Major Newcastle News Stories – July 7th – 2007

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

The highlight for us is a new interview that Sam gives Paul Gilder of the Journal. Sam talks at some length on Mike Ashley’s takeover of the club – and even talks very positively how the old and new personnel at Newcastle worked together for the good of the club.

Well – that’s always nice to hear.


  • Sam Allardyce gives a great interview with Paul Gilder of the Journal this morning. Sam talks – almost for the first time – of the Ashley takeover and admits he is yet to meet with new owner Mike Ashley. Sam also talks about his budding relationships with Chris Mort – who will very likely become the chief executive at Newcastle United- much like Peter Kenyon of Chelsea. He may also assume the Chairmanship from Shepherd – once Shepherd leaves in a few months.

    Sam Allardyce and Chris Mort

  • James Milner is about to sign a new and improved contract at Newcastle for a term of five years. Today we look at Milner’s career and the trials and tribulations he has already had to endure at Newcastle – who have never been too good at giving games to our younger players. But James is one one of our best and has maturity way beyond his years – we think he can will become a Newcastle great of the future.

    James Milner

  • Glenn Roeder speaks today with Paul Gilder of the Journal on his football future. Glenn has just completed the UEFA Pro License course – the highest coaching qualification you can get. Glenn talks of his ambitions and we review his two years at the club – and wish quite honestly – he was still our youth team coach.

    Glenn Roeder

  • Is it just us – or are West Ham starting to act like Chelsea when Abramovich first took over. They are overpaying for players and offering ridiculous wages to players who don’t seem to deserve it. Craig Bellamy is the latest player linked to them – and they are not only willing to match Liverpool’s price of ₤9M but also pay Craig ₤4M a year? That’s just ridiculous – and we are pleased Newcastle have maintained their cool – and dignity – since the Ashley takeover.

    Craig Bellamy

  • are running a charity article. Toon fan Mark Allison is running 868 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End from today Saturday, averaging 24 miles daily to complete it in 36 days. This massive effort is to raise funds for the St. Benedicts Hospice in the region. This event has the backing of Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland, patron of St. Benedict’s Hospice.We are very happy on our Newcastle Blog to publicize this terrific effort by Mark – on behalf of charity. If anyone would like to help Mark achieve his £10K target you can do so at this just giving site. You can check out Mark’s route (roadside support most welcome!) and keep track of his progress via daily updates online at his own markallison site.Congratulations go to the NUFC.COM Newcastle Fans site for helping with this and publicizing the event – well done lads.
    Best of Luck Mark – we’ve already contributed this morning – come on lads – give him some support 😀


    Mark Allison

  • Here’s some funny (or even stupid) football quotes for today from our own Kevin Keegan – this is to lighten up the day 😀

    “You can’t do better than go away from home and get a draw”

    “Chile have three options – they could win or they could lose.”

    “Gary always weighed up his options, especially when he had no choice.

    “The substitute is about to come on – he’s a player who was left out of the starting line-up today.”

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

11 comments so far

  • david

    Jul 7, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    I think you will find that Crig Bellamy’s annual salary is considerably less than £14M.

  • Soren

    Jul 7, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Glad to see that we are taking action in giving players like Milner improved contracts and get them to sign for years to come.

  • gordon

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Why even bother having roeder as youth team coach,a lot of those players are now leaving poor standards glen.

  • Marguerite

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Great news about Milner, but what about Taylor? All that seems to have gone quiet. We must get him signed up on an improved long term contract. My fear is that he will be sidelined with all Sam’s new signings. I hope I am wrong.

    As for West Ham and their purchases / wages, I trust they will get their come uppance, as any club admitting cheating and lying deserve nothing more.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    whoops – meant 4M/year for Bellamy – changed it.

  • Nick

    Jul 7, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Well good luck to them 🙂

  • Tooner

    Jul 7, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7


    I thought Taylor already signed a new contract? Maybe I’m mistaken.

  • Adam

    Jul 7, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #8

    We should make sure ALL of our best players are on long contracts. I wouldn’t loan out players either, I don’t think, but instead give the likes of Carroll at least several sub appearances this season.

    I’m still hoping that we improve our squad by several more players: at least two more defenders, pref 3, and a mf with perhaps Carr the only one to go.

  • nightfall

    Jul 7, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #9

    if martins wants to leave, just exchage him for berbatov…+ 10 mio… Berbatov said he’s a NUFC fan…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Marg – Tooner – As far as we know we are still negotiating with Steven Taylor – pretty sure no new contract has been signed yet.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Adam – we hope 3 new defenders – and we think Edmilson will arrive January 1st.


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