Major Newcastle News Stories – July 4th – 2007

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

The major news story is that Sam Allardyce has talked about Michael Owen and what he can learn from his injury. Sam makes some really good points. Also some criticism from old to new – Glenn Roeder offers some criticism to new manager Sam Allardyce. You certainly need a very thick skin to be a premiership manager – glad Sam has one.


  • Sam speaks again with Paul Gilder of the Journal and this time talks at length about Michael Owen. Sam makes some good points in this interview. We do think that Michael will be very happy to stay at the club once he understands exactly what Sam plans to do at the club.

    Sam Allardyce

  • Maybe a little bit of sour grapes as Glenn Roder offers some criticism to Sam Allardyce on Sam asking for 5 years at the club. He’ll not get 5 years unless he’s successful and we know that Sam knows that. But the Mirror also tries to make something of this – that it isn’t.

    Glenn Roeder

  • We have a transfer update on Alou Diarra who is currently at Lyon. Apparently Bordeax have made an offer for the defensive midfield player. We are said to be interested and Alou has said he wants to come to Newcastle – so we’ve offered an update to the story today. The fee is around £5.5M

    Alou Diarra

  • I have a general article on SoccerLens today – analyzing which clubs can break into the top four in next few years.You guessed it – Newcastle are right up there. Take a look because it’s interesting in the comments and on the SoccerLens Forum for the article – what other people think of what’s happening under Sam Allardyce at Newcastle – most think it’s very positive for Newcastle.

  • Finally here’s some quotes from the football world and George Best – to lighten up the day. 😀

    “In 1969 I gave up woman and alcohol. It was the worst 20 minutes of my life.” George Best

    “He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that he’s all right.” George Best on David Beckham (ouch!)

    “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered. ” George Best

    “I’ve stopped drinking, but only when I’m sleeping” George Best


    George Best

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

14 comments so far

  • P.collins

    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Being a Manager in the Premiership is by no means an easy job a hansome salary yes but it comes with the teritory. I’ts all about Pressure from the fans and results and the performance of the players on the day of the game. But i not being the only one long for success on Tyneside and this won’t happen in one season. The Manager needs time to build a team over a couple of seasons who understand each others game replacing the Manager every season is not the answer and not the way forward. Sam needs 3 seasons at least depending on overall performances to turn things around, then decide on a new manager Because farmers don’t rotate their crops as much as we change our staff. GOOD LUCK SAM YOUR GONNA NEED IT!

  • Andy T

    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Seems like Sam is good at negotiating – he probably needs three seasons to get a really good team together so he’s asking for 5 :). Hopefully in 5 years time we are at the same stage as Man U or Chelsea, where the manager needs only to sign 3-5 highly talented youngsters per season, assess those with the academy players coming through and ship out the ones that don’t work the next season. Roeder’s plan of not buying older players is the right one to have – once you are successful, you need them to become successful.

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 4, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    get diarra as butt’s succesor and then swap emre for ghana’s captain stephen appiah in a part exchange with fenerbache. appiah wants to leave and they are intrested in emre, who i feel is too short for Sam’s team. Views?

  • nightfall

    Jul 4, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #4

    LiamBirchy8 – i agree! exchange emre with appiah! but instead alou diarra, i’d prefer lassana diarra…

  • nightfall

    Jul 4, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #5

    now we have a chance to get appiah…last year arsenal and barcelona wanted him, but he rejecetd them both, but now he wants to leave…

  • nightfall

    Jul 4, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #6

    …+ we all know ghana has great football players…he’s their captain and a great player…and also great investment for the future, ‘cos he could also participate in convincing young, talented players from his country to join us…

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 4, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #7

    im glad ive brought up a good topic. i think appiah is pure class, nightfall i agree, young ghanians will see him as their idol so they will want to come and play with him. but i disagrre with your diarra view, our midfield needs height and lassana would be another emre, they are both too short. bring in alou diarra 6ft3 and appiah 5ft10

  • Andy T

    Jul 4, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    The only problem with bringing in Appiah, as with all other African international players is the fact that you need to bring in a player of equivalent stature because you are going to loose them for 6 weeks of every season.

  • Renegade

    Jul 4, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Will everyone please stop kissing Nicky’s Butt…damn the guy has one fairly decent season where he manages to clamp more people than usual and suddenly he’s better than Parker? Don’t get me wrong i’m glad he has moved on but i’ll be sweating until the first day of the season in the hope that he wont get a game

  • Greg B

    Jul 4, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Team to start new season (so far):
    In my opinion:

    Geremi Taylor Rozehnal Babayaro
    Milner Barton
    Owen Viduka

    Subs: Harper Carr Solano Emre Martins

    Thia is with Duff Injured, of course Taylor may not be 100% either. This is the team Id put out, attacking but with Butt behind Milner and Barton theres that extra bit of cover.
    You have power and (hopefully) pace up front with Dyer supporting. I like the look of it, and if things arent going to plan we have a quality bench and thats without N’Zogbia, Duff, Ameobi, Ramage, Huntingdon etc.

    Its no wonder Pattison wants to leave coz I personally cant see him getting a sniff of league action.

    Of course there are more signings to be made and this can only be a good thing.
    The only positions that look weak are left back, we have no quality cover at center back and defensive midfield. Butt is the obvious choice so we need someone to challenge him. Geremi could also play here meaning Carr could play at right back if needs be.

    Its looking reall good so far. Any other ideas?

  • nightfall

    Jul 4, 2007 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #11

    geremi, taylor(c), rozehnal, babayaro
    milner, butt, barton, n’zogbia
    owen, viduka

    subs: harper, ramage, dyer, luque, martins

    dyer can play as DM and n’zogbia deserves more chances…
    but still…hope we get beye to play instead of geremi as RB and sbd. to play instead of babayaro (bridge, baines, shorey, drenthe)

  • Greg B

    Jul 4, 2007 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Emanuelson from Ajax would be a cracking signing for left back, dont know much about Beye to be honest.
    In fact I cant understand why top clubs havent raided Ajax for Emanuelson, Heitinga, Babel, Sneijder or Huntelaar. All 5 of them would get in most squads in the Prem!

  • Greg B

    Jul 4, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh, and by the way IMO Roeder has shown his true colours by having a dig at Allardyce. Its a pity he didnt show a bit more backbone when he was manager!
    I remember when Souness got the chop and Roeder stepped up from the accademy he was adamant he didnt want the job. Fair do’s he had a good run and still he said he didnt want it. Then suddenly he takes the job, a huge u-turn and one I bet he regrets.
    Our only salvation is wwe didnt go the same way as West Ham and Watford under his guidance. Great player – poor manager.

  • Zebra

    Jul 4, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #14

    i cant believe how many people on this site do not include solano when choosing their 16 players.

    he was one of our best performers last season both at right mid and right back.

    he is by a mile the most talented footballer at the club and a complete adapted geordie. It will be his last season next season and will want to go out with a bang.

    I rate the geremi signing but might even go as far as to say that I would prefer nobby at right back than him. I see him more as a defensive midfielder.



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