Silence May Be Golden At Newcastle


Last week we were talking about Kevin Keegan arriving back from his US holiday, and that this week things would really start to move in the transfer market.

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Kevin Keegan – pointing to where Newcastle are going – upwards!

They haven’t, in fact this has been the quietest week surrounding the Newcastle club for quite some time.

Nothing from the club whatsoever, as far as transfers are concerned.

That’s not necessarily bad of course, but pre-training starts a week come Monday, and we would have thought that we’d have at least a couple of players join the club before then.

On the other side of things we’ve done a very good job of clearing out fringe players and those who have left the club this summer include Diatta, Troisi, Ramage, Carr, Emre and Rozehnal. We expect Shola Ameobi to join WBA or some other club within a matter of days.

So that’s 7 players from our first team squad who have been moved out, and the wage bill will have been reduced nicely, and those players were either on the fringe of the first team, were way overpaid, or both.

So the club has done a decent job of moving out fringe players, but the most obvious player that hasn’t yet been moved out is Alan Smith, who is already probably our 4th striker behind Owen, Martins, Viduka and Carroll, and we ‘ll have another top striker coming in before the end of August.

Because Kevin has said he will only use Alan as a striker, we just don’t see how Alan can get a game next season, and remember he didn’t even score last season.

With no announcements coming from the club at all, they’ve just got to be hard at work on who the club can bring in, from their long list of targets. And Mike Ashley will also be involved with the transfers.

Arda and Arshavin are gone, and are probably far too expensive now in any case after the Euro 2008 Championships, in which they both played very well.

But we are still upbeat about Newcastle’s ability to bring in top players this summer, because there are a lot of players out there who can do a good job at the club for us next year.

And certainly, on the positive side,  the 3 we didn’t get but were at least tracking- Arda, Arshavin and Modric, were of the very highest quality.

And in 12 months time we should be in a much stronger position to attract even better talent to the club, when hopefully we’ll at the very least be back in the UEFA Cup.

Then our goal will need to be somehow breaking into that elusive top 4 – and Kevin can take us there.

Let’s not worry about Kevin’s outbreak after the Chelsea game – he was just frustrated at how badly we played in that second half, if the truth be told.   😀

Yes, maybe silence is golden right now at Newcastle United – while the real work gets done.

We certainly hope so.

Comments welcome.



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98 comments so far

  • seetow

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    wall virginity!

    i don’t buy this, dennis wise had better wise up, and fast.

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  • Davey G

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Seetow!!
    Agreed 100%……

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  • Tippingthewink

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Patience is a virtue.

    The only club doing ‘real’ business at the moment is spurs. I’d not be worried if I were you.

    But of course, the kneejerk fans will be scweaming shortly because we’ve not signed mega stars in a full fanfare outside the Gallowgate.

    Get a grip, get some backbone and grow up.

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  • harrier

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #4

    seetow no offense but you are an idiot if you think they are not trying to get players in.

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  • Marc Hottiger

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we’re starting to see what a shame it is that Mort has gone. At least with him as chairman he would regularly communicate with the media and the official website to keep the fans in the picture. In contrast, Llambias hasn’t said much since he arrived at the club in April.

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  • harrier

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    lol hottiger – by much you mean zilch

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  • SuperShearer

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I think you’re spot on Ed. Too many times Newcastle have splashed their transfer targets all over the press, and recently, with Modirc and Woodgate we lost out as a result. I reckon we could be in for a few surprises as come the official opening of the window and after the Euros I think the Toon could move swiftly to bring in the players that KK wants. MA wants to run us like a business and one way in which to do that is to conduct your affairs professionally and quietly.

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  • Marc Hottiger

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Exactly.

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  • Matthew

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Always makes me laugh when people blame Wise when negotiating transfer fees for first team players isn’t even his job.

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  • Leo

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #10

    well my take on why it has been quiet at this time is that the journo’s dont want to get egg on their faces so they are keeping relatively quiet especially about newcastle because they know ZILCH

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  • Matthew

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Btw the first we heard of Enrique signing was on Villareal’s official website so we know the club don’t broadcast their plans like Portsmouth.

