Well it’s just great to see Michael Owen scoring the goals again and what a goal he scored yesterday for England, in their crucial 3-0 win over Israel. Steve McClaren was rightly delighted not only at Owen but the other England players who delivered the goods yesterday and should be congratulated.
Now all we need is a good win against Russia on Wednesday and the whole atmosphere surrounding the England team will lift. England have slipped 6 places in the latest FIFA ranking to 12th place – Brazil has regained the number 1 spot, just in front of Argentina with Italy in 3rd place.
It’s good news for Newcastle as Owen starts to regain his world-class finishing and we cannot wait to see him in action again for Newcastle. If nothing else he will attract lots of attention from our opponents defenses, which can open up chances for our other goal-scorers.
- Good news today that Chairman Chris Mort will meet with Steven Taylor’s father to sort out the contract difficulties that his father has over Newcastle’s proposed contract. The news says that Newcastle will offer an improved contract and we think the skill and professionalism of Chris will see a solution very quickly. It’s obvious Steven wants to play for Newcastle as he’s just dedicated his England captaincy to all involved at Newcastle United – and he’s a proud boy and right to do that. So it’s important for both parties to reach agreement as quickly as possible, and we’re sure that’s what will happen.
Stephen Taylor – we expect Alf Taylor and Chris Mort to reach contract agreement quickly
- Michael Owen continues to look sharper with every game and what a great goal he scored yesterday for England in their impressive 3-0 win over Israel. Michael is slowly returning to his predatory best and now has a goal in each of his last 3 games. He missed a few chances again but he gets himself into those positions like nobody else can and one day he’s going to get a lot of goals – all in one game. We think Michael has shown excellent character during difficult times over the last year. His form of late is just what Newcastle fans want to see – Michael scoring goals again. We also feel that we are beginning to understand Michael better – he certainly doesn’t say too much to the press and wants to do his talking with goals on the field – good for him.
Michael Owen – wonderful 38th goal for England yesterday against Israel
- We have a report on the other Newcastle players in action yesterday. David Rozehnal looked very solid for the Czech republic in their easy 3-0 win over San Marino. Shay Given seems to have a great game for Ireland against Slovakia but unfortunately Slovakia equalized deep into injury time. That’s essentially a loss of 2 points for Ireland and it will make it difficult for them to qualify for the finals next year. That’s a shame because they also just failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany last year.
A surprise to us was that Emre played the full game for Turkey in their 2-2 draw with Malta. That’s good for Emre because it gives him match practice and hopefully he can now start to participate in Newcastle’s games. It will be interesting to see how he fares under big Sam – most other players have done very well for the manager.
Emre – played full game in Turkey’s 2-2 draw with Malta
- Great piece of news from our very likable new player from PSG – David Rozehnal. When Allardyce signed David he said David wasn’t just a good player but just a great person with an excellent attitude. That’s starting to show through. David has stated he wants to stay at Newcastle long term and we know his wife has delivered their first child so obviously David is thinking it’s time to settle in his football career. He’s picked the best club with Newcastle to do that – so he’s also very bright 😀
David has signed a 4 year contract so we see no reason to extend it right now but it’s nice to see some of your best players saying in the press how much they love playing at and for Newcastle. Our image as a football club is changing under manager Sam Allardcye and chairmen Chris Mort – both of whom have done fantastic jobs for the club in a very short 3 months – and we know there’s more to come.
David Rozehnal – loving it at Newcastle and wants to settle down long term
- We have a piece on Shola Ameobi coming out of comments manager Sam Allardyce made about him. Shola is now fit so if he’s going to really come out of his shell this season is crucial for him. His hip is now fine but one thing he has to do to cement his place at Newcastle is score more goals – that’s been his problem over the years. He has 46 goals in 226 appearances for Newcastle including 132 starts. The goals to games ratio is just not good enough. Sam believes he can play for England and if McClaren is bringing players like Heskey back we think Shola would be a better choice – especially when he has shown he links up well with Michael..
Shola Ameobi – needs to add more goals to his game to become the real thing
- We take an opportunity over the weekend to run a poll on Who Should Be Newcastle’s Goalkeeper? We’ll look at the results Monday morning but we know some feelings amongst fans have been running high so please let’s have your vote . we got just short of 1,000 votes on our last poll.
Shay Given – outstanding in his 10 years as Newcastle goalkeeper
- Here’s our piece of a couple of days ago when the Steven Taylor contract dispute broke.The deal also included a 3 year option and his father, Alf Taylor, who is acting as Steven’s agent said the offer was totally unacceptable. That will come as a big surprise to Geordie fans and we don’t think the club can win this one.
Take a read of the article from yesterday.
Steven Taylor – in contract dispute with Newcastle
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- Finally here’s some choice football quotes. These are to lighten up the day 😀
“Are you in a library or what?!” – Stuart Pearce, on the crowd being quiet
“I know where he should have put his flag up, and he’d have got plenty of help.” – Ron Atkinson at Stamford Bridge
“Once Tony Daley opens his legs youâ€™ve got a problem.” – Howard Wilkinson
“I never comment on referees and Iâ€™m not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat.”Â Â Â -Â Â Ron Atkinson
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