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Keegan Says Three New Players Coming This Week

9:30 am, Sunday, August 10th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has said that three signings are likely before the start of the season next Sunday.

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Kevin Keegan – 3 new players before next Sunday

But of course Kevin can hardly reveal who those players are, but this will come as good news to Newcastle fans.

Newcastle gave a sparkling display of attacking football yesterday against Valencia, especially in the second half, when two good goals in the final 12 minutes, as they continually upped the pace against a good Spanish side, gave them an excellent and deserved victory.

The way they won was what was so impressive, and it’s little wonder lots of fans and football people around the world love this man Kevin Keegan.  He plays the game the way is was meant to be played, by attacking the opposition and it was an excellent game to watch, with Valencia obviously a very good side, who were about a week behind Newcastle in their preparations.

Fabricio Coloccini was at the game yesterday, and we have to assume he is one of the players Kevin will bring in, as Newcastle have now agreed a fee with his club, Deportivo La Coruna.

But Keegan is remaining cagey about who the players are, but he hinted that Coloccini will be joining in what promises to be a hectic week of transfer activity at the club:

“I can’t tell you anything at the moment,” “He was here, that’s for sure. I like his hair, it’s like mine in the seventies, but I can’t tell you any more than that.”

“I’d like to think that once [the Coloccini deal] is completed then two more players will arrive, and then we’ll see what happens,”

“I think there’ll be a lot of comings and goings late on as clubs try to re-balance and somebody will come available who will be of interest.”

“I think we’ll be in there pitching just like everybody else.”

That’s good to hear because if we can bring 3 new players in that will be 6 new players in and 6 having left this summer.

The squad will still be small – but full of quality and much better than last season.

Certainly if yesterday’s performance was anything to go by, we’re in for some treats this season at St. James’ Park.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonboy // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Great news,i wonder who they could be????

  • 2 Ericles // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Worth the wait. KK and Ashley have come through despite the cut-throat journalists.
    We can only improve on Saturday’s performance. What a week to look forward to. Howay the lads.

  • 3 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    i agree Ericles, everything seems much more positive now, i hope they do not disappoint

  • 4 beye the great // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    the performance wasnt that great atleast not until we got the 1 foal

  • 5 beye the great // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    alan
    alan smith
    alan
    alan smith

  • 6 Danny G // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    I was thinking about this Ed…

    We know one of them is or will be Coloccini and there will be 2 more after him….

    Do you guys think one will be a left back or do you think one will be a midfielder and one a striker?

    I actually think that Bassong will be used as a back up left back as he will probably get more games like that…I think keegan would like some creativity in the middle of the pitch although the good form of Guthrie and Butt in pre season may tell him we wont need another midfielder just yet…

    I would love us to bring in Derdiyok and Inler or Arda….And then play Jonas in the middle….

    What you guys think?

  • 7 wolfhound // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    cuellar is being touted and he won scottish player of the year at the top end of spl theres some good players so get in there ………….what a difference a day makes …….is that light at the end of the st james park tunnel

  • 8 Graham // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Ericles – you forgot to mention the fickle fans as well, some of whom reside on here.

    Hopefully this will bring an end to the speculation and doom mongering.

    If we do get another 3 in and are doing reasonably well come January, I can see another couple coming in to push towards the end of the season.

    Keep the faith!

  • 9 dick // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    unless they are already in the bag just cant see it happening,nothing seems to be happening its not possible to keep tranfers of 3 players under wraps without someone letting the cat out the bag, agents or leaks from other club

  • 10 cdonno // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    He doesn’t say anything about it being this week – it could be on the last day of August for all we know.

    It does sound like he has a couple lined up as almost certainties and then will “see what happens” in the market for any others he might bring in.

    Just don’t get disappointed if it doesn’t happen this week as there are no indications of that.

