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What’s Eating David Rozehnal?

12:13 pm, Thursday, January 31st, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 130 Comments

Newcastle center-back David Rozehnal has given a surprising interview to Pravo, in which he says he is bitter at Newcastle United.


Rozehnal - surprisingly negative comments from our Czech International

David told Pravo today:

“I am bitter. I was looking forward very much to coming to Newcastle after playing at Club Brugge and PSG.” “Now I am not sure if this looks like a dream spell. I did not expect I would be sitting on the bench.”

“Once I play as right-back, then left-back. Then in right midfield, or as a defensive midfielder.” “For instance, in the FA Cup fixture against Arsenal the coach wanted me to play in center midfield like when I played against Bolton, but Enrique injured himself so I was put in defence.”

“I don’t like such rotation.” “I don’t want to drop out of it ahead of Euro 2008. Training (sessions) at Newcastle are of a high-quality but game practice is irreplaceable.”

Rozehnal, who apparently has been linked with Lazio and Real Zaragoza, plans to speak with Keegan over his plans for the future, but still says he is determined to fight for his place.

David said:

“He promised to speak to us individually. I want to know his ideas and therefore know what I can expect.”“I like competition, it is useful. There are four equally-talented players for my position. I admit that the team composition is up to our coach and don’t complain at all.”

“But I think we are on the same level, I am not worse than them. Moreover, I showed some good performances at the beginning.”

“That is why I am so sad that I don’t play as much as I wish to. That is why I don’t feel as well as I felt in Brugge or in Paris. I will fight on.”

David though has a bad habit of making mistakes that lead to goals, and he has made such mistakes at Newcastle. But if he is this unhappy we may see him moved out in the summer, depending on what Keegan has in mind for the summer transfers.

We only want players who want to play for the club, and in all honesty he has hardly set the Premiership alight in his time at Newcastle, although he has looked a decent enough player.

We’re surprised and a little disappointed by this outburst, and think David should have talked to Kevin Keegan first, before expressing these views in the press.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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130 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shane Coghlan // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Lucky to be getting a game anywhere tbh :P

  • 2 Marguerite // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:17 PM


  • 3 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Needs time, definitely better than Cacapa, needs to learn how to be no-non-sense defender!

  • 4 sparetheman // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    I think he was somewhat unfairly mistreated at the beginning of the season by Allardyce, particular when Cacapa and Faye came in to replace him and Taylor after the Man City game. He was our best defneder up till that point. After that he seemed to lose his confidence and hasn’t been able to take advantage of the opportunities he’s had in the first team since. He’s going to have to earn back his place now with some solid performances when his next opportunity arises I’m afraid.

  • 5 Howie // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    at the moment very lucky. i think if you buy foreign defenders they need to be in the mould of faye,vidic,alex. no nonsense and very strong. theres no doubt hes a talented player. i just think he might be too light weight for this league

  • 6 Hadrian // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    maybe he should stop watching the ball roll by him and actually go in for a few tackles .
    he dances around the pitch like he does in training .

  • 7 Big Mal // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    David Rozehnal has been culpabale for several goals this season. For me he sits to far off players to be an effective premeir league defender. He would only be a bench man at best for me. So if he wants to go – bye bye.

  • 8 Callum // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Let him go if hes unhappy, i’ve been thoroughly disappointed with rozenhal this season and there should be no room for whiners in the team

  • 9 surey // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    I don’t blame him.

  • 10 Chris F // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    if he wasn’t such a soft git, who shys out of any tackle, he might get more games.

    i’ve never before in my life seen a so called defender who has been as reticent to put in a challenge as he is.

    warm butter is harder than that bloke.

  • 11 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    “Needs time, definitely better than Cacapa”

    I can’t believe how much people have turned against cacapa, he is better than people perceive him to be

  • 12 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    @ Hadrian – I’d agree, he jockies far too much for my liking when he should be getting in with a tackle!

  • 13 ToonKing // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    he’s a good player but still not used to the pace of the premiership. He takes to much time on the ball and tries pretty things when he doesn’t have the time to do so.

