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New Contract Would Have Kept Milner At Newcastle

10:26 am, Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 180 Comments

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has said today that James Milner wanted to stay at Newcastle, but the club would not offer him a new contract, and instead elected to sell him.

James Milner – wanted to stay on Tyneside

Martin O’Neil has spilled the beans on how we lost James Milner to Villa as he talked about James today:

“My own view is that if James had been given a new contract at Newcastle I think he would have stayed.” “James had played a lot of games for Newcastle and if they were stalling on a new contract we had a great opportunity to get him in.”

“The offer from Villa was too good for Newcastle to turn down and James is worth every penny of the fee.” “I think he is doing very well for us. He conjured up something from nothing for the second goal against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday. It was fantastic.”

“James working hard for a football team becomes second nature to him as it does with the likes of Ashley Young.” “He has good energy, great determination, good skill and will definitely improve.”

“I have no doubts about James. As a character he is top class.” “It says a lot for James that after telling him there were offers on the table for him he still wanted to play for Newcastle in their Carling Cup game against Coventry and he was brilliant.”

“What I find terrific about both James and Ashley Young is that they will work back for you.” “They can pick up the ball and having done that they are prepared to gallop 40 yards forward and that is terrific.”

This is probably the event that started Kevin Keegan having second thoughts about the plans and ideas of the Newcastle Board and owner Mike Ashley, as Kevin had made it very clear he didn’t want to lose James Milner, whom he called “a gem of a player.”

And we heard that James was surprised when he heard Newcastle were willing to let him go, just before the end of the transfer window, since he always talked very well of the Tyneside club.

And he had one of his best ever games for the club in that fantastic extra time win over Coventry in The Carling Cup, which turned out to be his last appearance for Newcastle.

Why we cannot hold onto young players, who love the club, and are only going to get better, is completely beyond us.     :(

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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180 responses so far ↓

  • 1 seetow // Nov 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    FIRST!!!

    lucky we sold him quick, 12 mil for a lad who can’t cross and had a total of 2 assists last season for a right winger is a great deal

  • 2 scotty // Nov 2, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    agreed – only if we had purchased a better quality winger – which we didn’t.

  • 3 Roby // Nov 2, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    those 12 milion pounds went to Ashleys pocket…not for us… so telling that we sold him for 12 milion is good deal,is madness….we didnt get any money for new signings…those 12 milion went to mike ashley who spent it in casino.

  • 4 AlexW // Nov 2, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    bollocks, he had a raw talent and no matter how much money we got for him, money doesnt win football games, its players like milner who does, players who play there heart on the sleeve and when you look at our current team there aint many players who are playing with the grit and determination of milner

    he shouldnt of gone and thats that

  • 5 Ausgeordie // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    We have a lot of dead wood at the club. He was not dead wood he was young. enthusiastic and hard working.

  • 6 Leo // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    if we could have kept him it would have been brillient, very useful, but with gutierrez we have a better right + left winger

    we are just short on quality

  • 7 bri // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    what martin oniel fails to mention is that milner signed a contract less than ten months ago. He heard what villa would offer him and tried to hold the club to ransom.

  • 8 MickMack // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Alex W – post 4 –

    You are 100% Bang On.

    The Premiership of today needs playes that can cover vast amounts of turf per game. Milner was second to none at working hard for the team – he covered every blade of grass for us, yet he gets stick for not having an end product or good final ball. With Milner he would double up with Beye and we would have a strong right hand side both attacking and defending. He could also do the same down the left. Yes we have Jonas who can do that and Duff can play on either side, Nzogbia doesnt play on the right, but who have we got if they are injured – Geremi?

  • 9 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    ok milner lacked an end product

    but imo he was still one of our best there were times when only he was the one trying

    though what concerns me with milner is he hasnt got an end product

    but i cant help but think that in a few years that would change

  • 10 Timmers // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Oh my what a strange time to release that statement Martin O’neil, a day before we play you at home. Just like Ferguson always trying to play mind games-wonder what his defence will be we he drops Aston Villa for United in 2 years time!

  • 11 Ally // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    I hope Joey breaks his legs on Monday

  • 12 Ally // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    i mean milner legs i dont want barton to break his! lol

  • 13 Bart // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    I think 12 mils was a great deal depends on his current abilities(no goal, cant cross, draging the ball for too long and eventually comes out with nothing).
    I dont how will him develope into, but i doubt he is showing anymore potential to be a great great player.
    He played alot of matches and i think he already showed us what he got.
    By the way, sad to see him left.
    All the best james.

