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Arsene Laughs Off Woodgate Bid

3:33 pm, Monday, January 28th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

Arsene Wenger was quick to rule out any rumors that Arsenal are interested in Jonathan Woodgate.


Arsene Wenger - no Woodgate interest

Arsene Wenger told the Arsenal club’s official website:

“I do not know where that story came from.”

“There is no truth in it at all. We have never been in touch with Middlesbrough about Jonathan Woodgate.”

Tottenham are of course the favorites to sign the 28-year-old, and will probably now complete the deal today, but another club has also bid for Jonathan.

Middlesbrough’s CEO Keith Lamb told Sky Sports:

“We’ve got an abundance of center-backs and with the emergence of David Wheater and with Robert Huth back and Emanuel Pogatetz.”

“Gareth felt he could let one of them go.”

The Evening Chronicle are reporting that since last Wednesday friends and acquaintances of Jonathan had been saying Woodgate would be delighted to come back to Newcastle United.

But now we know that’s not true, and he’ll end up a Tottenham player some time soon, and maybe even today. You cannot help feeling a little for Kevin Keegan, who probably also thought he had the player wrapped up.

It’s going to be hard not to be too cynical when Woodgate is introduced at the Tottenham club, and he tells them how they were the only club he wanted to join, or words to that effect.

There has been talk today that Kevin may go after Bayern Munich’s 6’5” center-back Daniel van Buyten, who played for him at Manchester City, but that’s very unlikely, as the transfer window seems to be fizzling out for Newcastle this time around.    :(

Oh well, let’s hope some of our African boys are back at the end of the week. It will be good to have them back in the team, or at least have Faye, Beye and Oba back in there. Not sure how Geremi will fare in a Kevin Keegan regime, but he’s certainly due to hit some good form shortly, and seems to have been playing well for Cameroon.

Comments are always welcome – just keep them decent for the bairns. :D

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bill f // Jan 28, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Who cares. Whole saga was a joke.

  • 2 Jammy // Jan 28, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    How is Geremi ‘due some good form’? Just because he has been awful since he signed, doesn’t mean that he should play well at some point. Mourinho told people in the summer that his legs had gone, hence why we got him, no other teams came in for him and he was virtually a free transfer.

  • 3 scott9 // Jan 28, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    i hope we get van buyten in i cant see it hapeening though van buyten and giles barns would be good but it dont look like were gonna get anybody in in fact i would put money on it.

  • 4 Stuart // Jan 28, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Do you remember when Woody left he said something like “save a place for me, i might be back one day”

    jesus, if its true that he didnt want to join because we werent in Europe, well that is shallow. its not as if he choosing Liverpool over Newcastle is it?! its bloody tottenham! am still gutted he didnt join though!

  • 5 Graham // Jan 28, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Just goes to show that the press make things up as they go along… Middlesbrough accept a 3rd bid – lets say its Spurs’s biggests rivals and the team that Newcastle play twice in 4 days eh lads?

    This just confirms why I havent read a newsapaper in years or believe any of the speculation anymore – its nothing short of scandalous!

    Lets concentrate on who weve got – and who weve got coming back into the squad. In the game against Arsenal – it looked as we have made decent progress in just a week (ok the 2nd half wasnt great). Lets get as high as we can during the remaining games and get planning for next season on the final whislte of the last game!

  • 6 Stamford Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    It’s no surpise that Woody should want the chance to play cup and european football, which is what we will not be able to offer. However he might still have come to us if Sir Bobby had asked him. I believe they had a very good relationship. I’m not sure Keegan is sufficiently up to speed to be able to buy before the end of the transfer window and certainly will not have the contacts that either Big Sam or Big Al would have. We will suffer for that this season. Mort and Ashley don’t have sufficient football experience either although business wise they should be great. Which makes me think also that Wise’ is not a good move.

  • 7 cooldj // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    jammy- that’s because a lot of the african players are older than they say. 28 may be more like 33, which would explain his lack of pace and stamina.

    just heard a rumour that the team in for woodgate is everton… don’t believe it but if it is the case you heard it here first!

  • 8 NUFCFAN // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    bit gutted but would rather see bentley

  • 9 scott9 // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    breaking news- dennise wise has been appointed assistant mananger

  • 10 cooldj // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    it doesn’t say that…

  • 11 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    robert hugh should be banned for the kick on the macclesfield player, it was more like common assult than a tackle.

  • 12 scott9 // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    well thats what im guessing it is what else could it be aprt from director of football

  • 13 broon ale // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    viduka is not playing 2moro, injured again.

