Major Newcastle News Stories – July 25th – 2007

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

There is a little news on the transfer front today with Newcastle in pursuit of Brede Hangeland of Copenhagen – and also maybe Curtis Davies of West Bromwhich Albion.

The big news yesterday afternoon of course was the dismissal of Chairman Freddy Shepherd with Chris Mort taking over those responsibilities. Lots of stories about Freddy – most of them negative if we were to be completely honest.

On the positive front this is a new beginning and a new dawn for Newcastle United – and this time we want the sun to rise fully and shine down on St’ James’ Park and the fans.


  • Well it finally happened and probably more quickly than we all expected. Freddy Shepherd was removed yesterday as Chairman of Newcastle United and replaced by Mike Ashley’s right hand man at Newcastle – Christopher Mort. We thought that Shepherd would last until the end of the transfer window – but with him being ill and presumably Allardyce having all kinds of transfer contacts in Europe the Ashley people thought Freddy was expendable. So ends Freddy’s time at Newcastle – which were good in the Keegan and Robson years but terrible otherwise. It’s certainly a new era at the club and the fans are looking forward to success once again. One of the things we must do quickly is improve our image and we think that’s already happening under Allardyce and Mort’s leadership.

    Freddy Shepherd – Out as Chairman

  • A late story from Shepherd’s mouthpiece at Newcastle over the last few years – Alan Oliver of the Evening Chronicle – in which he gets an interview with the former Newcastle Chairman. As one might expect it’s a sympathetic story and Freddy says he did his best but couldn’t deliver the trophy our fans have craved for almost 40 years. While we don’t think Freddy was a very good Chairman – we all know he will remain an avid fan. Those of us who were lucky enough to be born and bred in Newcastle – have Newcastle in our blood very early in childhood.
  • Consistent news reports that we are still pursuing Brede Hangeland the 6’4″ Norwegian center-back and that Sam is trying to make the deal for the Copenhagen player. The fee is quoted at around ₤2.3M – which seems a reasonable fee and we hope Sam can swing the deal – hopefully this week.

    Brede Hangeland – Newcastle target

  • News today that we may be in for Curtis Davies, the young 22 year old center-back at West Bromwich Albion. Since we ran the story – comments suggest there is little love lost between Curtis and the WBA fans – since he has wanted away from the Birmingham club for a few months now. At 6’2″ he would make a young pairing with Steven Taylor – but would need to fight it out for his place in the heart of the Newcastle defense with David Rozehnal and any others Sam brings in before the transfer window closes on 31st August.
    Good addition to our squad if we can get him.


    Curtis Davies – promising young defender

  • One story that we brought out late yesterday and didn’t make yesterday’s news stories is on one of the best young players in the country – Steven Taylor. Looks like Sam was almost glad that Taylor sustained that injury against Holland in the Under-21 tournament semi-final so he would be forced to take a rest from the game. Sam has already summed up young Taylor – who wants to play every game he can. Steven’s enthusiasm for the game and for Newcastle United is just so contagious – it must be inspiring to play next to him. A future Newcastle captain we have no doubt – the question is when?

    Steven Taylor – best young player in England

  • Here’s some funny football quotes – this is to lighten up the day. 😀

    “This isn’t a scientific thing – sometimes you just need a little luck. Ufortunately, Lady Luck keeps showing us her big, ugly ass.” – Ray Hudson (DC United coach)

    “I’m higher than a hippie at Woodstock” -Ray Hudson

    “I don’t mind it before the game, but I won’t tolerate any of it during the half time break”. – Berti Vogts answering question about players having sex before the game.

    “Mind you, I’ve been here during the bad times too – one year we came second.” Bob Paisley of Liverpool


    Bob Paisley – The Great Liverpool Manager

We always appreciate your comments on these stories.

12 comments so far

  • apan

    Jul 25, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    new players please omg its 2 weeks before the start of the season if we bought players without the experience in EPL they need those pre season match! and yes bye bye sherphard u be missed,NOT!

  • bob

    Jul 25, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #2

    just on sky sports news that big sam has said that dyer could leave newcastle this summer due to family problems! i would be gutted if he did leave cuz i really thought that under sams management he would finally produce his best form espeacially now he look to got past the worst of his injury problems

  • Josh

    Jul 25, 2007 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Did he say anthing else on Sky Sports Bob???
    any hints of transfers?

  • LALA

    Jul 25, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #4

    who’s going to come in for Dyer? Surely we must at least get a like for like player in if not someone better!

  • aaron

    Jul 25, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5

    every summer we are linked to about 10 players a week. In the last two weeks we have been linked to about 2 or 3. I really hope there are some signing made before the Bolton, hopefully by the weekend, cause every new play needs time to get to know the area, the club, the manager, fans and team mates.

  • Andy H

    Jul 25, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #6

    If Dyer leaves I think we could struggle to find a good replacement because of his versatility. He can play on the wing or in the middle so unless we find another player who can do the same we may need 2 players to replace him. Deco would be great in the middle although it seems unlikely. If Dyer leaves and with Emre, Luque and Duff out at the start of the season Zog’s the only option on the left. Defence comes first, of course, but we could end up in trouble if the increasingly fragile midfield is neglected.

    I think we will need two or three midfielders to get the required strength in that area. Only Butt can play the holding role well enough so we need another defensive midfielder for sure. A creative midfielder like Deco is important especially if Big Sam wants to try 4-3-3. Perhaps a squad player who can play on both wings would help but I’d personally like to see Troisi and some other young players get a run out.

  • Josh

    Jul 25, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    WHY WHY WHY dont we use the money it looks like we’ll be getting for Dyer to buy SWP that would be an amazing player to have.

    OR Lets get Baptista in. Come on BIG SAM!

  • Ivan

    Jul 25, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8

    omg, dyer looks like set to leave newcastle, but i hate the idea of him moving to spurs or westham, cos they r our rivals maybe…


    can we buy deco now and hand him the no. 8 shirt
    or buy i dunno, other world-class player. its time for that

  • Andy H

    Jul 25, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d like to SWP on the right of 3 strikers. I think milner could be good as one of 3 centre midfielders. I’ve seen him play there for U21’s and looked good. He has the energy and I think he would score plenty of goals in a box to box role. SWP is more creative and is a better dribbler. Milner can beat a man but his crossing is hit and miss also.

    All these good young English players can make us a force for many years. Taylor Davies Barton Milner Wright Phillips could all get in the England squad off the back of a good season. That would make sure everyone in the league took us seriously as contenders for Champions League.

    Big Sam has to be brave and sign players of Wright Phillips’s standard. He seems to be quite negative and doesn’t believe in his ability to attract top class players to the club. The price may be high for SWP, Davies and Shorey but these would do great and the risk is much less because they’re English.

  • ToonKing

    Jul 25, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #10

    My optimism is fading slowly away, i liked Dyer and i’m sad to see him go.
    I’m tired of looking at 5 sites, 15 times a day just to see that nothings happening on the transfer front, COME ON SAM.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 25, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #11

    PLEASE DONT GO KIERON 🙁 if Kieron Dyer leaves it will be a sad day for Newcastle, we all know he was injured alot but he kept on fighting back and showing us bits of how great he could of been just to be knocked back down again, people say he is overated but in my eyes he was underated and has been one of my favourite players for years and to see him play for another team would be like splitting up with a girlfriend you love and seeing her with another bloke! 🙁 lol

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 25, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Cockney Magpie

    i think i’m gonna be sick!!!!!!………….bye Dyer……he’s only good for 20 games….


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