Sam Allardyce Wanted To Sell Oba Martins

It turns out that Sam Allardcye wanted to sell Oba Martins last July.


Oba Martins – big favorite on Tyneside

When Keegan was asked today, if he had received a bid for Oba Martins, Kevin told the Evening Chronicle:

“I haven’t, no, but I want to keep all my players and add to them if I can.”

“Anyone that goes will be a bit of a blow, especially if something like that happens late on in the summer.”

“However, Arsenal have definitely not approached me.”

Newcastle United paid £10M for Martins in the summer of 2006, and that’s turned out to be really good deal for Newcastle.

And the Chronicle is reporting the transfer fee is to be paid over 5 seasons, and Newcastle are now said to owe around £6M for him.

Sam Allardyce was prepared to sell the Nigerian international at the end of July, but there were no clubs that were interested at that time.

The Chronicle is reporting that Oba was aware of all of these goings on last summer, so we think Martins has done just a great job, to keep playing in the way he did last season, when under Big Sam, he was definitely second fiddle to Michael Owen.

But the genius of Kevin now has him starting every game, alongside his captain Michael Owen and Mark Viduka, and we’re sure that Keegan and Newcastle will not sell Oba now. That would be madness.

We want Oba Martins, Michael Owen, Steven Taylor and also Charles N’Zogbia at the club next season.

The only one we may lose of that quartet could be Charles N’Zogbia, and it’s right that he should go, if he decides he doesn’t want to be at the club.

Comments welcome.

106 comments so far

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    May 14, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Thankfully, Fat Sam’s plan for creating a Bolton of the Nort East has flopped miserably. Went quite close to becoming that….


  • Ant (Smith's a smoggy)

    May 14, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Sell Martins?

    Sign Nolan?

    A sound transfer policy.

    No wonder Oba was considering leaving us.

    Sam Allardyce – Prick.

  • ScottyT

    May 14, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    fat sham – what a fat idiot he was. one of our most exciting players so obviously he wanted to sell him to get some much needed boredom into the team. thank god hes gone.

    id keep oba, owen, taylor for sure but get rid of zog he just causes trouble and unrest and doesnt want to be here. gd riddance to him i say unless he improves his attitude and wants to stay.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 14, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Oba is a Geordie

  • Ant (Smith's a smoggy)

    May 14, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ll second that Hamas.

    And repeat it 51 times.

  • craig chisholm

    May 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6

    i would liek to keep owen and oba but to be honest, if it came to a push, i would sell owen over oba. lets hope we can have oba, owen and crouch in attack next season. iwould liekthat alot. plus get SWP on the right and zogs on the left. barton in the middle and a-n-other top draw player maker alongside barton. the back four aint too bad which is a change for us to say that! maybe harper instead of given perhaps? we need to dump emre, smith, ameobi, rozza, viduka and one or two more high earning twats.

  • daniel

    May 14, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Im so relieved fat sam has gone, I can imagine where we would be if he was still in charge. Our team would probably be: Jaaskelainen, Hunt, O’Brien, Cahill, Samuel, Diouf, Gardner, McCann, Nolan, Campo and Davies. God that line-up makes me cringe!

  • ObaFan2

    May 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    I could tell Oba had no confidence in Fat Sham so this news doesn’t surprise me.

    Credit to Oba for his character and ability to carry on the way he has this season. After his first season and 17 goals he should have been given a chance to kick on and improve, instead the then manager did all he could imo to knock any confidence out of him.

    Oba is a Geordie and hope to God it stays that way 🙂

  • KKK

    May 14, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope Keegan doesn’t really mean that he wants to keep “all” of his players. He must be able to see that some members of the squad…Smith, Emre, Ameobi and maybe Duff are either not good enough or are not pulling their weight.

    But i’m so pleased to hear this reassurance from Keegan that he wants Martins to stay. A definite future Legend!

    Also i think fat Sam disliked Martins coz he absolutely tore apart his beloved Bolton at the start of the season!

  • Julio Geordio

    May 14, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    This is another example of why the top clubs are clammering to employ Big Sam.

    Oh……..hold on…….

  • broon ale

    May 14, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    my comments arent posting anymore. this is a test

  • broon ale

    May 14, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    vote for player of the season,,10278,00.html

  • Mehzeb

    May 14, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Test successful, broon ale.

  • broon ale

    May 14, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #14

    does this site not let us post links to other websites? if it doesnt i can explain that i was posting a link to so that we can all cast our votes for player of the season. the voting section is at the bottom right hand corner of the home page. My vote went to Habib Beye.

  • Ross

    May 14, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Sams just a fat mess.
    he’d have made our club the same thing had he had the chance.
    a fat, boring mess. Thank god he facked aff when he did .
    oba is a geordie.

  • stk

    May 14, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Thank the gods we aint Boltyne FC no more, i gave sam my backing as we all did and he just shat all over us with his arrogance and ineptitude. he’s still casting the sympathy vote fom some sections of the mental asylums up and down the land, which is quite unbelievable

  • Dag

    May 14, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Martines is a must, with Owen and another striker, (think Viduka is past his or should he stay to come off bench) ashton would be a good one?

  • Leo

    May 14, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    i think its good the way martins has acted through all of this, he could easily said right ladsa i wonna go but hes worked hard and stuck to it

  • mathewS.africa1988

    May 14, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Howay lads. Wanted to get some opinions on signing one the chels mids-mikel, kalou, swp.. There is no doubt chelski will be bringin in some world class mids in the summer which will imo lead to these 3 not playin much.. Also wat about pizzaro on the cheap to fill vidukas place- he is big and strong and a good point of attack for oba and mo.. Wat you guys think?

