We have a number of Newcastle’s players today talking about Newcastle, their good start to the season, and just how strong our squad appears to be this season.
Andrew Carroll plays his first game tonight for the England Under-19 team against Belarus at Nottingham – we wish Andy the very best.
We also report again on the rather odd Emre comment about wanting to leave Newcastle – we’ve had lots of comments on the article so fans seem interested in what’s happening with Emre.
- We had a late story yesterday where Sam Allardyce discussed his first 3 months in the job and said he was very pleased with where Newcastle are now and the start the club has made to the season. Sam seems pleased that Chris Mort and Mike Ashley have basically supported him on everything he wanted and the three of them certainly seem to be on the same wavelength. The next think that needs to be accomplished is to ensure all 9 new players are bedded down quickly at Newcastle so we can get them playing good football quickly. We haven’t seen anything of Faye or Beye and only a single game from Enrique, and of course Joey Barton has been out injured with a metatarsal fracture for 6 weeks. Once all the players are acclimatized, Sam will have a very powerful side to choose from. We are starting to look forward to our games against the top 4 – just to see how we fare this season.
Sam Allardyce – pleased with Newcastle’s start to the season
- Good news for Andrew Carroll on his debut last night for the England Under-19 side. he scored after just 15 minutes in England’s comfortable 4-0 win over Belarus at the Notts County ground. That’s the first time Andy has played for his country and we hope he’ll make the squad for the 3 games coming up early next month as qualification for next year’s European Under-19 championships in the Czech Republic. We have to admit we are big fans of Andy and will see how he does at Preston this season. If he continues to develop as he has in the last year, we expect him to be challenging for a place next season in our first team – we think he’s that good.
- Quite a few of our players are playing today in various internationals:
Michael Owen, Alan Smith – England Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Russia (h) (Wembley)
David Rozehnal – Czech Republic Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Ireland (h) (Prague)
Shay Given – Republic of IrelandWed 12th Sep, 2007 v Czech Rep (a) (Prague)
Emre – Turkey Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Hungary (h) (Istanbul)
Charles Nâ€™Zogbia – France U21s Wed 12th Sep, 2007 v Malta (a) (Valetta)
Andrew Carroll – scored for the England Under-19 side 15 minutes into his debut
- Quite a few of our players are playing today in various internationals:
- Another great interview with one of the most popular young players at the club, Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia. Charles seems a changed man this season and is a lot more confident and positive about almost everything
He talked yesterday about Newcastle and suggested there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot consistently become a top 4 club that qualifies for the European Champions league every year. That has to be one of our goals and in youngsters Milner, Taylor and N’Zogbia we are well stocked with emerging young talent – that’s for sure. Charles is one of our favorite players and cannot believe just how good he has looked this season. But we think a lot of his good form and attitude is down to manager supreme Big Sam Allardyce – who can get the best out of any player it seems.
Whiz kid Charles N’Zogbia – so positive about things this season – a breath of fresh air
- We have an excellent interview with Chris Mort today from the Evening Chronicle. Chris really echoes what Sam said in that the club is very happy with their transfer business over the summer and now it’s time to ensure we can get the best out of the current squad. Chris also talks about Mike Ashley who just wants to support Newcastle and is leaving the management of the club to Chris. We think Mort is very well suited to the job and obviously an excellent young businessman. Certainly the way things are going, Newcastle United will soon be one of the best run clubs in England and there are definite signs that our global fan support is on the rise. You’d all be surprised how many fans there are for instance over here in the USA. Anyway – not to get carried away (again) – the Newcastle management has done so very well the last 3 months and long may it continue.
Chairman Chris Mort – very happy with summer transfer business Newcastle completed
- What’s being discussed on our Newcastle United Blog?
Here’s some of the recent and popular discussions going on:
- A new discussion just started on the England Russia game on Wednesday
- Discussion of the next league game with Derby County at Pride Park
- Will Michael Owen be as good as before he was injured?
- What’s Newcastle’s Best Back Four Combination?
- We have a story today on whether Newcastle are interested in Ze Maria, the former Brazilian international defender, who can play right back or right wing back. This was news earlier in the week but today it looks like he’s on trial for a week at Sheffield United – so there is now some doubt as to whether Newcastle were ever interested. In the piece we’re not particularly interested since we’d like to see some younger players in the squad. How about signing a 20 year old up and coming player – one for the future – if Sam can get them at a good price. With Sam’s excellent judgement on players, that would be a decent gamble to take, we think.
Ze Maria – former Brazilian International and now free agent – looking for a club
- We have an article on what Robbie Keane, Ireland’s captain, thinks of his goalkeeper, Shay Given. Simply put, he puts Shay as the best goalkeeper he has ever seen and even seems to rank him above today Czech Republic goalkeeper, Petr Cech, who many now consider the best in the world, alongside Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon. Certainly it seems like Shay played well at the weekend and they have a really difficult game today against the Czech Republic and David Rozehnal in Prague.
Shay Given – Robbie Keane thinks Shay is the best goalkeeper he’s ever seen
- We look at what Sam Allardcye has said about Emre’s strange outburst about wanting to leave Newcastle in January for his old club Galatasaray. It seems strange to use that Emre made the statement since he still has 3 years left on the 5 year contract he signed when he joined Newcastle in July, 2005. While he’s good when he plays, Emre is blighted by injuries, and has played only about half of Newcastle’s games in the last two years. Sam doesn’t think what he said is a big deal and pointed out he’s going nowhere in the 4 months. We cannot believe Sam is particularly happy about Emre’s comments and think the Turk will find that out when he gets back to the club later this week.
Emre – strange statement from Turkish international Emre
- For those of you residing outside England and Europe here are the highlights of England’s fine win against Israel. It includes Michael’s great goal from just outside the box that gave the Israel goalkeeper no chance. A good performance by the English lads and now we need a win on Wednesday against an in-form Russia side. Then everything in the garden will be rosy – as they say
Shaun Wright Philips - scoring an opportunist goal for England on Saturday
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“There’s a snap about Liverpool that just isn’t there.” – Ron Atkinson
“I haven’t counted, obviously, but I reckon I’ve lost over a year and a half of my career through injury so far.” – Jamie Redknapp
“Robert Lee was able to do some running on his groin for the first time.” – Glenn Hoddle
“Michael Owen is a goalscorer – not a natural born one, not yet, that takes time.” – Glenn Hoddle
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