Major Newcastle News Stories – 1st August – 2007

News today that we may be close to signing one or two new players in the near future.

That comes from Sam himself in an interview. We look at who the two players could be – who we think could both be defenders.

News that Oba Martins will not be leaving the club – and in fact the news is that Newcastle are renegotiating his contract to remove the release clause of ₤13M. Lots of news today – mainly positive.

Let’s look at what’s happening today with Newcastle United Football Club.


  • We put out a story very early this morning ebcause it looked liked good news. Sam was interviewed and said newcastle were very close to one and maybe two new signings in the near future.
    It certainly looks like one of those is Serbian International center-back (can also play left back) Ivca Dragutinovic who played last year in the world cup for Serbia and is now at Sevilla. He is 31 years old, 6′ 1″ tall and seems the classic Allardyce type defender. Played 33 times for Serbia and reports say that Newcastle will pip Manchester City for him by bidding more than the ₤2M Erikkson bid. A Newcastle delegation is reported to be in Sevilla right now to try to tie up the deal.
    We didn’t know who the other player may be so we took a shot – and thought it may be Bolton’s Abdoulaye Faye. The 6′ 1″ midfielder turned defender has played well at Bolton and may want to join his former manager at Newcastle. There are reports today that he may have signed a new contract with Bolton but that’s not fully confirmed. We have pieces on both their playing careers in the article above.


    Serbian Ivaca Dragutinovic Newcastle in Sevilla negotiating deal?

  • News that we half expected today is that West Ham are the only club really after Kieron Dyer. Tottenham couldn’t play his phenomenal wages (₤80K/week) but are only willing to pay ₤4M. Sam has turned the offer down – quite rightly. There’s no way we should let Dyer go for a reduced fee. We’re still not sure about that family problem because as far as we can see – he must have had it for at least a few years.

    Kieron Dyer Will any club meet Newcastle’s price?

  • An upbeat interview today from Sam with the Journal. Maybe Sam is upbeat because he feels he is close to two signings but he’s very upbeat and positive. He says everybody from the top down to me (?) are working all guns blazing to bring in new defenders. We certainly get that impression and that the management are working together with increased determination – good for them. Take a look at the article and it will cheer you up we think. We don’t want to beat the gun (so to speak) but it does appear we will have at least one new defender at the club within the next day or two. Now let’s think when was the last time we said that? Maybe yesterday 😀

    Sam Allardcye

  • The Sam Allardyce meeting with fans at Shearer’s Bar last night went ahead and we have a list of the Sam comments. Sam was very upbeat and addressed a wide ranging view of topics. We have to say Sam’s vision for the club looks spot on – and he even talked about wanting to build up our Youth Academy to the like of Manchester United and West Ham. We are huge supporters of that direction. he also commented on fast rising star Andy Carroll and compared him to the old fashioned center forwards of old. We think Andy’s going to be a big star – at Newcastle too. Very interesting reading from Sam – as per usual.

    Andy Carroll – future top star? – we think so

  • Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has voiced his dissatisfaction at a group of Newcastle supporters who have booed Kieron Dyer and generally made his life difficult over the last few days. Here is the short report on Sky Sports. Here’s what Chris had to say:

    “We have got to make all our current players and potential new signings see Newcastle as a great place to live.”
    “It would be disastrous for the club for this sort of behavior to be repeated.”

    We agree completely with Chris on this one and we are pleased he came out and made the statement. We have to be very sensible about these things and Dyer has his good points and bad points – like all of us. Please let’s show respect to the player and no more booing – or anything else for that matter. Let’s keep Newcastle fans the very best 😀


    Chris Mort – Newcastle Chairman issues appropriate statement on fans’ poor behavior towards Dyer

  • Excellent report from Paul Gilder of the Journal on Oba Martins and that Sam is adamant he will not be sold to fund defensive transfers for the club. This story apparently was initiated by Alan Oliver who has been left probably a little embarrassed by all of this. Looks like Newcastle are renegotiating Oba’s contract to remove the ₤13M release clause. Another piece of good news – boy this is getting hard to take this morning 😀
    If you were Oba would this action by Sam make you feel wanted – sure would – that’s why Sam gets so much out of his players – he believes in them.


