Gary Speed Sure Guthrie Great Signing For Newcastle


Our former stalwart central midfielder, the great Gary Speed, has said today that he believes Newcastle United new boy Danny Guthrie will be a great signing for Kevin Keegan.

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Gary Speed – great midfielder for Newcastle United

Gary Speed, who is now 38, should know what he is talking about, because not only did he play over 200 games for Newcastle United between 1998 and 2004, but he also played alongside young Danny Guthrie at Bolton Wanderers last season.

Speed thinks the 5’9″ midfielder will prove to be a very good buy for the Newcastle club.

The former Welsh international talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Danny is a very good player and he will be a great signing for Newcastle.”

“I know because I played with him at Bolton last season in the same team and he did very well.”

“He did take a little bit of time to settle into the team but he is still a young player.”

“And once he was in the team he stayed there and became a regular.”

“He did well once he was in despite Bolton struggling.”

Speed knows that Bolton Wanderers wanted to keep Guthrie, but we think once the player knew Newcastle were after him, he made up his mind to join former Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan on Tyneside.

Speed, who played 85 times for Wales, and is tipped to be a future manager of his country,  feels that Bolton Wanderers fans will be disappointed to see Danny join a rival Premier League side.

Several weeks ago Danny had told his friends in Liverpool that he would be joining Newcastle United in the summer.

Speed added:

“The Bolton fans took to Danny straight away and they wanted the club to sign him from Liverpool.”

“I think the Newcastle fans will like him too.”“He’s energetic and an honest lad. He should do really well.”

Guthrie is from Shropshire and has starred for England at youth levels, beginning with the England Schoolboys side in 2003, while he was with Liverpool.

Danny is one the fringe of the England Under-21 side, and he made 7 appearances for the Liverpool first team, in all competitions.

He also played a total of 35 appearances in all competitions for Bolton Wanderers last season.

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152 comments so far

  • Danny G

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    If I wasn’t sold already then I would be now….Gary Speed does know what he is talking about!

    1st Comment….Yes!!

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  • clinta

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #2

    If his as good for us as gary was over the years than we’ll of done a good bit of business.

    nice age, nice price and a good bit of pl experience at such a young age.

    So how many games in the pl has gary speed clocked up now then, anyone know?

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  • Hadrian

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #3

    reports in a couple of papers(more credible than the sun or mail!) the fee was closer to 1 million 😮 .

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  • shirts

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    seems encouraging, though I’ve never seen him play to the best of my knowledge.

    I’m wondering where he’ll play and instead of whom… Butt to the bench?

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  • YongMalaysia

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    i totally think this is a good business, he is young and got some EPL games experience, just that he need some time and support.

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  • darren grech MALTA

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    we need to to give this young lad a chance.doesn’t means taht he isn’t good enough for newbastle utd because he wasn’t in Benitez plans.every maneger has his opinions.Danny is still 21 and Keegan can develop him.i hope

    i think we still need another 2 very good creative midfielders,1 strong striker and 1 or 2 defenders to have a complete squad.then we ca say that we are ready for next season to challeng top 6 spot

    hope that my dream come true

    DARREN GRECH FROM MALTA

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  • Leo

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #7

    gary speed was a player which you didnt realise what you had till it was gone…

    we certainly missed him when he joined bolton

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  • Seymour Butts

    Jul 12, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    from newcastleMAD site –

    NEW SIGNING! But What Do Bolton Know That We Don’t?

    According to reports from Merseyside, Newcastle look set to sign midfielder Danny Guthrie after they agreed a fee with Liverpool.
    Guthrie spent the whole of last season on loan with Bolton Wanderers, but the Trotters have turned down the option of a permanent deal and he is now poised to sign for Newcastle.

    what a load of tosh – seems everyone and his dog knows that bolton did try and sign him thank god we’ve got this site that actually goes into research and stuff. Personally, i saw guthrie myself a bit last season and thought he looked in a different league to some of the other bolton players so hopefully he’ll turn out a good signing

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  • daiv

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Good signing along with the Spanish lad. But we need to sign proven quality and that costs money. WE are NUFC. I will not be happy signing one and two million pound players whilst Bolton and Ports and lots of other clubs sign many £10M players. It makes us look broke. How can we be broke when we have no debt. Manure are Hundreds of millions in debt and so are Arsenal. Why can they afford expensive players and we who are debt-free cannot?

