Major Newcastle News Stories – July 12th – 2007

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

Some good and exciting news today starting with Michael Owen pledging his future to Newcastle. That’s really good news because it will help Newcastle attract a lot more good players to the club. Michael talks in glowing terms of the new set up at Newcastle and spends about 2/3 of his article talking about the good things that Sam has introduced at Newcastle.

Oba Martins will also have talks with Sam when training restarts tomorrow and we think and hope that Martins too will pledge his future to the club.

Aldo Pedro Duscher – who has been linked with Newcastle before – starts a trial at Newcastle starting tomorrow we assume. He is an Argentinian International and comes at a good price – he’s a free agent – and could be another bargain buy for Sam if he impresses during his trial.


  • Undoubtedly the biggest football story today is Michael Owen’s commitment to Newcastle – which we’ve been waiting for for around two months now. Michael talks in his article in the Times about Newcastle and the training camp in Austria last week. If Michael is typical of the players reaction in the squad – they seem to be delighted at the new training methods and the new setup at Newcastle.
    Michael specifically speaks in glowing terms about Big Sam and how he combines the best of English and European management together. We’re not sure Michael understands how much the fans want him to succeed at Newcastle and fire us into Europe and greater heights – but he’ll be finding out once the season starts.


    Michael Owen

  • Following on from Michael Owen’s good news Oba Martins will be jetting in from Nigeria today to restart the training with the squad tomorrow. He will have crunch talks with Sam tomorrow and we hope Sam will persuade him that his future lies at the club. Certainly Michael’s glowing comments will certainly help if he manages to read the Times on his way over to England. We do think he will commit his future to Newcastle and cannot wait to see how he will improve under Sam. We haven’t seen the best of Oba yet – but we’ve seen enough to know he has electrifying skills and we will never forget the goal he scored against Tottenham at White Hart Lane – 84 mph – and it looked to be going even faster than that – a sensational strike which turned the game completely around for Newcastle.

    Oba Martins

  • The other good news to break today is that the hard-tackling defensive midfielder from Deportivo La Coruna – Aldo Pedro Duscher – is about to start a trial at Newcastle. We think he will arrive for training tomorrow and we run one of our Newcastle Transfer Updates on him today. Duscher is the player who broke David Beckham’s metatarsel in 2002 just before the world cup. He has a good pedigree and comes at a reasonable price – he has just completed his contract at Deportivo and is available on a free transfer. From the initial reaction of some of our fans – there’s a lot of excitement that we should bring Duscher into the squad to fight it out with Butt for the defensive midfield slot.

    Aldo Duscher

  • We ran this story early today and think Sam’s secret trip earlier this week was not just to attempt to sign Habib Baye from Marseilles. We think it was probably a ploy to try to sign Deco from Barcelona. Sam is also interested in Gudjohnsen and Edmilson who are also at the club – and we think he could have been very productive by spending a day in Barcelona. We’ll see what happens with this but don’t be surprised if we announce one or even two surprise signings in the near future.


  • We’re going to leave this story in for today since it’s drawn so many comments from both Newcastle and Sunderland fans. Michael is on Wearside today undergoing a medical and the fee is £5M as we reported yesterday – this triggered a release clause (heard of those?) in his contract. That’s a £4.5M profit by Cardiff on Michael in one year and we get nothing from the deal. We think Sunderland have got a good deal even though his price has shot up.One of our young players we let go last season – Michael Chopra – is back in the news. After his excellent season last year at Cardiff – where he scored 22 goals for the Welsh club – he now looks to be leaving Cardiff. Of all clubs – Sunderland – have bid £5M for Michael and the deal looks like it will go through. Pity we don’t give our young players more of a chance – hopefully we will start doing that under Sam – but Sam wasn’t noted for that at Bolton. But it’s great for Michael and shows he has guts – as he fought to rescue his career last year. Seems like he was successful

    Michael Chopra

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

    “Italy cannot beat you, but you can lose to Italy.” – Johan Cryuff

    “The Dutch change positions quicker than you can make a cup of coffee.” – Paolo Rossi quote about Holland at the 1978 World Cup

    “Without penetration, it’s just masturbation, and right now, we’re playing with ourselves.” – DC United coach Ray Hudson, discussing his team’s inability to score goals.