  • 14 broon ale // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    not good enough for me! I do not trust him at all! He is complaining about rotation but he’s lucky to find himself involved at all.

  • 15 Hammy // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Tape worms maybe? he looks a bit thin…..

  • 16 steve k // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Have to agree with sparetheman, Rozehnal wasn’t given a fair chance with Newcastle at the beginning. He performed really well to begin with and then after one poor display (of which Taylor was more of a culprit) against City, he was dropped by Allardyce. In that game, it was the midfield that made the key defensive errors more than him from what I remember.

    I think he’s been treated unfairly and has a right to complain, but obviously not publicly.

  • 17 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    I have nothing against Cacapa, he just doesn’t have the legs for the EPL. Vastly experienced, and you see that when he’s there, but due to him being proper knackered against Arsenal he kept dropping our back line deeper and deeper. Taylor was holding a nice decent line, then Cacapa started becoming the deeper player as the game progressed.

  • 18 Ells // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    I like Rozenhal, granted, he’s had a poor season so far, but he’s shown glimpses of class, he’s extremely composed on the ball and hasn’t made any ‘Bramble-Esque’ blunders like Cacapa has. He and Cacapa need a little more time, very few defenders come into the Prem in their first season from abroad and played brilliantly.

  • 19 paul p // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    rozenhal and cacapa are not good enough for the premiership as it has been proved far too many times this season. these 2 have cost us goals, points, wins, draws the lot. get rid of them both and bring some english based premier league players in such as upson, brown to replace them

  • 20 Matthew Tom // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    These seem like very ill-advised comments from someone who has genuinely not done enough to cement a regular starting position in our defence. It’s not like he’s been competing with Ferdinand/Vidic or Terry/Carvalho for a place in the team is it.

    To my mind he’s got decent positioning and general speed and aerial ability, but I agree with some other comments above. He does seem to be lacking the essential instinct of a good defender to just stop the opposition at all costs. He should take a close look at Steven Taylor in training to see what he’s missing.

  • 21 Kash2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Anyone remember when Torres rinsed him with the same trick 3 times in a row in the same matach against Liverpool? Good thing Torres was rubbish that day, he would’ve had a hat-trick coz of Rozey.

    Also, what type of nick name is Rozey for a defender!

  • 22 Tom // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Frustrating player, wont put a foot in, then every time he gets the ball in the middle of the park, he plays a long high ball up to Owen. Just shows he’s not the most intellent of players! Get rid and get Wes Brown.

  • 23 JP from Gibraltar // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Can be a very good player on his day but is a bit lightweight and can be brushed aside easily at times. Cacapa is better defensively, his positioning is excellent but then again is a bit slow compared to Rozenhal who has some pace. Our two CBs should be Cacapa and Taylor with Faye being our defensive midfielder. LB Enrique and our RB should be Beye. Although with him participating in the African Cup we could play Carr (who is playing much better now) or Geremi who can also play there (if he is eliminated from the Cup). That is A VERY SOLID BACK FOUR. With Faye there to break the opposing teams play before it even reaches our backline.This way we should not concede many goals. Rozenhal can stay on the bench incase of injuries and use him as back-up.

  • 24 cooldj // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    what a tit

  • 25 JP from Gibraltar // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Wes Brown is crap!!! He is not wanted by Man Ure fans so why should we want him????

  • 26 GM // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Before people jump on the band waggon and start slagging him off, do we know the validity of these statements?? after all they appeared in a newspaper and with all the f’g shite that they spout, UK based or not I would be slightly guarded about what they print as “statements” same goes for the mystical “club insider” most of the time it is bullshit made up to cause trouble.

    In his defence he has been played out of position almost all over the park, so on a positive note it could be said that he does try 100% for the club as he is prepared to play wherever the manager needs him. People are quick to say zog must play on the wing not at LB as he is wasted, could this point not be made about him also? he is a DC not a RB, LB, DMC, MC etc etc

  • 27 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Can we please get a striker with an immense first touch like Rosenberg. :)

  • 28 Bigted28 // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Would be no loss if he leaves. Will prob be shipped out in the summer. Has a lot to say, like Robert, but does not contribute all that much….

