Newcastle Must Talk To James Milner – Now

We have no idea why James Milner has put in a transfer request at the club, but if we were Newcastle we would get him in a  room right now, and fully understand why he wants to leave the Tyneside club, which he has always said he’s been very happy at.

James Milner – why does he want to leave – find out – quickly

What we have to remember with James is that he’s still only 22 years old, and may be easily swayed by things. Maybe Aston Villa have been talking to him and Newcastle United haven’t.

But rather than the club just accept this, the fact that it’s come as such a big shock suggest to us there has not been enough communication, or plain talking between the club and James, and his agents.

Poor communication can cause all kinds of bad things to happen, because you never know just what the other side is really thinking. Just look at USA and Iran as a good political example going on right now.

But the club have to find out what the problem is, because it could also be festering with other players, who haven’t yet said anything.

But if it’s something that has disappointed James with the Tyneside club, we should see if the fault may lie on our side, or the better way to say it – if the solution may lie on the club’s side of things.

And if we does, we may have an opportunity to quickly correct it. It may not be anything the club has or has not done, but we need to find that out.

But I can tell you I had some problems like this as an executive at IBM, when out of the blue one of our best guys said he had a job elsewhere, at a much higher salary.

One of the reasons he was willing to leave, was his salary was just too low, and we pushed through – in one day –  a pay rise of $30K, which was still less than the other company offered, in total renumeration, but the person agreed to stay. He was still getting about $70K less than he could have received from the other large finance company.

He stayed for two reasons – he got a decent pay rise, which he was worth, (and that was our fault he was underpaid), and he was impressed that we thought so much of him with our actions in that 24 hour time period. We indeed proved the big elephant – IBM, can indeed dance when it has to,

We are not saying there is a similar situation with James Milner, far from it, but it’s something the club have to find out – and very quickly – like now.

And the club’s terrible lack of communication with the fans, suggests communications problems could indeed be the problem with James.

Also, if we don’t get a reasonable transfer offer, we could potentially keep him until January, and try to ensure he is happy, but Aston Villa we think will be primed to make a top offer, maybe 10M, which will be difficult to turn down.

Stay tuned.
Comments welcome.

152 comments so far

  • craigf

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Quite simply…his head has been turned by Liverpool or Vila!!

  • craigf

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Quite Simple…his head has been turned by Liverppol or Villa!!


    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    every player has it’s price and so does milner. I’m not really sure if this isn’t a game from him to get more wages…

    Also not sure if we should keep him or let him go? If he’s unhappy, let him move on when the price is right!

  • scott9

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    if its liverpool that hav come in for him thats why he will hav heanded in the request however i just cnt see why he wud hand in a transfer request to go to villa i no there in europe but we are just a much bigger club than them

  • Will

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    What a fekking joke!

    There IS DEFINATELY something wrong in the background at the toon.

    I am getting sick to death of supporting a team who make a mockey of common sense.


    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed im sorry but why should we run after james milner when he spits his dummy out of the pram?
    He is not world class he has done nothing in the game and nothing for newcastle united! if he is willing to treat us the fans, kevin keegan and more importantly the shirt like this why would we want such a person at our club at a time like this. Good riddance to a very average footballer!

  • Maggie

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #7

    To be honest I feel ambivalent about this one. Like everyone else I feel hurt – and anxious to know why he wants to leave. And was he working so hard last night to impress O’Neill?

    But I did think last night that now the lads have learned to pass the ball they really need to learn to shoot. We had loads of chances but lacked finishers last night – and Milner is one of the most guilty. If we can replace him – and I suspect he may trigger some knock-on movement in the transfer market – then it may be no bad thing. Effort alone is no substitute for skill.

  • nobbys trumpet

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    well i thought the team was finally getting back playing well and all was good at the toon, however once again the drama of newcastle persist and we cant even keep a young decent player like milner from moving to a no better team like villa…its a step sideways not forwrds for his career. Offer him more money and get kev to talk to him.see if it is just money he wasnt happy about over the summer.

  • Bobby Ollox

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    The only reason i would have him in the team is because he wants to be there. If he doesnt, he can bugger off – we can use £ 10M better than on Milner.

