A couple of good interviews with Sam today.
First one has Sam talking for the first time on the contract dispute the club are in with Steven Taylor. Sam thinks it was a good offer but seems determined to get this sorted out as quickly as possible.
Big Sam also talks about Michael Owen and how good he has looked recently and is just so happy one of the big four clubs didn’t get him for only â‚¤9M in the summer.
- We had a late story on Emre getting injured in their 3-0 win over Hungary. Emre missed our last game against Wigan and probably shouldn’t have played. It must be very frustrating for Big Sam because he has hardly seen Emre in action and we’re sure we pay him a lot of money. The injury coupled with Emre’s statement that he wanted to leave Newcastle cannot have pleased his boss.
Emre – injured again playing for Turkey
- We have the goals video from the England Russia game on Wednesday for those who didn’t see the game on Wednesday. The game was not shown over here in the USA although Scotland’s win 1-0 over France was. It was an unbelievable game and performance from the Scotland defense.
Michael Owen – his goals plus the assist for Ferdinand’s goal are on the video
- We have an excellent interview with Sam Allardyce talking about Michael Owen and what a great striker he still is. In fact with better training techniques and strengthening some of Michael’s injury weaknesses sees Sam think Michael can get even better. Certainly we would all hope Michael can stay fit this season – that’s the main focus. If we can keep him fit then it’s obvious he’s going to bang in the goals. Sam talk about the â‚¤9M release clause and how some of the big clubs seem to have missed an opportunity to get Owen on the cheap – not anymore.
Sam Allardyce- thinks Michael can get fitter and better
- Sam talks today for the first time on Steven Taylor’s contract which he calls a very good offer for one so young. Like most Newcastle officials Sam was not happy the contract disagreements were leaked to the press by Steven’s father Alf. Looks like both Sam and Chris Mort will get involved to hammer out a deal with Alf Taylor, who is acting as Steven’s agent in the talks. We hope it gets sorted out quickly.
Steven Taylor – Sam thinks contract offer to the youngster is a very good one
- Joey Barton is now back in light training and is scheduled to begin full training with the squad in about a week. This should put him ready to play in the Manchester City game at Eastlands at the end of September. We have missed Joey’s creativity in midfield and we think he’ll give us another dimension when he returns to the side. It definitely looks like competition for places is heating up.
Joey Barton – back in full training in about a week
- What’s being discussed on our Newcastle United Blog?
Here’s some of the recent and popular discussions going on:
- What Difference Will Joey Barton Make in Midfield
- Discussion of the next league game with Derby County at Pride Park
- Will Michael Owen be as good as before he was injured?
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- Here’s some choice football quotes. These are to lighten up the day
“My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about seven.” – David Beckham
“Itâ€™s going to be difficult for me – I’ve never had to learn a language and now I do.” – David Beckham
“It is a title decider. But it’s not going to decide any titles just yet.” – Michael Owen
- Finally this is another heads-up that we’ve added some new statistics to try to compare how we are doing this year to previous seasons. We thank one of readers, Simon, for suggesting this via the contacts form. The league table doesn’t tell the whole story since it depends on which teams we have played to date. We have added a page that compares our results this season with the last two seasons. As an example for the Bolton game away we’ll look at how we did in the previous two seasons and put the points we got. Once we meet a promoted team (like Derby on Monday) we’ll compare them with a specific relegated team from last season. It seems to give a quick snapshot as to how we are doing relative to the last two seasons. Here’s the table as it stands now after our first 4 games – we’re not too much better as it turns out.
Fixture 05-06 06-07 07-08 Bolton - A 0 0 3 Aston Villa - H 1 3 1 Middlesbrough - A 3 0 1 Wigan - H 3 3 3 TOTAL Points 7 6 8