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Is Barcelona’s Xavi On Way To Newcastle?

10:26 am, Sunday, August 10th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 201 Comments

Barcelona star Xavi could be on his way to Newcastle, or so the People newspaper is reporting today.


Xavi – Euro 08 Player of the Tournament on way to Newcastle?

They say that agents acting on the player’s behalf are trying to get him to the Premier League and that Newcastle United are on his list.

People Sport says the Euro 2008-winning Spanish midfielder is now unhappy at Barcelona, and doesn’t always agree with his new boss Josep Guardiola.

Xavi plays in central or defensive midfielder for Barcelona, which is the only club he has ever played for, and he has been capped 63 times for the Spanish national team, and started for Spain in Euro 08 ahead of Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas.

Xavi, who is 28 and stands 5’7″ tall, also played for his country at 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008 – so he has lots of experience at the very highest level.

He was named Best Player by UEFA at Euro 2008.

And the report is that he has instructed his representatives to seek out a move to England, so he can play in the Premier League.

Arsenal would seem a more suitable destination, with Arsene Wenger needing to bring in another midfielder, so if any big club goes after him, we cannot seeing him coming to Newcastle, where he wouldn’t even get European Football next season.

While we would hope this report is true, our common sense tells us it’s a little hard to believe.

But we’re very willing to be wrong on this.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


201 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DanToon // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:28 AM


  • 2 bettyswollocks // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    hahahaha is it april fools?

  • 3 Graham // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    ‘Is Barcelona’s Xavi On Way To Newcastle?
    ‘ – only if he’s having a short break on Easyjet before the new season starts.

    Would be nice though – stranger things have happend.

  • 4 ACD // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    hahahaha funny story! would be amazing if it was true but cant see it happening !

  • 5 toon1978 // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    hahahaha BOLLOX!!!!!

  • 6 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:38 AM


  • 7 hgjfkd // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:40 AM


  • 8 Faustino // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    hahahah my god if only – would that tick the midfielder box Spyro?

  • 9 looney toon // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    HAHAHAHA cos xavi wants to quite champions league futbal to play wit us!! (however i fink he should :)

    wot nutters write this rubbish n expect ppl to believe them??

  • 10 Tom // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    I wish…

  • 11 Robert from Serbia // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Tottenham would take him our of our nose :-)

  • 12 greg // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    LOL no chance

  • 13 The real big AL // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Anybody who booed smith at yesterdays game, shame on you!!! not true newcastle fans at all!! yes the lad has been poor for us but he has just got his head down and got on with it, he has never complained to the press, spat his dummy out or slagged the fans off, which i wouldn’t blame him for doing given the comments some of the fans on this site make. while he is in an nufc shirt we should get behind him 100%. to the boo boys – if you aren’t gonnaget behind your players then stay the f**k away from sjp, we don’t need or want your kind of support

  • 14 TerryMacsPerm // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • 15 Wor Bobby // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:50 AM


    Having said that, who would have honestly thought Shearer would turn down Man U, Barca, Inter and Juve to come here?

  • 16 Faustino // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Too old, too famous and too pricey for Wenger I would have thought Ed. My money’s on Liverpool picking him up if anyone in the Prem; he’s twice the player Barry is.

    Shame, cos if he did go to the Arse then we may have picked up Inler.

  • 17 scottish mag // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    hope its true but just cant see it happening

    xavi thinking after euros

    “mmm, i have just been voted best player in euro 2008 and play for one of the best teams in europe, what is the next step in my career? i know the premiership, who should i join mmmm let me think………NEWCASTLE UNITED”

    yeah ok someone is having a laugh here

  • 18 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    i think he might just about tick the midfielder box Faustino, however, we should really be aiming higher, how about Bullard? :D

  • 19 Doug Costa Del Bay // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    @The real big Al

    Totally agree with your comment. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing yesterday at the match when the boo’s when up for Smith.. He has played his heart when ever he has got on the pitch, granted he is not the best but still puts his all in.

  • 20 toon 101 // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    I can’t see it happening but would love him here though

  • 21 neozero // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    seriously this is the greatest transfer bullcrap of the season…

  • 22 Marguerite // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    100% agree Big Al, makes you ashamed to witness that.

  • 23 51times // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Only in our dreams, or on PES.

  • 24 Norwegian Magpie // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    if this is true, then sureley Arsenal is his next destination. Maybe this can open up for Inler?

  • 25 Tommy // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Absolutely not a chance..