  • 11 ali // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Talk from Ashley over last couple weeks of ‘exciting season’ and ‘challenging for Europe’.KK today says ’3 signings’. Pundits (including Allardyce in today’s People) writing us off as 10th-12th place also-rans. Big gap between MA take and theirs! Does that mean one of KK’s 3 signings might be a huge one? MA seems to enjoy the rabbit-out-of-hat showmanship. (Witness the Coloccini shirt yesterday…

  • 12 ELFER // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Well, think you should check your emails, ED ;-)

    Ok, one who unfortunately will not arrive on tyneside is INLER. That’s bad news, becouse indeed wenger the voyeur did have a meeting with inler’s agent last week and he is willing to splash 25mio swiss francs (about 12-15mio £?) for him! And we alredy also offered a good 10mio £ for him)…

    Wenger wants to have comeptition in midfield with the likes of inler and alonso fulfilling his desire.

    I hope we can step in again and snub him under wengers nose!!

  • 13 dave v // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Just watched Bangoura on ytube if this is the lad seen at the ground and we are to sign its great, he is lethal in front of goal and very very fast, we may be going to play with MO deep off martins and bangoura.

  • 14 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    If you read KK’s comments properly you will see that KK expects 2 more players soon after Colo signs, and then maybe a couple more towards the end of the transfer window.

  • 15 Graham // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    I think we’ll have enough at the back with Coloccini coming in. My guess is someone in midfield with a bit of creativity and a big striker.

    Smith will stay (until Jan), Shola will finally pack his bags, and Faye will stay (again – until jan)

  • 16 Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7) // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    ill tell you all what, mike ashley has come through for me, that last interview he gave was superb, i am very happy with what is going on, and the way that he announced the collicini players was fantastic. no over owner in the world would do that, i am just now hoping for a good striker and a good creative midfielder.

    my view on yesterdays game-

    Jonas- best player we will have for years, superb, everything we need.

    Guthrie- What a steal, you can stick luka modric up your arsh.

    Taylor- very solid, whats going on?

    Duff- could he? just could he?

    Milner- impressing me alot.

    and the talk of moutinho being no1 target has been ridiculed now. i think he is going to be great but abit lightweight for what we need right now.

    Kevs comments on colo’s hair= kevin keegan back on top form

    and colo signing, just amaising, he has been mine and im pretty sure tom-toons choice of centre back all window.

  • 17 CraigThaiToon // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    I think the three will include coloccini or may include a youngster or two – i’d be suprised (and delighted) if we get three extra first teamers in the next week.

    If we get a CM, something like a creative, non thug Barton we’ll be laughing i reckon – this season should first and foremost be about not disgracing ourselves – beat the mackems and the smog, finish above them both, quarters/semis of the cups, finish top ten – i’d call that a decent job of a season then next summer we can kick on n get some world beaters in!

  • 18 Graham // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Ali – Ashley never said we would be challenging for Europe this season (or the top 4), he merely said that is the dream (and plan) while Keegan is here (another 2 1/2 years min).

  • 19 reppin aus // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    can someone tell me was that nile ranger or bangoura or is it bs want a srs answer 2

    cheers from land down under

  • 20 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    just checked out Bangoura on youtube and already an idiot has pasted “soon coming to Newcastle” on there. ridiculous lol

  • 21 Graham // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Just to bring everyone down to earth for a minute – Chris Waddles opened his thick gob again. He’s gonna be so embarrasing to the whole Geordie nation when he gets on Setanta this season.

  • 22 ELFER // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    If you see our singings so far…and rember, that we are not in europe and remember the terrible season we had – that leads you to the conclusion that it was excellent business so far!

    I’m confident, that after Colo (another fantastic signing, after gutièrez – god is he quick!!! – and the steal of guthrie) a real defensive, creative midfield star will arrive! Maybe de jong? Inler (althought wenger splashes the cash to get him)?

  • 23 Danny G // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Which Bangoura…Ive never heard anything bout him…

  • 24 antz // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Taye Taiwo

  • 25 CraigThaiToon // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    P.S did u read the Waddle interview?

    The man plummeted in my estimations, completely wrong unhelpful comments peddled as the ‘General Geordie Opinion’ at a time when we need positivity rather than getting more papers and fans jumping on the Ashley out circus. The man needs to go back to White Hart Lane and keep his big yapper shut so his foot doesnt slip back in – rent a geordie numpty, should be ashamed!