    By the way Ed, I work for IBM – would like to know the secret to getting a 30K rise in a day. …

  • Ericles

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    The gutter press have finally succeeded as agents provocateurs on behalf of certain clubs. They have destabilised young Milner, turned his head, and now he wants to leave. This seedy plan has been under way for some time. What to do? If he really wants away to Liverpool or Villa let him go. We cannot keep an unhappy player at NUFC. A sad day this for English football if the press can cause so much disruption and get away with it. Remember you at Liverpool and Villa – shite not only stinks it sticks too!

  • James

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m very happy with the news, because Owen deserves a better crosser of the ball.

    Milner has wanted to go for ages. He’s never improved since he’s been here.

    I’m actually looking forward to Barton coming back now so he can kick lumps out of Milner when he lines up for Milner at SJP

  • Graham1982

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    If he leaves for Liverpool he will sit on the bench. They have better wingers. If he goes to Villa he will be in a team that are not better than us.

    His strengths will not make villa better but his weaknesses. I.e. his inability to cross, will make Villa worse.

  • milkatoon

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13

    we should keep him out of principle and let him sit on the bench and watch every single match of the season then let every single member of the team (after each game) take a kick at him and let oba go last! what kind of prick does this at the end of teh transfer window and why would he want to go to aston villa they are rubbish we have outperformed them greatly this season already 😉 i just hope if he goes we can get a few half decent players in but judging by the lack of optimism coming from keegans quarters we will be lucky if we can even get a replacement

  • G

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Im so happy! we can get lennon or SWP now and have some real pace in the side. Milner is average, Villa fans dont want him.

  • greg

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Agreed he really isnt that good, i find it amusing when he stands over the ball on set pieces because im yet to see him score one. hes an INGRATE, very easily replacable, duff on the left, gutierrez on the right, problem solved, 10 mill in the bank for a nice creative centre midfielder.

  • Teddy

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    milner alonso straight swap?

    i dnt think we should sell, are squad isnt big enough try and get barry or young if he goes villa or alonso if he goes pool.

  • Michael

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Milner has gone way down in my estimations after this. Fair enough if he wants to go but he could have requested a move at the start of the summer instead of being a tw@t and leaving us with 4 days to find a replacement. We should report either Villa or Liverpool to the FA for tapping up because there is no way he has suddenly made this decision.
    I say we do a Villa and hold them to ransom over the price. Name a high price e.g 12 million and if nobody meets it he stays.

    Also when James returns to St James for either Liverpool or Villa, he should be booed by 50000 because he has acted terribly.


    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #18

    He CLEARLY has been tapped up WHY else would he put in a transfer request so close to the dead unless he knew absolutely that he had a club which was certainly going to bid. WHY was that tw*t O’neill at the ground last night if we had given him th sternest rebuke that Milner on no condition was for sale. Me personally, I think this has LIVERPOOL, RAFA and TAPPED UP all over it ! I will guarantee you, it is now a matter of hours that Liverpool lodge a 10-12 million pound bid. Im not even contemplating the positives yet, why should I. James is one of our best players who has clearly been illegally tapped up. Its the spanish way, always has been.

  • valle

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Forget him already… How many whining threads will e made about him?… The boy is worshipped for some reason beyond me, and we have better players in Zog and Jonas on the wings already… So TATA Little Jamie

  • keeganjr

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #20

    f** him

  • keeganjr

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #21

    take the money and get SWP

  • Mikey24

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Just dont understand this one?!?! But to be honest as much as he worked his arse off last night he didnt do much with it. Shoulda scored atleast a hatrick and when he was on the wing all he did was run up and down. We need to get somebody fast though cos I wont be happy with Geremi on the wing!!!


    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #23

    if we do sell him
    buy a good tall striker
    we have enoght wingers – jonas duff nzog geremi

    must say enrique looked very good

    ed when are you going to write an article on the meeting today

    and has anyone got any rumours

    i seen bramble near st james park

    he was giving his application to argos

  • Dont add water

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Milners a complete tw@t.

    He’s lost the support of the Toon faithful over this one.

    Get shot, 10 millions would be fantastic money for the greedy bar-steward.