  • 14 Toon_Ksk // Nov 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    The thing is, he didn’t deserve a new contract at that time.

  • 15 dougnufc // Nov 2, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Jonas looks hell a lot better than James Milner.

  • 16 Bill F (Original) // Nov 2, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Good , bad or ugly, he was the catalyst that pricipitated our present situation. I am waiting now to see what comes from the hints and insinuations about what “Really” happened according to JK. If there is any “Truth” out there it could change a lot of opinions.
    Probably a bit like politics though and we will never get the full story.

  • 17 Sav // Nov 2, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Roby and Alex W.
    Well said.
    We didn’t have any problem hanging onto this particular youngster.

    Ashley chose to sell him for profit.

  • 18 Sav // Nov 2, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    If there were any hidden ‘truth’ about Keegan, it is certainly not JFK’s place to be revealing it. Ashley or ‘Silence of the Llambias’ are well able to issue statements and speak through the media. So far though, (their ‘It is a fact’ statement a case in point) such efforts have been less than impressive.
    JFK probably knows less about what went on than the average fan. Remember even the likes of Bez got sacked after KK left for speaking out and he was here during the whole thing.

    Don’t get involved, Joe. No-one likes a ‘Smithers’.

  • 19 capt. darlin // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Ashley deserves a lot of credit. Everyone knows what he s done on the money side of things, the debts etc. After sacking Big Fat Sam he wanted Arry Rednapp, who ultimately turned them done no doubt after seeing the negative press from the MOB not wanting him. So Ashley turned to the MOB wanted in Keegan. And look how it all ended. Keegan the bottler walking again!!!! Ashley has only the clubs best interests at heart which to him is a 250m investment, not a 500 quid season ticket you can choose not to renew instead of supporting the team!!!

  • 20 capt. darlin // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Look at Rednapp, now!!!! 7 points in three games against the arse, liverpool and bolton, nuff said….. i tank you

  • 21 capt. darlin // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Ah and an FA cup winners medal last season!!!

  • 22 Michael12 // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    The man is provoking you! Why disclose this on the eve of the big game? To unsettle the fans and get them barking down Ashley’s tree. When the fans are not at the game the team does not perform and what O’Neill is trying to do is create that unrest among our fans.

    I certainly do not see Milner setting Villa alight, do you?

  • 23 ELFER // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    This milner story is already over long time ago…we have more than good wingers and he would be 3rd or 4th choice…no need for him!

    And the money we got for him was absolutely unbelieveable…no, Mr. O’Neil, he’s not worht that much money!! a very good young player, but absolutely not worth this awfull lot of money!! But that’s football these days. Story end.

  • 24 Sav // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    We’re 3rd from bottom. Villa are top6. I doubt he’s resorting to mind-games, do you?
    Just setting the record straight so a young lad who always gave 100% doesn’t get an unfair barracking tomorrow night. That’s all.

  • 25 Marty-TOON RISING // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    YES MILNER ALWAYS TRIED HIS SOCKS OFF-but that doesn`t win you very many games.
    Countless times he would run up the line with no finished product,he was an absolute pain in the ass to watch play….glad we sold him.
    We got great value for him

  • 26 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    shame we spent his money on

    Xisco and gonzalez

    Xisco -never plays
    Nacho-Injured

    Still 6mil or something left

    All we need is a disapointing player(Nacho,Xisco etc) to have a magnifacent game in any match and it will benifit us in 2 ways

    .Boosts the price
    .Helps us win?

  • 27 51times // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    capt. darlin – Well go and support the Yids then you daft wanker.

  • 28 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    and i would have jonas in rm instead of milner anyday!

  • 29 Marty-TOON RISING // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    SPIDEY is 3 times the player

  • 30 Craigg // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Please tell me what would it achieve Barton breaking Milners legs ?

    Barton banned and maybe back in jail and a good honest kid who gave his all to our club crippled, Great

    Rob Lee, Pop Robson and Antoine Sibierski to name but a few left over contractual issues would you like them to get hurt aswell ?

    Milner shouldnt have been allowed to leave nor should Faye as the manager didnt approve either and was let down by a uncaring chairman and a few overpaid nobodys in totally pointless roles.