  • 26 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    reppin aus

    the truth…no one knows

  • 27 toonfan1 // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    it was nile ranger. he was at the psv match as well as the valencia one i think.

  • 28 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    lol @ the waddle comments, idiot

  • 29 toonarmy08 // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    im with tomtoon with bangoura from kiev ,obviously collocini (already done ),and the other i can see it been warnock .havent seen much on bangoura but after looking through the previous posts he sounds a great prospect ,at only a young age .and if kk can bring a couple of youngsters toward the end of the window ,it wiil have been a successful summer imo.keep the faith !!!

  • 30 reppin aus // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    thanx spyro who was the black person in the game ??? was there even a person (player) or just a spectator

  • 31 CraigThaiToon // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Sorry Graham was typing when u posted – nail on the head tho! Didnt realise he’s on setanta, whenever he talks to the press have u noticed he puts on a dodgy fake watered down geordie accent – used to annoy the hell out of me on 5 live!

  • 32 Graham // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    CraigThaiToon – it’s the same posh Geordie twang that Gazza used to try as well before he went mad(der).

    The blokes done nowt for 10 years and then comes in spouting his ‘wisdom’. The bloke will spend 1 season with Setanta and then be back on the scrap heap with the rest of the 5 Live numptys

  • 33 KEVIN BROCK & HIS SOCK // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    it’ll be a LB and a CAM

    then he’ll buy anyone good who’s available towards the close of the window – there are always deals then that have dragged on all summer and clubs either take it or leave it.
    who knows – the elusive arshavin could be one of these

  • 34 Frankieboy // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    The black n white band wagon is starting to gain momentum and the KK influence is staring to take effect.
    Let the good times roll and we are all more optimistic than of late due to possibletransfers and yesterdays performance.

  • 35 Chris F // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    I have it on good authority (ie my dad played sunday league football with him when waddle was just 16/17 before he got snapped up) that a certain mr waddle is in fact a sunderland fan.

    explains a lot, like.

  • 36 CraigThaiToon // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Spot on Kevin B

    altho buying players at the end of the window often leads to ‘bargins’ (ie. a player u dont need at a price u can’t refuse) which can be very hit and miss – smith was one of these buys, we didn’t really need him, if we’d had a bit more planning we probably wudnt have gone near him. But we left it late, Sam saw him being touted for 6m n thought “that’ll shut the fans up” I’d also include Duff and Sibi in that catagory but they we’re at least slighty more successful buys

  • 37 dick // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    just watched KK on sky sports and he had to to ask someone if deal was done and they did’nt know, think this deal has gone pear shaped, would have anounced it by now

  • 38 Spyro // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    doubt it dick, MA wouldnt be wearing a Coloccini shirt then would he

  • 39 Ganiyu // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Hey martin must b a starter in all matches cos he is a big treat 2 all opponent

  • 40 David_Barber // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    CraigThaiToon: Yes I read it, I keep seeing Waddle said this and that, I think he made a point a few months back, and this is just old news, caught in the cog! Things look like changing, and if all said done-and we do get the signings suggested then-things are looking up! Come on the Toon-come on Mike Ashley!Chris F: Waddle is a def Sunderland fan-but I don’t think he would say anything negative, about our club (having been a player)!

  • 41 toonarmy08 // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    dick-apparently the deal is been held up by coloccini’s paperwork from depo ,but kk sounded confident that it will go through shortly .

  • 42 David Dutch // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    When will the pundits just shut up instead of trying to score some dramatic points perhaps a certain one should ‘Waddle’ back under the rock before opening his big mouth unless he wants a sausage banged down inside his throat. £100 million. Does no one recall in Keegan’s first reign he first of all brought in players that had to do a job of balancing the ship and starting to bring it up the leagues, THEN and only after we had tasted success did he start to bring in the names with flair and skill. Watching from the stands yesterday you could see his old fingerprint brginning to get hold of the team, most of them looked comfortable on the ball and how long ago is it sin ce we could say that. I am content to let MA & KK get on with the job, if they want to stay silent there is no need to speculate for when they do say something it is always worth listening too. Journalists NEVER let FACTS get in the road of a GOOD story and if ever you read ‘An Insider Says….’ turn the page you know it is made up garbage. Cannot wait for next week

  • 43 Matt // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    I don’t want arsharvin anywhere near this club tbh. He’s pretty much set on going to Spurs anyway isn’t he?