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  • kris

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Wouldnt it be great if keegan called a press conferance and unveiled 3 players at once !! maybe thats what he gonna do,supershearer is right we dont want to leak any info on who we gonna buy but if we dont have anyone buy pre season then theres no doubt we have to be worried !!!

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  • broon ale

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    everyone should hear more next week. when the transfer window opens.

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  • Faustoonoasprillia

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Totally agree ed, have been saying it alot now on 606 n that!

    So many TOON fans are saying all this shit about wise doesnt know what hes doing, ashley hasnt proved his worth yet.

    Wise has just signed (well basically) another young’un aaron spear, he has already signed some top youngsters.

    Ashley has paid our debt off and is now listening to everything keegan has to say, and that is what we want, keegan had some bad backing last time and now he has a say in everything at the club.

    Also we have sold so many players you just know they have new players lined up, as keegan said last season, we cannot compete with such a small squad.

    People listen to the press too much, none of you would have been worrying this much if KK wasnt manager again.

    Let them have their time, they can take as much time as they need because deep down most of us know that KK will bring the talent in that we need, Harper has even said today that he just knows that KK will bring in another star like ginola.

    Keep the faith boys, this silence is golden!!

    Optimist not a pessimist!!
    This the TOON for fck sake, would KK let us down?
    And whatever way we will enjoy the rollercoaster as usuall, but this time Keegan is back again!!

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  • Frankieboy

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #15

    In the big bad world of business it pays to play cards close to the chest and keep things as quiet as possible.You do not let the opposition know your plans or your targets or you get your Modric’s burnt.
    Am sure KK is on top of things cos if all our fears were to be realised then he would of made a pretty damning statement (or maybe spat out the dummy) before now.
    the “Arsenal” method pays off,

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  • Big oe

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Why do paedophiles love Halloween?

    Free delivery

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  • Mr T

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #17

    I know nobody big name as such has been signed, but Spears has to be regarded as quite a coup if he lives up to the hype.

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  • beye the great

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #18

    please log on to toonultras.com

    p.s hope we sign some one soon

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  • Dan

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree with Matthew
    I’m sick to the back teeth of people blaming wise for not doing his job.
    Get the information to back up your argument before u spout out shit!

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  • Dondata13

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Nice to see newsnow has updated its site with a rather useful item …. Transfers “Confirmed” 😉

    you can find this useful link here :-

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Sport/Football/Transfers – Confirmed

    Aslo, ive also noticed the new “your comment is awaiting moderation”. No offence but whats the point, If your going to allow rubbish like wall virginity and also allow people to say shit?

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  • Joe

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree with broon ale. I’m sure we’ll start making signings…when the window opens!

    We all learnt a lot from the Modric foul up… keep tight about potential signings or clubs who have UEFA cup football (and lazy scouts) will snap up our targets.

    As fans we also learnt that our scouts are doing a decent job (Modric was fantastic in the Euros) and the club are willing to splash the cash

    We’ll see what happens when the window opens next week

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  • Dondata13

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #22

    and now Ive noticed this site has a new “your comment is awaiting moderation” ! lol

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  • Ross

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I dont think we need to worry to much. Who knew that KK was signing Sir Al. Also, had anyone heard of Ginola before we signed him. KK can still find the hidden gems and I for one am not worried about signings. There will be a hell of a lot of hard work going on and we will find out when signings are deffinate.

    Worry not fellow geordies. The futures bright, the futures black and white.

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Swimming ducks again. 🙂

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #25

    What the hell has happened with our 9.5M offer for Gomis?? We left it on his teams table remember. It was said that negotiations were going to move forward once the Euro ’08 ended, it still hasn’t ended but it did for France ages ago! Even if he did have a bad game it’s still obvious that the boy has immense talent and great potential. We should snap him up ASAP and sell Smith for a hot-dog!

