Major Newcastle News Stories – 9th August – 2007
12:56 pm, Thursday, August 9th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 26 Comments
There are a number of good interviews this morning. Several of them are with Sam Allardcye as he talks about how pleased he is with the form of David Rozehnal – our new signing from PSG.
Sam also talks about Owen and Martins having to fight it out for a single starting position. That’s not very surprising since their styles are so similar.
It also looks Sam is still after new players and there is news again that we may be after Papa Diop from Fulham.
We still haven’t seen any official word on where we stand with the Drago situation.
An update on a charity run by Mark Allison from John O’ Groats to Land’s End on behalf of St. Benedict’s Hospice. Mark had this new message on his web-site this morning.
“I could not be in better shape to face the last 4 days and 95 miles of a very grueling tour. It’s like being 3 – 0 to the good and just having to see the match out. Not something you usually associate with a team playing in Black and White!”
Mark finishes this coming weekend and we’ll run this story for the rest of the week. Here’s Mark’s web site where he has a daily log and all kinds of good information about his fabulous effort. If you can contribute to Mark’s efforts please do so at this just giving site
Mark Allison – Mark is only 75 miles from the finish
Our new discussion topic is posted today – the question is What’s Newcastle’s Best Team this Season?Â We ask for both home (4-3-3) and away (4-4-2) formations. With the new players in our squad it’s not an easy choice.
Sam Allardyce – selection problems?
A good interview from Chairman Chris Mort who talks about his growing relationship with manager Sam Allardyce. From what he says it looks like Sam is still after more players – we wonder who these might be?
Chairman Chris Mort – new players on the way?
Sam still has to pick the Newcastle captain for this season and we don’t know whether he will do that before the start of the season this coming Saturday. Our top two choices are two new players – Geremi and Claudio Cacapa. Both have excellent experience in winning things – so that’s what we need – someone who is used to winning.Â That’s what Newcastle is going to start to doÂ – starting Saturday at Bolton Â Â .
Geremi – will he become Newcastle’s new captain?
Good interview with Big Sam today where he talks about Oba Martins and Michael Owen having to fight it out for the same starting place at Newcastle. That probably will not be too bad because Oba is away for the Africa’s Cup early next year – and Owen should get plenty of games then. But assumes Owen doesn’t have another injury hit season – like the last two. That’s one of Michael’s challenges – how does he stay fit to get the number of consecutive matches he needs to get match fit at Newcastle? Fans seem split on who they prefer between the two.
Michael Owen- will have to fight for his place at Newcastle
News this morning that we may again be interested in Papa Diop, the 6’4″ Senegalese midfielder from Fulham. We don’t know if there’s any truth in this story from the Daily Mirror, but we think Diop would be good for Newcastle and a typical Big Sam signing. It will give us more options in our midfield.
Papa Diop – can we get him from Fulham?
Another good interview today with Sam Allardyce. He talks about how pleased he has been with the way David Rozehnal has settled in atÂ Newcastle. He has also looked strong on the field in his partnership with our own Steven Taylor. They were very good last Sunday against Sampdoria and are expected to start this Saturday against Bolton. They need to be very good then too.
David Rozehnal - looked very good in pre-season
Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day
“Steven Gerrard was awesome today. We were just laughing in the dressing room that at one stage we thought he was heading his own crosses in.” – Gareth Southgate on Gerrard.
“Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” – Gary Lineker after losing the 1990′s World Cup semifinal to Germany by penalty shootout.
“The mere fact that he’s injured stops him getting injured again, if you know what I mean” – Terry Venables
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