  • 29 jimmer // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    i think he’s got a lot of potential. he needs good coaching. will he get that here under keegan?

  • 30 JP from Gibraltar // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    LB – Enrique
    CB – Taylor
    CB – Cacapa
    RB – Beye (or Carr for now till Beye returns)
    DM- Faye

  • 31 Nick Dryden // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    On another tact, it’s great to see all these youngsters coming in in a way we’ve never seen before a la Arsenal.
    However, the trouble is we have very, very poor English coaches like Pearson, Mc Dermott and Round. We desperately need someone like Simon Clifford (futebol de salao programme) or a Quiroz type figure if these whizz-kids are ever to reach their potential.

  • 32 ELFER // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    absolutely definteley not better than CACAPA, that’s for sure!! Also he did not fullfill the expectations we had, so I think he will be able to go in summer and that’s good.

    KK will start on recruting good defenders anyway, CACAPA has only 1 year left and FAYE is a good backup. So I guess we should have one main speaker and leader to go out there with either TAYLOR or FAYE. Then add one more for backup. That’s for sure where KK will start in sommer the building of his squad.

  • 33 JP from Gibraltar // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Yeah I agree Nick as our coaches are bit old fashioned. We need Alan Shearer showing players like Martins how to hold the ball and improve his first touch. A foreign coach with a wealth of experience (preferably an excellent retired player) would do wonders for our reserves and our young future stars.

  • 34 jimmer // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    i agree, but defensive coaching is a priority

  • 35 JP from Gibraltar // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    I hope we improve our ridiculous attempt to sign Barnes from Derby. I cannot believe that we have the chance to sign a promising english talent for such a low price and are not willing to pay a bit more. After all the hype surrounding the player since last summer. We now have the chance to steal him from our rivals and what do we do..wait for summer to arrive and for Tottenham or another club to snatch him!!! Fu::ing ridiculous!!!

  • 36 John // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    He is an intelligent, ball-playing centre-half who, like Cacaps, looks uncomfortable with burly opponents (K. Davies).

    I agree that he was our best defender at the start of the season but post-Man City he seems to have lost confidence.

    Most foreign players need one season to come to terms with our league so I hope we keep him for at least one more season rather than selling him now.

    In my view, he and Cacapa are the brains of the cente-half partnership whilst Taylor and Faye provide the brawn. Partnerships are what we need and in my view, we need a bit of both aspects but this should be tempered by the needs of the game (i.e culture is useless against Bolton-style thuggery).

  • 37 JP from Gibraltar // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    By the way wasn´t Keegan going to come to an agreement with Shearer this week over a ¨Role¨ at the club!!??

  • 38 Chicken // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Bloody hell – some of you lot on here are unbelievable.

    Can we just rewind a few months please Ed and remind people what they were saying about Taylor at the start of the season – now all of a sudden he’s the best thing since Jonathan Woodgate.

    Rozenhal hasn’t just become a bad player overnight – he’s been messed around with, asked to play in different positions and he’s obviously still adapting to life in the Prem.

    If he has said those things at least it shows he’s bothered about playing for us and not content just to collect his wages like some we’ve had in the past.

    Give the lad a break FFS!

  • 39 M. Stockley // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    its ironic that one of the worse players on our books should be moaning at having to be versatile annd how he cant be gaureenteed a game… he’s shocking and he a lieability and should be grateful that we havent sent him to go and work in the club shop.

  • 40 JP from Gibraltar // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Good point John, we need both types of CBs at the back. We should keep Rozenhal for another season though, just to see how he plays now that he knows the EPL.

  • 41 JP from Gibraltar // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Lets look at it this way… HE IS MILES BETTER THAN BRAMBLE lololol

  • 42 paul p // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    look at ya top teams. they have proven premiership players at the heart of their defence. chelsea. terry and carvallio, man u ferdinand and vidic, arsenal gallas and toure, liverpool agger and carragher. who have we got, cacapa, rozenhal, taylor. not a very good backbone is it.

  • 43 jimmer // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    vidic wasnt proven befor he came to england. we need better coaching

  • 44 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    yeah good point john. you are not the same john who was saying “cacapa is s**t!” earlier, are you?

