Major Newcastle News Stories – June 29th – 2007

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

The news today is that Sam Allardyce is having multiple troubles with the release clauses in Owen’s and Martins’ contracts. There is also an exclusive in the Sun that Manchester United are after Michael in a part exchange deal with Alan Smith. We are now very wary of the Sun exclusives.


  • Our first story today on the release clauses focuses on how they are caused by panic buying at the end of the transfer window. Interesting that Owen’s deal was done on the last day – as an example. It certainly is making life very difficult right now for Allardyce and he talks about this in the article.

    Sam Allardyce

  • There is a story in today’s Sun – an exclusive. It says that Manchester United want to offer Alan Smith plus ₤4M for Michael Owen. We take a look at this but are very wary of Sun exclusives. Only last week they said we had won the race for Smith at a fee of ₤3.4M. Then last Monday said Middlesbrough were in the lead for Smith with a bid of ₤6M – and that story didn’t even mention Friday’s story. We look at what these continual sensational stories mean to Newcastle – and it’s not good.

    Michael Owen

  • Our next story on the release clauses concentrates on new statements made by Sam Allardyce to Paul Gilder of the Journal. With Sam not knowing if Owen or Martins will leave before August 31st (via one of these release clauses) it makes it very difficult for Sam to plan for the season – in terms of who his strikers will be. It actually leaves him very exposed – and we look at ways we can possibly solve this.

    Oba Martins

  • There is news today that Mike Ashley has now acquired over 93% of Newcastle’s shares. This put him in a position to compulsory buy the remaining shares. His plan is then to take Newcastle United private and off the London Stock Exchange – after 10 years on it. Things seem to be moving nicely along on the business side of things.

    Owner Mike Ashley

  • We took a story from the Evening Chronicle yesterday and commented on it at some length. The story said that Newcastle were in the lead for Brazilian star Edmilson and we would get him on a free transfer – since his contract ran out at the end of June. The story by Alan Oliver turned out to have some errors in it. Like Emilson had just had knee surgery a week ago (following his cruciate ligament operation last summer – which caused him to miss the World Cup) and was out for 4-6 months. This means any transfer right now would be difficult.The second thing was that one of Barcelona’s supporters commented that in fact his contract ran out in June next year – not this year.We updated the story on Edmilson’s cruciate ligament injury and offered some input as to how Newcastle may potentially deal with this.

    But we took our stick on this because of the initial inaccuracies in the story. Fans were also concerned we were signing too many older players. We hold our hands up and be responsible for covering the story in the first place – and hopefully we’ll learn from this.

    There is new news today (and it’s good in our opinion) on Edmilson. The Times is reporting that a Newcastle delegation led by Allardyce met with Edmilson and his representatives yesterday and he has said he is interested in joining Newcastle. While his contract still has one year to run Sam is convinced he can get him for a nominal fee. Take a read – looks like he will be coming.



  • Finally here’s some quotes that miss whatever they were trying to say. Today we concentrate on some commentator’s mistakes while doing live commentary – to lighten up the day. 😀

    ‘Peru score their third, and It’s 3-1 to Scotland.’ – David Coleman

    ‘Martin O’Neill, standing, hands on hips, stroking his chin.’ – Mike Ingham

    ‘Such a positive move by Uruguay – bringing 2 players off and putting 2 players on.’ – John Helm

    ‘The Uruguayans are losing no time in making a meal around the referee.’ – Mike Ingham

    You don’t score 64 goals in 86 games without being able to score goals.’ – Alan Green

    ‘Celtic manager Davie Hay still has a fresh pair of legs up his sleeve.’ – John Greig


    Martin O’Neill

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

33 comments so far

  • Greg B

    Jun 29, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    That link apparently doesnt work, anyway its reported on sky sports under the headline – ‘Magpies ‘agree’ Edmilson deal’

  • Soren

    Jun 29, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Also a comment from Babayaro here from skysports, but it also appeares in several other medias'll+win+Big+Sam+over

    Babayaro says he will win over Sam.