  • 14 Dragoner // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Im happy Wise is coming, another person who can really motivate players, Keegan, Wise, and Shearer all in the backroom staff would really motivate the players i am sure

  • 15 Graham // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Stamford Toon – exactly what contacts would “big al” as you call him (egotistical self indulgent al as i do), have? –

    I’m sorry but ive sat and read lots of comments over that past few weeks from many people about so called big al….. and i’m f***ing sick of it all. He was a player for the club – nothing more. All hes done since retiring is sit on a settee and chat with his mates on BBC – so what contacts would he have???

    He’s not currently employed by NUFC so get over yourselves ffs!

    I know this isnt the subject matter – but am i the only one to see that Shearer was just a good footballer and thats that? Let him have his retirement and if he comes back at some point then great; but for gods sake give his name a rest for five minutes!

  • 16 Graham // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Dragoner – you as well – give the shearer thing a rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 17 scott9 // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    when is viduka ever not injured i hope kk gives oba a chance to play up front with owen

  • 18 ToonKing // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    director of football, not Assistant.

  • 19 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Id be happy for Wise, but only as asistant manager.

  • 20 Chicken // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Shearer is employed by NUFC as an Ambassador. So there. :p

  • 21 ToonKing // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Actually Shearer is employed by NUFC. he’s some sort of ambassador thingy.

  • 22 ToonKing // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Ok, so what exactly will Wise do as Director of Football??? i imagine he will have nothing to do with the first team, so what is it that he’s so good at that he gets such an important position ???

  • 23 scott9 // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    director of football how do u no tom_toon i think if its true thats stupid why not appoint him as assistant

  • 24 Graham // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Ambassador my arse! The only thing Alan Shearer is promoting is Alan Shearer! I meant being employed in a constructive way – not one in which the late Freddy Shepherd used to line Shearers pockets with even more cash

  • 25 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Director of Football = Buying first team players, running the academy and reserves from a distance.

    I hope he assistant not DOF.

  • 26 broon ale // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    maybe wise can bring some of leeds youngsters with him!

  • 27 Chicken // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    what like ameobi’s brother? no thanks!

  • 28 Power // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Não entendo como liberar o valor bem mais novo de 28 anos LUQUE, para ter VIDUKA 32 e que também só vive machucado.


  • 29 ToonKing // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    he will not be Assistant Manager. He’s coming in to be DOF.,19528,11095_3084948,00.html

    “”Director of Football” is a term describing a senior management figure at a football club, most commonly used in Europe.

    The exact nature of the role is often unclear and causes much debate in the sports media. Dave Bassett described the role as

    ” … a buffer. The director of football is answerable to the board but there to assist the manager. He’s experienced in football and there to help the board members who don’t have that experience.”

    In theory it means that the manager is left to concern himself with the day to day running of the club, the picking of the team, and the decisions about tactics and training. The director meanwhile looks after the budget, and allocates money for transfers and the youth academy.

    The director is often involved in the selection of the manager, so that the manager knows he has full support from his superiors. The plus side is that there is an experienced football head watching the scouts, the budget and the academy, allowing the manager to get on with the team. The down side is that the experienced football head often cannot help giving their opinion of the manager’s actions. Most directors of football are ex-managers, given a more “senior” role at the club because the board do not want to lose his experience, despite the fact he has not been getting the results.”

    So according to that why is Wise so good for this position ??? although i’m not very familiar with he’s work so far, he’s not an experienced football-head, and i don’t think he’s that good with budgets either. He’s not a big name to attract players either.

    But i guess he must be good at something……….otherwise we wouldn’t have appointed him…

  • 30 ToonKing // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Also BARTON ON THE BENCH for the Gooners game tomorrow!!!!,,10278~1227001,00.html

  • 31 broon ale // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    it doesnt confirm he the director of football, it speculates. wait and see. although its fairly likely he will be.

  • 32 ronaldeano // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    He is an edgy little shit.

  • 33 ToonKing // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Duke is out for tomorrow. grrrrrrr

  • 34 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Fook it, get Chikhaoui he can play attacking mid and the big striker. Anyone seen him last night?

    One word, Immense.

  • 35 Chicken // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Enough about that frigging Chickentikka already TT. Bloody hell. He aint coming to Newcastle – now get over it.

  • 36 Tom_Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    I thought you were Chickentikka :(

  • 37 Chicken // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Nope – just plain ol chicken me.

  • 38 cooldj // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    but still finger lickin good.

  • 39 Power // Jan 28, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Woodgate acaba de assinar pelos Spurs, nosso sonho acabou.


  • 40 African Arsenal Fan // Feb 18, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Greetings from the Gambia. Your site is filled with interesting talking points and is very enjoyable

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