Beye Wants To Spend A Long Time At Newcastle


Habib Beye was not selected to take part in Senegal’s summer schedule, in which they will play in four World Cup qualifiers against Liberia (twice), Algeria and Gambia.

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Habib Beye – likes playing at Newcastle – a special club

That’s got to be good for Beye, because he’ll get a good rest from football, after completing his first season at the club, where he has gained the support and admiration of the Newcastle faithful with some great dogged displays at right full back.

Beye will be able to spend the summer recharging his batteries for a new season at Newcastle, under the great Kevin Keegan.

Habib spoked to the Evening Chronicle this morning:

“Even after my contract is finished here, I’d like to stay beyond it.”

“Playing for Marseille was a fantastic experience but Newcastle is a special club for me.”

“We wanted to finish last season strongly and already we are looking forward to next year.”

The Former Marseilles captain has certainly become a firm Geordie favorite, with his never-say-die attitude and excellent displays, but he also is aware the Newcastle side massively under-achieved again for the second season in a row last year.

And Beye is used to success at Marseilles as he continued:

“I’m very happy to play for Newcastle.”

“Sometimes you have some difficulties, but you learn all the time when you play football.”

“This season has been different for me.”

“When I played for Marseille, I played in the Champions League and this year we had to fight to keep Newcastle in the Premiership.”

“But you learn all the time and I’m really enjoying playing for Newcastle. I want to stay and spend a long time here.”

Since Keegan’s return to Newcastle, there are definite signs that the boss is getting the ship back in shape, and Beye was one of his stalwarts in the final 10 games of the season.

The happy upbeat atmosphere at the club’s Benton training HQ has returned and Keegan will be planning a full and tough schedule for his team when they return from their summer break.

Kevin hasd the team playing some beautiful passing football towards the end of the season and with 4-5 top players coming in and Owen, Taylor, Martins and Duff all staying, we should have a much improved squad over last season.

Habib went on:

“All the people are very friendly. For me it has been a good season because I’ve played all the time.”

“I think the manager is happy with my work and wants us to progress all the time.”

“Playing for Newcastle is good and I want play well all the time.”

“We have very good fans and we need to win a lot of games for them.”

Beye epitomizes the positive attitude that has returned with Kevin, and we have to think we’ll finish a lot higher than 12th place next season.

Whether we can reach 5th position remains to be seen, but if we do that would be fantastic, and then next summer will be even more exciting as we attempt to improve our squad even further.

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17 comments so far

  • Kieran hatten

    May 26, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Wall Virginity!!! ohhh yer!! umm yer Beye is class would deffinetly keep for YEARS to come!

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 26, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Beye is my new favourite playern since solano left.Just think how great it would have been with solano and beye on the right.Hope we have him for along time.

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  • Toon1978

    May 26, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Good news good player nice to here something good.

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  • figsdad

    May 26, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    but isnt beye 31 now and he’s no spring chicken just hope we get 3 good years oot of him….

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  • Graeme

    May 26, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    A class defender – Taylor could do a lot worse than follow his leadership and learn!!!

    Beye has probably been our most consistant player all year – all credit to him in his first season at SJP.

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    May 26, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Beye deserves player of the season hands down! If he was 4 years younger he would be playing for barca or milan.

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  • Nev

    May 26, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    according to wiki he retired from international football after african nations

    heres the citation –

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/06022008/58/african-cup-nations-beye-ends-senegal-career.html

    good news for us then lol

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  • Whitey

    May 26, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Habib Beye = LEGEND!!!

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  • Obafan

    May 26, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Pure class. This is the reason why I was so disappointed when he first rejected us last year. Thank God he changed his mind.

    Best player of the season for us!!!

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  • Bobby Ollox

    May 26, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Alan Shearer was probably the last great player we will ever see prepared to sacrifice honours and glory for the love for a particular club – we were exceptionally fortunate that it was our club he loved.
    We wont see tht sort of loyalty again, and whereas I appreciate the sentiment of Habib, I am not fooled for one moment that this is a special club to him – and it isnt the weather that brought him here either –
    Ker – ching !!

    As long as he keeps playing as well as he did last season I am happy whatever his motivation – but let none of us be fooled.

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  • Bob

    May 26, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Didn’t Beye actually say that he came here for the money?

    He’s honest, if nothing else.

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  • 9 Shearer

    May 26, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Give him the captaincy he loves the club more than Owen and he will play more regular football.

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 26, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Player of the season, period!..

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  • Leo

    May 26, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    boy oh boy, people are taking a story about how he loves the club and turning it to oh but didnt he come to the club for the money etc… get a grip please

    he came from a top club and was playing in the champs league, not to mention how great player he is.

    he is a legend for newcastle

    do you not think that if newcastle had offered solano extra wages he would have stayed???

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  • micepie

    May 26, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    I’ve been as impatient as everyone over new signings, but when you think about it longer we do have a strong squad already – it just took a bloody long time and some non-sterile tactics last season to get things going. We do NEED a few players of course, but we can get the best out of Duff, Zog, Emre etc next season and potentially get even better seasons out of Beye, Enrique, Owen, Faye etc etc etc whilst also bringing the youngsters through a few more stages.
    I’d even think about at least a year out of Cacapa and Diatta because Cacapa could settle better and Diatta will have a good understanding with the African crew.
    Beye has been a real find for us at rb.

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  • daiv

    May 26, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Micepie,
    You make it read like we’ve got a top team already and the failures need a bit of prompting and heyho we”ll have a top team. To be fair you’ve named our best players, but leave Duff out of the equation. He is on his way.

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  • RAHUL

    May 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #17

    a class player no doubt, player of the season,readymade for king kev style of play. I just cant understand the negativity around transfers and the board, come on spurs signed modric but how many players have other clubs signed, modric did not want to playfor NUFC face it andwhy pay over the odds to buy someone who does not want to be here in the first place.
    you forget that had it not been for MA we would have been bankrupted whatever happens next season we are indebted towards him as fat freddy model was insustainable

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