  • Cicero

    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #4

    He’ll need to get off his sick bed and play to win over anyone.

  • Cicero

    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s reported that Big Sam will appoint Steve Round as his number two at St James’ Park and that Nigel Pearson has now left the club. Pearson never really sorted out the defence and upset Martins and the Zog when he took charge of the last game of the season. Terry Mac next?

  • Greg B

    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Has Pearson actually gone? Is that more compensation the club has had to pay?
    Excuse my ignorance but who is Steve Round?


  • Cicero

    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Is it only 6 and half weeks since Big Sam took over? And what a 6.5 weeks it’s been. New back room staff that know what they’re doing, crap players gone or going, exciting signings and more to come and he hasn’t touched the reported £50 million kitty. He seems he’s done more in those 6.5 weeks than the last two put together. All he needs to do now is re-negotiate Owen’s and Martins’ contracts and remove the get-out clauses and he’s flying.

  • Cicero

    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Round is on the England coaching staff with his former Boro boss Steve McClaren, and he is likely to continue with this role.

    Round, 36, had his playing career cut short by injury, but soon worked his way up the ranks in the coaching ladder with Derby, before joining McClaren at Boro, where the England boss regarded him as one of his main men at the Riverside.

  • Cicero

    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #9

    BBC say Pearson’s gone Chronicle say he’s still there.

  • Greg B

    Jun 29, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Cheers for that Cicero

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 29, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Greg B – I saw that – persoanlly i think that’s great – we’ll have to get Dr. Richard Steadman involved – he’ll make sure he’s OK – for at least the next 4 years! Also maybe Gudjohnsen.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 29, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Cicero – well said – you cannot accuse Sam of not being a go-getter. He knwos this is his BIG chance in football.

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Exactly Ed. He knows it’s his big chance, he has already impressed me more than Roeder. Roeder is a thinker but Allardyce is a thinker and a do’er. He doesn’t leave things to the last minute like previous managers have. I am excited by the start he has made and once we have the foundations down I really think we will go places. The likes of Arsenal and Spurs had better watch out! (and dare I say it Liverpool)??

  • Joe

    Jun 29, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Edmilson is injured for 4 to 6 month lads.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 29, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Joe – i’ve put a little bit more up on Edmilson’s knee injuries of last year – it doesn’t look as bad as i thought yesterday – nothing like Owen’s knee problems.
    Expect Richard Steadman to fix him up in Vail, Colorado.

  • joe

    Jun 29, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Does anyone know if there is any reason why we can’t just re-negotiate owen and martins contracts and leave out stupid clauses? This would solve the problem and we will find out if owen wants to stay or go.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 29, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #17

    StevieA – now let’s not get carried away – you’re starting to sound like me 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 29, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #18

    joe – there’s no legal reason why we can’t do that – in fact Newcastle want to do that with Martins’ contract and they’ve already asked him.
    But it’s up to the players and their agents – i guess their agents would want to leave it in there – because it’s like an assist for another deal for the player – and they get agent money out of that – ridiculous but probably true.
    But that’s what we need to do for both Owen and Martins.

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Ha-ha. Ed I think we will have a stronger squad than Arsenal soon. Currently I think we are on course for a top 8 finish. Of course we need to strengthen the defence. We do need players in defence and possibly another striker.

    I know we need players but I am not the only one! 😉

    It makes a refreshing change seeing a manager who is working around the clock and jetting to other countries to work on transfer deals. Perhaps if the club had been so welcoming to potential signings before then Woodgate would be in black & white and not red & white. He was dissapointed that the club did not wine and dine him and I think that made a big difference in the negotiations with Woodgate. Perhaps next season eh? 😉

  • James

    Jun 29, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Anyone heard of Fernando Cavenaghi he sounds gd ,we should sign him as he scores lots of goals

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Very good player. Not sure he would get in the team with the possible arrival of Gudjohnsen. From what I have seen or Rigters I would love us to sign him next.

