News is breaking from the official Newcastle United official site that James Milner has requested a transfer from Newcastle United.
James Milner – has put in a transfer request
Newcastle United have issued a club statement today.
Newcastle United can confirm that it has received a written transfer request from James Milner.
The Club is very disappointed that James sees his footballing future as being away from St. James’ Park. He is a valued member of the squad and it is only a year ago that he signed an improved long-term contract.
We have yet to receive an offer for James that has matched our valuation of him.
However, should such an offer be received then the Club would be reluctantly forced to consider it, given James’ apparent desire to leave.
This is a complete and utter shock to us.
And since Martin O’Neil was at the Coventry game last night, when James was MOM of the match, we can only assume that Villa have got to the player. But that may be alittle harsh on Villa and O’Neil who usually play everything above board.
But he did enjoy an excellent year at Villa Part from 2005-2006, and ONeil has wanted him ever since. But under Kevin Keegan he has looked an even better player that he was last season even.
That’s one reason, the other one is the club may have refused to give Milner the contract improvement he wanted. His agent has said repeadedly over the summer that James wanted a contract improvement.
But if we lose James Milner, our setup at the club must be wrong somewhere, and we are either not paying top wages for top players, or the insistence on too much cost controls is showing through.
We may still be able to save this – but this is a shocking surprising request and shows there are cracks appearing in the way the club is being run.
That’s what we think, and we feel gutted right now.
And we cannot think that manager kevin Keegan feels too much better.
Your comments and opinions are always welcome.