    I get so annoyed at people throwing those stats in, 2 assists last season not great, OK how about Milners previous 3 seasons where he notched 30 assists and 11 goals, now include this season where he has got 3 assists and a goal already not bad for the “average” player as so many people accuse him of being.

    We will regret his sale when he is playing in the Champions league and in England squads because this kid will improve under a quality manager like O’Neill and we suffer under Our fat Irish/Cockney interim joker with his new Fash up front.

    And one more thing to Kinnear please stop trying to win favour by badmouthing Keegan because some of us have seen through you already lardo.

  • 31 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    but i do think we sold milner to the wrong club

    we should of rejected 12mil for these reasons

    .might make them put the price up
    .Selling him to a foreign club would make us never face him
    . He might not want to move to a foreign club which will make him stay or get sold for more

  • 32 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Nov 2, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Big clubs dont sell their best players thats why we’ll never ever compose a great team cos everytime someone turns out to be a high quality,we immediately sell him.
    If we kept our players this could have been our team.

    ……………………………Given……………………………
    Beye………..Coloccini…Woodgate………Bassong

    …………………………….Parker…………………………
    ……Milner……………………………………..Jonas…..
    ……………………………..Jenas………………………….
    ………………….Owen…………..Martins………………

    Subs…Harper,Bellamy,Taylor,Enrique,N’Zogbia

  • 33 ed_speed // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    john scatman = ledgend.

    end of.

    regards,
    ed

    p.s ‘mon the lads

  • 34 TJ // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    At least we got G Jonas who is far a better player than milner.

  • 35 ed_speed // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Our team should leave the field to “I’m a scatman”, by john scatman.

    ‘mon the lads

  • 36 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    hadj- spot on mate :D

  • 37 ed_speed // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    evening turkish mag, how are you keeping?

    regards,
    ed

  • 38 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    evening ed i’m fine

    Turkeys great

    Hows the us?

  • 39 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    sorry ed i didnt mean the u.s

    I was watching american football on turkish tv!

    regards Turkish mag

  • 40 Craigg // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Hadji

    The question should be why wasnt Bobby given money to spend when we finished 3rd in 02-03.

    He signed Bowyer on a free and the money raised by Champions league qualification was given to Souness to waste.

    If Shepherd had given that money to Bobby to get the players he wanted at the time, this team would have been ours.

    ———————–Given———————–
    —-Hughes—Woodgate—King—Bernard—
    ——-Dyer—Carrick—–Jenas—Duff—
    ————–Bellamy—–Rooney—————-

    Subs: Harper, Taylor, Carr, N’Zogbia, Milner, Ameobi, Mpenza

  • 41 ed_speed // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Don’t know mate never been.

    I am currently in the delights of the algarrve, enjoying the Portugese sun.

    regards,
    ed

  • 42 ed_speed // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    lol craig you left out shearer!

    Regards,
    ed

    p.s no worries turkish.

  • 43 Craigg // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    I left out Shearer because he was due to retire at the end of the 04-05 season and would be long gone.

  • 44 Craigg // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    I left out Shearer because he was due to retire at the end of the 04-05 season and would be long gone by now

  • 45 51times // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    “And one more thing to Kinnear please stop trying to win favour by badmouthing Keegan because some of us have seen through you already lardo.”

    This made me laugh, good job Craigg.

  • 46 TJ // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    @Craigg,Jonas and milner who is better.

  • 47 Craigg // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    51 times glad you enjoyed it

    But on a serious note i cannot believe the amount of people praising this guy, He is a MA puppet and his football is worse that Allardyce’s, We were so lucky against West Brom but thank god we got the points.

    If he is given the job permanently then kiss goodbye to Owen and more than likely our premiership status in the next season or two.

    How can people want this guy to be our full time manager when we have had interest from class acts like Fatih Terim and Zico to take the job or Club gods like Keegan and Shearer in taking up their thrones once more.

    Please god dont give Kinnear the job.

  • 48 batty // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    pot o crag

  • 49 Craigg // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    @TJ

    Why does it matter would Man Utd sell Nani and Park because Ronaldo is better ?

    Or Tevez because Berbatov and Rooney are Better ?

    Or Giggs, Fletcher and Anderson because Scholes, Carrick and Hargreaves are better ?

    Or Evans, Rafael and Brown because Ferdinand Neville and Vidic are better ?