    Oba Martins – No way is he leaving Newcastle and contract being renegotiated to omit release clause

  • Good report in the Journal this morning on Peter Ramage. Peter talks about his first team chances this season and the fact that it will be a huge season for him. It’s a good story – again from Paul Gilder.

    Peter Ramage – this season is huge for him

  • Surprising news that Fulham may be after our own Charles N’Zogbia who was our man of the match against Juventus. Let’s not sell Charles – he has too much potential to let go – keep him – he will find a way to be a first teamer this season.
    This was in yesterday’s reports and still hanging around today so we’ll leave this one in.
  • OK – let’s think now, is there anything else. Oh yes – don’t we have a game today?
  • Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “You would not have won if I was marking you.” – Claudio Gentile, retired Italian defender of the 70s and 80s after Keegan won European Footballer of the Year in 1978

    “Sometimes you lose and sometimes others win.” – Otto Rehhagel

    “If I walked on water, my accusers would say it is because I can’t swim.” – Berti Vogts

    “I can only ever dream of the kind of skill Ronaldinho has. To put us on par is an insult to soccer” – Gennaro Gattuso being told he had become the face of last year’s world cup after Ronaldinho’s poor performances


    Gennaro Gattuso – to be on par with Ronaldinho is an insult to football?

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41 comments so far

  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, some of you on here can agree that the frustration due to lack of activity and communication as well as tension caused by malicious tabloids have caused me to act slightly aggressively. However I went to bed a happy man (which the mrs will vouch for!!!!) after reading some quotes from BSA last night.
    Hopefully we can clinch a signing this week, to really blow away the dark clouds above St. James.
    As for Alan Oliver, his reporting is NOT productive but more DESTRUCTIVE. The Chronicle has long been the PR department for NUFC, so maybe it’s time to get rid of Anal Oliver and promote Lee Ryder or someone else. He’s a gossip mongerer who will burn his bridges with BSA if he’s not careful.
    As for Andy Carroll, i’m hesitant to label him the next big thing. He doesn’t need the pressure and hopefully he’ll get more chances than our last big thing, Michael Chopra.
    As for youth development, BRILLIANT, but we also need to take the Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal & Spurs stance where we sign good young players using a vast scouting network and develop them ourselves. At the very least we can sell on for profit and maybe they’ll turn into a Charley N’Zogbia.
    As for our own Charles, he’s got the world at his feet, and with those talented feet he will go along way in the game and hopefully for Newcastle!

  • Hammy

    Aug 1, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes Kash,
    you seem to be a lot calmer today….totally agree with your sentiments. BSA seems to be slowly melting his harshest critics with his commendable behavior since joining the toon, I think he’s the kind of manager who will thrive off the NUFC fans affections and judging by some of the pre season performances, the majority of the players look to be working hard too, even Carr (although he still has a lot to do in my eyes!!!)
    Martins I think will have a great season….he looked very sharp against Celtic and I think his worth to the club will be immense this term, he’s still a young lad and with the right service he’ll be in double figures before Xmas no problem.
    As for the Alan Oliver witch hunt………..the guy and his think tank cronies had better tread carefully………his speculative columns are bollocks at best and probably more fiction than your average Harry Potter book.
    If he’s not careful he’ll be on a one war trip down to the smog with Dire.
    I’m more of a Journal man myself. Keep up the excellent work Ed, Do you have a day job then?

  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed is actually a frankenstein type cyborg made up of past legendary toon players. He has the following attributes:
    – Chris Waddles Feet
    – Tino Asprillas calf’s
    – Stuart Pearces thighs
    – Andy Coles Schlong
    – Gazza’s 6-pack (he doesn’t have one!)
    – John Burridges arms
    – Marcelinos fingers
    – Temuri Ketsbaia’s face
    – Peter Beardsleys Chin and lisp
    – Barry Venisons hair
    – Shearers heart
    – Silvio Marics brain

    Super Geordie frankencyborg machine thing!