    I think we’ll be getting a LB and a CF. He will wait a week or two and then get the CM we need. This is because we need fit strikers for the first game and we already have enough cover for the midfield to last a couple of weeks.

  • 44 Ganiyu // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    3 unknown and unexpected players.my bet is on skbreed from rosenburg

  • 45 Ian // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Good news if they are good players.

    Waddle and co are probably just trying to help, the more people who say we need more players the better.

  • 46 hgjfkd // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    colos signs today with tom twio

  • 47 paul // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    i dont believe anything till they are on the pitch in a toon shirt

  • 48 Chris F // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    CraigThaiToon, i don’t think you’re right on allardyce’s motivation in signing Smith. We didn’t sign him late, we signed him with about 3 weeks of the window left.

    Allardyce will have signed him out of his pure arrogant belief that he is some sort of footballing miracle worker, who could ‘fix’ players who had lost their way – hence him buying Barton and smith.

    sadly, he was less a genius and more a useless potato-headed tit.

  • 49 youtoo // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    i dont know why everybody keeps saying our squad is too small!we have backup for every position (except AM) and some very promising upcoming youngsters so we’re solid

  • 50 Paul // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Was at the game yesterday and in Shearers Bar with me son. Mike Ashley and antorauge came in at about half one. I asked politely for a photo of him with my son which he obliged too and was very polite and chatty, got nothing but good things to say about the man. The club shop manager came through with his new collocini strip which he put on in middle of bar getting top half naked. This was about 1:30 ish so guessed the deal was in the bag for collocini.

    Keep the Faith

  • 51 scottish mag // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    has this bangoura guy not just recently signed for dynamo in 2007, think it was him anyway, looks a good player and i think he has a good goals per game ratio in the time he is at dynamo i think it is better than 1 in 2

  • 52 TerryMacsPerm // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    I’d just like to agree with Spyro. What Keegan actually said was ‘I expect a couple more before the start of the season – then maybe more before the end of the window when teams are trying to balance up squads and players become available’ Sounds like we have 3 deals pretty close to completion & then we’ll still be in the market if the right player comes up. Gotta be good news!!

    Just wanna say as well regarding Mike Ashley – he’s holding a lunch and question & answer session today at the ground. I know this cos my old man’s gone along. I tell you what so far Mike Ashley has done EVERYTHING we possibly could have expected from him. I can’t fault him at all

  • 53 skin d // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    the lad in the crowd,was defo nile ranger.
    check wikipedia,dutty custard.

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

    “I can’t tell you anything at the moment,” “He was here, that’s for sure. I like his hair, it’s like mine in the seventies, but I can’t tell you any more than that.”

    ha ha don’t we just love the man, i heard he brought back attacking football to SJP yesterday as well! wish i could of been there, or even just watched the game?

    might not win anything under KK but at least we’ll get entertained on the pitch, something we’ve missed for a while now.

    booing smith an that is we’ll out of order, angry to here this went on.

    If SUPPORTERS don’t want to really SUPPORT the toon they should give there tix to me and i’ll fly over for a weekend from my new home China.

  • 55 bigb75 // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    this is the man to Front NU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmOcoduLIWA

    Big, Strong and great left foot…

  • 56 rob1892 // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    chris f…spot on chris waddle is a scumderland fan,i used to work with his brother driving buses

  • 57 the son of shearer // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    i work at newcastle airport on passport control. xavi has just arrived

  • 58 David_Barber // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Wrote this earlier-but poster seems to have gone missing? Think the Waddle story is an old one being recycled! Yes he is a Scumberland fan-but I think his connections to us are honourable! To be fair-when said comments were made-there where many of us that felt the same! We all knew that things could change sharply think this could be it! How way the Toon!