  • 26 darren grech MALTA // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    nothing is imposible if ashley wants to spend money to make newcastle challengers of the top 4.

    XAVI is a fantastic player and he will be amazing signing for newcastle united

  • 27 Faustino // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    I’d prefer Iniesta if he’s available. lol

  • 28 domtoon // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Never know, although, I’d put alot of money on this NOT happening. Ever.

  • 29 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    i dont think ashley would pay the money for him.shame like

  • 30 Faustino // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Darren – yes it is mate.

    No amount of money is going to convince Xavi, a player in the prime of his career, voted best player at Euro2008 and a player who just won said tournament, reached the Semis in the Champions league with Barcelona and, in essence, a player that could pick any team in Europe to play for, that the next move in his career should be to the toon unfortunately.

  • 31 Faustino // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Hitman – why? It wouldn’t cost a riduclous amount more than what Coloccini is rumoured to have cost or what we we’re prepared to pay for Modric. The simple fact is he would never agree terms with us.

    I wish folk would stop assuming the reasons we haven’t signed any of the world’s top 20 players at present is cos he won’t spend the money. It’s getting blo*dy tedious.

  • 32 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    anyone read waddles interview,what do you lads think

  • 33 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    faustino wages

  • 34 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Xavi has a 100million buy out clause lol

  • 35 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Waddles a d***head

  • 36 ToonKing // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:02 PM


  • 37 Faustino // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Fair enough Hitman your probs right on the wages.

  • 38 Faustino // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    I think Waddles agent has told him to ham it up a bit for profile. That 100 million quote is all a bit Dr Evil imo

  • 39 John B // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Waddle should shut up, he has been reading too much daily mail.

    No way xavi will come to us. Champions league teams will want him if he is leaving barca.

  • 40 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    i have no doubt ashley would pay top dollar for a player,but he seems to be a bit of a stickler when it comes to wages.

  • 41 The Chief // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    I’d love it, but realistically, I think the pope will have a sex change before this happens.

  • 42 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    i agree faustino

  • 43 clinta // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Being in China these days I don’t make it to SJP that often anymore, but am annoyed at hearing the boo boys were giving it to Smith during the match, agree with your comments big AL no place for that at our club.

    booing a mangaers one thing, but booing a player, your booing the f”!kn shirt!!

  • 44 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    which is good hitman

  • 45 nightfall // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    well…before the transfer window opend KK and MA both said we’ll be surprised with the’s just keep the door open :)

  • 46 tino97 // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    What rubbish, Xavi I wished. I heard Messi is on the verge of signing for Gateshead. You heard it here first!!

  • 47 TerryMacsPerm // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Chris Waddle has completely sold out and should keep his nose out of things that don’t concern him

  • 48 dave // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    another embaressing article why do you make a fool of yourself ed with this bullshit.

  • 49 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    i agree spyro,but if you go in for top players you have to pay top wages,i really dont think ashley understands that.

  • 50 dev // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    waddle knows nowt….mid table if the team stay fit? maybe he should look at the form guide from last term and see how we finished.

    oba,owen,duff,coliccini,beye,given,butt,milner,n’zogbia, gutierrez,geremi,taylor,guthrie,faye,harper,krul,barton,viduka,bassong,cacapa,lualua,carroll

    plus a couple more to come…..

    question… n earth can anyone say that squad is only capable of mid-table?

    Take a look now at the sqauds from villa,everton,west ham, portsmouth, man city and b/burn.

    we have nothng to worry about!

  • 51 Tom Cairns // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Not been linked with him but what about Michael johnson from man city? has just rejectd a new deal and although arsenal hav been linked, if inler goes cant see them taking him in as well.

  • 52 Micky C // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    We’ve got as much chance of signing him as we do of signing any big name, what can we possibly offer any player with big ambitions?? The last few seasons we’ve had to pay mega bucks wages for them to even concider us and that aint gonna happen with Ash the bash (rightfully though, if Arsenal can offer their players such small contracts then we should follow suit).

  • 53 Punk Skunk // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Chris Twaddle i’m afraid, great player for us in his day, but isn’t he a ma*kam fan?..

  • 54 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    not necessarily Hitman, Gutierrez is a top player IMO, he is on 35k, Modric is on 35k at Spurs. It all depends on what you mean by ‘top players’, do you mean well known and hyped players?
    e.g. Cisse

  • 55 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    yeah someone said that earlier Skunk, i dont care if he is or he aint, he is an a***hole no matter what team he supports

  • 56 GoesseN // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    on a lighter note….,19734,11678,00.html

    they have coloccini number 5 on there… and mike ashley was sporting a top wearing the players name and number… BUT STIL NO BLOODY OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT …. wth

  • 57 AndyNUFC // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    I did actually break that Newcastle might go for a cheeky punt at him weeks ago, but nevermind.

