Quite a bit of good news today and some on the transfer front.
Looks like Sam is in for Abdoulaye Faye of Bolton – the center-back who played well against us on Saturday. Sam also wants to bring in a couple of players in the next few days so we’ll have to stay tuned.
Great start on Saturday has everybody buzzing – including us.
I had to keep pinching myself on Saturday to make sure this wasn’t another dream of Newcastle on their way back to greatness.
But it was real this time – wasn’t it? 😀
Good to see that Michael Owen came through the reserve team game against Newcastle Blue Star at Kingston Park OK. Shola scored 2 goals for a 2-0 win for a strong Newcastle side. Owen will now be available for the vital game at home to Aston Villa on Saturday evening. But we cannot see him replacing Oba Martins. at least not in the starting line-up after Oba’s great performance against Bolton. We would expect Michael to be introduced as a sub at some point during the game and it would be nice if he can get a goal for us.
Michael Owen – came through reserve team game OK last night – and will be ready for Aston Villa on SaturdayGood news today in several papers that Sam Allardyce is after Abdoulaye Faye of Bolton. Faye had a good game against Newcastle on Saturday and would be a great acquisition for the squad at a reasonable Â£1.5M. This is the top bid so far for the player. We’d like to see Sam tie this one up quickly before other clubs come in. Faye is exactly the type of defensive squad player we need.
Abdoulaye Faye – strong Bolton defender (or midfielder) would be great signing for Newcastle It’s looking like Nobby Solano will be leaving the club for West Ham in next couple of days. While nothing is certain it seems like it just needs the two clubs to agree on a small fee for the deal to go through. Maybe if this one goes smoothly – West Ham may still come back for Kieron Dyer. We’ll just have to see but we think Kieron’s time is up at Newcastle.
Nobby Solano– looks more likely that he will move to West HamWe profile one of our best buys over the summer today – David Rozehnal from PSG. David is adapting well to English football and had another steady game with Steven Taylor at the heart of the Newcastle defense against Bolton. Rozehnal can become a key player at Newcastle but since Cacapa had his first run out in Newcastle colors last night for the reserves – Claudio will also be pushing soon for a place in central defense.
David Rozehnal – has looked steady at the heart of Newcastle’s defense with Steven TaylorAlan Smith talked to the Journal this morning and had some interesting things to say. While his signing was received with some questions by fans – his performances have been excellent and he looked on Saturday that he had played midfield all his life. Alan will turn out to be a great player for Newcastle and has already made an excellent start to his career on Tyne-side.
Alan Smith – excellent start to his Newcastle careerSam had a long interview in the Sunday Times last weekend and we highlight and discuss a couple of his comments. One is on the state of Newcastle youth and one is on the cost of British Players. As usual what Sam has to say is both interesting and enlightening. We’ll cover other aspects of his interview all this week. We imagine the club in 3 years time will be run very professionally and will be in so much better shape than it’s ever been – just cannot wait.
Sam Allardcye – interesting interview in the Sunday TimesAn update on a charity run by Mark Allison from John O’ Groats to Land’s End on behalf of St. Benedict’s Hospice. Mark completed his run and is now on his way home – by car!. Mark will be at the game against the Villa on Saturday to do a lap of honor before the game. Mark had this new message on his web-site this morning.
“Despite the run finishing on Sunday, my inbox is continuing to be filled with congratulatory messages.”
“Also, the pledges just keep on coming and coming.”
“Thanks so much to everyone!”
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 – on his way home by car – sure he keeps wanting to get out to run! Please see if you can contribute and support Mark’s heroic efforts for charity – he’ll be doing a lap of honor before the Villa game on Saturday eveningFinally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀
“ We went from looking like the Dog and Duck to Real Madridâ€– Ian Holloway
â€œ There was a spell in the second half when I took my heart off my sleeve and put it in my mouthâ€. – Ian Holloway
“At a football club, there’s a holy trinity – the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don’t come into it. They are only there to sign the checks”. – Bill Shankly on boardroom meetings.
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