A good performance and a good win against Sampdoria yesterday and that’s what dominates the newpapers today.
Seems Sam was extremely pleased with the performance yesterday and even Sampdoria boss Walter Mazzarri was pleased with his side’s performance against “a very strong Newcastle United side.”
More news on the Dyer affair and the transfer front. Sam says Jose Enrique will put pen to paper today and sign from Villareal.
Drago will decide today if he’s coming to Newcastle or will stay with UEFA champions Sevilla.
I’d like to take a little time out today to again help a charity run that Mark Allison – a Newcastle fan – has been on for 31 days now. He’s running from John O’Groats to Land’s End and is now 200 miles from the finish. He’s doing an average of 24 miles a day (almost a marathon) and this is all for the St. Benedict’s Hospice – a charity organization. He has already raised â‚¤16K and we’d like him to reach â‚¤20K before he finishes next weekend. Newcastle United will honor Mark at the first home game against Aston Villa by having him do a lap of honor before the game. It’s just a wonderful effort by Mark – all guts and glory. Please see if you can donate to the hospice – but first read our article on Mark – weÂ made up a funny conversation between Mark and Sam – but let’s clarify that – we hope it’s funny 😀
Many thanks to the nufc.com Newcastle web-site who alerted us to Mark’s run just before it started.
Mark Allison – at the start of his run – before any blisters 😀Good game and good win by Newcastle yesterday against Serie A side Sampdoria. Sam was pleased with many aspects of the game – not least of which it’s another clean sheet and the defense looked solid. Our squad is looking better all the time – and if you don’t think it’s been improved from last season try picking the side for the game at Bolton and see how good the bench is.
Sam Allardyce – Very pleased with performanceJust in case you didn’t see Alan Smith’s goal here it is again. Also if you are a member of Newcastle World there’s just a great interview this morning with Alan. No wonder Sam signed him he’s so positive and seems so delighted to have signed for Newcastle, He’s a breath of fresh air. I’m really pleased we’ve got Alan in the squad – now to work out which position we play himÂ each game. But he seems so team-oriented – maybe it’s because of his time at Manchester United but that has to rub off on the rest of our squad.
Alan Smith – powerful headerHere are the after match comments from Sam Allardcye after yesterday’s game. It was nice to see Ameobi, Butt and Taylor fit again but Shay seems to have had a reoccurance of that groin injury 🙁
We’ll know more this morning but it’s worrying that it’s still there – we don’t want Shay to have the interrupted season he had last year althouth Steve Harper seems very confident in goal under Sam. Looks like Michael Owen is nearly fit again but he will not make the game next week. So we still have Emre, Babayaro and Barton out.
Barton was injured at Carlisle on 21st July and that’s 16 days ago – so he’ll be at least another 4 weeks out. Not sure what’s going to happen with his assault charge – that’s rather worriesomeÂ for us because you can bet the press will make itÂ as bad and sensational as they can – and it will not reflect well on Newcastel United 🙁
Sam and Smith – Sam pleased and Smith scores on debut Good report from the Northern Echo quoting Sam after the game last night talking about transfers. Obviously Sam was upbeat after last week’s successes and talked about Enrique’s transfer being completed some time today. It was nice to see Jose sitting next to the Chairman and Manager – we thought that was a nice touch of class – very good. So that’s almost a done deal then.
Apparently Drago is not as cut and dried as have had first believed – even though his comments about Newcastle and Shearer are so positive. In his latest comments he calls Newcastle an historic club. You know I’m starting to like this guyÂ 😀
He is said to be making his decision today. Either way is OK with usÂ because we only want him here if he wants to come. Reports suggest he may be concerned that we cannot offer European football this season – but on the other hand the wages we offer are said to be 3 times what he is currently getting. So Drago has to make the choice – we hope he comes to Newcastle.
Ivaca Dragutinovic – Decides today whether he is coming to NewcastleWe have an update on the Dyer situation but still not sure what caused all the fuss. Some rumours today coming from within the Newcastle camp suggest that Ashley amd Mort were not at all impressed at the cavalier way West Ham were conducting the deal. Apparently they were saying it was completed before a fee was evenÂ agreed. Seems like Ashley and Mort are not used to these poor business ethics so they pulled the plug. If that’s true – good for them – we want to conduct business in the most ethical way possible from now on. Portsmoth are said to be interested but that may have been made up by someone looking to make some news – who knows? 😀
Kieron Dyer – Will he still end up signing for West Ham – but for Â£7M? – hope soWith things moving sweetly in the transfer market last week we thought something must have happened within the club to sort out how we do transfer business – and that turns out to be true. Sam seems pleased that a neat process was put in place – most likely by Chris Mort on what Sam and his staff will put together before it goes up to Chris for approval.
That’s very positive because it shows Chris is listening and willing to put processes in place to make things happen and to smooth things out. As far as transfers go – that’s extremely good for us because we can now move as quickly as Sam wants to in the market. We can get in first, do the deals quickly and for a lot less money in the future. Hopefully the deals we do in January and next summer will be done very early in each transfer window.
Chris Mort – Good work with Sam and the BoardFinally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀
“I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country.” Ian Rush
“I dreamt of playing for a club like Manchester United, and now here I am at Liverpool.” – Sander Westerveld
“Winning all the time is not necessarily good for the team.” – John Toshack
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