Major Newcastle News Stories – 14th August – 2007

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.
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    Michael Owen – came through reserve team game OK last night – and will be ready for Aston Villa on Saturday

  • Good 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 £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 Ham

  • We 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 Taylor

  • Alan 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 career

  • Sam 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 Times

  • 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 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 evening

  • Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    We went from looking like the Dog and Duck to Real Madrid”
    – Ian Holloway

    “ There was a spell in the second half when I took my heart off my sleeve and put it in my mouth”. – 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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    19 comments so far

    • george t

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:14 PM

      Comment #1

      FAYE AND NEVILLE…..if the stories are credible then i think we would be well covered and look forward with real optimisim

    • toonoholic

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:22 PM

      Comment #2

      neville sounds real good though … has always impressed me with his versatility .. whats his age ? 31 ?

    • Kash

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:22 PM

      Comment #3

      DISAGREE – Too old, too expensive and not good enough to be future 1st team players.

    • toonoholic

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:26 PM

      Comment #4

      hes the most under-rated player in epl .. and the only guys who really play their heart out in everton are neville , cahill and jhonson .. i think its a great buy if we can get him .. wont be worse than egg head carr would he ?

    • WelshWizard

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:26 PM

      Comment #5

      would Neville want to move to us to play RB as being reported or is BSA looking at him in his current playing position of DM, tho he is also a BSA type of player who can slot in at RB and LB. Nearly all of the signings so far can play in atleast 2 positions comfortably (Smith, Geremi, Enrique, Cacapa, Barton) so i can see some truth in this Neville story….

      no thanks to Faye tho, we need players that will push the 1st eleven not players that could maybe make the bench if they’re lucky….

    • TOON1

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:31 PM

      Comment #6

      Andy carroll gone to preston on loan until jan,should be good experience 4 the young lad!

    • rich

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:34 PM

      Comment #7

      i havent seen anyone linking us to Neville??

      and which one?? obviously Gary would be amazing, but i cnat see Fergie letting him go and Phil is just a waste of space, if he cant cut it with the Toffs then he defintly cant cut it with us!


    • george t

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:37 PM

      Comment #8

      neville at least has a proven track record in the epl and is versatile with it….can certainly cover a number of positions if required…………..if the price would be reasonable i dont see any football sense why not??????????

    • Ryan

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:57 PM

      Comment #9

      Neville’s not bad, I just can’t help but despite him and his brother. I have hated the pair of them for years and would be sad if either signed for us. I know their quite good defensively, but they are both miserable, dirty footballers. We do need a right back in as Carr is abysmal.

    • shaun D

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:58 PM

      Comment #10

      ED – Thought Faye was appaling on Sat! That’s football for you though I guess, opinions

    • shaun D

      Aug 14, 2007 at 12:59 PM

      Comment #11

      anyone got a link to the neville story?

    • aaron

      Aug 14, 2007 at 1:04 PM

      Comment #12

      Van Der Vaart wants to leave Hamburg and Germany so why not make a bid for him, Valenica have for around £9.5m.

    • Jon

      Aug 14, 2007 at 1:07 PM

      Comment #13

      What about Vincent Kompany from HSV for CB. He’s young, tall, strong just what BSA likes in a player. Dunno how much he would cost though.

    • george t

      Aug 14, 2007 at 1:20 PM

      Comment #14

      shaun D…………LOOK AT vital football 0834 this morning….thats were the neville story seems to be from

    • Stami

      Aug 14, 2007 at 1:38 PM

      Comment #15

      Neville, which one, doesnt matter i guess, cause they both CRAP! to old, to slow, to dirty! Faye is ok, dont see him pushin Roz or Tayls out of the starting line up though! the one player i would like to see come to us, now that Solano is on his way out is Djouf! he played a great game on Sat! we could use him, especially if Dyer is leaving too!!!

    • e

      Aug 14, 2007 at 1:40 PM

      Comment #16

      VITAL FOOTBALL makes almost everything up…or jsut posts a tabloid story, i dont believe we are after him.

    • StevieA

      Aug 14, 2007 at 1:43 PM

      Comment #17

      It’s Phil Neville. He would be a good signing for the next 1-2 years and really work well with Enrique, Cacapa/Rozenhal, Taylor, Faye(??)

      That should sort out the back line until at least January or the summer and we can strengthen other areas. Right wing maybe? I would take Diouf for around 3-4 million. He would be perfect for what we want to achieve this season and would give 100% every game like Geremi and Milner do.

    • Bill F

      Aug 14, 2007 at 7:19 PM

      Comment #18

      Can’t help thinking if their own clubs don’t rate them enough to want to keep them then why should we want them. Despite Sam’s thoughts about the young players we have I reckon they are as good as some of the speculative options. If he is going to buy then get someone good and younger, did someone mention Riquelme?

    • Tom_Toon

      Aug 14, 2007 at 7:52 PM

      Comment #19

      Hopefully we dont get either. Yepes and a RB, maybe Rosenior, Friedrich, Toraman someone like that.


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