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Or Babel.. 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 29, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #23

    StevieA – Woodgate was a huge loss – put it down to Roeder being too scared of his injury record – but he should be at Newcastle now. Big loss for us – but hey – you could be right – good success in a year or two – and he could be back – never rule anything out. Sad we missed him though.

  • PiraK

    Jun 29, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Ok,guys ruours tell me that Owen is leaving St.James ,heading Old trafford and Smithis coming this way.I know its papertalk..but its can owen leave St.James..he havent done nottin for us..same time i get angry..

    I hope we sell Martins and Owen.Doesnt seem like they want to stay,I hope Big Samwho have done a good job..get in some good strikers,strikers who will be happy playing for Magpies and not care abou the money.And Sam can spend between 10-15 mill pounds i dont care..WE need Strikers who can score a lot of goals and not getting injured all the time:P

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed – I remember reading something about Woodgate being let down in the fact that we took his signing for “granted” rather than wine and dine him as Big Sam would have. Roeder left too much to the chairman (although he may not have had a choice), having Woodgate with the likes of Rozenhal and Taylor would be brilliant. As you say who knows what the future could bring. Woodgate will want to win things and I don’t think he will win things at Boro.

    Woodgate for me is one of the best centre halfs available when fully fit.

    We seem to be signing quality international players, mostly young and athletic. It seems that Sam is taking the Arsenal approach at the moment in creating a young, strong, athletic team with a handful of experienced players.

    Exciting times! 😀

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Just a thought. Tevez would like to stay in the premier ship. Would you lads have him at the Toon?

    He could be the Beardsley type of player we have been missing! He has set his heart on staying in the premiership and if Liverpool sign Torres then that would probably be one less club interested.

    What do you think? Not sure on the fee but could be worth it to take us to the next level. An exciting signing who would get the fans going too.

  • nightfall

    Jun 29, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #27

    StevieA – i agree…he would be great…much better then smith or gudjohnsen…

  • PiraK

    Jun 29, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Have to agrre with StevieA-If he wanna stay in the Premiership..we should put an offer on the table soonest possible.And make an offer for Anelka and Lita:P

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Are you listening Sam? 😉

    I think Tevez could be an amazing player for us. He could supply the strikers and still get his fare share of goals too.. we have the money so who knows?

    The only problem I could see is a £15-20 Million fee. I know we have around £45-50 Million but I think Sam would like to make sure he has all the players he needs rather than buying players for massive fees. However it would be a good opportunity to sign Tevez I think, one we should grasp with both hands!

    PiraK – Regarding Leroy Lita he is an excellent finisher. One for the future maybe. He reminds me of a young Andy Cole, I have been saying that for years now!

  • PiraK

    Jun 29, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #30

    StevieA- i saw him for England U-21,Strong,paceful,and good finishing.Love such kind of strikers.
    If Owen and Martins goes..we get like15-20mill.I say buy Tevez.His last games for West Ham last season was TOP QUALITY.Two striker out..tevez and Lita in:D (Both young and hungry)

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #31

    PiraK – Me too. Oba Martins has all those qualities but I think Leroy Lita is more determined in general. Tevez is also a very determined, skillful, explosive striker who would be amazing for us.

    Both young and hungry as you have said. If I could only sign one I would go for Tevez. I have a feeling we will sign Gudjohnsen who I think is a quality player. Tevez is also available so you never know..

  • PiraK

    Jun 29, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Maybe tomorrow news will tell:P

  • StevieA

    Jun 29, 2007 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #33

    PiraK – I think we will be linked with more players tomorrow. Gudjohnsen might be a bit closer to coming and I think Edmilson will sign regardless of what the Barcelona Source has said.

    It’s only a matter of time before we are linked with Tevez. We have money, he is available. He want’s to play in the Premiership, we want to achieve in the Premiership. It makes sense, whether we can afford to splash out so much on one player rather than 3 or 4 players I am not sure.

    Looking forward to seeing who we are in negotiations with tomorrow! 😀


You must log in to post a comment.