Newcastle’s Top Two Determined to Sign More Defenders


In an interview with the Evening Chronicle today new Newcastle Chairman Christopher Mort looked ahead to what he sees as a new beginning on Tyneside.

At the same time Sam Allardcye talked about his frustrations on the transfer front and indicated he was as frustrated as the Newcastle fans at the lack of progress with transfers since we signed Geremi more than two weeks ago.

We’ll take a look at what the two of them had to say – but it’s obvious they are both working their socks off to bring in new players to the club – as quickly as they can.

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Chairman Chris Mort and Manager Sam Allardyce

In an interview with the Evening Chronicle today new Newcastle Chairman Christopher Mort looked ahead to what he sees as a new beginning on Tyneside. Chris said today:

“This is clearly a new start for the club, the beginning of a new era. I think people have been anticipating it,”

“We have been through a period of transition. It has been helpful to keep Freddy Shepherd and the Halls involved up to now.”

“They have been offering help in the transition period.”

“Now we have a home friendly on Thursday night and a big build-up to the new season, so it felt like the right time to make this decision.”

Chris reiterated his and Sam Allardyce’s determination to bring new players to the club before the season’s big kick-off at Bolton on August 11th.

Mort added:

“We have said throughout that the squad needs to be strengthened, particularly in defense and Sam and I are in definite agreement that we need more signings before the start of the season.”

“We are talking about a few specific targets. We want players with Premiership experience.”

” We want to get the right people through the door.”

Chris indicated that other things are going extremely well in the build up to the new season adding:

“Season ticket sales are going really well. Everything is looking good.”

“Pre-season friendlies are very much an exercise, whether you win or lose.”

“But we have home games coming up, exciting games to really look forward to.”

So that’s what Chairmen Mort said this morning and we just have the feeling Chris will turn out to be an excellent chairman for the club. He’s young but also a savvy businessman and his presence will go a long way towards raising the positive image of the club. He obviously has a steep learning curve on football matters but executives like this pick things up very quickly.

Manager Sam Allardyce also talked today on the Newcastle’s official web site about the transfer front and identified with the fans. Sam admitted he is as frustrated as the fans with the lack of progress over the last two weeks or so.

Big Sam said today:

“We are trying to secure as many players as we can as quickly as we can,”

“We are trying on a day-to-day basis and it’s taking up the main focus of the day for me.”

“I know and understand the fans’ frustration, but they should be in my shoes, it’s even more frustrating and I’m doing all I can to bring the players we need to Newcastle.”

Surprisingly Sam then distanced Newcastle from a move for FC Copenhagen center-back Brede Hangeland, a player who has been continually linked with the club over the last several weeks.

Sam said:

“Brede Hangeland is not a player I have watched,”

We assume this means Sam is not interested in Hangeland – and this after the player’s agent Jim Solbakken admitted to the press today that Newcastle were one of several clubs tracking the player.

Well – it’s the silly season and we have to take what players’ agents say with a very large pinch of salt. Maybe Curtis Davies is the one he’s pursuing – but who knows? The best thing Sam can do is shock the Newcastle fans by bringing in a really class defender that nobody had even mentioned he was after – that’s the real way to conduct transfer business.

Two good interviews from our top two – go for it Sam and Chris.



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20 comments so far

  • Obafan

    Jul 25, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice to hear that BS is not after Hangeland. Don’t think he would be the man to build a new defence cause he has no EPL experience.

    Go for the following defenders;
    * Left Back
    – Riise if all the things go throug with Heinze
    – Shorey; a future England squad player. Played a good season last year,
    but he has to prove his level this year. The 2nd year is always the most
    difficult, cause you have to prove that the first year wasn’t a lucky shot.

    * Central Defender
    – Sol Campbell: lot of experience (ideal for Taylor) and would have
    played for us, if Mr. Roeder wasn’t that stupid last year.
    – Bazagli; Italian defender = quality defender
    – Fabio Cannavarro; world class defender

    Perhaps another RB, but I don’t know who would be ideal.

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 25, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #2

    glen johnson (sign 4m or loan)
    curtis davies 7m
    barzagli 9m
    baines 6m
    baptista 6m
    flamini 3m

    35m for a top team

    i can see dyer staying, he will want to give sam’s era a try

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  • Fredrik

    Jul 25, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #3

    LiamBirchy8: I totally agree with those 6 palyers. It would have been perfect, just perfect. I dont think we will get all those players though, but still, it would be the perfect soloution.

