Major Newcastle News Stories – June 30th – 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 we finally signed David Rozehnal from PSG for around £3M – announced late yesterday afternoon. Also reports today that Edmilson wants £80K/week at Newcastle – and we analyze that story.

Also Sam is adding to his back-room staff with news that Steve Round will be coming as Assistant Manager and ex-Bolton staff Mike Forde and Mark Taylor will be arriving shortly.


  • News today that Allardyce may be having second thought on bringing Edmilson to Newcastle. The news is that the Brazilian wants £80K/week at Newcastle. In our article on this we analyze the situation – but we now understand that’s the wage he is currently on at Barcelona.
    Sam has to decide between Edmilson’s ambition and willingness to make his career at Newcastle successful – against just coming only for the big money. It’s a situation we’ve faced before at the club with players like Patrick Kluivert and Marcelino – to name but two.



  • We finally signed the Czech Stopper David Rozehnal late yesterday afternoon. We know from comments on this site that some fans were starting to worry about the deal. But it’s all turned out nicely and we ran an article on it yesterday afternoon. We think David will be a success at Newcastle. He’s played 34 times for the Czech Republic – who are no slouches. It also looks like Sam may turn center-back – a big weakness at Newcastle over many years – to a strength. Should he be able to capture Edmilson, Beye and Hyypia – who still look to be his targets – there would be real competition for places at central defense. We also have our local boys Steven Taylor and Peter Ramage ready to fight it out to represent their home town team – and fight they certainly will. Both are first class young professionals – as Sam will soon find out.

    David Rozehnal

  • Good article in the Evening Chronicle where Sam Allardcye offers some great news on Michael Owen. Sam says after talking to Michael several times he is 100% convinced that Michael will be a Newcastle player at the beginning of the season. This explains why Sam said a couple of days ago he did not think it necessary to talk to Michael when he got back next week.
    We’d also like to see Martins stay so we have Viduka, Owen, Martins and Ameobi as our strike force next year – not too shabby.


    Michael Owen

  • News that Sam Allardyce is making moves to shore up his back room staff as players prepare to return to training next week and a trip to Austria so they can start gelling. News that Steve Round may be joining Sam as Assistant Manager. Round was at Middlesbrough until December last year and has taken an assistant coaching role under Steve McClaren at England. The England position is part time. What now happens to Nigel Pearson is not known – but he may stay at the club.

    Sam Allardyce

  • News about how Sam thinks he will handle Joey Barton’s well known temper at Newcastle. It turns out that Sam has always taken risks with players and Joey is no exception. However it is very important that Sam be successful in curbing Joey’s erratic and aggressive tendencies – if we are to be successful next season.

    Joey Barton

  • We look at the transfer situation with Eidur Gudjohnsen in our latest Newcastle Transfer Update series. We were linked with Eidur a month or so back and he will definitely be leaving Barcelona now that Henry has arrived from Arsenal. We wonder if Eidur joins Newcastle- will that mean either Martins or Owen will be moved out. Our view is we should go after Eidur – because he is such a good professional and player – and would add value to Newcastle’s squad regardless. Also Gudjohnsen thinks highly of Sam – having worked with him at Bolton in the late 1990s before moving to Chelsea in a ₤4M deal in the summer of 2000. Newcastle – under Bobby Robson – were interested in Gudjohnsen at the time – but we got Carl Cort for ₤7M instead. 🙁

    Eidur Gudjohnsen

  • Sam Allardyce has finally had a go at his former Chairman Phil Gartside of Bolton. Phil has not been too complimentary towards Sam since he left Bolton Wanderers. As we say in the piece – we’re not sure why these things happen – since it all appears a little childish. But two things seems certain – Sam will continue to speak his mind at Newcastle – plus the atmosphere at the Reebok on August 9th will be electric.

    Bolton’s Reebok Stadium

  • Finally here’s some quotes from Gordon Strachan of Celtic – who has never really liked reporters – not to mention their questions.
    Here they are to try lighten up the day. 😀

    Reporter: “Welcome to Southampton. Do you think you are the right man to turn things around?”
    Strachan: “No. I was asked if I thought I was the right man for the job and I said, ‘No, I think they should have got George Graham because I’m useless.'”

    Reporter: “Gordon, can we have a quick word please?”
    Strachan: “Velocity.” (walks off)

    Reporter: “This might sound like a daft question, but you’ll be happy to get your first win under your belt, won’t you?”
    Strachan: “You’re right. It is a daft question. I’m not even going to bother answering that one. It is a daft question”

    Reporter: “Gordon, you must be delighted with that result.”
    Strachan: “You’re spot on! You can read me like a book.”


    Gordon Strachan
    Reporters beware

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

18 comments so far

  • Archer

    Jun 30, 2007 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Hmm, well this is what i think our squad should be next season:
    also, i think that Carroll,Huntington,Krul & Edgar should be loaned out for experience.
    This Squad, along with a successful board & backroom staff, will be very sucessful.
    and it wont cost that much as oba will leave for £13 mil, which is a good deal for an inconsistent moaner with a first touch like a donker;)
    Personally, Either Butt or Taylor should be given Captain, but let’s see

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 30, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Archer – that’s a really good squad – we could finish in top six with those players – I would really like to see Sam move for Shorey – or evn Baines – but we need an orthodox left back.