  • 45 Jesus of Nazareth // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Fu ck him off. Hardly helpful to be talking like that at this moment in time. Doesn’t look cut out for the Prem, as someone else on here put it – he’s a little bit poofy.

  • 46 ToonKing // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    we signed the italian kid :,19528,11678_3096567,00.html

    to bad it’s not Tissone.

  • 47 thelongshanks // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    All of our problems come back to the midfield.They are not covering our defenders so it is constant bombardment and they are not creating anything for the strikers.When we get a decent midfield we can then start judging defenders and strikers.Butt has to go,barton has to sort out his head.duff will come good as he has shown,nzogbia is class and milner needs a rest and shouldnt have played for the eng u21 last summer.If someone 5 years ago told me we would have owen,viduka and martins i would have laughed but here we are.

  • 48 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Didnt think it would be Tissone, he isnt a teenager.

  • 49 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    also, they said it was a striker, tissone is attacking mid aint he?

  • 50 ToonKing // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    both of you are right.

  • 51 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Ye attacking mid/winger

  • 52 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Tom Toon what is your honest opinion on cacapa and rozenhal?

  • 53 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    you too toonking, whats your thoughts on those two?

  • 54 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Chikhaoui and Chermiti playing tonight, oh yes, its beautiful!

  • 55 ObaFan2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    I understand why he is unhappy as he CAN still go to Euro 2008 as a player!

    However, I expected alot more of Roz but he’s been dissapointing. How many times has he miss-timed a challenge, committed himself to a tackle and left for dead by the opposition! Too many imo.
    His reading of the game is poor but he could still improve as he is new to epl.
    I agree he shouldn’t be used as a utility player as his rb and lb play has been very bad but his cm a little better.
    It’s a shame these stories (like Zog for Spurs) are occuring as I’d prefer a more settled camp.

  • 56 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Personally i really rate Capaca if he beefs up a tiny bit.

    Rozehnal he complains bout being a defensive mid, but he is better there than at CB, weak as piss and watched te ball as if its made out of crystal, i liked him at the beginning but i dont think he’ll come good.

  • 57 ObaFan2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    A signing? Maybe a good one too?,19528,12875_3096567,00.html

  • 58 Andreas // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Well he has not been great post-Manc but don’t think we should write him off yet.

    By the way, how ppl seriously can claim that Taylor is top class (and/or our best CB) is beyond me. Yes, he got shit loads of potential but he has also been guilty for quite a few errors leading to goal against this season (i.e. against Arse when he didn’t manage to clear Eduardos rebound).

  • 59 nightfall // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    oh come on…do you even listen to yourself… all you do is acting like bullies (smith & barton) and write crap…and then you complain over a.oliver?! funny, ‘cos you’re worse then him…

  • 60 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Andreas your exactly right mate, If taylor plays with Rozy and we concede, people blame it on rozy. If taylor plays with cacapa and we concede, people blame it on cacapa. It is pathetic, Taylor is not gods gift.

  • 61 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    by the way, i agree with your last comment 100% tom toon

  • 62 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Andreas and nightfall, what are your views on cacapa and rozy

  • 63 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    you too obafan2, whats your view on those 2?

  • 64 Dan // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    on this point, who would everyone pick starting every week, i know who i would have for sure.


    beye taylor faye enrique

    milner emre barton n’zogbia

    owen martins

    that is a great team, better than villa, city, everton blackburn and esp newc rejects west ham, of course it is on paper, but its not on paper we get results.

  • 65 Nobby! // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Yeah. I’m not against his words. I’d be pretty pissed if I got rotated around in the back. He’s a pretty good centreback, should jus’ leave him at that.

  • 66 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    I would pick


    zogg and martins seem like have good understanding

    emre is always injured, butt is crap, milner can’t cross, Taylor makes too many silly mistakes and needs to learn, Given has been below par this season and harper deserves a shot.

  • 67 ObaFan2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Imo Cacapas been better than ok, atm he is definately my choice as a central defender but he is vulnerable when running back on 2v2s etc.. I have seen him command the area for portions of games but so far not 100% of a game YET.
    Faye I think has been best for the Toon though this season.