  • 59 Marcus // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Cardoza? Are we after him at all?? Looks good but seems that he is going to Galatasaray.

  • 60 joe // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    What was the crack with Smith gettin boo’d yesterday??? He may have struggled but he has tried his hardest which is more than can be said for some of the pricks that have worn our shirt in recent years. He’s not good enough, i admit that, but to boo him? What the hell is that gonna achieve?

  • 61 scott9 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    i hope we go in for skelberg derdiyok and warnock

  • 62 Black&white9 // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Have to agree with clinta on the subject of Alan Smith, I was at the game yesterday & was ashamed of the boing when “smudger” came on , he has never been my favorite player, and I dont think he adds a great deal to the team, BUT when he pulls on that black and white shirt he has never done anything but give his all for the club( dyer?), he has never bad mouthed the club ( bellamy?)or said he wants to leave (jenas?) I just dont understand it , right at the end of the game as the teams walked off , just in front of me in the 1892 club seating ( not my normal seat!!!) was a young teenage girl howling abuse at him and sticking double “v”‘s at him ..and she wasn’t alone …what sort of message does this send to the rest of the team………unfortunately , like many other teams nowadays our fans can be incredibly fickle ……..but on a much more positive note the overall performance was of a good level and spidey is really starting to look the part ( as is guthrie , milner and the re-juvenated duff) ..we look a really strong counter -attacking team , bring on the new season ….but PLEASE leave the booing at home… dont give the journo’s any more ammunition.

  • 63 iain // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    whatever way you look at it 3 players leaves us one short imo whichever combination of players we do sign.

    seb larsson should be a priority if its 3 because he can play both fb positions cm and rm. he looked better than championship standard for brum yesterday hes got much better off the ball movement and 1st touch than i thought, he seemed on a different level to some players at time.

    then id like the lb to have pl exp so warnock seems like the best available.

    then derdiyok uptop.

    then i suppose i could cope with us waiting on finding a real top clsss creative mf player.

    also i wonder how real wengers interest in inler is despite what his agent is saying on ssn, tribalfootball say hes nicked ghanian trialist annan off blackburn and hes a dmf player

  • 64 Michael (NOR) // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    antz @ post 24!

  • 65 m. // Aug 10, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    “I can’t tell you anything at the moment,” “He was here, that’s for sure. I like his hair, it’s like mine in the seventies, but I can’t tell you any more than that.”

    hahahaa :D

    I had a laugh at that :D

    good atmosphere, the team didn’t underperform… hope it lasts ’till the end of the season.

  • 66 magsie // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Does anyone out there know why this Coloccini deal is taking as long as it is?

  • 67 NufcRob // Aug 10, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    well.. i know that the two are gonna be Collicini AND Bassong.. because they have not officailly signed yet..
    but the 3rd one will be a midfield.. Xavi? Inler? maybe even Taiwo the Left back..

  • 68 SAMTHECAT // Aug 10, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Watched Larsson yesterday thought he was abysmal.
    KK has mentioned another left back so often that has to be one of the signings.
    If Smith goes it will release wages for a new striker if he doesnt i dont expect any signings in that area.
    A defensive midfielder is also a possibility-cant expect Butt to play every game at his age.

  • 69 Edd Case // Aug 10, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    NufcRob – I don’t think one will be Bassong, he’s already said publicly he’s signed and he’s on the official website as having squad number 46.

    Coloccini and two unknown players I think.

  • 70 Tom // Aug 10, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    You have to think now that if they are delaying the announcement after every geordie and his dog have seen Coloccini in the stand, then it must be for another player!

  • 71 Dan-NuFc // Aug 10, 2008 at 6:40 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 ??

  • 72 Skunker // Aug 10, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    A bloke who lives in Switzerland from the Skunkers ReUnited board says the Swiss media have announced that Newcastle and Basel have agreed a fee for Erin Derdiyok

  • 73 jeff // Aug 10, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    First thing,I think its shocking some fans booing smith…like so many have said before ok it hasnt happened for him but you cant call him for lack of effort…..second thing…..is there something up with the coloccini deal?I mean he was at the game as we all know but yet still no announcement..WHY!!!!??Is there a hold up in the medical or on the other hand is keegan going to announce all the signings together?Maybe he’s waiting for the other deals to be completed as well………….Hope so…..Ive a feeling one will be warnock from blackburn ………I dont think we’ll be getting a big name attacking player……Just my opinion

  • 74 Tom // Aug 10, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Skunker, you have any more details??