  • bob

    Jun 30, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    is it just me or are all the players we are signing are relatively cheap so i think sams got some1 big lined up but thts player hasnt been picked up on as a target because im sure no manager who gets a budget of at least 50 million just signs players who arn even denting tht i personlly think that sams got his eye on a real world class centre midfielder which is what we need as we dont have a real consistant playmaker even though we have emre and joey barton although they are good they arnt world class so there must be some1 who he has lined up for tht role i would say some1 like a Deco would be perfect and Deco is actually up for sale now tht Barca want Lampard but hey who knows who Sams after but there must be some1 whos gonnna cost a big amount cuz hes got alot to spend

  • joel gledhill

    Jun 30, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    i think we should keep martins and exange owen for ider gudjohsson because what has owen proved too newcastle(that he’s injured all the time.)this is my formation i think we should play

    *martins *gudjohsson


    *d.duff *james.milner


    *babayaro/shorey *david.rohza *steven.taylor *gerimi

    write wot u think thankzz!

  • Wizdomite

    Jun 30, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    IMO you’re a little harsh on martins – his attitude could def be improved but for a young striker in his first season of the premiership surrounded by mediocre players and poor tactics, I thought he did fine.

    I think we can do without eidur and would rather the money was spent on the defence. Edmilson is ok when he’s fit, but everyone knows brazilians don’t know how to defend properly!! There must be some other ageing centre backs out there to help make Taylor a future England captain?!

  • Ebol

    Jun 30, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Archer – We need more than one left back and Babayaro isn’t good enough to stay so I think we should buy Baines/Shorey plus an experienced, consistent left back for next to nothing. Any suggestions, Ed?

  • Phil

    Jun 30, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Sam is spending within that budget when you take into account that we need a lot of players 6-7 more i would say so i think a few need to be around the £3-4 mil mark. Also Sam is making a point that we will not me held to ransom over players.

    I expect the bigger money signings will come later when the squad is looking healthy.

  • Dan

    Jun 30, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Talking of orthadox left backs iv just seen liverpool are planning to highjack juve’s £5m bid for gabriel heinze. why in gods name aren’t we!? he is a top class defender and a £5m he’s a steal! whats does everybody else think about this?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 30, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #10

    nightfall – that’s actually great news !!!!
    So Sam’s comment of a few days ago makes more sense – can only think that Owen told him he was staying a few weeks back. The best news we get these days is directly from Sam.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jun 30, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #11

    i think sams just biding his time for the right player i think a left bk is a must i also think we should giv dyer the boot hes absolutly rubish hes a greedy gud for nothing

  • StevieA

    Jun 30, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    If Liverpool sign Heinze I think we should swoop for John Arne-Riise who can defend well, create and score his fair share of goals. He could also be played on the wing if we have an injury crising.

    He is a superb player who I would love to see play for us! 😀

    What do you think?

  • StevieA

    Jun 30, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    *Crisis 😛

    The more I think about the idea the better it sounds! 😀

    I know he has already (supposedly) made a move for Riise, do you think Sam would go back in for him?

  • Geordie joe

    Jun 30, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    The £50m sam has to spend is more likely to be over the next few seasons. He probably has not been given that to spend at once. although that would be nice.

  • PiraK

    Jun 30, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #15


    Honestly we should get Shaun Wright Phillips,Why should we let Tottenham get him when we can get him to0.He is talented young player who only can get better.As i see Shola isnt good enough.If we hold Martins and Owen,We should get another striker in for Gudjohnsen.If we dont get him..Get another one,a young one.Tevez would be a big boost for us!

    And the left back..i heard rumours about Nelson from Benfica.I am not sure if he is right or left..but he is young and good.Babayaro is good as backup.If we get either Shorey or Baines i am happy.Both will be wonderful.And Curtis Davies is a Defender for the future.Dont let Tottenham snap him up plz!!!

  • Greg B

    Jun 30, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #16

    In Sams recent interview he talks about the standard of young players coming through these days. He goes on to say that Germany and Holland are no longer producing the top players such as Robben, Van Persie etc and that Portugal is the current hotbed of talent.

    Quote: “But any manager will tell you the pool of top-class players is getting smaller. Football just is not developing the way it used to.

    “They used to roll off a production line in Holland. Not any more. Germany is suffering the same as we are in England.

    “Portugal is the best place for young talent now but we’re all like piranhas trying to get in there.

    This would seem pretty obvious with the Mancs trio of Portugese players, Ronaldo, Nana and Anderson and Im hoping its could be a smoke screen.
    Holland currently has one of Europes top left backs in Urby Emanuelson (sp?) and Id hope Sam has run the rule over this lad. Theres also the likes of Heitinga, Sneijder, Jenner, Maduro, Dembele and Babel playing in Holland and possibly the best left back in Europe Lahm currently playing in Germany along with Van Der Vaart, Pander, Padolski, to name but a few.

    For Sam to simply write off Holland (and to an extent Germany) as a niche for top players is stunning unless of course he has his fingers in a few pies over there and dosent want to let the cat out o the bag.

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jun 30, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #17

    i think we should sign baines and silvestre for left back. Baines will start there, and silvestre can play centre back aswell, he would be a perfect back up and quite cheap

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jun 30, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #18


    30M, SELL CARR,BABAYARO and EMRE(maybe)


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