Time To Say Goodbye To Milner


It seems almost certain now that James Milner will become an Aston Villa player today.

James Milner – 2005-2006 while on loan at Villa

We have been absolutely shocked that we have allowed a very good young player leave the club, but that’s going to happen, so we’ll have to accept it.

What we don’t know is who Newcastle may be bringing in to at least try to keep Keegan pleased, given he’s lost what he called a little gem of a player.

We are very disappointed not that James is leaving, but the way in which it all happened and took Newcastle fans completely by shock, Wednesday morning.

But we have a good squad and as dome of our readers have pointed out we are well off for wingers at the club, and maybe can bring in a defender, midfield player and striker before next Monday night at midnight.

But the coming Milner departure leaves us with one less player, and we have to think Newcastle are lining up a number of new players so we can at least increase the size of the squad.

Newcastle will not get the full amount since we understand Leeds United negotiated a 20% agreement should James be moved on from Newcastle. So that gives Newcastle £7.2M and Leeds £1.8M when the £9M is divided up.

And we have little choice but to get fully behind Kevin Keegan, because if James didn’t want to play for Newcastle anymore, for whatever reason – so be it.

It’s time to move on when he signs today for Aston Villa, which now looks almost certain.

Nothing that a win tomorrow at Arsenal will not put right.

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255 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    i agree with the thoughts of nufc.com.

    Having played his proverbials off for two hours on Tuesday night, there’s no doubting Milner’s on-field commitment.

    After all, many other players would have conjured up an injury in order to avoid playing and being cup-tied.

    Frustrations about his variable shooting and distribution remain, but even when his touch has deserted him, he’s never hidden and his work rate remains undiminished – little wonder then that Keegan likes him so much.

    In our eyes Milner’s genuine graft and honesty have
    provided an antidote to the feeling that we’ve signed mercenaries, thugs and conmen in recent years.

    And having breathed a sigh of relief when the likes of Dyer, Jenas and Kluivert took their baggage and egos elsewhere, we feel the opposite about a man who to us is the very essence of anti-bling.

    No Hello Magazine appearances, no pimp my ride or cribs -type nonsense, no car crashes, no night club antics, no grappling in the street. A game of darts appears to be his major vice….

    To see a trio of gutless wonders who’ve done sweet FA for this club in the shape of Duff, Barton and Smith remain here on mega money while Milner goes sticks in our throat.
    And we’ve not even started on the £100K+ horserace owner and his future.

    If a football club is to go forward, then players that leave the team have to be replaced by an improved player in that position – note that we don’t consider Duff to be in that category.

    Our loyalty to individual Newcastle players ceased a long time ago – our line remains that anyone can go if they’re not happy.

    £10m may be considered good business for Milner – but only if that money is used to improve the team. We remain to be convinced whether that can be achieved in any timescale – let alone the week we have remaining.

    On that basis to allow Milner to leave seems illogical and says much about the current state of affairs at SJP, including the manager’s diminished influence this time around. It’s not like it was in the brochure.

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  • HeronMag

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Very sad to see him go but good luck to him. He’ll be in the England squad soon enough.

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  • Cooper

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    why o why does he see himself being better off at villa???

    someone please answer me that ???

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  • Jimmy Mac

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    i agree, gutted to see the lad leave and i wish him all the best!

    Fingers crossed he wont go b4 window closes and he is persuaded to sign a new deal!

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  • dougnufc

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    If he goes, we only have 3 days for 4 signings…

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  • JonnyToon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Cooper he doesnt, they just offered him a much better contract than what he had here & we apparently werent willing to enter into discussions with him on sorting out a new one.

    Im kind of dishearted by this, such a positive start to the season only for this to happen. ESPECIALLY as keegan made is clear HE wanted to keep milner. This clearly shows just how little control he has over it all. Worried about the Owen situation now, Ashley knows to little about football to be thinking he can make decisions on who is and isnt worth keeping at this club. He should trust Keegans word & apparently he doesnt. NOT HAPPY !

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  • UTD111

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    This stinks. Wise is the one who pushed for this. Wise is best mates with Leeds chairman Bates (from their Chelski and Leeds days), Bates gets £2m sell-on clause money.
    Rotten to the core.
    Walk away now Kev – no-one can blame you.
    Was this Ashley’s “wow” signing – he didnt mention it would be for Villa!!

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  • A.L 9

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Cooper, he never waqnted to leave he just wanted a pay rise but MA was having none of it so the PFA advised he hand in a transfer request (something they should not have done). Anyway a week later NUFC mysteriously released, on the official website, that he had handed in the request, possibly to turn the fans on him before he left so it just looked like they had no choise but to let him go, which wasn’t the case at all.

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  • Chris F

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    hope he’s ready to get booed off the field whenever we play him, because that’s all he will get from now.

    some good players leave, like Sir Les, and are warmly received whenever they return.

    but the way he has conducted himself here is nothing short of dishonourable.