  • 75 Oba Obafem! // Aug 10, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Bad news….

    Although he was linked with West Brom and not us!

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12876_3955460,00.html

  • 76 southernmag // Aug 10, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Coloccini, Taiwo and Derdiyok !!!

  • 77 Turkish mag // Aug 10, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Magsie i can now confirm coloccini is garanteed to sign and is evryone redy the other 2 are ………………………………….xavi and…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Larsson i no this becuz mike ashley is my m8 and i went 2 see him 2day at sjp and all he sed was i’ve given kev double figures. at sjp i spotted wt looked like xavi and seb larsson!

  • 78 One Foot Wonders F.C. // Aug 11, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    I think it may be a good idea NOT to announce the coloccini deal or any others until at least wed\thurs…

    In doing this it will mean that Man U won’t be able to prepare for our team if they don’t have any idea about who we will be playing. I’m already starting to feel abit more confident about ending August with more than 3 points.

    Great to see that the ‘doom mongers’ have been a bit more quiet over the last few days.

    And on a final note, I would like to echo the sentiment that those ‘FANS’ as they are apparently called who boo-ed smithy ARE A DISGRACE TO OUR CLUB, OUR HISTORY AND TO ALL OTHER GEORDIE’S.

    They are probably the same fans who abuse Barton, Dyer, Bellamy ect.. for bringing shame to our club yet they are no better IF NOT WORSE! HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME BOYS AND GIRLS… YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

  • 79 azza jones // Aug 11, 2008 at 1:59 AM

    I totally AGREE booing smith was a disgrace….. He always gives hes all for the team and is a victim of his versitility that he has been moved around so much since Man U brought him no wonder he forgot where the goal is……

  • 80 Skjelbred // Aug 11, 2008 at 6:38 AM

    “3 unknown and unexpected players.my bet is on skbreed from rosenburg”.

    Skjelbred is not coming. He just extended his contract with Rosenborg BK. But…he’s more experienced with european football than most of NUFC players..after playing CL two years in a row as well as in tne national side..

    Anyway, better not to bring in a £4m benchwarmer.

  • 81 Lesh // Aug 11, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    Tell you what’s worrying me is that the press are building up a story that Kev’s isolated, communication between him and the two London-based directors is non-existant, there’s friction between him and Wise and that Ernie has the power. Wasn’t Wise’s brief to get the players Kev wants? Is he doing it?

    Mike Ashley wants to build a successful NUFC, both in terms of entertainment and financial viability – fine and those desires are shared by all of the fans.
    But, if Kev doesn’t get the signings and we begin to slide, I’m afraid that the crowd’ll not be calling for Kev’s sacking (ala Big Sam) – it’ll be calling for that of Mr Wise and Mr A will have succeeded in making himself extremely unpopular in record time! If that becomes the case, what a shame. For the sake of a bit of the adventurous spirit shown in building his business empire, he’ll become not the saviour of NUFC but the one who made the Messiah walk. Mike, if the press is right, it’s time for you to clash some heads together!

  • 82 Kamnufc // Aug 11, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Cueller is not joining us, looks like he is on the verge of joining Villa.

  • 83 reb // Aug 11, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    we need a left back, i think enrique looks very shaky, may come good in a couple of years but he needs someone to push/replace him and i think taye taiwo looks the part. we’ve been crying out for a dead-ball specialist for ages, and he’s a big lad to add some muscle to our short squad. our cm, whoever he is, needs a bit of presence as well imo.

  • 84 Jameso // Aug 12, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Oscar Cardozo is a shout should buy him now!!! Or Fernando Cavenaghi i think is another alternative up front not emile hesky like we been linked 2day!!!!!!




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