Good news for Charles N’Zogbia during the last 24 hours. Late yesterday afternoon he was picked in the France Under-21 squad to play a couple of games in the European Under-21 championships in the next 10 days, the first game being against Wales on Friday.
Then today Charles signed a new and improved 5 year contract at the club. Great news for Charles and for Newcastle fans – who have always had a soft spot for Charles. His play this season has been absolutely first rate.
Now we have James Milner and Charles signed to the club for the next 5 years. Our new management certainly doesn’t let the grass grow under it’s feet do they? Not sure we have tied down Steven Taylor yet – and trust we are working on that one.
The Newcastle management have done excellently along with Sam of course, these last 3 months, and we think within a year or so, Newcastle United will be acknowledged as one of the best run clubs in the business.
What a change that will be – but a nice one.
- More excellent news for Newcastle fans this morning with the signing of a new 5 year contract by Charles N’Zogbia, probably Newcastle’s best performer this season. By Charles’ own admission he was ready to leave Newcastle at the end of last season. That was because he didn’t get on with then manager Glenn Roeder, who seemed to hold the then 20 year-old responsible for some of Newcastle’s woeful performances. We think that was because Roeder was unwilling to confront the real culprits – his older “stars”.
Charles’ whole attitude changed when Sam Allardyce joined the club and whatever Sam did has worked 100% because Charles is now showing his best form ever at the club, having been signed by Sir Bobby Robson in September, 2004 when only 18 years-old. Great signing Bobby!
Charles N’Zogbia – expected to get first France Under-21 cap on Friday against Wales
- We have one of our first polls for a little while today. We ask you to select where we will finish this season. Now that we know the squad at least until January it seems a good time to conduct that poll. We’ll see fairly quickly where our readers think we’ll end up this season. The minimum for this season must be European qualification.
- A good story today quoting Alan Smith, who talks about his past career and how much he is enjoying things at Newcastle. We ask the very important question:
How come Smith is wearing owner Mike Ashley’s shirt?
Apparently Alan has taken some stick in Newcastle’s dressing room ever since owner and billionaire Mike Ashley turned up at the Middlesbrough wearing the number 17 shirt with Alan Smith on the back. Alan tells us the rumors are not true that Mike is his father.
By the way, do you know why Mike is wearing shirt number 17 ?
Because he can wear any shirt he wants to.
Alan Smith – still wearing Mike Ashley’s Newcastle shirt
- We run some comments from Big Sam on Michael Owen’s rehabilitation program. Turns out Michael is doing exercises as part of his daily regimen to ensure he doesn’t get injured again. He will follow this specific program for the rest of his football career. We don’t think this is surprising and we suggest other players who seem habitually injured be put on similar, but specific programs for them. Stephen Carr and Mark Viduka for their hamstrings and something is badly needed for Babayaro, who always seems out injured.
Michael Owen - on specially designed exercise program for the rest of his career
- Sam Allardyce talks about his last two transfer captures, Senegalese players Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye. Sam obviously rates both players highly and he talks about what each will bring to the squad. Sam certainly know his players and also how he will use them in the team – before he even brings them in. Not sure we’re used to this much planning and common sense at Newcastle yet – but we’ll get used to it
Sam Allardyce – knows how he will use players before he even signs them
- We published a story late yesterday afternoon on Sam’s continual success in the transfer market. He seems to spot players who others overlook. Whoever he brings in seems to be suited for the Premier league but that’s probably because he brings in big players. Every defender he has singed this year are over 6′ except Beye – who is 0.5″ short of that height. We think Sam will continue to bring bargain buys into Newcastle, since he’s been doing this for years, and is unlikely to stop now.
Sam Allardyce – will continue to bring bargain buys into Newcastle
- Excellent news yesterday for the club and Charles N’Zogbia as he is called up for the France Under-21 squad for games in the 2009 European U21 Championships, against Wales in Grenoble on Friday and away to Malta in Valetta next Wednesday. Charles has been in outstanding form this season and has probably been Newcastle’s best player in their early games. We always wondered why he wasn’t a regular in the France Under-21 side until you remember that Franck Ribery occupied the left wing role for the French Under-21 side over the last few seasons. (Ribery signed for Beyern Munich over the summer). However, Charles has shown he can play left-back and central midfield in addition to left-wing so it will be interesting to see where France plays him on Friday – we expect him to get fist first Under-21 cap then, and he fully deserves it.
Charles N’Zogbia – making debut for France Under-21 team on Friday? Hope so
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- Finally here’s some choice football quotes – to lighten up the day
“Don’t forget this club nearly went out of extinction last year.” – Alan Smith
“We played well for the first 90 minutes.” – Joe Royle
“Of their goals, two came from headers and one was a header.” – Joe Royle
“Nearly all the Brazilian supporters are wearing yellow shirts – it’s a fabulous kaleidoscope of color.” – John Motson
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