    Taylor’s still learning too but I do like his Geordie mentality ie. fully committed but he still has alot to learn to live up to his potential/hype.

  • 68 ObaFan2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    BUT hey we’ve signed another youngster, any validity in this story anyone? Done deal according to SSnN,19528,12875_3096567,00.html

  • 69 JJ // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Totally off the topic….
    Anyone who has been defending Owen please come off it.
    The man is useless unless he’s playing against a useless team.
    I know Im gona get a lot of slack for this but WHY ON EARTH do people rate him so highly.
    He does nothing – even Ameobi looked more likely to score when he came on.
    He makes runs behind the defense but is usually off-sides and even when he’s not he’s first touch and lack of pace lets him down.
    2 goals all season, 1 in his last 12. And he has never in his career scored 20 premiership goals in a season. He creates nothing and cant hold up the ball because he is too week????? So why is he rated so high PLEASE tell me why we waste 100k a week on him adn millions in medical bills.
    Even the likes of Heskey, Johnson, Beatie etc have scored 20 goals in a season.
    Bellamy offered the side far more, as did Chopra.
    He is our captain which is laughable…. he holds no authority or leadership skills and hardly ever speaks let alone instructs.
    I would swap him + 5M for someone like Robbie Keane or Defoe
    Here are the stats between him and Martins:
    Owen has 12 starts and 2 goals with 2 assists.
    Martins has 16 starts with 6 goals and 4 assists.
    Whos the better player? Martins no doubt.
    They have played with the same midfield.
    The best thing our new board could do it sell Owen and get in someone new in the Summer.
    Maybe Santa Cruz for 8Mil or Ashton.
    We are going to be overrun by teams like Arsenal or Man U of we play with 11 players because Owen is waiting for someone to put a goal on a plate for him so that he can be our hero.
    Im so happy Viduka is back and on current form we should start with him and Smith up front.
    But if Owen cant score against the Smogs, well then I just dont know : (. Hes due even for the S&%# player he is.
    OK I won mention Owen again but please DONT TELL ME ITS THE REST OF THE TEAM, who is to blame for no goals. Owen must put in more effort!!!

  • 70 JJ // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Nice team Drag, I agree completely. Unless their is a real pacey defender, then I would play Taylor in defense.

  • 71 ChrisL // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Translate his statement = He wants to play football & wants to be 1st choice in whatever position.

    I’d be disgusted with any player who does not feel the same. Please people, think about how the press works & what they’re trying to achieve before starting hate campaigns!

  • 72 Chicken // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    JJ – so true – you know so much more about football than our current manager. Why oh why Ashley and Mort didn’t come knocking on your door is beyond me.

  • 73 ObaFan2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    LOL, I’d rather try Roz up front than Smith :D

  • 74 Andreas // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Dragoner, I rate Capaca, read the game very well – but he do need to be played with a pacey and physical partner since he’s rather slow/soft. My current CB-pair would be Capaca with Faye (note: I do think Taylor will become a top-class CB and a mainstay in future NUFC defences, but he’s not better than Capaca/Faye atm so he should be played every now and then, but not be an automatic choice).

    When it comes to Rozy I must admit I am a tad dissapointed with his performances. However, as said I don’t think we should write him off. In my opinion he is a decent passer which is a good thing for a CB and he can also do a solid job as DM. Nonethelss, he has to adapt to the EPL asap (i.e. less time on the ball and more physical game). If he can’t manage this I think he should move to another league (since he’ a good player albeit maybe not suited for the EPL – and the jury is still out in this matter).

  • 75 JJ // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Its beyond me too ; ), but I’ll give Kev my support in the meantime.
    Maybe he just wants to prove how shit Owen is before he gets id of him to get the media off his back.
    Something to ponder….
    And why if we appoint Wise as Director of football could w not hve had Big Al there??????

  • 76 mark // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    What gets on my titties is the fact this story is about Rozenhal, then some tittie neep called JJ comes on ranting about Owen, ho man, DO ONE.COM!!!!