  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #4

    AKA ED!!!

  • Paulie

    Aug 1, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m reading this and I’ve got a smile on my face today. The past few days have not been the greatest really. Does anyone know anything of Mike Ashley, I heard the other day, after discovering a large amount of debt in the club he was thinking of selling up. I find it a bit hard to believe as he’s very successful I doubt he would make such a balls up of buying debt but I’m not sure. Thats my main concern with Newcastle. Again whats with the transfer funds, a month ago we were meant to be signing deco, ronaldiniho etc. Now theres only 10million for wages and costs. I don’t like this at all!!!!

  • StevieA

    Aug 1, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #6

    *SIGH* See what I mean about the press?

    It’s all complete fabrication (for want of a better word!) all designed to sell newspapers to people who are gullable enough to believe everything a paper says. Remember if there were no stories for papers they wouldn’t sell any!

    If they don’t have any they make them up. Martins was meant to be sold for funds (don’t make me laugh!) all of a sudden he is going to sign a new contract.

    We will sign players I am very confident about that. As Big Sam says he and the people above him have “all guns blazing” at the moment. Which basically means they are doing everything they can to bring players in. Again I mentioned that they want to get the club in order before splashing the cash and it looks as though this has proved me right.

    Looking forward to seeing some new players coming through the doors at St James Park soon! 😀

    2 or 3 defenders will make a huge difference to our team. We have some fantastic youngsters coming through but we can’t expect them to develop much playing in the wrong positions! Let’s bring some quality in and let the youngsters develop with quality players around them. I think we will have 2 players in by this time next week.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Paulie – i saw that and thought it couldn’t possibly be true. If it is then Ashley is one bad business man. All of this should come out during the due diligence phase – which is put in place to uncover exactly this type of stuff (hidden debt etc) before anyone buys another company. As I recall it was in the Times or Telegraph which was a little disturbing.
    Still no absolute proof that we only have 10M to spend and the way some of the news stories have been over the last week or so – very very few have had any truth to them – as we have found out.

  • nightfall

    Aug 1, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #8

    only one comment about transfers:
    the more we wait, more expensive it gets…

  • shaun

    Aug 1, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Ashley does have a trackrecord of buying into brands and then selling up, did it only 5 months ago with addidas, What’s happened to the tv money and owen compensation, is there anything stopping him taking that out of the club then or selling up, probably after some kind of shirt deal for sports direct, who are struggling in the city at the moment.

  • shaun

    Aug 1, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #10

    sorry supposed to say “then selling up” not “or”

  • Steve c

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #11

    I think a lot of the negative reports are coming directly and indirectly from Anal remember it was only a few years ago that he said that in no way should BSA be allowed to manage the Toon. Now that Freddy has gone maybe his only source of information has disapeared and he is just trying to stir things up

  • e

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #12

    the reason why we havnt brought the players in is because he has been turned down by some of his targets and other players in europe have been brought buy other teams, he said he only wanted players who want to play for newcastle, so hes not going to bother chasing after his targets that rejected him, defenders are hard players to buy, thats the reason why these past few weeks we have had no breakthroughs, unlike others like man c and west ham ect… but there not buying defenders!

  • Midjew

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Well seems like Man city ARE buying a Defender:,19528,11095_2635897,00.html

    how can they go out and spend 8.7m on a Def and we can’t???

    We are BETTER than Man City!!!!!!!!

  • Midjew

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #14

    oh AND Man City have brought a LB:,19528,11679_2634916,00.html

    DAMN IT, WHERE is out defenders???