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Another good young prospect, but I am still waiting for the Quality signings Mr Micawber, sorry Mr. Ashley I mean.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Daiv it doesn’t matter how much the player costs, Gutierrez is apparently a really good player and he only cost us a few million in terms of buying out the players contract etc

    where as Elmander cost Bolton 10million and he aint worth it, i would have been let down if we signed him for anywhere near that amount

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #12

    i am happy with how things have gone so far in terms of transfers, we have spent little and made decent signings. We are clearly looking in the right places for talent and our scouting system has won me over

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #13

    im with you there spyro mate

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Poulsen is set to sign for Juventus,which means Xabi Alonso’s move there may not happen now, there has never been a better time to act quick and at least try to get him in, he is a fantastic player and can defend and pick an awesome pass.

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  • beye the great

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    you never no he could either be a gem like speed and lee
    or a disaster like viana n jenas

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #16

    GG7, what you think about Alonso situation, i would sign him for anything up to 15million, he is exactly what we need, creativity in the middle of the park

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    i like xabi, but he wont come. i think poulsen is class though

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    i couldnt see him coming to us, i have a sneaky feeling from what i have been hearing that he may be off to the arse

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    PLUS we have something Liverpool want, Milner. If we offer Milner and 10million it would be good for both sides

    i too doubt Xabi Alonso would be ecstatic with the move, but he is not what i would call an impossible signing

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #20

    god i hope not, Xabi and Cesc in the middle for Arsenal would be ridiculous, best creative midfield in the prem

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    nah defo not an impossible signing, is very good though, i techniquely ver gifted player. i think guthrie will turn out such a good player, he is abit like a terrier

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  • daiv

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Spyro,
    I accept we cannot buy stupidly as we did in the past. But we have to strike a balance. We will never be a top 6 (forget 4 this year) team buying £1M players. Not while other teams are shelling out a lot more. We are not in debt but seem unable to attract the proven top players. Or are we not trying. MA wants to run NUFC like a business. Football is not like that. All the top teams are in debt except us but appear to have more ambition. Any profit NUFC make is not going on players, as things stand, but into the pockets of the billionaire BUSINESSMAN who claims he cannot afford NUFC on his own. I am not impressed with our businessman. I want a rich romantic who loves the club not another owner who wants to make a profit out of it and us. Where is NUFCs Jack Walker? He must be out there somewhere.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #23

    i think it also makes alot of sense fro xabi to go to the arse.

    i think we should defo sign inler, larsson and zhirkov. that would be very good, i know its no vdv or anything but i like all these players alot

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    guthrie will definitely improve fast, you can tell by his attitude in his comments that he aint the “cant be bothered” type, and the way he played for bolton last season was fairly impressive, tried really hard and earned himself a place

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    i would jump at the chance to sign those 3 GG7, especially Inler and Zhirkov as we cannot rely on Zoggy and we need quality CM’s

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #26

    i am happy with the guthrie deal lads but what i am worried about is the ashley seems to be implying that he is going to sell chunks of us off again only a year after fighting to buy us – what is the point in that. I want to know why he is pleading that he needs investors and that his is an expensive seat when we turn in a profit? how can he have a problem with us – any accountants out there than can enlighten me like cos i am lost on it really. We made money when we had loads of debt, more players on higher wages, since then we have sold more than we have bought – this close season alone he is into profit on sales by millions on what we have bought, plus tv revenue going up etc – why can we not manage when other clubs do and many with half the gates that we have? any ideas?