    No, They know to reach the top you must have strength in depth, We have just had Geremi ambling up the right for the past couple of months leading up to West Brom due to Jonas’ injury when we could have had the pace and creativity of Jimmy coupled with Taylor who was great at RB against Everton and even better paired with the awesome Beye.

  • 50 Big Dave // Nov 2, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Well after all the stories this week it leaves me very saddened that JK was starting to win me over, but i am now 100% convinced that JK is part of the soap opera even more so that he is now starting to sh*te talk about how he feels sorry for MA and his kids not being able to go to the matches and he is even starting to dish the dirt on KK. but as my late Dad allways told me Son there is allways 3 sides to a story your side, my side and 3rd the Truth.

  • 51 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    lads we carnt let ashley back,this tw@t will sink us quicker that the tittanic.

  • 52 Bill F (Original) // Nov 2, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    We always seem to have had rubbish ownership. The Mckeag/Seymour era, Sir John then Fat Freddy and now Ashley. There were blossoms of hope in all of them that got nipped by the frosts of reality. I am beggining to wonder if we will ever see a golden era for the Toon. Thing is we always get excited and optimistic when things start to look promising and will do so again even if it happens under Ashley and Kinnear. I would put money on it.

  • 53 Big Dave // Nov 2, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Bill F (Original) I often think where would we be now if Sir John and KK were never here.

  • 54 ObaFan2 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    It would have only made sense selling Milner if the money had gone back into the squad and not into Ashley’s wallet.

    Alas, this is what will happen this winter if Ashley is still our owner…. every player will have a price on his head.

    JK, be careful what you say imo as we(Geordies) have taken to you but bad-mouthing and talking about situations which you do not know the full truth and facts about will not earn you many fans.

  • 55 ELFER // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    KK has left us alone for the 2nd time, how can you still call for him?

    Kinnear works his socks off and deserves credit for taking this hot seat. Let him do his job and give him the post on a permanent base.

    Be fair to ashley, who ever tried to bring stability instead of horrendous transfer amounts to our club. It will work if you all keep the faith and if we all are in this together!

  • 56 Craigg // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    I will always shout for KK because without him there wouldnt be a Newcastle United football club.

  • 57 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    where flucked under ashley,theres no doubt aboot it,this man will suck us dry,he sees us as a money tree.buy cheap sell high.wheres spyro

  • 58 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Every player has a price,
    and £12mil was his.

  • 59 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    i wasn,t against the sale of milner in principal,but only if he was adequately replaced,but we all know what happened.
    keep up the pressure no return for fat boy,having mike ashley as owner is like putting fred west in charge of a brothel.

  • 60 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    ed-

    sorry for the late reply

    What hotel?

    I was there a year ago

  • 61 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Without him there wouldn’t be a Newcastle United football club,
    Keegan alive in 1892 was he?

  • 62 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    I absolutely love Turkey,
    and one point we were going to buy a house over there in Marmaris.
    Beautiful!

  • 63 Big Dave // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    ELFER the only trouble is that JK has allready been caught telling lies to us

  • 64 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    having mike ashley as owner,is like putting vanessa feltz in charge of a sweet shop.

  • 65 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Ashleys a hoop, he opened a garden fete on our manor. Asked him for money for a pint like he used to buy for you boys. I said lend us a couple of quid MA, he said get out of it you low life. One of his chums pushed me over, I said oill see you MA, Nick will be back.Huuurgh.

  • 66 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    having mike ashley as owner,is like putting adolf hitler in charge of the gas board.

  • 67 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    ere nick you,re a right merchant an yer ma,s a brass.

  • 68 Craigg // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Dan13

    I think you know damn fine the point i was making.

  • 69 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    here it is,fluck all ashley backas,i wouldnt giv ya the steam off me shite

  • 70 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    joe is definatley pushing his luck if his statement is true.

  • 71 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    people who support ashley obviously dont come from the area.

  • 72 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Only joking Craig mate,
    like I said the other day, I think some drastic action is need by us supporters in terms of all the promised protested that were due to be organised before he delivered his speech.

  • 73 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    dan13,hows things mate…..skin d were ye from like

  • 74 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    mike ashley couldn,t walk through eldon square without a crash helmet and an umbrella.

  • 75 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    walker.

  • 76 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Ayeee not bad,
    looking forward to the match tomorrow like!

  • 77 Toon Chicken // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Let’s all turn up at the Villa game wearing Sunderland shirts bought from JJB Sports – that’ll learn the theiving Cockeneye barstewards!!!