  • Midjew

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #15


  • david veitch

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #16

    1. Don’t buy the Evening Chronicle

    2. Listen to Sam Allardyce

    3. Do have faith

    The press as SteveA ( very sensible and insightful bloke) said have to sell stories or the papers don’t make profits, so they will do anything to achieve this and the Chronicle is amongst the worst.

    Be patient Newcastle are at last being run by the right people, and you will be dancing in the streets soon.



  • bob

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #17

    does anyone knoif the hull match is gonna be shown on newcastle world 2 nite ????

  • Howie

    Aug 1, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Bob, I think nufc world only do the home friendlies.

  • bob

    Aug 1, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #19

    oh but i thought it mite cuz its on sentanta which theve been using to show the matchs on

  • Craig Allen

    Aug 1, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #20

    lol @ Andy Cole’s shlong … well not literally but you know what I mean …

  • Phil

    Aug 1, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #21

    On paper at least, Ashley has lost £600 million since February. I think that more than finding an extra million or two in Newcastle’s books has probably caused him to tighten the reins for now. Probably wishing he’d bought Wycombe Wanderers instead. Cut down on the travel expenses 🙂

  • StevieA

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Thanks David 😀

    I totally agree with everything you have said. The fans need to have more patience and not believe everything in a newspaper. Too many people are jumping to the wrong conclusions but at least Sam is setting the record straight.

    Sam is the right man for the job and I am sure we will be successful under his management.

    Some great things have happened though because we haven’t been able to bring every player we have gone for in.

    1) Andy Carroll has had a chance in the 1st team and it looks as though he has taken the chance. I have always liked the potential of this lad and I think in 2-3 years he could be one of the top english strikers in the premiership!

    2) Geremi has gone straight into the team and has done a great job. Looks very composed and a good passer of the ball. Something we have needed in midfied.

    3) N’ Zogbia has shown glimpses of his old form. Looks much quicker, more alert and really seems to want to do well for Sam. He is a quality player who will only get better too.

    4) Luque has had a chance and taken it. He looks much fitter, and really has a new lease of life under Sam. Looks like he wants to make a bid for a 1st team place, perhaps he could play in midfield when needed too.

    5) Martins. Rumoured to be discussing a new contract. I think part of the reason is because he has seen the ambition that the club has, as well as the talks with Sam that seem to have given the lad plenty of confidence. Potentially THE best striker at Newcastle. Don’t write this lad off he could be dynamite in a few years. Look for him to score 20 in total next season.

    I could go on and on but these are fantastic positives for the club. You can also add the fact that the youngsters have impressed such as Troisi, Huntington, Carroll (as I have mentioned) they have all played a part and look like they have bright futures.

    If we can just get those 2 or 3 quality defenders I really think the club will have some great foundations to build on.

    I just wish the fans would stop buying the newspapers and just believe what you see on reputable websites and the press conferences. Get behind the team because I believe this team with a few additions is capable of great things.

    P.S Joey Barton is a fantastic midfielder. He will play brilliantly with either Geremi or Emre. He is our Gerrard and he will be the driving force in midfield for us. Just watch!

  • StevieA

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #23

    *Takes a breath*

    Yes the match is on Setanta at 7:45. The coverage is pretty good actually although I am not sure they can show the interviews when they cover friendly games.

  • StevieA

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Just to add to the list..

    6) Taylor and Rozenhal could be a great partnership in defence. Both strong, big, athletic and good footballers too. Once we bring in the left back and right back we need I really think they will be part of a solid back 4.

    Looking forward to it!

  • StevieA

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #25

    7) James Milner.. enough said! 😛

    Plenty of plus points as you can see!

  • shaun

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #26

    dyer in talks with west ham

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Dont believe anything until the official club website, or skysports/bbc have bothered to write and article on it, including quotes!

    Where has is the money going from ‘one of the most lucrative sponsorship deals in english football history’ (Carling) going?

  • shaun

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #28

    now dyer is in talks get the feeling we need to sell him before we can buy

  • StevieA

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #29

    We need to sell him anyway. He will never reach his full potential because he has had too many injuries now. I think Geremi/Emre and Barton will be great anyway.

