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Babayaro – Time Is Up at Newcastle

2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

We have wondered openly how it takes Celestine Babayaro 7 months to recover from a groin strain.

But that’s how long Babayaro has been out injured since suffering a groin strain in early March. He is now finally back in training at the club.

But we’re not sure Big Sam will bother much with Celestine, whose contract is up in the summer, because we don’t think he’s shown the determination or character that Big Sam demands from his players.

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Celestine Babayaro - not enough desire or character shown to be an Allardyce player

But Big Sam told the Chronicle today:

“He is no longer injured and he’s training.” “But having not played competitively for such a long time he is short of match fitness.

“This now is the last go at it for Celestine.”

There’s no questioning Babayaro’s ability after a successful career with Chelsea but it’s his desire to play that we’ve always questioned. His appearance record for Newcastle since Graeme Souness signed him in January 2005 has been abysmal, and that’s being kind.

Babayaro is believed to earn in the region of £35K per week at Newcastle, and he is currently out of favor with the Nigerian international side following a long-standing rift with his home association. It wouldn’t surprise us if he is not be selected for the upcoming African Cup.

However, Newcastle will lose other Africans like Oba Martins, Geremi, Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye for up to six weeks from the start of January. Big Sam continued:

“ “There is a possibility that we may need Celestine in January.” “We’ll have four players away at the African Nations then.”

“But we have to get him match fit and then keep him that way.”

“The squad will be short in January and we will need all of what we do have left to stay fit after what will have been a grueling December program.”

We just don’t think Celestine is worth bothering with at the new Newcastle, and he will leave when his contract expires next summer. We also expect another perennial injured player to also leave then – Irishman Stephen Carr. The loss of these two will at least ease the wages bill so we can bring in more committed and better players to the club.

Comments welcome.



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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hammy // Oct 16, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Babyaro is a total waste of space, when he first arrived at the toon I thought that it was a good piece of business……as it transpires it was…FOR HIM!!
    Unfortunately most of his best moves have come on the dancefloors of the local night clubs. Last of the bling boys…..
    Must be on most fans list for the chop….

  • 2 gordon // Oct 16, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    If they get that polish guy then good riddance.

  • 3 Cockney Magpie // Oct 16, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Im sure he is on his way out so i would like to take this moment to say although he wasn’t a world class left back there was a time when we needed him and we were grateful to have him so like i feel with every player that represents NUFC i would like to say thanks and wish babs good luck for the future

  • 4 Graham // Oct 16, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Gordon – the Polish bloke who’s fitting out my ketchen at the minute wouldn’t do any worse than Babayaro – he makes a cracking cuppa as well!

  • 5 Graham // Oct 16, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Lee Rder at The Chronicle says that he’s drinking in the last chance saloon – that must be the new one on the quayside!!!

  • 6 steve // Oct 16, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    he’ll prob play out of his skin in Jan in order to get a new contract, tho as soon as he gets it he’ll no doubt get injured for the rest of the season and probably the next

  • 7 Ed Harrison // Oct 16, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Graham – I saw that :D and there isn’t one on the quayside so perhaps Lee is sending a message to Babayaro :D

  • 8 Bill F // Oct 16, 2007 at 3:35 PM

    I agree with Hammy I thought he was brilliant in his first game for us but that seems to be the zenith of his career afraid it’s been downhill since then. I wonder if he would have been better under Sam from the beginning don’t think the management of the time did him any favours, look at Zog.

  • 9 Rich // Oct 16, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Graham – that was a cracker bout the polish guy fitting ur kitchen doing a better job. Anyone could be better than babayaro, fancy rolling back the years ed?

  • 10 leo // Oct 16, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    is this baba ‘he is behind you’ bloody yaro

    waste of space totally.

  • 11 Toon Chicken // Oct 16, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Who’s this Polish guy everyone keeps talking about – his name’s not Sheen is it?

  • 12 Rich // Oct 16, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    dont think so could be lord sheridan tho!

  • 13 ssdd // Oct 16, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    get him out and bring the young lad from real madrid!

  • 14 Stocksy // Oct 16, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Thank god….I will be celebrating big time when Baba leaves the Toon….wouldnt surprise me if I bump into him whilst out on the beers in the Toon.

    He must be laughing at us big time…..a reported £35K a week for a bottler with no heart.

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Oct 16, 2007 at 11:20 PM

    35? i heard it was 60k

  • 16 Tom from Aus // Oct 16, 2007 at 11:53 PM

    he is a waaste of space, ill be happy to see him go. but where will he go?

  • 17 MN // Oct 17, 2007 at 6:29 AM

    Ed, can you show us where we can find out information about the weekly wages of the players? its a shame when we talk about wages in weekly terms for footballers but for commoners like us, it is in annual or monthly terms….. that’s life i guess….

  • 18 Steely // Oct 17, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Ed – on a totally different note, I see that there is no story on your sight about the removal of Owen’s contract clause! How come so long to draft an article when you’ve usually jumped straight on the back of reports which suggested there was one there?

  • 19 Tony Blair // Dec 5, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Stop all that at Baba,

  • 20 Tony Blair // Dec 5, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Stop all that at Baba, He is good but Injury have stop so many things with him, Let’s pray for him, Stop being wicked and heartless with Baba.

    Always pray for peace and Baba is on 60kwages per week.

    Catch ya.




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