Newcastle United fans are still immersed in the great win over Wigan on Saturday, which had so many positive points to admire, even though Newcastle missed so many chances.
Some stories are starting to emerge as to what happened last Friday on the transfer front. Turns out Big Sam was in London at 7am that morning to get a work permit for Abdoulaye Faye, and then back at Newcastle persuading Habib Beye to join Newcastle right up until midnight on Friday evening. He was successful on both fronts and we know Newcastle fans appreciate the very hard work Sam is willing to put in for the club.
Sam Allardyce seems inspired to be Newcastle United’s manager and his pride is enveloping the whole club with positive vibes about our future. Good job the players really produced for him on Saturday, which probably took away in an instant Sam’s fatigue, once Owen finally scored. There’s no doubt Big Sam seems to be doing everything right at Newcastle and is delighted to have the chance.
Needless to say he is already greatly admired by the Newcastle faithful.
- Now that the transfer window is closed we take an assessment of the Newcastle squad we will have until the January transfer window opens. It’s a good squad and so much stronger than in recent years. Depending on how things go over the next four months will decide what Sam does in January. But we still expect him to bring in Edmilson – because he’s a good player and available for a small fee. Who else Sam brings in will depend on how some of the squad’s fringe players like Babayaro, Pattison, Ameobi and others perform. If they don’t improve much then Sam may unload them in January – but only after he has replacements lined up.
Sam Allardyce – put together a great squad in a short 3 months
- Stories are starting to come out as to what happened on Friday with the Newcastle transfer targets. Turned out it went down to the wire with Habib Beye who was holding out for a 4 year deal but agreed, at the last moment, on the 3 year deal Newcastle had offered. Habib also tells what made him change his mind on Newcastle when Sam came calling last Monday – after Stephen Carr’s injury. It’s an interesting story.
Habib Beye– finally agreed to sign fro Newcastle just before Friday’s deadline
- Sam had an extremely busy day on Friday as he was in London at 7am getting Faye’s work permit (why couldn’t somebody else have done this for him – why Sam?) and then back at Newcastle where he persuaded Habib Beye to join Newcastle just before the midnight hour. It’s a very busy schedule but we’re sure Sam’s not complaining – apparently when he was told Faye had signed he was “the happiest man in Newcastle” according to our very impressive chairman, Chris Mort. By the way we have to also applaud Chris and the other members of the Newcastle management for giving Big Sam so much support over the last several months – that augers so well for the future. Also seeing Mike Ashley at the Newcastle’s games now is also enlightening as he seems destined to become a Newcastle fanatic as he gets sucked into the red hot passion generated by the club’s great supporters.
We are also impressed with the way Chris Mort and Mike are going about raising Newcastle image, first of all in England, but then worldwide. There is no doubt the world-wide Newcastle fan base is about to rise significantly in the coming months and years.
That’s one strategic goal of this web-site – to support the growth of the Newcastle fan base on a world wide basis – because we know there are lots of emerging Newcastle fans out there.
Chris Mort– doing a great job as Newcastle chairman
- We have a piece about Michael Owen and how he’s coming into his old form. While Michael missed some chances on Saturday none of them was easy and his goal was just sublime. It’s strange that we talk of Owen and Martins being in competition because Martins created the goal for Owen and was also mobbed by his Newcastle team mates after Michael scored. It shows the good will in the side when you see that sort of thing. We think they’ll both become better players at Newcastle because of their rivalry – if indeed it is a rivalry. Michael also talks about the buzz that’s in the Newcastle squad – because of the anticipation of having a good season. Michael’s a good lad and in retrospect we were probably a little hard on him during the summer.
Michael Owen – coming into his very best goal-scoring form for Newcastle
- Sam spoke to the Newcastle United web-site after the game and gave his assessment of the game. The game certainly should have been wrapped up by half time much like the Bolton game was – but we missed chances and had absolutely no luck at all. But the lads kept going and Sam was very pleased. He also pointed out it was a touch of real quality from Owen and Martins to get the goal with only 3 minutes to go. Owen looked sharp yesterday as did Newcastle overall – and if we continue playing like this we are going to be 4-0 up at half time against some unlucky team when we do get some luck.
Sam Allardcye – game should have been over by half time but still good performance
- Just a great story about Mike Ashley’s celebrations following the win against Bransley on Wednesdy night. Turns out he and Chris Mort went to a local night-club in the Bigg Market and was refused entry because his attire wasn’t suitable. He was wearing the famous black and white stripes of the club he owns. Needless to say the dress code at the club was changed for that particular night (good call by the owner) and Mike bought everybody there (300) a drink on him. Best story I’ve read in a while – we try to put a comedic twist on it. By the way it’s just a great thing that Mike is always seen wearing the strip – and doesn’t he seem to enjoy himself – good for him.
Mike Ashley – wearing his business dress of late, does he ever get it laundered?
- Our new site has been nominated for ‘Best Sports Blog’ as part of the Bloggers Choice Awards. If you would like to vote for us you can do so here. You can also browse through other nominations you can vote for.
Ahmed Bilal’s site SoccerLens was also nominated and you can vote for Ahmed’s site here.
I don’t know too much about these awards to be honest and certainly don’t consider myself a professional journalist – I’m a dedicated Newcastle fan writing about the club I’ve supported all my life after finally retiring – and loving it.
- Finally here’s some choice football quotes – today from the lips of Kevin Keegan – to lighten up the day 😀
“Young Gareth Barry, you know, he’s young.” – Kevin Keegan
“You can’t do better than go away from home and get a draw” – Kevin Keegan
“Despite his white boots, he has real pace” – Kevin Keegan
“Heâ€™s got a heart as big as his size, which isnâ€™t big, but his heartâ€™s bigger than that.” – Kevin Keegan
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