    I don’t care if he wanted a new contract, or if he deserved it, the fact remains that he was on very good money, well supported by some of the best fans in the country and playing week in week out at one of the best stadia in the world.

    if he thinks he will get any better than that at Villa, it shows that the lad is clueless and motivated purely by money.

    so long james, don’t let the door boot you in the arse on your way out, you ungrateful prick.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    @ cooper – no one can answer that as they are not as big a club and do not have the fan base or the vision and drive that we have. I can only assume it is a bigger pay cheque and european football. Short sighted on his behalf I think – he could have been part of something very big at SJP. Good luck to him and lets move on.

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  • blerred

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    IF HE GOES, LETS HOPE HE GETS THE RECEPTION HE DESERVES WHEN HE COMES BACK HERE. CANT SAY I AGREE WITH HIM WANTING TO LEAVE COZ HE’S ‘ONLY’ ON 3OK A WEEK OR WHATEVER, BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT IF HE WAS MADE TO STAY HE’D HAVE STILL GIVEN 100%

    I REALLY HOPE MA WILL GIVE US THIS £9-10M PLUS EXTRA TO PUT TOWARDS A FEW CLASS SIGNINGS. GOD KNOWS WE NEED THEM!!

    THANKS FOR EVERYTHING JAMES, GOOD LUCK

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  • Colin Bolin

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Not particularly bothered hat M Average is off to Villa BUT if Mike Ashley doesn’t replace him and get the other neccessary signings we need, Ashleys welcome on Tyneside may not last much longer

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  • ToonRich

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Cooper, he obviously enjoyed his last spell at Villa & if they are offering him more, then why wouldnt he go…they can offer him european footy, to play along side other full eng international maybe in the hope he can get a senior callup, i dunno!!

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  • King-Habib

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Bye Bye, Good riddance 🙂

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  • Michael

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Heres and idea. Get rid of Smith and Barton, free up over 100k in wages. Then give Milner an extra 10k and he’ll stay.

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    If he goes and KK is not allowed to bring someone in to replace him who is of a similar standard I can see KK walking. He rates Milner as one of his key players and a stubbornness on our wage structure has allowed this to happen. Why this new wage structure wasn’t put in place before BFS signed Smith and barton on huge wage packets is beyond me. However I trust KK and think the recruitment team have not let us down yet so with a bit of luck there is a replacement, or three waiting to make us all feel better. The next three days are one of the most crucial in Newcastle recent history, bring the players in and show intent or risk loosing players like Owen for nothing in Jan.

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  • lesh

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Positive comments thus far and best of luck to the lad. Whatever turned his head, dear only knows but, that’s life.

    Guess we’ve got to trust that MA sees through the London mafia and realises that he’s got a star in KK and losing him would surely rank among one of his biggest business boo-boos!

    Furthermore, if MA wants success, he’s got to realise you can’t get it without investment in a decent squad and retaining one of the best man-managers in the game.

    Wakey wakey MA and Kevin, chin up, the fans are with you.

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    SSN has confirmed that Milner is NOT at Newcastles training session today.

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    dissapoined he is leaving buthe is not irreplacable(though we might have to wait till jan) the main thing i feel is keping owen as it is impossable

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    nice little blurp broon ale

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  • Chilly

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #21

    I certainly don’t want him to leave but the £7-8m we could get for him (after the sell-on clause) softens the blow a bit. I definatly think Keegan & Co have a replacement lined up though, otherwise it wouldn’t be a very smart move letting him leave and surely if they didn’t have a replacement they would give him an improved contract so he would stay?

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #22

    The Mail (speak with forked tongue)

    claim we are closing in on that Norwiegen with the impossible name.

    Its getting silly

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  • steve

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    This is a very poor show from the newcastle board – how on earth can we justify keeping Smith, Barton and Duff and paying them high wages and then let Milner go.
    I’m aware that the end product from Milner isn’t always up to scratch but he’s better than those three put together!

    If Milner has refused a substantial offer of a payrise from the toon then fair enough but from what I’ve heard/ read Wise refused point blank to give him any rise at all.

    Not good at all

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  • fip

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #24

    hah i was going to sugest that seems tottenham are on the verge of signing paluchenko or what ever we should put in a bid for berbatov.
    worth a try like.

    but now i see everton are signing saha subject to medical which frees up a posotion for berbatov to man u

    ah well worth dreamin haha

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  • dontoon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    I think its time we started a petition on our dissapointment of MA and have that sent to one of the papers. There is only 4 days for the pro MA supporters to prove the fustrated doubters. We can apply pressure but we have to stand together. Im sorry but a heavily depleated squad and possibility of losing owen growing day by day is not the best intrests of the club and is against KK. Yes we back KK, and he wants more players and wants owen. The manegment are working against him

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  • Saint Suck-My-Big-Fat-F*cking-Sausage-a!