  • Andyh

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #25

    First post for me…

    Couldn’t agree more with alot of the comments above. On one hand I like him as he’s a grafter (well – whenever I’ve seen him he’s grafted more than alot of the other players on the pitch) but you can’t hide the fact that he’s got gaping holes all over his game.

    I’ll be sad to see him go (it feels like he’s part of the furniture) but he’s not an Henry or an Owen in that he hasn’t been instrumental to us winning anything.

    If we can get £9m for him and strengthen the squad overall (even in the jan xfer window) I’ll be happy.

    Lets face it – we’re well covered in wing / non-holding midfielders so I say: let the lad go with our blessing and look to a future of consistent set peices / crosses / corners.

  • Spyro

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #26

    i agree this guy is far from irreplaceable and he just has not improved since arriving here. For 9million we could do better i am sure

  • FaroeMagpie

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Let him go. He’s not that good. OK, he played very good last night, but he was up against a very poor Coventry defence (championship level)
    Let’s get 10 mill for him and buy some players who really wants to play for us. Howay the Lads

  • James

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Eltsacwen – Two rumours I keep hearing about signings, are:

    Beckham (on loan)

    Huntelaar (done deal)

    No idea if either is true, but keep hearing about these two both in America, and Holland.

  • ronaldeano

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #29

    He did not celebrate when he scored last night?

    Tight Ashley has not offered him the contract he deserves, therefore, he asks to leave.


    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    huntelaar would be awesome

    how much will he cost

  • toonarmy08

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #31

    if he goes we need to act alot sharper than we are doing.k said 3wk ago that he wanted 3 more players ,with james gone aswell thats 4 ,we have no chance of doing that sort of business with wisey running things .we need to act quickly !!!

  • Spyro

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #32

    ronaldeano Milner does not DESERVE any sort of improved contract, he wa spoor last season and only got two assists the whole season.

    I for one, will not miss him.
    This puts things into perspective

  • James

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Eltsacwen – £22 million.

    Loads of people last week in Holland said Newcastle officials were in town talking to Ajax about Huntelaar. Ajax publicaly stated anyone who matches their £22million price tag will be allowed to speak to the player.

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Surely the answer is simple he’s on a contract which has 3 years to run so he can only go if we want to sell him. I think we should do what Villa did with Barry tell anyone that wants Milner that they have to pay £12m or he stays and tell Milner he can knuckle down and give 100% until someone pays what we want for him. Also tell him he can only leave when we have a replacement signed.

  • derekm

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #35

    milner acted terribly? Not that long ago he was at villa, passed a medical, meeting his new manager and looking at his new training facilities. One phone call later he was told it was all off, we had’nt got viduka and he had to get in his car and drive back to the north east to sit on a bench for a few games. Maybe, just maybe it was at this time he felt that the st james park set up was’nt the most professional and that other clubs actually did’nt have a reputation as a media circus waiting for the next fiasco? Good luck to the lad if he gets what he wants, we get good money compared to the £3 mill we paid for him and we buy better quality.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Bad timing is all i can say.

    More important is keegan saying he doesn’t think we will get anymore players in…what happened to the “24hr signing”,”the 3/4 signings”,”wow signing”.

    The clock is ticking and it does not look good from where i am sitting that will be two windows now where hardly a bean has been invested in this paper thin squad!

  • Spyro

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #37

    in truth i only wanted Milner here if he was going to play a more central role, he hasn’t done that apart from when we were short of strikers so therefore he is not needed. He is not good enough for the wings, not fast enough, cant cross and very predictable when up against premiership opposition.

  • James

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Spyro – That’s a class article. Proves the point that Milner is all huff and puff and no end product.

  • Not Pleased

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #39

    What is the world comming too when an average grafter attemps to hold one of the biggest teams in England to ransom? You see players like Ronaldo and Berbatov spitting their continental dummies out and stamping their little feet which is bad enough, but at lest they are the main players for their clubs.
    Until Keagan arrived, Milner didn’t even have a starting place in our team and this is how he thanks him??
    We should offer him to everyone except Liv / Villa (I think it’s the latter thats started this). He’s blown his chances with this club now, but why should we let him go to his first choice team?

  • PDiddy

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #40

    If we could get 9 million for him I would snap their hand off.
    He performed good last night but when has he ever given that sort of performance against premiership defences?
    Let him go!


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