Woodgate Confusion


After seemingly choosing Newcastle United over Tottenham, Kevin Keegan said today that he did not expect Jonathan Woodgate to come to Newcastle United after all, and he was very disappointed.

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Jonathan Woodgate – Keegan says he’s not coming back to Tyne-side

We had expected Woodgate to be signing for Newcastle over the weekend, after reports today had said he had chosen Newcastle over Tottenham. But that looks as though it may not be the case, in fact the opposite may be true.

Kevin Keegan, the new Newcastle manager told Sky Sports after the 3-0 defeat today at eh Emirates:

“I’m almost certain he’s going to move somewhere else – it looks like we’ve lost him and I’m very disappointed.”

“You cast your bait on the end of the line. Sometimes you catch the fish and sometimes you don’t.”

“But it doesn’t look like he’s going to come.”

Newcastle had agreed a fee of about £8M for the 28-year-old, who used to play at St James’ Park – and it was understood talks were taking place today.

But if Jonathan doesn’t want to come, so be it – we only want players who want to come and play for the new Newcastle United under Keegan.

On the positive side, Brazilian Claudio Cacapa had his best display of the season today, and we also have Abdoulaye Faye, who can play well at center-back. And Woody would only have been fit for about half the games in a season – but the truth is, we still would have preferred him to come back to Newcastle.

Bur we’ll just have to push on – and maybe that means it’s an opportunity for somebody else to come in – but with only 5 days left now of the transfer window, we wonder if we’ll get anybody in. 🙁

Comments welcome.


53 comments so far

  • Chris

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Well I for one am not bothered. He’s just another sicknote and probably wanted loads of money for sitting on his arse!

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  • awc88

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #2

    woodgate is ten times the player cacapa is an everybit as good as taylor and the fact we cant convince him to come here shows we really are just not a big club anymore and that we wont get anyone in and that the top 4 plus spurs man city an everton are years ahead of us, that coupled with ashleys obvious reluctance to spend any real money mean we are gonna remaain in mid table for years to come just like we have been for th past 4 years

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  • Chris

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #3

    We aren’t desperate for a defender in my opinion. I’d much rather see an attacking midfielder come in. We need goal scorers and our midfield don’t contribute enough.

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m with Chris.

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  • ADAM

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #5

    J. WOODGATE WOULD BE A FANTASTIC SIGNING ASLONG AS HE STAYS FIT. i WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE WAYNE BRIDGE, JOHN ARNE RIISE AND ALAN HUTTON. i DO NOT WANT PASCAL CHIMBONDA BECAUSE ALL HE IS AFTER IS THE MONEY. WE NEED A CREATIVE MIDFILDER LIKE SCOTT BROWN FROM CELLTIC OR GEORDIE BOY MICHEAL CARRICK. WE NEED A WINGER IN SW PHILLIPHS AND DEAN ASHTON AS THE FORWARD.
    TOTAL COSTB = £50M.
    OUT
    CARR
    ROZENHAL
    ENRIQUE
    GERIMI
    AMEOBI
    BARTON
    A.FAYE
    TOTAL =£22

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  • keegan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #6

    i see ALAN OLIVER has dropped another bollock. when is he goin to stop talking shite

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  • keegan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #7

    spot on adam

    i would agree them players out other than faye although i would’nt have carrick and thers no way i would have chimbonda after what he said

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  • valle

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #8

    awc88… 10 times the player Cacapa is and just as good as Taylor u say?, how do u figure that Taylor is better than Cacapa?… Ppl need to see Taylor as a player like the rest and forget that he is local, because stating that he is 10 times better than Cacapa is just deluded.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #9

    woodgate isnt ten times the player cacapa is , lets face it your going by what you have seen this season from cacapa , a player still adjusting to the league .
    your also forgeting how easily woodgate was brushed aside by viduka earlier this season .
    cacapa has always shown signs of why he was captain of his team for years , he’s had slip up’s but even wenger doesnt play his foreign buys regularly for at least 6 month so they settle in .

    things are not as bad as they seem , we just lack that inteligent footballer who can get the ball thru to owen , our dm is poor as hell also but seem’s to still be eating off the fact he runs around like a headless chicken all game .

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  • Gordon d

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #10

    GUTTED

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  • Nev

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #11

    taylor isnt even local anyway hahaha
    hes from london!

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  • Steeley

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #12

    keegan – I think a lot of people dropped a bollock on this one (me included!) – I genuinelly thought we had him in the bag!!

    Still, it could be worse – we could get Chimbonda – not good seeing as he’s been quoted as saying a move to us was about nothing other than more cash!! Jeeez – will we ever learn!?!? First it was Luque and now potentially this guy!

    I know Emre is available again in 2 matches time, but we really need an AM alternative! And some competition for Milner on the RW.

    It feels strange to say that I think we’re actually well equipped in CD! We do need another LB in as I dont think Zog should be a back-up player there, and we def need to get somone in to replace Carr at RB. Striking options are fine too (Carroll, Viduka, Owen, Martins).

    Fingers crossed for some of those gaps mentioned to be filled in the next 5 days!

