Habib Beye says Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce had been after him for some time, even when Sam was at Bolton.
Earlier in the summer Sam had talked to him about coming to Newcastle, when Sam was appointed manager in May.
Then late in August, after Stephen Carr was injured, Sam went after Beye again, and this time he was successful in getting the Marseilles captain to move to Tyneside.
Habib Beye – Sam and Premiership’s all action style convinced Senegalese on NewcastleÂ move
It was the Premiership’s all-action style that convinced the Senegalese international about moving from Olympique Marseille to Newcastle and the Premiership. He also was courted by a big Spanish club, who had also tried to sign him, but he thought the Spanish league too slow.
“It was important for me to play in the Premiership – Middlesbrough wanted me a few years ago – and I was even more certain of that after I had spoken to Sam,”
“I had contact with him early in the summer but I had a contract with Marseilles and it was difficult for me to leave because I was captain and we were in the Champions League.â€
“But I spoke to Sam again. He said: ‘I want you to come to Newcastle – you can be a very big player for me.â€
“Then I spoke with the club owner and my manager and I said I wanted to go to Newcastle because I’d played for Marseilles for four years, given my best for the club and, for me, it was better to go and test myself in an English team and in the Premiership.â€
“Sam also wanted me when he was at Bolton. It was very important for me that he had confidence in me.” “I had an offer to go to a big Spanish club, but the football there is too slow for me.â€
“After three games here, I’m very pleased with the choice I’ve made.”
Beye looks to have been a great acquisition by Sam and is still fairly young, turning 30 years old in October. Along with 21 year-old Jose Enrique we hope we have got two solid full backs now as part of our back four. Certainly Habib looks a no nonsense experienced player who has played for Marseilles in the Champions League.Â He has settled very well in both the Newcastle team and the Newcastle area.