  • 77 ELFER // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    C’mon? sometimes I feel like everything is over when I read your posts…I’m sure with the returning of FAYE and BEYE there will be good signs again.

    BARTON is also looking good, if he sorts out his personal problems and does not let affect them his play.

    If we manage to bring in BARNES it would be a massive boost, becouse MILNER can get some well needed rests.

    Don’t give up, we are the geordies!

  • 78 Singa_toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    go read this it just gets more depressing :

  • 79 Jamie // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    I cannot stand Capaca, No pace = rubbish for EPL.

    I like Rozenhal, but he needs to clear the ball more and bulk up, he has the height, he just needs to be stronger! something I would have thought a cezch would have naturally

  • 80 broon ale // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    why are you reading the sunderland echo? where does he say i want to leave? this is mackem trouble making! there is no quotes from n’zogbia or his (cough) agent.

  • 81 ToonKing // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    come on Singa_Toon, Sunderland Echo ??!! where in that articles does it say that Zog wants to leave ?? they just slapped an anti-toon headline on it.

  • 82 ObaFan2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Ha ha It’s the Maccumecho fgs, believe it if you want.
    Zog may be pi**ed at playing lb so often though but he’s been in cm recently and that is a huge compliment to him imo by KK.

  • 83 ObaFan2 // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    No responses to the SSN story we’ve signed Fabio Zamblera?

  • 84 Rich // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Dan i would agree with your line up, looks a brilliant looking team that should finish top 6 but we are newcastle eh!

  • 85 Leo* // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    it does get more depressing, i am horrified that he might leave. please say its all bollox

  • 86 Frankieboy // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Its been on Sky Sports News he wants to leave.
    Not the first time we have heard this from him.
    Rozenhal wants to put in as much effort into tackles then he would be ok
    If he has to be selected play then better in midfield cos when he drops bollocks we have cover behind him.

  • 87 broon ale // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    leo, dont be silly. he isnt leaving. its the sunderland echo stirring trouble.

  • 88 CJ // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Jamie- In my opinion Cacapa is different class to Rozenhal he wonder’s why he isn’t the 1st choice CB it’s cos he has been playing complete shit where ever he has played

  • 89 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    New team is easily:

    Beye Faye Capaca/Taylor Enrique
    Duff Barton Emre N’Zogbia
    Zamblera Martins

    i like his name :)

  • 90 cooldj // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    what’s david rozenhal eating?

    I guess lemons

  • 91 broon ale // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    frankie, it never said on SSN that he wanted to leave. this story has either come from Willie Mckay (his so called agent), Alan Oliver or its a complete lie!! there is no quotes from N’zogbia! sky sports simply said spurs have denied making a bid for him. how come you hav took that as n’zogbia saying “i want to leave”

  • 92 CJ // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    I think Zog is with out doubt the most talented player we have at the club but IF he want’s to leave let him go probably just another whingy frenchman.

  • 93 Sloop Jon B // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    this is from

    Newcastle’s new technical director Jeff Vetere has lined up the move for the highly-rated forward, Fabio Zamblera.

    The Italy Under 18 international has agreed personal terms and passed a medical at St James’ Park.

    Zamblera has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at St James’ Park.

    The Italian becomes our first signing under the new regime..

  • 94 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    tom toon do you not think harper deserves a shot?

  • 95 CJ // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Is Rozenhal eating Fat Sam’s Pie hole.

  • 96 nightfall // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    cacapa and rozehnal…well, they’re both proven players, cacapa lyon’s captain for 4-5 years, and rozhenal, cezch international and he was in best XI in french league last year… i think the problem’s in some player’s heads… we lack of confidence, that’s the reason why i’m keep saying we need a leader in our midfield…i mean we already have a great squad, all players are good (almost all), we’ve all seen them,…

    we don’t need to buy new players, we just need to (ex)change one section :)

  • 97 CJ // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    JJ- How can you say Owen is a shit player.