    “He’s a competitor, he’d stab his grandmother in the eyes just for a bowl of porridge.” – Ray Hudson, describing questionable playing style of Dema Kovalenko.

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

11 comments so far

  • Pete

    Jul 12, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    “Without penetration, it’s just masturbation, and right now, we’re playing with ourselves.” – DC United coach Ray Hudson, discussing his team’s inability to score goals.


  • Ahmed Bilal

    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #2

    that is quite a quote – thanks for reminding us of it Ed.

    Owen news is good news too, although not too sure about Deco 🙂

  • aaron d

    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Deco was our 1st choice, and now duscher stories repear, deco has probably rejected us.

  • Leonardo

    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    The news on Deco is not only exciting but likely to be true given that Barca seem to be silent on reports that he is above requirements. Pray he accepts to join us. Leon

  • Obafan

    Jul 12, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    I think the chance of Deco leaving Barca is getting bigger and bigger! Barca has signed a new attacking player, Milito. This could also appear to be a sign that they will say to Gudjohnson that he has no future in Barcelona.

    Let’s hope they both come to NUFC.

  • Soren

    Jul 12, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Great if we can get can both Duscher and Deco, but that still doesn’t strengthen our defence. Also nice to hear about Owen, I think he will be great this coming season.

    Obafan – I think you are thinking of the wrong Milito. Gabriel Milito who have signed for Barcalona is a center defender, where as his brother Diego Milito is a striker 😉 But it is still very much likely that Gudjohnsen/Deco are finished at Barca, and no doubt they would be a welcome addition to the sqaud.

  • Ross

    Jul 12, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #7

    i’d love to beleive the deco story, but i just dont think he’d end up at newcastle, even if he does end up leaving barca. however, should we manage to pull it off, i’ll welcome him with open arms.
    i’m confident edmilson will end up with us eventually.
    looking forward to next season, big sam is making the changes throughout the entirety of the club that have been needed for some time now!

  • sean

    Jul 12, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #8

    why only get him on a trial? there is no point. we have seen him for deportivo la caruna. If he cost them £9M he must be good. Just let him sign 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #9

    sean – that’s a good point – maybe Sam will.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Ross – yes – Sam certainly looks like he’s doing everything right…but we still at least another 2-3 defenders.

  • phoonck

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #11

    It certainly seems more and more likely that Deco is leaving Barcelona as the days pass by. But just can’t help but think he has better options elsewhere in europe than us, at least at the moment. If Big Sam can really pull this off, i think the future at St James Park is brighter than ever before. That could fuel up more quality signings to follow!

    It’s great to hear that Owen is staying after all. And that could lead to Martins following suit. And this is what we need the most after last season’s abysmal performances, stability. And Big Sam is keeping the players morale at a high, and team spirit is certainly there after having a peek at their Austria Camp. He is doing all the right things now, and hopefully he can continue to do so come August when the new season kicks off.

    Duscher, no doubt was once a quality defensive midfielder in the Roy Keane and Gattuso mold, but maybe he’s a shadow of his past since Deportivo’s not renewing his contract and had no suitors. That’s perhaps why Big Sam is giving him a trial and see if he fits into his plans. The way Big Sam has handled his transfers and those one-to-one talks to players (Owen, Luque, N’Zogbia and very soon Martins) facing uncertain futures has really impressed me. He’s a cut above the ones before him in terms of man-management skills. Souness anyone? Roeder anyone?

    Well done! Keep it going, Big Sam!

    We’ve been a sleeping giant for far too long. Let’s change it, the stronghold of the Premiership from the Big 4, no more. Big 5 perhaps, in couple of years. Fingers crossed.

    Flying the Newcastle flag high in Singapore
    Howay the lads!


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