    50% off bedsheets at BHS – 1 week only – start the Geordie boyscoutt tomorrow – you know it makes sense.

  • 78 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    I’m a walker boy too,
    Moved away to wallsend/Howdon though :(

  • 79 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    skin same as me,moved owa sandancer land when i was a youngin.your reet theres alot of none geordies on here,there the ones with the biggest say so aboot the toon.

  • 80 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    chicken,whos things mate,still talkin piss aboot bed sheets like.lol

  • 81 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    hows things

  • 82 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Predictions for tomorrow,
    Mine 2-1 to us, it’ll be another thriller in the last 20
    with Oba just edging the final goal.

  • 83 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    toonchicken why do you love ashley so much?

  • 84 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    SKIN D yeah me ma’s a brass taking up wiv that old gink. Yeah you from walker eh, yeah proper blokes just like the eastend mate. Get up at 5 have a jar or 2 at the market yeah. Gughhhh.

  • 85 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    if mike ashley was to waalk alang northumberland street he,d git ee,s heed knocked off.

  • 86 Big Dave // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    hitman //@ 79 does that mean that i shouldn’t have an opinion mate because im not a Geordie ??

  • 87 Toon Chicken // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Noo Hitman – am alreet cheers – bit hungower tho.

    Hows things with you?

    Aye some things never change – sounds like there’s quite a lot of anti-cockeneye agro bubbling under – I predict a riot!

    Don’t think JK should bare the brunt of it tho – from where I’m sat he seems to be making the best of a bad situation – with a bit of luck we could have beaten sh!tty and scraped a draw against the scummers down the road – can’t blame him for trying to hold onto the lead the other night – I’ve seen us shoot ourselves in the foot b4 when we push on and try and “kill” a game!

  • 88 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    nick cotton,what ye going on aboot ya muppet

  • 89 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    ere nick still on the aitch you cant?still tryin’ to poisin yer ma

  • 90 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Dan ,

    I was born near Marmaris in a village called Side(pronounced seeday)

    I think newcastle need a turkish player!Heres a list of Turkish players who would do well at newcastle

    .Arda Turan(what needs to be said?)
    .Kazim Kazim(young and great!)
    .Gokhan Zan(a center back with an amazing shot)
    .Cervet Cetin(The cb monster, 6ft 6)

    I personally think selling Emre was a bad idea!He added a bit of turkish delight!

  • 91 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    little dave,i couldnt give 2 fluckes,support your own,tw@t.

  • 92 Toon Chicken // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    skinny dip – don’t love ashley like – i just don’t hate him – got more bad feeling towards the so-called messiah if i’m honest but not getting into that again!

  • 93 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    joes alreet but ee,s ganna p##s on ee,s chips backing ashley an making statements like that.

  • 94 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    I could see both sides of why he tried to defend,
    if we tried to attack further, they could have easily caught us on the counter coz our defence (taylor mainly) are clumsy.
    On the other hand, we’re not good enough to hold tight and defend.

  • 95 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    TC,kinnear has flucked up here like,it has made him look like an ashley bum boy,should keep his hole shut.

  • 96 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    turkish mag
    i havent seen him but whats that nuri sahin like

  • 97 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Yeh, absolutely love Marmaris and the village side rings a bell.
    Can’t agree more with us needing more turks in the team, couldn’t knock your passion and fighting spirit in Euro’s like.
    Thats why I wanted Fatih as manager

  • 98 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    we know he cant keep his hole shut!

    52 times :D

  • 99 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    toonchicken,it,s seems when anybody makes an anti ashley comment ye equate them with the bedsheet hillbillies.
    me personally i,ve never been an ashley fan,and his shortsightedness brought keegan anyway.

  • 100 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Plays for Dortmund doesn’t he,
    he’s meant to be a class act in the bundesliga.
    Not too sure if he’s still there for sure though.

  • 101 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Would love more turks dan:D

    but you cant have fatih,he’s ours (wink)

  • 102 Toon Chicken // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    hitman – i agree – he should keep his mouth shut when it comes to talking about Keegan and that – seems like the majority still want to have Kev’s babies so he’s not doing himself any favours by speaking against him – even tho, as I have suspected, they may be truth in what he says.

    Sure we’ll all find out exactly what went down soon enough though – no point speculating either way til then.

  • 103 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    i always liked tuncay but he went to boro the c##t.