  • 98 Frankieboy // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Broon ale, just as I heard it on SSN.
    Take on board he hasn’t come out and stated it “from the horses mouth” but it aint the first time Zog has courted controversy like this at the club.
    Is there smoke without fire or is it just about sowing seeds for more money for concerned parties.
    Hope it IS just paper talk,

  • 99 Callum // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:38 PM,19528,11095_3096567,00.html

    We signed a highly rated 18-year old Italian striker

  • 100 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Dragoner – to be honest id have Krul over both. But im not to bothered who the goalie is, just habit of putting given in.

  • 101 HonoraryGeordie // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Beye Taylor Rozehnal Enrique
    Milner N’Zogbia Duff

  • 102 CJ // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Did anyone watch match of the day, the day of the Bolton match Rozenhal was on getting interviewed and praising Keegan for being friendly and talking to the player’s 1 on 1. I wonder what has changed so quickly surely if you have been playing shite like he has you cannot expect to be 1st choice.

  • 103 HonoraryGeordie // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    The good thing with that team is that we can start to rotate our attacking play, and if something isn’t working then mix it up abit. Faye doesn’t have the intelligence to play next to Taylor at the back, but in DM he can be a wall of strength and energy that breaks up play and releases the ball easy to start an attack.
    Owen has started to drop back to get the ball and spread the play, so he can be the link man behind the lightning fast Oba, who, given the right service, could be up there with the most fearsome strikers in football.

  • 104 Obafan // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    What is happening?

    A player like Rozehnal should be clever enough to know that he has never reached his best level; on the contrary he has not played that often a good game. Okay he has played several positions now but that is a bit the problem we face. Not enough back up, too small squad. If he prooves that he must play okay, but untill today I can’t say that Roz deserves his place in the starting lineup.

    I think all the youngsters coming can be good for the future, if they get managed in a correct way, that will be very important now. If they are not good coached then we will have big problems in the future…

  • 105 Jamie G // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    fact 1 – given is a great goalkeeper, and had a dodgy little niggly mistakes in the arsenal game which didnt amount to any goals.

    fact 2 – any body that thinks given should be replaced knows nothing about football and proves that they just look at a players last game as a basis of opinion.

    fact 3 – if we are going to make any star signings we are going to have to use the team we;ve got so somehow qualify for europe through the inter toto cup, and the players will follow.

    Good luck Kev

  • 106 Frankieboy // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:52 PM


    Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique


    Milner Emre N’ Zogbia

    (any 2 from 4)

  • 107 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    No Jamie G, im looking at a number of his performances this season, the man united game he was good until he made an embarrassing error and cost us a goal. His clearances and long balls are what have dropped the most in quality.

  • 108 Jamie G // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Also i noticed jamie say cacapa is crap becuae he has no pace. neither does john terry mate! i think cacapa is solid, just needs a bit more EPL experiance and theres only one way of achievint that.
    As for Rozenhal, he is a slightly better version of titus bramble. he makes clangers and has done all season long. he seems arrogant and due to this he is not anywhere near as good as he thinks he is. as soon as barton replaced him the other night we seemed a better team.

    P.S Dragoner, the mistake at old trafford was down to a dodgy back pass, and pretty bad defending in general.

  • 109 Phani Tikkala // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Looks like we have signed Fabio Zamblera, young Italian. Don’t know if anyone has seen him play or know if he ia any good?

  • 110 HonoraryGeordie // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Frankieboy – very similar team to mine, and I had forgotton about Emre and Barton, both of whom could swap with any of the midfield 3, which is what I was trying to say. We need a steady back four, good partnership up front, a protective barrier in front of the defence, and the midfield trio could be rotated on form and necessity.
    Milner Barton N’Zogbia – probably my favoured 3…perhaps duff for Milner…Emre hasn’t produced yet, and Barton looked a really good player the other day

  • 111 HonoraryGeordie // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Also, two tactical aspects of our game I have become increasingly frustrated about, 1. Our defence stands off all attackers, leading to every team scoring wonder goals against us (if they do pressurise every player runs to the same man and makes it easy to pass around us). 2. our defence should push up to the half way line and condense the pitch, leading to our flair players becoming more important, and meaning when we lose the ball, especially against poorer teams, we can get it back quicker and maintain possession in the oposition half for longer!

