Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority.
Things are not looking as cool as they did a couple of weeks ago with Joey Barton confirmed by the club to be out for 6 weeks.Â News in lots of newspapers today that Dyer may be leaving Newcastle. The truth is that Sam has not spoken yet with Dyer yet – and Dyer has said nothing about leaving to Sam – so we’ll see what happens.
But we expect to know within the next 24 hours. Clubs are lining up to bid for him and we hope West Ham come in with a stupid bid for him way over the minimum Â£5M suggested.
We have been linked over the weekend with Brede Hangeland – of FC Copenhagen for around Â£2.3M – and also with Brazilian Julio Baptista (Â£6M), who was at Arsenal last season on loan from Real Madrid.
Sam Allardyce has again expressed his frustration at being unable to bring in new players to Newcastle – for a variety of reasons.
- We run a story this morning on new comments Sam has made about his frustrations in the transfer market. Certainly looks like he has one or two deals in the fire – but for one reason or another has not been able to complete the deals. His aim this week is to sign two new players – and as we’ve mentioned before we need a break-through in the transfer market – especially for defenders – but Julio Baptista would be a popular signing with fans – because he would give us something different in midfield – a big scrapping attacking player who can make his physical presence felt.
Sam Allardyce - transfer frustrations
- The club – via their official web site – have announced that Joey Barton will have an operation on his left foot today and is expected to be out for about 6 weeks. That will take us into September so Joey is expected to miss at least the first 4 league games and of course the rest of pre-season. It could have been worse – it could have happened during th season when he would have missed a lot more games – so we’ll try to look on the bright side here.
Joey Barton- out for 6 weeks
- Lots of news in the papers this morning suggesting Kieron Dyer may be leaving Newcastle. West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester City (Sven Erikkson) are all interested – and these clubs seem rich enough to come up with a good fee and pay Dyers large wages – so it may happen. Let’s hope one of them comes up with an exorbitant fee if indeed Dyer wants to leave – they are all capable of that. It is all dependent on what Dyer wants to do. If he wants to move on Sam will not stand in his way – and it appears like a lot of Newcastle fans will not be too upset to see him go.
Kieron Dyer – may leave Newcastle
- A refreshing story from this morning’s Journal on what Nobby Solano thinks of Sam’s new training methods. Nobby is now a big admirer and is already thinking of extending his career. If Nobby has a good season that could well be at Newcastle – where he has a one year contract he signed in the summer. Nobby says he has never been fitter in his professional career – quite a compliment to Big Sam’s training methods. We’re just waiting for the new Newcastle to grind one or two teams into the ground next season because of our superior fitness and 100% effort – we just cannot wait!
Nobby Solano - extended career?
- Sam is full of praise this morning about Charles N’Zogbia’s performance at left back on Saturday. Sam suggests that Charles may be the best LB at the club right now – not a good omen for Celestine Babayaro who is still out injured. Obviously with his experience on the left wing Charles will be good coming forward – but Sam stresses that his play was first rate as a defender.
Charles N’Zogbia – best position left back?
- Here’s some funny football quotes – this is to lighten up the day.
“Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older.” Bobby Robson
“I would not say that he (David Ginola) is one of the best left wingers in the Premiership, but there are none better.” Ron Atkinson
“He’s not only a good player, but he’s spiteful in the nicest sense of the word.” Ron Atkinson
“Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.” Ron Atkinson
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