Chris Mort All Ready for January

Newcastle will lose a number of their players such as Oba Martins, Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye and Geremi when the African Cup of Nations begins in January.

The tournament lasts three weeks, from January 20 until February 10, but players have to report to their respective countries a ridiculous two weeks before the tournament starts.

Chris Mort has already discussed how Newcastle will get through this period with manager Sam Allardyce.


Newcastle chairman Chris Mort deep in thought – how do we get through January?

Mort told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this afternoon:

“They are very important players to this team, and Sam and I have talked about just how we will get through that period.”

“We are developing a squad that should be capable of dealing with absentees, whether this is because of the African Cup of Nations or something else.”

“Inevitably, we will have our fair share of injuries and we are trying to put together a squad that can cope.”

“Some teams are affected more than others. Portsmouth have a big African contingent too, while Chelsea will lose the likes of Drogba, but most Premier League teams will suffer.”

One way to is to get the new players in during the January window as soon as possible, by already having the deals done by January 1st. While that will not be possible in all cases we’ve got to believe Chris and Sam are doing their homework, on which new players they want to draft into the squad in January.

Owen’s name will undoubtedly be bandied about come the January sales, even though Newcastle have no interest in selling and there is no release clause now in his contract. But no doubt the press will still publish headlines that Manchester City or whoever will bid for Michael. Let’s tell you now – it’s just a load of garbage.

Bur Mort went out of his way to express his admiration for the player and how he deals with all his publicity.

Chris added:

“I think Michael does incredibly well with things – if you look at the amount of column inches he receives, he does a brilliant job dealing with it.”

“There are a number of players in the country where this is going to be the case.” “They have the media following their every move. I’ve not talked to Michael about a contact extension.”

“We are enjoying seeing him fit and well again and performing well on the pitch. I don’t feel now is the right time to talk about extending his contract.”

“I think he just wants to get back to playing regular football.” “And it’s great to see him back on the pitch which is where we want him.”

Michael has to concentrate on getting back to his very sharpest and only games will do that. Michael’s now gone 6 games (following today’s derby draw with Sunderland) without a goal for Newcastle or England. Maybe Michael can break that duck with a goal in our next game at home against his former side Liverpool, in 2 weeks.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Leo

    Nov 10, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #1

    fat chance us getting anything against liverpool. they are sooo much better than us, im really gutted thinking about how we used to play under uncle bobby robson. and now we play dour football, us fans really dont deserve this. come on mort ashley alardyce get some pacy players in. and not just in the forward position… midfielders also please….

    dear santa

  • Leo

    Nov 10, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #2

    does the newcaslte united blog site have a page which lists all the different players we are rumoured to be looking at, would be a good addition.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Nov 10, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #3

    aye, under uncle bobby, Newcastle were much more interesting to watch…

  • Rich

    Nov 10, 2007 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Does anyone else think Kenwyne Jones would be a great player to replace Viduka, and partner Oba? 🙂

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 11, 2007 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #5

    BSA is trying to sort out the defense while also supporting midfield with defensive type players. We need a better mix in midfield and defenders who don’t make silly mistakes on a regular basis; i.e. Sunderland’s goal (or lead-up to goal) a prime example……..

    I would like to see the following type players, (with PL experience if possible) brought to Newcastle in January:

    Right Back – Cover for Beye during Jan/Feb, plus allowing us to move-on Carr
    Central Defense – Cover for Faye during Jan/Feb
    Left Back – Youngster allowing us to move-on Babayaro
    Right Winger – Competition with Milner
    Central Midfield – Some one who can open defences
    Centre Forward – Cover for Viduka as he’s injury prone, plus allowing us to move-on Ameobi

    So six players in; three players out in January!

    The players whom we should buy is another debate, but confident Ashley was given a few names before, during and after yesterdays game…….

  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Just hope he can prise open Ashleys wallet and make some good big quality signings. Starting perhaps with a good defensive coach as whoever is doing it now is bl**dy useless.