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  • alex scott

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Davi you fool – man u etc are in the champions league which means millions of pounds. And we may have no debt but if the owner won’t spend then thats that!!

    And just because a player costs loads of money doesn’t mean they’re any good – boumsong, vianna etc etc….

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Daiv

    It seems like you want a signing to show other players and clubs a signal of our intent and ambition. I say, it doesn’t matter to me if we buy cheap as long as we buy right, there are benefits to both our POV’s. we buy expensive it shows we are ambitious, we buy cheap and it shows we are no busters and we wont be taken for a ride.

    What do you think of Xabi Alonso? would you go for him whilst his transfer to Juventus seems to be in turmoil?

    whats the deal witht his Bassong guy? never seen him play

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #29

    i hope we see that little knob n’zogbia

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  • daiv

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Alex Scott
    You say if the owner won’t spend then thats that!!!
    So thats OK then is it and we should just sit back and take it on the chin happy that he is in charge.
    He spent virtually nothing last summer as well.
    I don’t know abouy you but I travel all over the country watching the Toon spending small fortunes. I resnt that our owner is pocketing millions.
    MUFC may be in the Champions League but they sre still hundreds of millions in debt. Or does Champions League entry absolve clubs of debt. No, MUFC pay mega millions more on transfers and wages. The debt remains and the profits are churned in transfers and wages. Our profit seem to go elsewhere into pockets of rich owners who claim hardship

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #31

    GG7 Zoggy has been my fave player for years now so despite his comments a small part of me wants him to stay

    Daiv you didnt answer my question about alonso

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  • daiv

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Some on this blog seem to think MA can do no wrong. He must be God or the writers are related to him. He is in it to make a profit and will not risk his own money. That is the bottom line. If thats a great owner then I’m Cinderella.

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  • Piers

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree Spyro. I think Alonso would fit perfectly in our midfield. However it would seem quite unlikely of a transfer actually happening with Alonso. Anyways does anyone know how many players we are after this summer and what our budget for summer transfers is? As far as Guthrie is concerned….anyone with a hard working ethis like Guthrie is great for our club.

    But still like many of us i am eagerly awaiting a major Newcaste United signing this summer. We deserve a star player who can take us to Europe next year!

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  • daiv

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Spyro,
    Alonso would be great but we won’t get him. I love KK but can’t stand the owner. I would be amazed if we buy anybody costing more than five or six mil. Alonso is out of our league. He is PROVEN quality but they cost money.

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  • toon army1

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #35

    breaking news: newcastle give trail to young defender.

    http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1780_3810352,00.html

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #36

    oh god, i was half way through writing a message as to why he would come, looking for any possible factor that might swing the transfer in our favour, but it is pointless, i deep down know you guys are right, we aint even going to go after him much less attract him into our club, oh well, dream was good whilst it lasted, all 15 mins of it

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #37

    i agree we need a star player, someone we can rely on to pull something out of the bag when we are really struggling, but it might not necessarily be an expensive player, our star signing could cost 1million, you never know

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  • jettson

    Jul 12, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Speed speaks with years of experience and know how, give the lad a chance, he is no forign mercenary here after cash, he wants to play!! unlike some of our signings in the past, still need the top quality players tho, Aimar for me and Inler then a top class youngish striker (derdiyok) let Shearer show him how its done! then onto the defence a campbell like centre back needed, but who????

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  • daiv

    Jul 12, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Spyro,
    I want proven quality and not trophy signings. Both cost money. Guthrie may be a good player but he is not a top 4 player is he? Let go by Liverpool and on loan to Bolton so we buy him. He is a good player but is unlikely to make us a top 4 team. We need a couple of proven top players this summer to make us into a challenging team but I cannot see it happening. After the lack of funds last summer I find it all so disappointing. Last summer and to date this summer, I would bet we are one of the clubs who have spent the least. Not good enough for a so called top team We are the thirteenth richest club in Europe. Hard to believe isn’t it?

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  • Spyro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Cigarini or Biglia for the Toon! 😀

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