Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority.
A very slow week in terms of bringing defenders into Newcastle – and Sam today talks of his frustrations in that area.
He does reiterate that he wants 4 new players in before then season kicks off in 3 weeks time at Bolton. News yesterday afternoon that Newcastle have bid Â£7M for a defender – but we don’t know who that player is.
We know Sam is stepping up his activity to get the 4 players he still needs – let’s hope we get a breakthrough in the near future. 😀
- News yesterday afternoon in the Evening Chronicle that Sam has bid Â£7M for a top defender. The name of that defender has not been released but bets on this site range from Philipp Lahm to Gabriele Heinze to Nicky Shorey. What is clear is that Sam is after proven premiership players and doesn’t want to bring in too many players from the continent who don’t have that experience yet. As Sam rightly points out too many continental players could adversely affect out initial results as these players get used to the league. This article has been popular with our readers – as they wonder who the defender is – and has received over 100 comments.
Gabriele Heinze – will he come to Newcastle?
- Sam has had a frustrating week in the transfer market. That comes across loud and clear during an interview he gave today. Sam still wants 4 good players in before the season starts at Bolton in exactly 3 weeks time. We think that’s going to be very important to ensure our defense for once is completely up to scratch next season. Geremi and Rozehnal are two excellent signings for us – but we need more – and Sam knows that.
Allardyce – frustrated with transfer progress
- A good interview today with our new center-back David Rozehnal. David and his wife have settled in quickly at Newcastle as they moved here a full week before training started. David’s wife is pregnant but – as we had expected – Sam and his staff have seen to everything for her – and David is delighted he has been able to concentrate on his football. Of course Sam is renowned for getting the very best out of players and this is one very good reason – keep the wife and player happy – and he will play well for you. It’s so obvious but how many clubs really do this well? Newcastle do now.
David Rozehnal – settled in well
- Now that we have had our first injury during Sam’s reign we have our own article on injuries and how important it will be this season to cut the number of injuries down. Michael’s injury is not serious but it does remind us that we cannot be successful with the same level of injuries we’ve had these last couple of years. We hope that Sam’s scientific methods will help cut down on the injuries. We are also glad to see Sam is recruiting well for his back-room staff – who will be very important to us for multiple reasons in the future.
Michael Owen – injured again
- Here’s the current betting on who will be Newcastle’s new captain. Shay Given is favorite with Steven Taylor just behind – two players with strong attachments to the club.
1-2 S Given, 9-4 S Taylor, 15-2 N Butt, 16-1 N Solano, 20-1 M Owen, 25-1 J Barton, 50-1 M Viduka, 66-1 S Carr.
Shay Given – current betting favorite for Captain
- Here’s some funny football quotes for today. This is to lighten up the day as you think of the great defenders Sam will be signing for us next week. 😀
“We’ve got great speed in the team, not just Gary Speed, but great speed!” Bobby Robson
“Their football was exceptionally good – and they played some good football.” Bobby Robson
“How are they defensively, attacking-wise?” Ron Atkinson”
He must be lightning slow.” Ron Atkinson
Sir Bobby Robson – with lovely wife Elsie
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