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  • Faustino

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26

    After much deliberation Ive decided that if things were going badly we’d have heard all kinds of noise from SJP as preperation for bad news.

    No news is nearly always good news.

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  • Ian

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Matthew- whos job is it then as you already have said it isnt anything to do with Vetere either?

    We have a board which consists of no-one who signs first team players? Possibly you have the reason why no-one is signed to date.

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  • Mavis Beacon

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #28

    “i don’t buy this, dennis wise had better wise up, and fast.”

    Dennis Wise is doing a good job. His job is to recruit promising youngsters and so far he has bagged Soderberg, Kadar, Tozer, Baheng, Zamblera and probably Spear, so stop talking crap about him. First team recruitment is not his job.

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #29

    What about Gomis???? What about our 9.5M offer???????????

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  • SOUTHEAST MAG

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry, but I dont buy the “at least the scouts knew about them” crap, re Modric, Arshavin and Turan. The club should have paid all the relevant clubs what they wanted for all three, instead of fart arsing about over a few million here and there. How much more pulling power would the club now have, had they signed 2 of the 3 above players. Its all well and good saying we are buying good promising youngsters, but they wont stay for long once they are established players, if the tiny, not enough quality first team squad cant keep us in the premier league. I sincerely hope to have egg on my face re this rant come the start of the season, but as it is at the moment, I cant see it somehow.

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  • Stamford Toon

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Don’r worry KK has still got jetlag from his holiday. He’ll make a move sometime, who knows when?

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  • ksmit

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #32

    You should check out the article on NUFC.com with quotes from Glenn Roder. I think most people would agree with him on the damage of the press. Take this silence as a good thing… complain in August if we still haven’t heard anything!

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  • Nathan

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    People are saying throw money about at players

    but I bet you would be the same people who complained if one of them turned eout to be a flop and that we should have bided our time

    people need to shut up and remember that the transfer window isn’t even open yet

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  • Dave

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Alreet fella’s been out all day today, anyone have any news on developments at SJP today? 😉

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Yes silence is bliss at this moment but cutting the wages and releasing some and selling should have been done a few weeks after kev joined he should of outlined players to get rid of and who to bring in. but this is now done apart from buying before preseason I just feel he is behind on things and working slow on this. Just hope the silence is because kev is busy on wiki and the phone buying players I just hope to players in same class as Arda and Asharvin.

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #36

    It is pretty worrying to be honest. I agree with SoutheastMag to a certain degree but I still have faith in KK and I trust his wisdom. He knows what we want as it is what he wants too. He is doing all he can imo. to bring in the best talent in the world to St James’. Sadly though I have to agree with you if we hadn’t been hesitating over a couple Million more then we would have had an amazing team setup already. It kills me to know that and see Arshavin and co perform like real stars of great quality only to attract bigger teams to offer them more than what we can. 🙁 I knew this summer wasn’t going to be easy for transfers with the Euros but I still have hope in KK to bring other quality players. All we can do is keep faith, have patience and pray 🙂

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  • mozza

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    hardly anyone has signed players yet if its like this in a few weeks time then begin to panic, the window isn’t even open yet, calm down panic merchants

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  • Patrick

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    In another post, I said that I thought Arshavin could be another Guivarc’h. I don’t mean their positions… it’s all about if we have got the players we REALLY need. Remember Guivarc’h was one of the best goalscorers in WC1998? After he came, he gave us ZERO goal. I still couldn’t believe that.

    Whenever we are linked to a star player, we got shaken up by the news. Don’t forget that KK has built up the Enterainers with low-profile players! It’s not just about players. It’s about our spirit. Those big three mentioned don’t want to come to NUFC and that’s fine! Even if they come, they will just play poorly.

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  • The Vicar

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Ed,

    Watched Arshavin Thurs – not impressed. Watched Arda Weds – not impressed. Let’s just get it right for once and adopt a more measured approach.

    No more expensive mistakes. When will people learn from the Fat Fred era.

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  • Magpie6699

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Arshavin’s been seen at the Hoppings!

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