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    He can’t beat his man and Young, Bentley et al. all have a MUCH better delivery. The reason people praise him is the same for the woeful Kuyt and Smith; workhorse, good pro, etc.

    It should be a PREREQUISITE.

    £9 million is a great fee for someone who’ll probably never break into the England squad.

    At this stage, I’d rather have Lennon than Milner…neither can cross for toffee but at least Lennon is somewhat exciting. I can’t imagine defenders being terrorised when they see Milner’s name on the teamsheet.

    We better have a replacement lined up, or at least a name attacking signing – I worry for KK otherwise.

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  • Ohmelads

    Aug 29, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #27

    I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the meeting between KK and FMA.
    KK “Mike, the lads talented, only wants £10k more a week and I rekon he’s good for it”
    MA “F@ck that Kev, £10k a week??! That’s what I spend down Greggs on them Pastys and Danishes and I’m not cutting back on that for nay player…sell him”

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  • KK

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    This is a bad business in any way you look at it. You don’t sell one of your top player in your club if you want to improve. You do it when you have enough good players (Man Utd) or you have no hope in your future. (Any club dropped to The Championship) I don’t care how much money they can get from the sale. The damage has done and it’s not something you can get back in dollars. If whoever calling the shot thought this will go well with anyone supporting the club then they thought wrong. I’m not saying selling Milner is the end of the world, but it just shows the club is moving in the completely wrong direction and I can’t bear myself to watch this again. Does anyone in the management board have any common sense left in them? Or all they can see is their bank account adding an extra zero in the end?

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  • Taiwantoon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s sad to see James go and don’t think anyone is entitled to attack him after seeing his royalty and professionism to the course.

    Apparently KK doesn’t want him to leave and I hope MA makes it up by helping KK to sign a good replacement.

    One thing really worries me tho…Why do we sell players so quickly while buying players seems to take ages for us.

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  • shearer4pm

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #30

    real shame he’s leavin 🙁

    espec as my 1st choice replacement has jus joined man citah

    damn

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  • Spyro

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #31

    here is an idea, get rid of Smith, Duff AND Milner, because none are good enough in their positions.

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  • Roby

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #32

    SACK THE BOARD !!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    lol ohmelads

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  • ANDYGLOSTOON

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    I JUST LOVE OUR CLUBS AMBITION!

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  • Graham

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Despite the fact that I would have liked to see him stay as our squad is very thin, I am also please that the club did not bow down to a players demands – especially a splayer with 2 years left on his contract!

    It’s clear that Milner did not want to leave but was persuaded by his pathetic agents, the PFA to request a transfer in ordet to get a pay rise. I for one am please that the club have called his bluff. This is for the long term benefit of NUFC as gone are the days of us being a soft touch for players.

    £9m (or even £12m depending on what you read) is a decent fee for a player who has never really set the world on fire. At 22 he has the chance to get better, but now theres a weight of a few million on his shoulders reminding him of that.

    This money (and preferably more) needs to put to some good use over the next 3 days or so.

    Keep the faith boys n girls!!

    All the best James for your future………

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #36

    no dont sack the board

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  • Hatty

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #37

    The £12million fee being touted around is a fantastic deal for Newcastle.

    He’s not a great player, and I would have taken £7million for him. We’ve done well here.

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  • jimbo jones

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #38

    wow seems that only king habib is the only one that shares my opinion. I really feel that i have missed something that everyone else sees in milner. Also reckon that he’s just been putting in all that ‘hard graft’ so that he can move. I for one hope that he leaves.

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  • Martin

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #39

    I hate how fickle some of you lot are, and I think some of your conspiracy theories are ridiculous!

    This summer we’ve added a central midfielder who’s looked quality AND a winger who’s looked quality – Damien Duff appears to have regained his form (before getting injured) and if we get a new left back the Zog will be free to play in midfield again…If and When Owen, Oba and the Duke all get fit together we can have Owen as a CAM player…So where does that leave Milner?

    I personally think Milner has moved on for 1st team football! There is no doubting his work rate, but then Guttierez put’s him to shame in that respect, as well as having more pace, skill and crossing abillity – The Zog has more raw talent and therefor also gets ahead in the pecking order…

    At this age Milner is ending his U21 playing days and obviously wants to step up to full honours – how can he do taht from the bench?

    This isn’t MA’s fault, this isn’t a conspiracy theory about Leeds United…THIS IS SPARTA!

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  • Spyro

    Aug 29, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    “I JUST LOVE OUR CLUBS AMBITION!”

    Yeah because keeping James Milner really shows ambition. Stupid comments popping up again. Sell him quickly and buy Taarabt who is a much much better player than this guy and has much more potential.

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