcastle news from now on will also be put on Soccerlens – Ahmed Bilal – who runs the SL is helping me with the Newcastle blog – so it’s all OK. This site is affiliated with SoccerLens is another way to say it.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 23, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Dan – Gudjohnsen would be great at Newcastle – gives us lots of options.

  • Soren

    Jun 23, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    With Henry going to barca, Gudjohnsen is definitly available. Maybe if Owen leaves, we should try for Gudjohnsen?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 23, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    jacob – Klass Jan Huntelaar would be a lot better than Bent.

  • ziad

    Jun 23, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #12

    for defense we should get Beye bridge/Baines and maybe 2 more solid defenders who can play both CB and full back. i m not too concerned about the situation up front and hope Martins commitment is real (maybe signs a new contract).If owen wants to leave then i couldnt care less


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