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Nov 11, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    I think Teddy McDermott must be our defensive-coach, cause hes been with us for so long now, like 50 years or so, and our defence has been sooo bad for so long too… 🙂

  • Nathan

    Nov 11, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s nothing to do with the coaching

    it’s the fact that we haven’t got a consistent line up

    no wonder we are winning some and getting dominated in others….

    anyway it seems Big Sam doesn’t play Oba anyway…Faye and Beye will be missed and it seems Geremi isn’t a starter anymore (thank god)

    so we want a defender ( a right back preferably) and I am tempted to say a CM but that area is already packed and I can’t see us signing another player to play there

  • Nathan

    Nov 11, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    I forgot to add, I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a couple of loan players in

  • Steeley

    Nov 11, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Brisbane Mag – absolutely bloody spot on!!!! I really couldnt agree more!!

    I reckon – from the pics of Ashley in crowd yesterday loving it – that he’s well up for investing in this club and I really cant see us going without in Jan.

  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    zogbia—emre–barton– milner

    i think the team still better than last year alot.see how good is sam on transfer window. but please be patient with sam. he is a manager who have alot of players wanted to play for him. he is the right manager.

  • Bucks1985

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #12

    January is certain to provide Sam Allardyce with an opportunity to purchase a number of ‘Sam Allardyce’ players; which could be seen as the definitive reason as to why the manager is seemingly incapable of getting the best out of the current squad at this moment in time. Although you have to say that the likes of N’Zogbia, Milner and Emre are all undoubted talents, would you define them as ‘Sam Allardyce’ players? Unfortunately, as talented as they are, I doubt that very much. Therefore, despite my belief that Sam Allardyce would be one raisin short of a fruitcake if he let go of these players in January, we are likely to see an influx of players that engage the, dare we say it, long-ball tactics that the manager is looking to employ at St. James’ Park.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Edmilson arrive for a nominal fee; so as to compensate for the loss of Faye in central defence whilst the Brazilian international is also well adapted to playing just infront of the back four. Furthermore, he is a very good friend of Cacapa having played together at Lyon before Edmilson left for the Nou Camp. Indeed, the arrival of Edmilson is likely to have a say as to whether another Brazilian arrives on the Tyne in January.

    Despite my belief that Juan Roman Riquelme would be a truly inspirational signing for Sam Allardyce, I am more inclined to suggest that the creative midfielder the manager is likely to acquire in January is none other than the Brazilian magician Juninho from Lyon. The midfielder has been known to be unhappy at the French champions having stormed out of a training session last month. Furthermore, his close ties with the likes of Edmilson and Cacapa is only likely to aid Sam Allardyce’s cause in bringing the playmaker to Newcastle United during the next transfer window.

    Another player we are likely to see is Eidur Gudjohnsen from Barcelona for a fee of around seven million pounds. With Mark Viduka’s continuing injury problems, Sam Allardyce is in need of a striker with similar attributes if the Australian’s trials in the treatment room are to continue. Furthermore, with the likely departure of Shola Ameobi to Norwich, it seems apparent that such an acquisition is all the more vital if the team is to continue with the long-ball tactics employed by the manager in charge. However, this is not to discount the quality of the player as we all know Gudjohnsen to be a class act that is already accustomed to the English game following successful periods at Bolton and Chelsea.

    With the likes of Babayaro, Carr, Pattison and Ameobi likely to depart in January, along with those departing for the African Nations Cup, others are likely to follow. Players that haven’t been mentioned before like Left-back Juan Pablo Sorin of Hamburg and Right-back Giorkas Seitaridis of Athletico Madrid are two players that I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam Allardyce will look at in January; having impressed in the World Cup 2006 and Euro 2004 respectively. Has anybody got any other suggestions for ‘Sam Allardyce’ players that are likely to be acquired in January? What are your thoughts on the likes of Edmilson, Juninho and Gudjohsen on Tyneside?

    All the best,

    Bucks x

  • Bill f

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Bucks 1985, I really hope you are right. Juninho is at the top of my wish list.

  • ryan magomu

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #14

    i think we are judging big sam too early.lets try and give him some time.i know we have a good squad.



    sm one talked about edgar.he needs time

  • Eve

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I’ll actually scream if he buy I don’t know by buying another old pall Jaaskelainen, which is absolutley pointless, we’ve allready got 2 outstanding keepers. Both of which, especially Given are better then him. If he buys Jaaskelainen one of them, if not both will leave and while he’s at it, why not buy another forward or two.
    Surely Sam isn’t that he??

    Hopefully he wont mess with it and hopefully he’ll make some decent buys. that we actually need.


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