  • 104 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    lol :)
    Don’t think he’d come now tbh,
    and all these comments from JK recently just show he’s bound to get the job.
    I did used to like him and thought he was the right man for the job here, but these comments lately have made me raise an eyebrow.

  • 105 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    oh and i agree about the passion,maybe Fatih would be good!

    Or zico, my former manager of my turkish team!

    Fenerbahce showed passion when they beat chelsea!

    You cant beat turkish passion!

  • 106 Big Dave // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Hitman I diffentely dont need you to tell me who to support. I will and have supported the Toon for near 30 yrs. and I will still voice my opinion on here wiether you like it or not.

  • 107 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    joe is not the answer long term,remember the dons ffs.

  • 108 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    yeah skin d that was wen a was on the heroin man, just forgot about that and you reminded me. Hitman you the one that shot Den Watts? gnaghhh.

  • 109 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Skin D

    Tuncay is amazing!

    Wish he came,but we had emre!

    A bit of Turkish magic is needed !

    For some reason players round the turkish area do well at newcastle,

    Emre
    Dabizas

    Arda or kazim or future legends!

  • 110 Toon Chicken // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    not really – skin d – just a bit of banter

    from some of the comments on here tho it sounds like it could all kick off again – last thing we and the team right now is to be back in the press for all the wrong reasons – sick and tired of being the laughing stock and it doesn’t looks like spuds will be deflecting the attention away from us for much longer

  • 111 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    i meant are future legends :)

  • 112 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    turkish,a bit of turkish passion generally ends up with a knife in the buttcheek,the auld turkish revenge.

  • 113 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Aww I got the fenerbahce top I got when I was on Holiday over there last September, Also got the galatasaray and besiktas one.
    Anyways, Hows Emre getting on at fenerbahce?

  • 114 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    You need an english manager not a kebab eater, you will be wanting Ali Osman next. Yeah good one Oz Cab for Ashley. gnaaagh

  • 115 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Injured !

    You should know by now lol

  • 116 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    i love fenerbache.

  • 117 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    dan im not sure where he is he may have moved he went on loan to 1 of the dutch sides last season

  • 118 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Nick i would aprecite it if we were Turks, not kebab eaters

    Regards

  • 119 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    dave, a blind man could see where gettin flucked owa with ashley.nick cotton ya a cockney,i dont care.

  • 120 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Lol how did I not know,
    Good player when fit, but he can’t stay fit!

  • 121 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Hitman did you pop Den Watts at the canal?

  • 122 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    ere nick watch yer maath or we,ll set memhet on ya.

  • 123 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Yeahh he went to feyenord,
    just looked it up.
    Wasn’t too bad on Football manager either:)

  • 124 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Beyethegreat and dan13

    Emre is injured lol,a shame

    But before anyone starts going on about fenerbahce,it’s my familys team and i’m the only one who doesnt support them, i’m a faithful geordie and dont know to much about fener but they’re my favourite turkish team

  • 125 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Aww here we go again,
    W@nkers like Nick trying to provoke us and insulting others.
    When will they learn?

  • 126 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    but he is on loan,but still injured

  • 127 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Yeah sorry Turkish , my apologies got carried away no call for it .

  • 128 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    na i popped him in the anal.lol

  • 129 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    sais im sorry dan -no need.

  • 130 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ2PviZ3220

  • 131 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    How come your like Newcastle, are we liked in Turkey.
    lol I remember this one turkish man coming up to me putting this newcastle wallet in my face when I was in Altinkum because i was wearing my toon strip:)

  • 132 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    lol al let you off Nick ;)

  • 133 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    turkish what do you call that mad fenerbache fan who got his ear cut off,then hid inside ali amien stadium sorry about the spelling.

  • 134 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    turk mag how did you get supporting the toon

  • 135 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    is it sami am ien?

  • 136 Big Dave // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Well young Dan hows you mate and you never said the other night who was going to score for us tomorrow night. I know you have Oba for the 2nd

  • 137 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Haha hitman thats class Colin Russell would like that better though.

  • 138 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Aye not bad, yourself?
    I’m going with either Duffer or Ameobi for the first.
    Reet am off for a while,
    Sunday dinner time!

  • 139 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Ok dan mate, we av lots of kebab shops down here and we av a larf about that. They call us roast beefs so no racism intended. Just seem more touchy up ere which aint no bad fing.

  • 140 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Nick-

    Ty for apology,its ok!