    I don’t believe it myself, wages would be too high, doesn’t suit into our seeming youthful transfer policy, with all players incoming being under 27.

    However, I do believe we will bring in another central midfielder, with Barton out, Butt aging, and Guthrie having no cover. I think it will be Skjelbred, as he is young, won’t want huge wages, and fits directly into our “must have the heart for the club”… as he supports the club! Can’t have much more heart than that.

    I’m in 2 minds whether we will buy another striker as well. I don’t think we will sign one if Smith doesn’t go.

  • 58 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    nar i mean players like xavi,players of this calliuber will deemand top wages,me i would stay well clear of players like this,but ashley did say he wanted to bring in a top player to excite the fans..

  • 59 kieran // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    i too think this is not true. but then again who would of fort that owen would join newcastle when he did.

    i mean liverpool, madrid then newcastle. no one saw that one coming

    so maybe we could get xavi

  • 60 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    The Sunday Sun are making bull**** up again. Im sure these journalists read this blog and then write up an article accordingly

  • 61 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Andy Skjelbred just signed a new contract at Rosenborg so we may have our first choice target in the bag

    fair enough Hitman, the fact that MA had Coloccini on his shirt does lead me to believe that Fabricio is going to be our big money signing this yr

  • 62 Faustino // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    I think he does Hitman. I just don’t think he wants to pay anymore until we’ve got the best out of the squad we’re currently paying obscene wages for unfortunately.

    Makes sense though.

  • 63 AndyNUFC // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Got any links about Skjelbred signing a new contract? I’d be quite baffled if he didn’t come tbh. Then again, no geordie at all would have went into this transfer market hoping a certain Danny Guthrie would come, but he’s been a gem for us so far.

  • 64 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    true faustino, high wages werent a problem last yr for MA and look where it got us. He is being smarter about it now. This is good as it means we wont get money grabbers who will come here and not push themselves.

  • 65 Birdy Toon 4 Life // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    6 million quid and hes never scored ONE goal-Smithy needs to be booed to get his arse in gear-howay man-does anyone agree?

  • 66 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM


    no i dont agree birdy, i just want to see him gone, not booed, thats utterly pointless and will only hurt the fans reputation. Im sure the media will love that

  • 67 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    makes great sense tino,spyro i hope colo isnt our big money signing would much prefer an AM,to be.

  • 68 Punk Skunk // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Spyro, i think y’right about rags reading blog sites & ‘parapharzing’ as it were!..

  • 69 craig // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    The real big Al

    Totally agree with your comment

  • 70 Punk Skunk // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    y’NEVER boo your own team, EVER!..
    It’s NEVER gonna help, EVER!..
    …It goes against everything about bein’ a SUPPORTER!..

  • 71 Bimpy474 // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    If we sign Xavi i’ll eat my left goolie.

  • 72 toonarmy08 // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    tell ya sumat lads ,guthrie 2.5m or modric 15.5m ,based on what ive seen so far ,what a signing kk .went to doncaster other week and he was by far the player on park ,and he was superb against valencia .so to the spuds shove modric up ya f***ing arse !!!!:)

  • 73 AndyNUFC // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Cheers Spyro, shame like. We do need somebody in the centre of the park though, if not to attack and for the killer passes, but some solidness, like what Guthrie/Butt gives.

    Need somebody bloody tall to get on the end of Gutierrez and an in-form again Duff. This is the season Duff gives his long awaited best to the toon.

  • 74 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    ANDY i wouldnt worry mate, this should be taken as positive news. Skjelbreds agent said we would only pursue him if we missed out on our first choice targets.

  • 75 normski1930z // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    xavi hehe…

  • 76 Punk Skunk // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Duff looks fit again, Yay!..

  • 77 Bimpy474 // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Anyone think KK has signed Guthrie because he reminds him of the great Rob lee, and Jonas as a much more hard working version of David Ginola.

  • 78 Punk Skunk // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Guthrie is the new…………………….
    …Not the new somebody else!.. :D

  • 79 Punk Skunk // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Just having a laugh bimpy!.. :D

  • 80 Nenad // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Would be decent backup for Butt. Bring em in I say!