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  • Josh

    Jul 25, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully we will have Curtis Davis and Baptista this summer
    add to that, SWP as replacement for Dyer.
    Then Risse or Cicinho for LB

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  • toon 85

    Jul 25, 2007 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Cicinho is a right back

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  • Mac

    Jul 25, 2007 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I love the it. We might get 1 of those players but i can’t see it. We’re gonna start the season with the bare bones. A poor start then playing catch up again come the January window

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  • apan

    Jul 25, 2007 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #7

    shorey, anton ferdinand,glen johnson, justin hoyte, zaccardo, barzagli, collocini these players are recommended esp the first 3 because they hv epl experience…

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  • apan

    Jul 25, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #8

    yes riise too! then we got multi talented free kick specialist lined up together

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  • Robert reed

    Jul 25, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Not glen johnson! He is not class at all!

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  • Mac

    Jul 25, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Bramblr,boumsong,is albert still playing

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  • the big p

    Jul 25, 2007 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #11

    If we don’t get any players in soon then I shall have to offer my services!! I wouldn’t say I am world class but I would be more than happy to kick Ronaldo into touch (or the ball).

    37 years old
    6′ 2″
    Currently 5% Fitness Levels
    Lots of experience kicking a ball
    Also very cheap, no transfer fee!
    800 a week on a six month contract.

    My agent is currently telling everyone that Real Madrid have ‘shown interest’!

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  • Obafan

    Jul 25, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Mac – I don’t agree that you put Albert on a list of Bramble and Boumsong. Albert was a quality defender, who made the most beautiful goal ever scored in the EPL (remeber 5-0 against ManU where Schmeichel, those days the best keeper of the world, was just standing and watching the ball).

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  • Mac

    Jul 25, 2007 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #13

    obafan i totally agree one of the best goals the EPL has ever seen and that boy could defend,however he must be getting on a bit now and we’re getting desperate.

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  • Hammy

    Jul 25, 2007 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Obafan and Mac…..Alberts goal in the mauling of Man Chu…I will take it to my grave…..Albert was a legend and the ultimate in composure ……has to be one of the toons best defensive signings ever….a younger version for the same money would do nicely…..does he have any kids??????

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  • Hammy

    Jul 25, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #15

    the big p……..sounds like the stats for that handsome brute…a certain M Keown …….. you moved up north then…….

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  • Adam

    Jul 25, 2007 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #16

    A less brave manager would have kept Bramble, signed Gooch and persuaded Moore to stay. It was bound to be a lot of work for Sam to overhaul the defence but I’m glad that he’s doing it! I’m as impatient as everyone else to see new players in though but.

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  • LALA

    Jul 26, 2007 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #17

    I blame the new Supremo for lack of signings. Obviously Big Sam has been bleating like an ewe in despair the past week about the change in regime hindering signing quality players. SUX

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  • Greg

    Jul 26, 2007 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Anyone who says riise is living in a dream land, frist he just signed a new contract to keep him there for another 5 years, 2nd heinze is not a replacement for riise, liverpool see him as a centre half not a left back. theres not a chance liverpool would seel riise hes one of there best players.

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  • Rich

    Jul 26, 2007 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #19

    if i read another story when any of our new chairmen or BSA are talking to the press about trying to sign players i think im going to scream.

    please stop talking to us about how hard it is, how your struggling etc… and get your finger out your hoop! stop procrastinating and get on with it.. West Ham, Man City, Villa all these teams just seem to signand people without complaing for the past two weeks all our officials have done is complain about the current market.

    come one lads get some more players in or its another wasted season for the mighty toon.

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  • Gordon

    Jul 26, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Concerning Hangeland then I must say the price that was mentioned sounded unrealistic. I am sure FC Copenhagen would not even listen to an offer below £5 mil.

    Hangeland played CL last season and is a starter for his international side in every game. His club FC Copenhagen is one of the richest clubs in the world and they do not have to sell players to balance their books, like every other Scandinavian team. The team is about to try to qualify for the CL for the second year in a row so unless this fails Newcastle will have to pay major cash to get him.

    I think Sam has been scared of by the price.

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