    Take the money we get from Dyer and buy a left back. Then we can look at signing a right back and centre back.

    Tom_Toon that’s the exact attitude I have towards the press and football news. I will only believe something 100% if I hear it on a press conference, from the horses mouth, Sky or the BBC. Why stress yourself out?

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Its not a case of stressing myself out, i care for the team and had so much optimism about this season, but when you hear all these rumours even though you dont believe them they make you think is any of it truth, and that brings the optimism down.

    Apparently our next two sdignings are Steinsson and Dragutinovic.

  • Midjew

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Did anyone notice on NUFC OFFICIAL web site it says Dyer is in Personal Talks with West Ham after and undisclosed fee was agreed!!!,,10278~1083062,00.html

    Looks like its going through!

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #32


  • apan

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #33

    finally the girly man is leavin tyneside, thank god, hope he doesnt make any more drama b y not agreeing personal terms with west ham, just go away we dont want players who doesnt have the heart to play for the magpies!

    btw im glad that have signed those players, so now the chances for us to get Ivaca Dragutinovic from sevilla, heck mayb BSA would sign some good playeres from the la liga who knows?!? howey the lads!

  • Greg B

    Aug 1, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #34

    VEDRAN CORLUKA – top defender, 6’3″ – looks like he may be joining City! Why are we not in for these players? One word – MONEY!

  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #35

    looks like Dyer is off to the Hammers after we have agreed an undisclosed sum… seems like the term ‘new’ newcastle applies to them!!! with Bowyer, Parker & Bellamy.

    Im glad to see the back of him, but ill be totally gutted if he rekindles any type of consistent form.

    Alan Smith a replacement?? hmm….

  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #36

    @GregB –

    Man City Are Paying Corluka 15 Million Euro’s over five years as basic wage, plus the 8.5Million transfer fee… i would be happy if we signed him but it think y ou can do alot better with that sort of cash.

    and i think we have plenty of money, i think Sams already said plenty of times that its the right players he is waiting for.

  • Crawcrook Pierre

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Big Sam confirmed Dyer to the Hammers too and that he would replace him tomorrow. I saw that Gudjonsen pulled out of Barcelona game (Club say through injury by Barcelona – but Spanish Press disagree). I am dreaming. But think it will be Smith – shame.
    I will actually miss Dyer, I think for the money we spent compared with the rubbish we have paid more for, he has been a semi decent servant. I feel as though we have driven him away. He will always get a bad name from some quarters, but what about Woodgate, Bellamy, Barton, Bowyer – far worse alleged offences and they were not lambasted.
    By the way, Mike Ashley is probably busy fighting off city doubters after bad publicity when his Sports Direct was floated. He is also on the pull:-
    Adidas was different as which was a Share option and not take over. He raised 900M+ with Adidas – so clever bloke. He has done well with Sports Direct, by taking over companies and selling their products. Strange that no NUFC kit in Southern stores yet, though.
    Think it is also wise to give everyone a chance at the new look Toon, plenty of time. I am sure we will be a force.
    I also think that we have some great talented young kids, especially Krul, Edgar and Carroll. N’Zogbia must stay too, as this is going to be a huge season for him

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #38

    Rich – it’s not clear that Smith would be a good replacement for Dyer – he’s more of a striker than anything

  • Nevski

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Alan Smith did play on the right of midfield quite often for Leeds, but I agree that he’s more a striker than anything else.

  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #40

    Ed Harrison –

    I agree, thats why i said ‘Alan Smith A Replacement…hmmm..’ because im not convinced hes the best option.

    Im keeping my fingers crossed its gonna be Eidur Gud who will replace him, once again hes more of a striker but i think he would be canny playing in an advanced midfield role, a bit like Paul Scholes does.

    But i have full faith in Big Sam, if we sign Smith as a replacement i will always give him a chance to show us what he can do.

    not long to go!!!


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