  • 81 Bimpy474 // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Hehehe i knew that you cheeky young scamp ya

  • 82 the son of shearer // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    i work in newcastle airport on passport control. xavi has just arrived, surely it must be for talks with the toon, im keeping all fingers crossed!!

  • 83 smithy // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    that story is about as true real as jordons tits lol

  • 84 figsdad // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    the only problem lads he’s got a 100mil buy out clause…

  • 85 Leo // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    funny stuff, the news reporters obviously do hear some inklings of rumours that are true.

    sebastian larsson= seb bassog

    xavi= xabi alonso

  • 86 51times // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    figsdad – Every player in Spain is required to have a buyout clause in their contract. Just because his buyout clause is £100m doesn’t mean that’s what you have you pay.

  • 87 mart // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Well said Big Al.
    I was disgusted at the scumbags who booed one of our own players. Whether you want to keep the player or not (and like most people I don’t) – shame on those who did. You cannot call yourself a Newcastle supporter.
    And did you see who was the last player on the pitch at the end clapping the supporters – yes Alan Smith.

  • 88 Lacedaemonian // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Hopefully Arsenal will move for him, thus freeing up Inler…………….

  • 89 ObaFan2 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Weird about Colo and MA having his shirt on…. suppose we’ll have a press conference with hopefully him and a couple of other signings to announce.

    Can’t see Xavi being one of them though…… the Sunday rags desperate to sell their papers again!!!

  • 90 toon4lyf // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    hes defint;y goin to liverpool now after the barry deal is off

  • 91 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    the problem with smith is he has lost his edge since he got that horra injurie,but if we let him go we must have a replacement in first..

  • 92 ObaFan2 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    I think there is a replacement ready for Smith but we have to free up his huge wage bill first….. £3 million a year (reported amount) is alot and needs clearing.

  • 93 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    oba: smith has heart but thats not enough hes ment to put the ball in the net and he isnt

  • 94 9 Shearer // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    @Punk Skunk, yhats funny but he can make a name for himself.

    guys we are not getting another midfielder. A striker(derdiyok or Olic) and A LB ( Tiawo)

  • 95 toon4lyf // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    butt is despertae we badly need a new midfielder
    riquleme or ambrosini
    fabio grosso fer left back

  • 96 scottish mag // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    liverpool dont have the money for xavi

  • 97 toon4lyf // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    we should judge smith when hes playing in his proper positiuon nearly every player was terrible last sesason and butt is far wurse

  • 98 toon 24/7 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    im not a big fan ov smithy but i would never boo a player wearing the great toon shirt,itll knock wat confidence he has ooot ov him.

  • 99 toon4lyf // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    liverpool do have the money for xavi

  • 100 Leeg123 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    sonof shearer how are you writing about xavi just arriving shouldnt you be workinhg you liar

  • 101 scottish mag // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    no they dont if they cant afford barry at 18m

    also arsenal are back for yaya toure at cm so xavi is ours

  • 102 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    dont want any of those players toon4lyfe, all are old and either passed it or too slow for prem in my opinion.

  • 103 scotty // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    tee hee

  • 104 scott9 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahah why dont we hyjack man utd s bid for berbatov while were at it

  • 105 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    lads we should put a bid in for jimmy bullard,he would be a good signing for us.

  • 106 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    xavi is ours?! have you been smoking pcp?

  • 107 new tonnboy // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    guys im new anyway dont u realise wat ashley has done he has brought in two world class internationals so far

  • 108 scotty // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    agreed hitman – bullard, larson – what happened with inler?

  • 109 scottish mag // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    spyro it was a joke, u really think someone thinks we have a realistic chance of signng him


  • 110 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    scottish mag, no doubt someone will pop up on here later and state we could sign him if we tried lol

    that same person will then call for MA’s head when he doesnt sign for us. Because of him being such a “cheapskate”

  • 111 autibo // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    apparently xavi, iniesta, messi and puyol are going to be announced at the coloccini conference!! :-)

  • 112 Bimpy474 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    I really do wish people would stop putting players forward they have in their teams on FM2008.

  • 113 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    scotty: bullard and larsson is what the toon need we could get them for a decent price and the wages wouldnt be daft.

  • 114 toon 24/7 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    i reckon once he finally scores he might actually turn out a good player,give him a run out in the reserves,build the alan smith ov leeds up again,cos i tell u wat that alan smith was good.

  • 115 iain // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    fantastic player but very unlikely he would activley be seeking a move to nufc, anyone who saw his mtv cribs will realise what a normal down to eerth family guy xavi is, he was still living with his mam and dad. so i doubt ne england is his priority for a move.

    although theres not a space in the top 4 teams for him accept at arsenal but i couldnt see wenger forking out for an experienced player who is one of barcas top earners. maybe lpool could swap alonso for him.

