Sam Says Davies Not Coming – Rozehnal Pleased with Debut

Sam Allardyce today distanced himself from 22 year-old Curtis Davies of West Bromwich Albion – who had been rumored to be an Allardyce transfer target over the last several weeks.

Sam explained in stone cold logic why it wouldn’t make too much sense to bring in Curtis, however good a player he is.

David Rozehnal has also been talking about his debut last night at St. James Park and was glad to get it behind him as he continues to look a very good no-nonsense defender.

A commendable attendance of just over 30,000 at the game last night.


Sam Allardcye – directing traffic last night

Sam said today:

“I am looking for experienced defenders.”

“ I have Steven Taylor, who is a very, very young and very, very good prospect, and I would put Curtis Davies alongside Steven Taylor.”  “They are both in their early 20s and in the Premiership, that would be the wrong thing to do. “

“Somebody with more experience needs to be brought in as well as David Rozehnal, who has been pretty impressive in the time he has been here.”  “Peter Ramage did a terrific job in the first half with Paul Huntington gaining more experience.”

“I have got Huntington, Steven Taylor and Peter Ramage – I don’t need the inexperience of Curtis Davies, as good a player as he is.”  “He is definitely a Premiership player, but I need more experience in there in those positions to achieve the clean sheets we would be looking for in the Premiership.”

Good marks there for Peter Ramage – who while not always rated by fans – to us is the epitome of a local born player – he will bleed for Newcastle. We are very happy to see Peter still at Newcastle.  Peter’s unfortunate in that he has young Taylor a couple of years younger than him and a real budding star.

But don’t forget last year when Peter and Steven played 10 successive games in central defense for Newcastle and it’s the safest we looked all season. He did have injuries last year and probably came back too soon – but Peter is one of those no-name players that gives 100% every game and is just an excellent squad player.

We also think that David Rozehnal has looked good since he came to Newcastle from PSG – and obviously is on a learning curve and will need to quickly get used to the higher standards in England. But he seems to be adapting well and he spoke to the Evening Chronicle today about the game last night:

“I was a little bit nervous, but it was a healthy feeling to have.”

“It was my first home game and there were a lot of supporters out there. (30,000 was the attendance). It was a nice atmosphere, and a nice pitch. “I tried to do my best and to show to my team-mates and the coach that I can be the right man in the right place.” “Now it’s up to the coach how he will choose his team.”

“I thought it was a good game for us.” “We won, which was the most important thing”. “It was also important that we played a good game as a team.” “We stayed compact, defended very well and scored a lot of goals against a big team like Celtic.”

“I think it was a good match, but we must keep our feet on the ground.” “We have to continue working hard, and stay focused on the first game of the season.”

“As the coach said after the game, the most important thing is to keep a clean sheet and then try to score.” “If they had scored when it was 0-0, the game would have gone away from us, so we can’t concede like that.” “This will be key for us in the Premiership.”

So as we all knew Sam is after some experienced center backs. There was a report over the last couple of days that Sol Campbell may want away from Portsmouth – or was I dreaming about that?

He would be our first choice to come in and give Steven and the others the experience they need. Sol would be great for Newcastle – once Sam got him to a level of fitness that he seems to insist all his players attain. He’s almost the perfect prototype player for Sam to work with and extend his career for a good few years. Wonder if Sol thinks that too?   Just a thought.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jul 27, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Big Sol is a massive possibility and we all know that he loves Newcastle too!

  • Nick

    Jul 27, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Well I am still not completely sold on Sol … the problems he gave just before he left Arsenal get me a little worried … but then again maybe it is just me. Seems like there does not seem to be many possible signings out there. That really is a problem thought 🙁

  • Soren

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Sol would be the perfect mentor for all the defender prospects we’ve got at Newcastle. Hope he comes.

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #4

    still think BSA might bring Curtis Davies in because all he has really stated is that he wouldn’t play them together because of there in-experience, he knows he has to have 5 top quality CB’s competeing against each other. I think he’s just being koy because WBA want daft money for Davies and SAM knows we want to get him at a good price so he doesn’t want to sound too eager IMO……

    Get Cambell also, even if he costs a couple of million, BS will get him fitter so he can carry on playing longer…great experience to pass onto Tayls and Davies……

  • dan

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Sol would be great! yeh he’s lost his pace but as a defender it’s the positions you take up which are most important – something which the young lads can only learn from.

    I like the way he is very vocal on the pitch too – i think we are begging out for someone loud in defence.

    Go for him Sam – make him an offer he can’t refuse!

  • apan

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    i think he means he wants experienced player besides taylor ramage and rohzehnal didnt have any experience in epl so yes our back 4 are kinda vulnerable currently with lack of experience but great determination solely…i think sol campbell will come in nicely because of his vast experience and we can get em cheap, any other defenders wud fit us now is probably mathew upson or hurm wes brown? leighton baines is not bad either

  • Ed Case

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Nevermind Sol Campbell.

    Baye of Bolton is the man for Sam.

  • Ian

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Sol for Newcastle; yes I think it’s a good possibility and some one who will mentor the younger generation at NUFC.

    Come on Sam, make the move and bring in Sol, Shorey and Davis to improve our defence….

  • Rich

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #9


    oh, for gods sake. this guys been linked with europes tops clubs, ive seen him play over the past few years and he is VERY VERY good… if Man City sign this guy and we have to put up with Babayaro & Nzogbia left back next season im going to have some mighty big questions about BSA & the new owners.

    Chiellini is the italian under-21 captian, can play left back or wing, very solid & dependable in my eyes from what ive seen hell have no trouble with the prem.

    if man city sign this CLASS player and we dont got anyone better then ill eat my frickin hat.

