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Habib Beye Demands Win Tomorrow

5:56 pm, Friday, September 28th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Habib Beye is not at all surprised at what Sven Eriksson has already achieved at Manchester City, since he thinks Sven is a top coach, particularly at club level.

Eriksson is in the dog-house in England right now but if you look at England’s record under him it’s extremely good – but it’s just that we never progressed beyond the quarter-finals in any World Cup or European Championships with him as England manager.

We think Sven’s got a bit of a raw deal from the press – but which England manager hasn’t?

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Habib Beye – thinks Newcastle must win tomorrow to overtake opponents Manchester City

The new Newcastle right-back believes Newcastle United can overtake Eriksson’s third-placed side at the City of Manchester Stadium tomorrow. We’ll need to be at our very best to do that – good in defense which we fully expect – but we need to be sharper in attack, which has let us down a bit in the past. But it’s a good time to change that tomorrow.

Man City have a perfect home record so far this season – hey that’s another reason to do really well – but the City side are almost unrecognizable from their team of last season.

Here’s what Habib Beye said today:

“It’s not a big surprise that Sven-Goran Eriksson has done a great job so far.”

“He’s a big coach and an important manager in football, especially with clubs. Manchester City have a good team and a good manager.”

Beye had his biggest test in English football on Tuesday night, when Newcastle were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. When half time came the commentators noted that he looked leaden-legged as he trudged off at the break. But to be fair to Habib he stuck to his task like most (if not all) of the Newcastle players, but we were up against a top top side.

Beye had to defend against both 18 year-old Theo Walcott and the outstanding 17 year-old Armand Traore, and it’s a good job Beye has a bit of speed in his repertoire to combat the two young speed and skill merchants. We think Beye will be that much better that much more quickly because of Tuesday’s experience.

Habib added:

“We were very disappointed to lose at Arsenal, but we know we can recover with a good result at Manchester City.”

“They are doing very well this season, but we’re in fifth and we would like to overtake them. If want to do that, we must beat them.”

We have to say it’s very pleasant to report on the interviews with players from Newcastle’s current squad – they all seem so positive and upbeat and mentally strong. We like Beye a lot and his first game against West Ham last week had him high in the actim ratings, which we know Sam uses a lot both to assess his current players and when he is looking for new players to bring in.

Comments very welcome.



Tags: Habib Beye · Newcastle News · Players



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Obafan // Sep 28, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Good interview with Beye. He’s spot on by saying that they need to win tomorrow if they want to progress in the league. We all know last Tuesday was a very tough game for us and we were beaten by a fantastic Arsenal squad. Some of us say it was Arsenal B, but I think lots of these youngster would be in first team action if they wer in another team in the EPL, so for me it was not a shame to lose. I rate Man City not that high as Arsenal last Tuesday, aand i think we can beat them 1-2.

    If our defence looks solid then we can do it in the Stadium of Light.

  • 2 Dragoner // Sep 28, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    people dont have much faith in us getting anything from the game tomorrow, but i feel sams defensive, physical tactics are perfect for tomorrow, Man City are newto the passing, possession style play and i feel we can simply disrupt their game and hit them on the break, Dunne and Richards aren’t back to their defensive best yet, we have every chance of gettin a win tomorrow, and i expect at least a draw

  • 3 MattyS // Sep 29, 2007 at 12:10 AM

    I watched Beye for most of the game against West Ham ( Bar 1892 section of Milburn stand at the Leazes end, so he was right in front of us for most of the second half) . I and the entire group of fans around me all realised that we have found our RB for the next few years. He looks a fantastic player. Great and sensible tackler, and can/will get forward when he doesn’t have to mark 2 players all day. Sorry, but put Smith up forward as at RW he is no good positionally (has a go, no question but isn’t a natural winger), think Geremi may be better out there?? Besides Viduka we looked so much better with Zog and Milner in wide positions.

    Of course he is going to be tired at the end of a half after playing a game on Sunday, then Tuesday when he is still short of some match fitness has to play against Walcott (talk about quick) and tricky Traore. Will be one of the best buys of the year in the whole EPL.

    In January we should find a young upcoming RB to be tutored by Beye and the other experienced players.

    At first I thought Carr would be ok, and the injuries were the problem but now the technical ability of the premiership has gone up a level throughout and he has lost a yard of place, he is better off in the SPL or the Championship, where you CAN rugby tackle players (sorry cynically break down play is what I should have said)!

  • 4 malaysian youngster // Sep 29, 2007 at 1:39 AM

    geremi can be box to box player. i think he play very well when he was with boro.let faye become defensive mid.

  • 5 Lamesley Mag // Sep 29, 2007 at 8:34 AM

    Beye was impressive against WHU, becoming more matchfit with every EPL game played. He looks the part in defense and attack and should be our RB for the next few seasons.

    Expect Carr to leave in January and if we don’t have an understudy in reserves (do we?) we need to bring in a youngster for Beye to mentor over the next few years……

  • 6 sean // Sep 29, 2007 at 8:41 AM

    if we win 2day then that will 3 points on the board adn we’ll be 3rd with a game in hand and it will settle the team down …i would realy like newcastle 2 win 2day i think ft-newcastle 2-0 city…. come on you toon




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