Expect Butt, Harper and Ameobi To Sign This Week

As we said yesterday, this is the week the Newcastle Board have selected to try to get the players signed up whose contracts run out at the end of the season.

Nicky Butt – expected to sign one year extension this week

We have 7 players whose contracts run out and it looks like four will be offered their new contracts this week, Michael Owen, Nicky Butt, Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi.

And Joe seem pretty sure that the last three are all set to sign along the dotted line, and we expect that to happen within the next few days.

It hasn’t been easy for the Newcastle players this season, as manager Kevin Keegan left after just two league games, and we proceeded to plummet in the league after that.

We lost five games in succession after Kevin walked out, and the former manager is now suing the club for £8M, for wrongful dismissal, although the rumors were that he resigned.

But all this upheaval hasn’t stopped players like Nicky Butt from still wanting to stay on Tyneside, and of course local lads Shola ASmeobi and Steve Harper don’t want to leave the club, ever.

Nicky seems to think this is the way Newcastle are, and he’s accepted that, probably because he’s also well aware of the legendary support the teams receives from its fans. We’ve won nothing for 40 years but we are one of the most reported on teams in England – not sure if that is good or bad.

But it says something about the Newcastle club, that players are still willing to commit, given all the uncertainty that surrounds the club right now.

And then of course there’s Michael Owen, and the captain plays things so close to his chest, it’s hard to know what he’s thinking.

In our poll, 55% think Michael will sign the new contract but 30% think not.  But we’ve only had 336 votes, so please vote if you haven’t already done so –  it’s whether or not you think he will sign the new contract at Newcastle, and it’s on our home page, down the right-hand side in our Poll Corner.

Of course what we’d all like to see is to have all four players sign before the end of the week, and then we could really have a good time against Spurs on Sunday, with that extra stability, and maybe take then to the cleaners?

Whoops, getting carried away again. 😀

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • G

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    WHY! would we sign Ameobi or Butt????? I cannot belive that we will do that…..

  • seetow

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    G that’s cos they are solid backup players… and butt is needed for our first team at the moment.

  • Ross

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    “If we can get like-for-like then I’ll lose one,” admitted Kinnear in the Daily Mirror. “We’ve gone down that road already but I got a knock-back”

    -is that confirming kinnear was ready to get rid of enrique? madness for me. Thats not bolstering our squad, thats giving up on a spanish u21 who’s full of potential and replacing him with a defender who has underperformed for years, and up until we were linked with him, couldnt even get a game for roma.

  • Partizan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Why on earth we need Butt,i mean….the guy is a slow motion for christ sake.
    Not to mention he almost costed us a penalty(one of many) while 0-0 at Pompey.
    Just get rid of him in the Summer(not now)…..BUT don’t make any contract extensions.

  • Sas

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Any reason why would should expect this Ed?

  • Stardust

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Ross – I couldnt imagine anyone making a quote like that – it would be too destabilising. I’d treat it with contempt.

  • Xisco Stu

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Good, but we need to get the youngsters signed up as well or we’ll lose them too.

    Celtic and Rangers are already sniffing around Shane Ferguson.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Do not sell Enrique!..
    …Harper do go mate, i know you wanna show what you can do, just injure Shay then & take y’chance!..Lol!..
    …I would kepp Butt & Ameobi, we can’t afford to lose players right now…We need to get players in!..

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Agreed that we dont want to loose anyone until the season has ended. We are doing ok at the moment and need to focus on staying up and look forward later when we are safe!

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Consistancy & continuity everytime!..

  • Partizan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Are we really linked with Idriz Kameni from Espanyol….if that’s the case then they really don’t have a bloody clue what they’re doing!

  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Butt and ameobi are gud squad players.We need to hang on to these players until our youth is ready to step up.I think JK has done a great job with ameobi and although he isnt gud enuf for first 11 he is great sub who holds the ball up and his pass for guthrie’s goal against pompey was top drawer.

    On Harper i tink he is a top keeper who sud be given a player coaching role because of his loyalty to the toon.Time for Krul to be making the bench cuz we WILL regret it if he leaves.He was being scouted by Chelsea when Scolari took over and is not far off being called up to danish full team… enuf said.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    I doubt it Partizan,
    the press are gonna peddle all the old names mentioned in the last 2/3windows…They’re lazy, ill-researched mo-fo’s…
    …& that goes for every club, not just us!..

    …Any gentle-plebs of the press/me, me, media tunin’ in?..Piss off!..You’re not welcome!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Krul’s dutch mate, but i know what y’mean!..

  • Partizan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Exactly PS…..but honestly it got me worried a little bit.Could this be a back up plan if Given leaves for Arsenal??! Hmmm

  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Punk Skunk- Haha noticed that after posted it but said no point mentioning it unless someone spotted it.gud enuf to be playing for them aswell!

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Well with Harper, Krul etc…
    …Do we need a back up plan if Shay splits the scene?..
    …I DO NOT want Shay to leave tho’!..

    …Just thought i’d get that in before reillers(PROtectOR of Shay) see’s & starts havin’ a go at us!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    aye mate, good enough for either!..

  • toonarmy 08

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    I think we should keep butt and ameobi ,as but has the experience ,even when joey is back ,butt may not get a game ,but he is a good figure to have in the dressing room .As 4 shola ,he can do a job as back up (injuries and suspensions )and i think he would be happy with that ,and afterall he isnt a massive earner .if we can bring a couple or 3 in ,then cacapa and edgar and maybe harper will be allowed to leave !!

  • Kinnear Is Ashley's Rent Boy (DanToon)

    Dec 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Ross, so it sounds like kinnear wants rid of Enrique no matter how well he play’s then!?

    Shockin’ Kinnear!!

  • graeme

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #22

    A new contract for Harper is a cert and he deserves it. I would certainly give Butt another one year deal, he can still deliver the goods when needed.

    I wouldnt renew Shola’s contract though. For his own good, he needs to move on, find his niche and try and make a name for himself. He just hasnt produced for us, for years. This would open up a door for some of the younger players to grab a chance in the 1st team, which has to be a good thing.

  • nightfall

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #23

    even is shay moves to arsenal, we don’t need another keeper…so as for this kameni guy…like i said before…we’re probably interested in a player from espanyol…but don’t believe it’s kameni…

  • nightfall

    Dec 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #24

    oh and one more thing…noone knew we were going to sign guthrie, jonas, xisco, colo,…our recruitment team did a great job…the press had no idea..so how would they know now?

  • Whumpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Re-sign all of ’em. They have all played very well for us in their most recent games, and it’s daft to lose players at a time like that.

    And for those having a go at Nicky Butt, I agree he’s played some stinkers, but very few and he’s far more likely to come on and boss the midfield defensively – as he did on Sunday.

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Sign them all up as we are short on players at this time. If we can bring 9n better players to improve the team; great but until we do, we have to keep the first team guys we have…….


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