  • 116 vaughany // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA This is the biggst lie av eva heard

  • 117 Birdy Toon 4 Life // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    i never said I booed him,but theres obviously a problem when the majority of the crowd are-FACT,and these lads at the match told me it was cuz He doesnt want to play for us,he wants out-cuz i had no idea of wot the crack was and asked them-to me that made sense,that doesnt mean im not a supportor

  • 118 9 Shearer // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Bullard is 29. we are getting players of 26 and below. Thats why we might not get Olic because of his age.

    Smith will be leaving coz MA only wants us to be happy and jst so what happened. Taiwo had a good game last night agaist Rennes, he even had an assist. Beye will be advocating for him to come since he was is former captain. Taiwo is 23 and then Derdiyok is 20.

  • 119 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    i dont know why people on here think he was booed because of him being crap, he has been crap for a long time now and never been booed, it was clearly because of the everton links

  • 120 Chris F // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    toon4lyf, if you think butt was worse than smith last season, you’re on crack.

    butt was very impressive at times last season, and was one of the few players we had along with milner, who looked like they gave a crap when we were playing badly.

  • 121 Chris F // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    spyro it doesn’t matter if he’s linked with everton, celtic, rangers or even young boys of bern, you should *never* boo a player in your own side.

    sure he’s not been a great signing for us, but he’s not the worst, nor the most disgraceful player to ever pull on the shirt.

  • 122 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    chris f : spyros on

  • 123 xfer // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:48 PM

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  • 124 D.C. // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    There’s a snowball’s chance in hell of this happening. Unfortunately.

  • 125 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    i wish people would read comments before responding. When did i say it was o.k to boo? i have said numerous times it is unacceptable. I am just pointing out why he was booed as most on here have got the wrong end of the stick

  • 126 toon4lyf // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    wat is butt gud at????

  • 127 Leo // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    you know i was just re reading everything there and thought to myself.

    smith- good or bad.

    well he is playing badly no doubt but remember the goal he scored against us at st james in record time, was a good player then

    somethings gone terribly wrong somewhere down the line

    i cant believe the people who were booing smith either, where i was sitting no one was because i would have told then where to get off but there was a particular corner where all the boo’s were coming from

  • 128 toon4lyf // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    spryo wer hardly guna get world class players in there prime like

  • 129 Chris F // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    what exactly is it you think he doesn’t do well?

    sure he’s not a goalscorer, nor is he very creative, but that’s not part of his role in the side.

    he’s there to be a spoiler, break up play and stick the tackles in, which he does pretty well.

  • 130 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    i see roger thames is a sky reporter now .lol

  • 131 Cooper // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Now this would be brilliant. His passing is second to none.

    However he is one of barca’s most importanmt players. Hes like gerrard with liverpool – a very important and influencial player who also holds his club very close to his heart.

    And if he was to leave i very much doubt it would be to a club like us who isnt even in europe.

    Anyway rafa will be straight in there if he becomes available so his can continue his forming of the spanish squad at liverpool

  • 132 Birdy Toon 4 Life // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    where were u sitting Leo?i was at sir john hall and no one was booeing,but alot of people were overall in SJP!

  • 133 Rob West Australia // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    What a joke the media only want a story.Give us some real news.Half wits

  • 134 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM


    Butt is exceptionally good defensively, its just his offensive ability that is poor. He cant pass, he hasnt any skill etc because he is a DM very much in the old mould. Modern day DM need to be techically able as the ‘beautiful’ football played by Man U, Arsenal, Barca etc relies heavily on the whole team featuring in the build up play. Everyone is trying to achieve that style of football.

    However, when we just want to break up play and block out the opposition Butt could prove vital, I would like to see him used as a player to come on around the 60th or 70th minute when the opposition are trying to pile on the pressure.

  • 135 nightfall // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    smith is shite…why some of you keep defending him? he sucks, always have (ok he had 2 ok seasons at leeds) seriousely..why? plus he’s egoistic, so…just fire him! he’s getting payed 60k a week for running around like an idiot and screaming at players… he’s useless up front and everytime he played in the midfield we’ve played the worst football in the history of football… i just don’t get…

  • 136 ObaFan2 // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Chris F, Butt is good at breaking play up not Smith imo, Smith breaks our play up more often than not.

