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 â‚¤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
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