  • Obafan

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Is there any suggestion that BS is willing to make an offer for Sol Campbell or is it just the desire of us (the fans) . Would be a fantastic buy for us.

    Ed Case – Is Baye a good defender, cause I don’t know him?

  • Ed Case

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #11

    In my opinion, Baye is the best of BS’s Bolton buys.
    He reads the game well, is very tall, wins a lot of headers, is powerful and tackles well.
    He did a great job for Bolton last season and I think is only 26 – much younger than Sol.

    As for Chiellini, I’ve never seen him play before but a well known footy game rates him…

    Speaking of which, fm2008 out in 3 months or so, new screen shots look very good indeed…

    We need a “how to play Football Manager AND keep the wife happy” blog.

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed Case

    Who the F**K is BAYE????? do you mean there African MIDFIELDER Abdoulaye Faye?

  • nightfall

    Jul 27, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #13

    baye? never heard of him… do you mean boltons faye?
    about Chiellini – he would be a great signing…if we’d also buy berzagli… but i still prefer the idea of getting a defensive pair from national team…one with PL experiences, who would help his friend to adapt:
    heinze – coloccini or riise – hangeland (or chiellini – berzagli = no PL experiences, but TALENT)…
    and we should get sol…
    and exchange emre for appiah…

  • Rich

    Jul 27, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Lets just say europes elite have been sniffing around Chiellini, Liverpool were rumoured to of bid for him.

    Ive seen him he looks good, solid & reliable coupled with the fact that if hes good enough for the Spaniards (liverpool) then i reckon hed do well with us.

  • Ed Case

    Jul 27, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye is a defensive midfield OR DEFENDER, I’ve seen him play in defence many times.

    Welsh person – he played as a defender in France and has done so for Bolton and was brilliant there.

    He is, however, 28, not 26.

    And quite why I have typed Baye over and over is a mystery, even to me.

    It is definitely Faye!

  • Zebra

    Jul 27, 2007 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Hes a defensive midfielder in my eyes. Not a player we need.

  • apan

    Jul 27, 2007 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #17

    oh that bolton player, heard some other clubs are plannin to get him, i think his good plus BSA knows him, yup we need someone versatile who can play in the hearts of our defence and our midfield as cover, zebra we do need another dm imagine if butt’s injured only geremi got the calibre enuf to replace him or prob solano but then again we lack in height

    i agree with ed get Abdoulaye Diagne-faye (i think ed pointing to him) or prob we can snatched Abdoulaye Meite both stands around slightly above 1.85m and yes we need african engine like geremi vroom2

  • neemackems

    Jul 27, 2007 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #18

    How man……….remember the last Italian U21 captain and defender we signed????………Turned out to be a right nancy. Its a different game week in and week out in the Premiership and, as good as Chiellini might be, will he fancy the physical aspects,pace and aggression of wor game? I have my doubts like……..

  • TOON1

    Jul 27, 2007 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Sol campbell for toon!simple as that .He would valuble experience to our backline.Maybe who ever wants dyer we should do swap a 4 a defender
    Spurs= swap 4 Dawson
    man shitty =swap 4 dunne
    west ham=swap 4 A.ferdinand .Lets get Dyer out asap so we can find a replacement.

  • Rich

    Jul 27, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #20

    i think your getting his name subliminely confused with Habib Beye for some rason Ed.

  • valle

    Jul 27, 2007 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #21

    I just cannot grasp why u keep going about Ramage… Yes he bleeds for Newcastle but so would i!!!. Thats just not enough and he aint good enough for a team of the stature we should aim to be. Sol Campbell has been talking about Portsmoth not being his last club, and it could be seen as a come and get me to Sam… Guess we will know more when they return from their asian tour.

  • Tony

    Jul 27, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #22

    From the quotes coming out of SJP, it appears that we will have to make do with what we’ve got!

    Sam talking about his frustration in the transfer market…Mort talking about how pleased he is with the signings that have been made…

    …all sounds a bit like ‘don’t get your hopes up lads!’…

    …however more importantly his comments about the Strategic Review into the club’s finances not being complete.

    Don’t forget that it is not so long ago that The Guardian ran a pretty detailed story regarding the club’s debt situation and suggesting we were not far off ‘doing a Leeds’.

    Now, whilst I think that assessment was a little extreme, I don’t think Ashley will be throwing cash at Big Sam just yet. Given that we have no European football to offer, I think we may have to put up with a season of treading water. At least until Ashley decides how he is going to approach the club’s financial situation. Until then I think we may have to scratch around for some value signings…but at least Big Sam has proven his worth in that type of market.

  • Tony

    Jul 27, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #23

    I also read that Allardyce has stated that he is not pursuing Hangeland either…

    …sorry to be a pessimist an’ all, but I find it somethimes the best way when dealing with my Toon-emotions.

  • nightfall

    Jul 28, 2007 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #24

    i think our funds are LIMITED…we’ll buy a defender or 2…with money we get from selling dyer… it sure looks like it…

  • Edd Case

    Jul 28, 2007 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #25

    How can our funds be limited with a billionaire?
    Obviously, Ashley’s long-term plan will be to make money from Newcastle, but he must know that he’ll have to plough millions in first?
    Buying the club for 133million is the first step, second is giving BS a budget to work from and thirdly is restructuring the clubs 90million debt.

    BS must have at least 20million to spend?

  • James

    Aug 7, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Saw Rozenhgal agaisnt Sampdoria and he was an absoulute rock in defence and i can tell him and taylor will form a good partnership and because they also have a similar style of play.


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