    Butt has done well pre-season and because of his style of play and position he plays doesn’t always gets the recognition he deserves. He was full of running right up to the end of the game.

    I too was in sir john hall stand and some people were making remarks like “bring Smith on ” ten minutes AFTER he came on and calling him Peter Stringfellow because of his tan n blonde hair…… :)

    I was surprised and shocked at the booing and sounded like it was from the Gallogate end.

  • 137 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    anyone here like the new silver strip,going to send the wife oot to get me one the morra.

  • 138 david bulman // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    agree with big al.i think smith should be sold,be better for him and club,but i dont agree with booing the lad when he does put in effort.its the same gobshites that do be on this site that wanted enrique dumped out after 1 season,enrique has been impressive preseason and is young and getting use to premiership,he has good passing.remember vidic and evra had bad 1st seasons at man utd till they settled now they are 2 of the best defenders around.i am delighted for smith,he has had alot of stick on this site but is looking back to best,he had a horrific injury and has worked hard to get back and if given chance will have a great the players and dont be so fickle.we wont get xavi but we need creative midfielder,inler or the young skielbred who is a newcastle fan.ashley needs to give a bit more money and not expect keegan to break top 4 this year,unrealistic

  • 139 autibo // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    not a smith fan by any stretch of the imagination but it’s a disgrace booing the lad. a lot of hypocritical toon fans say all they care about is players giving 100% and showing some pride in the shirt. smith does this, he just happens to be shit, but he should not be booed for that. the likes of dyer, who showed contempt for the club deserve booing. i hope he leaves, but i think he deserves our best wishes if he does go.

    get derdiyok and moutinho/afellay/johnson/fernandez and maybe some cover/competition for jose and we’ll be going into the season with a good squad

  • 140 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    autibo: if moutinho wants to go to everton surely he would come to the toon if we put a bid in for him.

  • 141 Bmore // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    If only this was true……..

    How about Alonso, its a long shot but maybe worth a try?

  • 142 Bmore // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    The two golden rules when watching a match at SJP.
    1) Never boo a player.
    2) Never leave early.

    I have never done the first – but I did the second after the Dyer/Bowyer incident a few years ago.

  • 143 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    bmore i did the second,when the toon where in the inter toto against depor and robbie eliot fell ova for the second goal..that was enough for me i went str8t to o’neills

  • 144 Hadrian // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    cant understand how stories like this actually get printed ,

  • 145 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    its mad hadrian coz there is no news coming out of sjp the press make it up,well done ashley

  • 146 boater // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Autibo… it grates on me that people still go on about Dyer in that way…. he once said he wouldn’t play in a certain position and we all turned on him…
    Remember his performances in the robert/speed/dyer/nobby midfield that twice got us into the CL.
    We used to sing his name for years and he was our best player – along with shearer -for a lot of that time…
    somehow his name is muck on tyneside which I think is a shame….

  • 147 Piers // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Ha did you dream this last night?

  • 148 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    piers bring back bellamy. lol

  • 149 Chris F // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    obafan2, i was talking about Butt, and not Smith, because toon4lyf said that Butt was worse than smith last season, and i was disagreeing.

  • 150 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    i disagree too

  • 151 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    wheres everyone gone!!! at the rate im going to have to start nattering to the misses…HELP

  • 152 toon 24/7 // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    im defending him cos i think he could be a good assit to our club,and about firing him what u talking about,its us who offered him 60000 a week,why?cos he has pottencial to be a class him when we can get 3 million,ur crackers

  • 153 magsie // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Been out for the bairnes b/day seen nee news, have i missed out any new players linked?

  • 154 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    smith isnt shite hes just lost his bottle since that horra injurie…

  • 155 hitman // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    magsie:na the colo saga is still on going

  • 156 magsie // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    ffs will it out do the Ronaldo transfer lol

  • 157 gorskino10 // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Butt and Smith are BOTH rubbish no point arguing on who’s worse.
    How silly is this article, why would he leave Spain even if he left Barca he would go to Villareal or a team in Champions League.
    Also do you think KK would have over 15mill to spend on 1 player he is kinda at his edge on his budget he may only have less than 10 mill, to buy a Mid,Striker.
    If were looking at Barcalona for players please look at Jeffren Suarez and Iago

  • 158 toon lad // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    why would liverpool want xavi when they have macherano and gerard and xavi would only cost 8-12mill

  • 159 Edd Case // Aug 10, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    If we were going to sign anyone from Barca, right now it would be Samuel Eto’o as he is defintely allowed to leave.