  • Ant (Smith's a smoggy)

    May 14, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #20

    broon ale, cheers for the heads-up, I rarely visit the official site these days.

    My vote went to Oba for his ability to pick up our team on his own and blast the other team to smithereens.

    Good times ahead with that lad. Beye was a close 2nd.

  • Eric

    May 14, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #21

    So glad that no-brainer Wham bam thank you mam fat Sam the sham has gone. Full of shite. He should be banned from SJP permanently.

  • Nick C

    May 14, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Is everyone watching the UEFA Cup Final tonight? Can’ t help but feeling jealous having been at both the Velodrome in Marseille and Sporting Lisbon.
    However, would like to see the Gers nick it…

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 14, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Come on the Gers, the cry was no surrender…

    Also did any of you ever notice that watching Rodrigo Palacio compilations on youtube is better than a one night stand?

  • HeronMag

    May 14, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Oba Martins performed for Allardyce whenever he was called on. I can’t believe he was contemplating selling him! Bolton could never dream of signing a player like Oba and he just wants to kick him out of Newcastle!?

    God I’m glad KK is back.

    The excitement is beginning to set in already for the new season. Keegan has always done well in the transfer market… Who’s next for the toon!?!

    I can’t wait!

  • seetow

    May 14, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    craig chrisholm i agree with you on that.

    if it came to a choice between oba and owen, i’d pick oba over owen anyday. he’s younger, faster, and has more potential than owen had or may have, and most importantly, as hamas said 51 times, he is a geordie, one of us.

  • Tamas (15Himes)

    May 14, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Aye Hamas Rodrigo Palacio is the sex like

  • valle

    May 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #27

    michael… Anything new on the insider info you had?

  • HeronMag

    May 14, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Seetow – I just can’t agree with you that Oba has more potential then Owen ever had.

    Michael Owen achieved at the age of 17 more than Oba has ever done. His goal against Argentina signalled the arrival of one of the best marksmen the English game has ever seen (or ever will see in my opinion).

    Owen IS world class. Oba could be. I love Martins. He is such an exciting player… But he lacks the class and finesse of Owen. (I hope he proves me wrong on this one)

    Anyone who says Owen is past it is a fool. He may have lost a few yards of pace but he is still most instinctive goalscorer at this club.

  • Eric

    May 14, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #29

    It just shows you the lunacy that whistled in between Sam Shallowgrave’s two brain cells. He chewed on on gum as though it was the arse end of an elephant. He would have relegated us. Sell Martins? How mad can you get? Was Fat Sam receiving brown envelopes from the Daily Mail or something? Our best player for years is Oba!

  • valle

    May 14, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #30

    well im not gonna add to that discussion… You already know what im going to say anyway… Lets just say i dont agree

    oops, while i wrote Heronmag has just posted my thoughts exactly… cheers

  • drh

    May 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #31

    why the downer on little emre?

    does anyone on here actually follow football? admit, that since he has been here we haven’t seen much of him, mainly (this season) due to injury. However, before comgin in under defence minded coaches he was a mid field string puller and I am sure we will see more of this at the euros when he gets a chance to show all he can do in the middle. I for one hope he stays, he is a keegan player and I am sure he will have seen that and told him his plans for the team and the little turk!

    Emre is a Geordie!

  • Stewpot

    May 14, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #32

    And me Hamas!

  • ScottyT

    May 14, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #33

    emre is a geordie..

    ..who seems to miraculously recover for turkey after being injured for newcastle for most the season. somthing is wrong there hes a gd player bt he either cba to play for us or his injuries come at a time that means he misses only toon matches.. coincedence?

  • KKK

    May 14, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #34,19528,11661_3566036,00.html

    check that out guys.

    We could be one of the clubs after Zarate. Most think he is over priced at 15m but we where going to pay more than that for Modric. I don’t think you could get a better quality youngster for less. What do you guys think?

  • Leo

    May 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #35

    i think most fans shiver when it comes to the thought of bringing players in from chelsea because big name signings usually dont perform, however if the name was SWP i would likely be dancing on the ceiling and showing my @rse in fenwicks window because he would be unbelievably good

    pizzaro hasnt really cut it in the premiership and may have a point to prove to people, if he was cheap might be worth it, i would much prefer dean ashton though who is playing well recently

  • Ant (Smith's a smoggy)

    May 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Agree leo, SWP is as under-rated as they come.

    He plays well in just about every game he gets for the blus and England and still struggles for first-team football.

    SWP 4 SJP!!

    He’s better than Lennon before anyone says any different.

  • staffsmag

    May 14, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Fat Sam = W*nker – ’nuff said !!!!! Howay the lads !

  • Ian

    May 14, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #38

    The difference between Martins and Owen is Martins has an excellent future, Owen has a brilliant past, we arent here to pay for the past, if Owen stays he may be brilliant again or maybe not, I hope he stays and I hope he is.

    Anyhow we are looking at Diane who is supposed to be a similar stamp to Martins, has a couple of chums at the club and would like to play alongside Owen and rates Martins.

    Also the big one for me Newcastle and Bolton are looking at Djibril Cisse, if that man is on form and he has averaged since 2002 11 goals a season in top class football, everyone will be forgetting about Owen, and Martins will need everything he has to keep pace with that player as he is probably a little quicker than even Martins is, but he is tall and dangerous in the box too.

  • HeronMag

    May 14, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ll join up to the SWP appreciation society! He is an awesome, classic KK style player.

  • Reformed_Mumbler

    May 14, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #40

    No we don’t want ‘kin N’Zogbia at the club. The dorty little wind-up merchant was lucky not to get pasted by Faye and if Shearer was still playing for wus, he’d definitely would have sparked the little tit out.

    The fecker.


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