Newcastle Cut Ties With Babayaro

Celestine Babayaro has played his last game for Newcastle United, and that will not worry most Newcastle fans.


Celestine Babayaro – injured since March of this year

Newcastle United and the Nigerian international announced today, that they have come to an agreement and the club will pay up the 29-year-old left back’s contract, which apparently is due to run out at the end of next season.

Babayaro has been out injured since March, first of all with a groin injury, and then lately when he played one Reserve game, he hurt his back and has again been on the injury list.

To say Babayaro is injury prone is a huge understatement, and he played just 66 games for Newcastle in his time at the club, which is now close to three years, since Graeme Souness paid £1M for him in January of 2005.

But since Sam and the new regime have been here, it has been fairly clear his time was up at the club, as we look to bring in better and more motivated players. We would also expect Stephen Carr to be next to be moved out during the January transfer window, and also Shola Ameobi looks to us he will move on, as Newcastle look to bring in some new players next month.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Gib Steve

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats better news than a signing. Time we got rid of the dead wood. No messing from now on!!

  • Bill F

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    I remember his first game for us and I thought wow what a good buy. Just goes to show first impressions can be deceptive, shame though.

  • Indian toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #3

    good luck in the scottish league baba.

  • Savic Vladimir

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    And he played just 66 games for Newcastle in his time at the club, which is now close to three years.

    Owen or Baba ???

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Is this move as astute as it first seems? We are still paying his wages until 2009, and we don’t seem to want any tranfer money for him. This is what I’ve deducted from the story, am I right? Surely we must be getting something from him. He could still turn out for the stiffs, at least he would be doing something for his wages.

  • yh

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s practically useless.

  • Nobby!

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #7


  • Willowtoon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #8

    What we don’s want is to have to pay medical bills etc. How much has that cost since last march……

    Alos his negativity will not be needed around the place. It is better to get rid. No one wants to purchase him so decision write off his wages as a loss this year and move forward

    We don’t have to worry about going bust these days. It is a well run business with a wealthly benefactor behind us.

    Come on the tooooooooooooon

  • steve

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    @savic – you’re having a laugh, no way will Owen play that many games in three years (unless they’re for England) 🙂

  • Bosck

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    i know some people will say we should have tried to get some money for him, but given how long he’s been out injured i doubt there’d have been many takers willing to pay for him. someone may now pick him up on a free tho.

  • Leo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #11

    his first few games were realy good. he had great positional sence, but i think motivation went and he realised that he still gets paid if he is injured, and just thought bugger it, you only live once, lets enjoy the bars and clubs, and duely rang keiron dyer and went out to get sloshed

    i dont think carr will go this january, i think we will wait till summer at the earliest to get rid.

    but its a disgrace that there isnt protection for clubs against players like him who are not working for their money, he doesnt deserve the rest of his contract paid off.

    fair do’s to him playing after the death of his brother though, for that i wouldnt want any bad on him,(playing in the scotish league haha)


    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Bye bye baba.He had to go i mean fair enough his first few matches were ok.But that stupid split leg tackle and if u got passed him he took an eternity to get up,lucky we had woodgate behind him.Another great souness signing and only an 8th value of boumsong! Shiver….

  • Hadrian

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #13

    good move , lets everyone know that we wont accept arseholes taking us for a ride like baba has , he’s had no intention of getting fit , he’s been laughing all the way to the bank with us , best to get rid of the lazy bugger and send a message out at the same time.

  • Grunde

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #14


  • Graham

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Headline on News Now website…

    Nigerian defender Babayaro set for Newcastle exit Yahoo! US 15:49

    Very apt indeed!

  • Tripp

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m gutted. He was our best player. 😉

  • ToonKing

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #17

    i can already see him pull a Bernard and come back in a couple of years 🙂

  • scott 9

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #18

    thank god he shit

  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 10, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Remember Souness’s comments about getting ‘real players’ into the team – then he bought Baba, Boumsong and Faye. 11.5 million down the drain.

    Glad he’s gone – I don’t wish him well as he has ripped this club and the supporters off.

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 10, 2007 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t let the leather recliner hit you on the way out.


  • toonfan1

    Dec 10, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #21

    does any1 remember a good display from our nigerian friend? probably the worst signing made for a few years as well as faye, boumsong, marcelino obviously but babayaro has to be up the top of the list. out with a groin strain from march until november. pulling my leg and his its looks as well

  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 10, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #22

    I do wonder, since he’s been ‘injured,’ if we get anything towards his pay-off from insurance.?

  • toonbully

    Dec 10, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Baba gets in my toon XI of overpaid underachievers … Baba ,Marcelino , Amdy Faye , Boumsong , and i’m afraid owen has to go in there until he gets his arse off the bench and plays solidly for the last 20 games ……

  • toonbully

    Dec 10, 2007 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #24

    then there was Alain Goma , Didier Domi , Guivarc’h , Ferguson who cost £8m and was mostly injured ,
    Silvio Maric, and PAUL bloody DALGLISH , the manager’s son , were we duped on that one or what , Just looking for a crap expensive toon keeper to make the eleven , GOT ANY IDEAS ANYONE ???

  • ToonKing

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #25

    sorry toonbully i think we’ll have to put Viana or Gavilan between the posts, they surely fit the team.

  • Bill f

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t forget that other Scouse oap (not Barnesie, he was half decent) anybody remember Patterson a centre half. Not forgetting the Danish plonker Tommasson.

  • Graham

    Dec 11, 2007 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Bill f – just look at what that plonker went onto achieve with the like of ac milan. When he was at newcastle he was doing what a few of the players are doing at the minute – playing out of position so i dont think he should be in there.

    But Andreas Anderson – theres one for the scrapbook

  • Bill F

    Dec 11, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #28

    Graham, you are right he did but I don’t know if you ever watched him but he never looked comfortable and I think it was more the players around him that made him look better. Where is he now.

    Anderson always looked as if he was going to be good but it just didn’t happen.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 11, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Tommasson is now at Villareal and doing pretty good..


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