    He is a realistic target but Xavi, no way. As someone else said earlier, I’d actually prefer Iniesta but both Iniesta and Xavi are both from Barca and I could never see either leave.
    Can you imagine Eto’o and Martins up top though!?

  • 160 dan // Aug 10, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    To be honist we are targeting players on the way up now, not players who have peaked. Xavi would be a good partner to Guthrie in a footballing midfield though. He is 5 years younger than Butt I suppose. I think Butt will seize up this season.
    I would rather we didnt spend alot of money on someone, as Faustino put it; too old, too famous and too pricy.

  • 161 nightfall // Aug 10, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    the thing is smith sucked before he even came to us…look at his matches at manchester… just look at him..his game and you’ll see what i mean.. and forget about that 1 match vs roma…that was 1 match…1! but we got him ‘cos SA is an idiot..he thinks who ever played for a big club is world class…well it ain’t… he should be sold ‘cos he doesn’t even deserve 1g a week… we’s not even good enough for a reserve team… like it or not..the guy is clueless, but lucky to get 60g a week for acting like egoistic forrest gump…

  • 162 Irish John // Aug 10, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Butt is crap…can’t play football….he can only throw himself about but once he gets the ball you start to worry..

    we really need someone in defensive mid who can play football aswell..Its VITAL we get someone like veloso who can do this…Butt can’t..

    Butt would be good back up for someone else..

  • 163 dan // Aug 10, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    I disaree with ppl booing Smith because he at least has tried, unlike Luque. but……..
    I think if Ash sent him to Toffeeland to replace Andy Johnson. We will have a heck of a better chance of catching them next season, as Smith and a frustrated Yakubu would be pretty timid.
    That would also pave the way for Derdiyok, who I was very impressed with at the Euros. Plus he wants to come and has ambition, unlike curfue Carrol

  • 164 hahaha // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:00 PM


  • 165 ObaFan2 // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Chris F post 149, lol we agree then :) , I think Butt’s done well and seems rejuvinated under KK.
    Cos most the talks been about Smith I assumed the comment was about him :roll: lol

  • 166 eric crammy mag // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    i wonder what colo thought of the booing of one of our players . when did the loylast football supporters become so fickle i know he is not the best far from it but this booing has got to stop .if you want to boo go and watch the scum doon the road and boo until your hearts are content cos you are newcastle fans toss**s

  • 167 roy morten79(norway) // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    there will be some surprises this week with some major signings.some good sources in newcastle is telling me that i will be shocked with the signings coming up. she couldn`t tell me anything more. i hate to not be given soe names,but i guess it will happen like the guiterez signing.can`t wait to the season to start.

  • 168 Toon_Ksk // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Our next 3 signings…

    1. Colo
    2. Xavi
    3. Kaka

    Yeah DREAM ON!

  • 169 totsy // Aug 10, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    been a pretty crap day when it comes to transfers hope something is goming behind the scenes

  • 170 roy morten79(norway) // Aug 10, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    if she`s not telling the truth i wil personally travel to newcastle and smack her. have been talking to her for some weeks and it sounds like she really know some interesting people. lets all hope that its true.

  • 171 ObaFan2 // Aug 10, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Well we know Colo’s signed and they are keeping that quiet so they may well have others done and dusted and announce them altogether :)

  • 172 Dan-NuFc // Aug 10, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    I think we need a C.B (collocini) L.B (dno) C.m (probz Inler) C.f (dno) … then were ready 2 hammer the league ;)
    What u lot think n hu wud u lot sign ??

  • 173 Michael // Aug 10, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Not a chance.

  • 174 roy morten79(norway) // Aug 10, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    i would like 2 signings. inler and gomis. as long as we finish above tottenham i will be thrilled. sick of hearing about spuds signings

  • 175 UTD111 // Aug 10, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Never mind this……
    The booing of Alan Smith was disgusting. The cretins who did it should stay away from SJP – we don’t need “fans” like those knuckle draggers.

  • 176 JJ // Aug 10, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    No its embarressing that people would boo Smith. He doesnt decide to play the manager picks him and booing will only lower his confidence.

    As for Xavi – Barcas best player next to Messi, we will never get him.
    Alonso wouldnt be a bad choice though.

  • 177 figsdad // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    we need this guy at st james..