  • 112 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Chikhaoui and more importantly Chermiti tonight! :)

  • 113 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Jamie, regardless of a dodgy backpass, that was an awful mistake by Given

  • 114 Frankieboy // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Phanni Tikkala
    Never took much notice to your name until a maye at work pointed it out.
    Here’s me thiking you were of Asian decsent Ha!!
    Wot a plum!!!

  • 115 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    but jamie G i agree with you about Cacapa, and it seems most people do actually rate him, unlike idiots like Davey G who aint got a clue about football

  • 116 Tom_Toon // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    fgs Chikhaoui aint playing but Chermiti is in the starting line up :)

    Anyone planning to watch the game?

  • 117 Frankieboy // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Honarary Geordie
    Emre just needs a run in the team to produce… and he will, providing he controls his temper.
    Been impressed with Faye all season and is THE barrier you mention we need at all times.
    Bring in Albert as defensive coach to sort their problems could be the solution.
    Would statrt every game with attacking formation and change as/if necessary as game progresses.
    Let other teams worry about us.

  • 118 Barca // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    It takes time for most foreign defenders to settle in the Premiership. I remember when Manchester United first acquired Vidic. He looked awful and was definitely not fit enough for the pace that was required in the Premiership. It took him barely a season to adapt and look where he is now – top 5 defender in the Premiership for sure.

    Evra, even though he’s a left-back, was terrible in his first matches for Man Utd. He wasn’t used to the physical game of the Premiership and was overrun many times by lesser opponents. Today he’s arguably the best left-back in the Premiership, perhaps in the world.

    I say give these guys some more time to adapt and settle in. You have to understand that there are many things these foreign players have to deal with when they come over, and it will require time to adjust to all of it. After all, Rome was not built in one day…and I hope NUFC is not trying to build a team that way either.

  • 119 Ryan Syahril // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    IMO Rozenhal and Taylor should play more games together with Faye to play as defensive midfielder (Beye and Enrique at both flanks)Trust me… Given will have more cleansheet!

  • 120 Martins // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:45 PM


    The team i want to see play i dont think has played once. Its always crappy Butt in CM, N’Zogbia playing left BK, Barton in Jail, Martins always getting shoved aside because of Owen etc etc

    Subs – Harper,Rozenhal,Milner,Smith,Owen

    Get Rid – Cacapa,Carr,Butt,Ameobi

    Buy- CB, Box to Box CM, Creative Midfeilder

  • 121 Joe like // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    He’s shite anyway. Weak as out. Would never play him centre midfield. Centre half at a push.

  • 122 Dragoner // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    @ Barca

    Evra is NOT one of the best left backs in the world, he is good going forward but average defending, look what lennon did to him when they played tottenham, i was embarrassed for him, Clichy is head and shoulders above Evra as he can defend equally as good as he attacks, and i think he is younger too.

  • 123 ronaldeano // Jan 31, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    He’s shit. simple as that. Shit

  • 124 Barca // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Dragoner – Perhaps you are right, but I think it’s a matter of personal preference. However, there is no doubt Evra is world class left back (got Heinze to pack his bags and leave), and so is Clichy. Just too bad both are French :)

  • 125 hanzemre // Jan 31, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Alas all the mistakes by Rozehnal, so did Taylor & Cacapa imo…Atm we just have to play Rozehnal as DM/alternating with Taylor, to play along with Cacapa(as he is better than both). When Faye returns, i reckon we’ve more solid CB pairing in Faye (1st choice)& Cacapa/Taylor/Rozehnal.

  • 126 DP // Jan 31, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    just read on the channel 4 website that Lazio have signed roz! didnt see that one coming if its true

  • 127 Howie // Jan 31, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    i hear he could be gone till the end of the season

  • 128 jaypro // Jan 31, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    6 month loan from what I’m seeing.

  • 129 Tom // Jan 31, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    yep definite its on the newcastle website

  • 130 AkhToon // Jan 31, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Yep, rozey is off to sit on the bench in Italy. At least it’ll be a bit warmer for him eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anyway the biggest problem with the defence is that there isn’t anyone who takes charge enough.
    We need a BIG NAME player that has been there and done it all before. Mike Ashley should break the bank for a world class CB or 2!!!

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