    I’m only half turkish though(english mother),but i’m a turkish resident,born in turkey and a turkey fan not england

    But whatever my nationality i’m 100%geordie:)

    Beyethegreat-

    My mother lives in newcastle and took me to a game when i was 4, I then suddenly was a newcastle fan, i dont know exactly how but i’m a fan!
    I do head over for a few matches though

  • 141 Nick C // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Turkish, looking to book somewhere for next summer. I have heard Olu Deniz is beautiful. Any thoughts???

  • 142 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    sami ali yen stadium,turkish when the new stadium for galatasaray going to be ready.

  • 143 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    speeking of kebab shops has anyone been to pizza addict?

    My dad owns it

  • 144 Nick C // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Bob Cass giving it large today about NUFC defo being sold b4 Xmas. I know it is the Mail on Sunday, but Bob Cass is a longstanding North East Journo. I believe he co wrote Peter Beardsley’s autobiography.

  • 145 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Nick-

    oludeniz is lovely

    I own some appartments though
    http://www.selcukapartments.com/

    You see my son with a newcastle cap

  • 146 Shola Ameobi // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    It wouldnt of mattered if we sold milner for 30 million, it still wouldnt of been a good deal for us, becouse we arent going to see a penny of it. It went straight in that fat bastards back pocket.

  • 147 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Cheers turkish def no offence intended mate good on ya! Nick C u taking the pi– Hallo Dennis is that Wise?

  • 148 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    i’m on none of those pics though he’s my brother

  • 149 Nick Cotton // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Must go fireworks display in the square!

  • 150 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    turkish you have a good looking family.

  • 151 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    ashley out.

  • 152 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    kill the mackems,kill the mackems,kill the mackems,kill the mackems.

  • 153 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Skin D thank you

  • 154 SwedEric // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Doesn´t worth 12M for me. But we really needed him to stay, especialy when we didn´t get a replacement in!

  • 155 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    turkish, i know the rivalry is legendary between galatasaray and fenerbache,but who are besiktas,s arch rivals.

  • 156 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    swed,eric it would have been good business if milner had been replaced.

  • 157 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    skin d-

    Kayserispor

  • 158 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    or istanbulspor

  • 159 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    never heard of them turkish are they local to besiktas?

  • 160 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    they were in the uefa cup

    Oh and bolton are winning

    nooooooooooooooo

  • 161 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Besiktas are doing well this season

  • 162 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    i,ve heard of istanbulspor,i love fenerbache the atmosphere at the saracoglu is amazing.

  • 163 Dan13 // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comon we can win tomorrow!

  • 164 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Like i said i love Fenerbahce

    But i’m a geordie fan

  • 165 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    gardener 77min

  • 166 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Dan-it’s a must win 2morro

  • 167 skin d // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    turkish are the galatasaray fans as bad as people say.

  • 168 hitman // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    nick c, bob cass is a makem,ashley has raped the toon.

  • 169 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    turkish have you ever been to a fener match

  • 170 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    galatasary fans i’m afraid to say are bad but no worse than sunderlands fans!

    Its passion!

  • 171 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Beyethegreat funny you should say that

    yes is the answer and it was newcastle against fenerbahce

  • 172 toonoholic // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    after looking at this weekends results

    GODS A MACKEM!

  • 173 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    turk mag was that in the uefa a few years ago with roeder

  • 174 toonoholic // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    bring on villa!

  • 175 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Beyethegreat- yes

  • 176 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    toonoholic

    god is not a mackem

    god doesnt have sex with his sister

  • 177 Turkish magpie // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    i’m off now

    Cmon the toon!

  • 178 beyethegreat // Nov 2, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    i would love to go to a fener-gala match

  • 179 skin d // Nov 3, 2008 at 1:29 AM

    everyone is talking about contracts,has the mike ashley contract been carried out yet.

  • 180 AndyT // Nov 3, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    I was a bit disapointed that Milner went, but at the same time 12 million for someone who has put in a transfer request and is being a pain over a contract while the ink is still drying on his last one. But basically he is after the same positions as Duff or Jonas, both of whom work as hard, both of whom are as good if not better than he is.
    On the Left probably not quite as good as Nzogbia technically, but works harder and had more team spirit. On the right better, but not loads better than Geremi. Also potentially replaceable by little Lua Lua.
    For me it was a reasonable bit of business – not great, no disaster.




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