  • 178 Leo // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    sorry birdy toon 4 life for the late reply. i was sitting just to the left of the directors box area, im soo shit with the area’s of the ground. the whole ground confuses me to be honest. which is stupid because ive sat in two different area both the sports bar and 1892

  • 179 Leo // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    silly me isnt it called the milburn stand

    see thats how bad i am ive had season tickets for over 13years now

  • 180 adam // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    keegan did say that he is ready to break the transfer record at newcastle united

  • 181 no1toon fan // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    when did kk say that adam

  • 182 figsdad // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    berbatov yes please he’s a toon fan..

  • 183 KKK // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    I think the Smith situation is similar to that of Nicky Butts when he first came to the Toon and was soon loaned out to Brum after disappointing performances. I hope Alan can come through this season i for one am not a fan of Smith and really didn’t want fat sam to get him in the first place but as Keegan has said he does give 100% and i trust Keegan’s judgment on players so if he wants to keep him lets get behind him and maybe he will repay us with a hat-trick against Man U :)

  • 184 D Garew // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Waddle is a mackem. Waddle is an arsehole. Waddle has no affinity for the toon. Waddle is a clueless moron. Waddle should keep his fat cakehole shut.

  • 185 chuck // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    First of all Xavi, the Barcelona Xavi not the L`pool Xavi right, gonna sign him ?
    Theres no way , not in a million years,so fuggedaboudit.
    Alan Smith, look you can`t boo a guy who gives his all, thats bush league, guess some people just have no class.
    Which does`nt mean you cant let certain players and perhaps the team as a whole know what you think when they lay down.
    Hey thats a tradition in sports going back to day 1#, anyone who does`nt know that must have been on Mars or somewhere.
    Must be SOME personal negotiations going on with Coloccini, sure taking time.
    Moutinho/ Veloso,
    Anelka/Bent, Please.

  • 186 Declan // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    haha so much shite i have ever heard in my life .Like a player like xavi would come to newcastle united . only beleve it when i hear it.

  • 187 Declan // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    haha so much s**** i have ever heard in my life .Like a player like xavi would come to newcastle united . only beleve it when i hear it.

  • 188 m. // Aug 11, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    He was named Best Player by UEFA at Euro 2008.

    :D hahahahaha

    I believe only if it’s a straight swap for Ameobi :D

  • 189 Ricky // Aug 11, 2008 at 1:53 AM

    Maybe Arsenal cannot afford his salary,Spurs doesn’t need another midfielder,Liverpool wants Barry,Man U only need a striker,and Chelsea has brought Deco in…Since Newcastle might on his list,it absolutely depends on what Ashely thinks.

  • 190 seetow // Aug 11, 2008 at 7:17 AM

    don’t think he’s really suited to prem league anyway, too small and weak imo.

  • 191 Born Again Geordie // Aug 11, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Not going to happen – move on

  • 192 timberhead toon // Aug 11, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Figsdad I’ve been going on about Matias Fernandez for weeks now after I heard a rumour we had placed a 12 million offer for him but it all died a death.

  • 193 figsdad // Aug 11, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    could still happen,,,

  • 194 cooldj // Aug 11, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    is xavi coming to the toon?? in a word: no

  • 195 bigmatt // Aug 11, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Well said The real big AL Smith may not be playing as well as we would like, but he works hard. He plays with more heart than most on the pitch. He’s kept his head down and worked hard.

    Boo a player if he isn’t working hard, slagging off the fans, disgracing the club (joey barton), or demanding a transfer. But to boo a player who works hard isn’t right.

    Watch him go to Everton and bag 20 next season.

  • 196 timberhead toon // Aug 11, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Really hope so cos I think he’d be class

  • 197 roy morten79(norway) // Aug 11, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Matias Fernandez look very very good. we need a man who can score on freekicks. we are missing that in the squad

  • 198 Beastie // Aug 11, 2008 at 10:47 AM


  • 199 lee // Aug 11, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Do Keegan and the suits actually speak to each other. At all?

    According to Keegan he doesn’t know if Coloccini has signed or not, then Fat Mike turns up at the Valencia game sporting a shirt with the Argy defenders name plastered across the back.

    Something isn’t right.

  • 200 Micky Toon // Aug 11, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Keegan was probably told to keep it quiet and not say anything. You could see he was flustered when he was talking to Sky Sports after the game. He had to ask someone off camera what he was allowed to say. Keegan would want to announce a new signing straight away as he knows how frustrated the fans are. However the club may want to keep it unconfirmed so they can do the whole big announcement deal.

  • 201 Jinky Jim // Aug 11, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    5 days to go until we face manufeckingnighted and we are sweating on strolla being fit!and vonsmitt still at the toon! WOW things are really looking good!

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