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  • big dunc

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #13

    i agree with awc88 we are just a small team confined to the bottom half for years to come

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Priority:

    1. CDM
    2. CAM
    3. RW
    4. Utiility Defender
    = Big Striker

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  • Gordon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed – makes you look at bit of a plumb for writing the story:

    “Newcastle Signing Jonathan Woodgate”

    Let that be a lesson Mr Impetuous 😉

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Cacapa has had maybe two or three bad games in total this season, yet people on here continue to blindly follow the media in slating him, let me explain something, the media only slate him because ever since titus went we dont have a defender everyone can laugh at, and the media do not like that one bit, they need us to be their comic relief section of the sport section. Also, im with Valle, how do you work out that Taylor is 10 times better than Cacapa? thats just crazy, mnore times than not Taylor is at fault for our goals conceded.

    And Yes, Taylor is born in the same year and hospital as me, Greenwich, South London.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Very glad we havent singed Woodgate:

    1. We dont need another CB.
    2. 8 mil, WDF!
    3. Injury Prone
    4. Drunkard and Junkie

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  • Obafan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #18

    valle – spot on. Taylor needs to learn much much more. Some of you here are mentionning him as our captain. Come on, that would be ridiculous. Cacapa was outtstanding today and is often the guilty one, because of an earlier mistake by Taylor. okay Cacapa also had bad games, but who doesn’t??? If he plays now most of you here point him, because of his3 weak games. He is not as bad as the most of you say. On the contrary he is a very good defender. We need a CDM to cover our 2 central defenders that is the main problem ATM!!!!

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #19

    basically all we NEED is two midfielders, one Dm and one AM/RW

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  • joe

    Jan 26, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m disappointed as Woody is a top player. Still, i’ll be more gutted when top midfielders and forwards knock us back. Adam, i’m not too sure how we will get 22 million for the players you want out. Half of them won’t get a bid.

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  • keegan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #21

    tom toon – do you know id woodgate was on a pay as you play deal last season.

    he only missed a few games last season but this season he has missed lots of games. it is a bit dodgy

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  • scotty

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #22

    tom-toon, i agree – we don’t need him we need a central midfield. We have lacked in this department since. . . . . i hate to say this. . . . Jenas!

    I would be gutted if we signed sicknote. I lost total respect when he left the last time. We should give the reserves a chance to step up to the plate. Godsmark, Troisi, Donninger, Danquah…… the list goes on.

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  • Jim

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s not over yet. I think there’s a bit of mind games being played.

    To be honest, we would be better off with someone more reliable (a better fitness record). I would personally preffer Dunne, but I don’t think that’s a starter.

    Woodgate is a good defender but I’ve a bad gut feeling about his fitness and off the field antics (going from RUMOURS only).

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  • big dunc

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #24

    scotty wed be a laughing stock if he played those players and wud slaughtered in the press when it goes wrong, we need players in, and like i said the fact we cant get a player like woodgate i shows we are a small club who will have to go after players roberts, skoko etc

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  • Leo*

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #25

    you cant be serious adam, enrique and faye out…. ?

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  • Chris

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Agree Leo. Enrique had his best game today and looked promising, and Faye is solid.

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  • NUFCFAN

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #27

    worrying times – big bank account and no players want to come

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  • ende

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #28

    So be it. Micah Richards was my first choice anyway.

    England U21 backfield works for me as Newcastle’s backfield.

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  • Jarralad

    Jan 26, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Anyone heard owt about Woodie??

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  • ALBERT

    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Its a smack in the face on the back of a 3-0 defeat.The champagne has certainly gone flat from last week..No signings no shearer and now turned down by woodgate. I find it pathetic that we seem happy about a good first half performance today. Never felt so depressed !!!

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  • Bert Shaft

    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #31

    The lad has too much baggage as if you read any Boro message board you will find out what his own folk are saying about him.

    As great a player as he was, we are getting a lucky escape. We had him and sold him for over £4 million profit and should not bother trying to bring him back IMO.
    This should be the end of the Woodgate episode. Lets move on…..

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  • keegan

    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #32

    albert i agree

    we shouldnt be happy playing good in 1 half the players went in at 0-0 and they knew they were going to get beat just like what happened at old trafford.

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  • Gordon d

    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Does anyone actually know who Woodgate is signing for?

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  • al

    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #34

    how can we talk about signing big named players when our first attempt to buy a middlesborough reserve ends in rejection ! A pathetic club like boro with a half empty ground are attempting to buy class forwards like fred and alves for a fee of around 25 m They have a weakness in attack and are trying to resolve well done to them. We have a glaring weakness in MIDFIELD and appear to be doing nothing about it.Can anyone see where our next goal is coming from never mind our next point.We are a laughing stock and have only 5 days to proove not only to the country but to the fans that we mean business. Lay down a marker for next season !!!

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  • al

    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #35

    In answer to gordon d a much bigger club than us Accrington stanley

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  • Gordon d

    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #36

    oh well there are still a few days left .i will stand by keegan no matter what. we might get 1 or 2 signings yet.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #37

    As long as its a CM i dont care!

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  • Gordon d

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Is Riquelme under contract with anyone?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes at Boca juniors and hes an inconsistent, mug with a bad attitude.

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  • Jarralad

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #40

    the word is obviously…consolidate in this window…and recruit in summer…shame if Woodie is a non=-starter…best centre-half I’ve seen in a Black’nWhite shirt in my lifetime

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