Dennis Wise To Meet With City’s Garry Cook Tomorrow

The Newcastle Journal today are reporting that Newcastle’s Executive Director of Football, Dennis Wise, will be at Eastlands on Wednesday evening for talks with Manchester City’s chief operating officer Garry Cook.


Dennis Wise – to meet with Gary Cook tomorrow on Given deal

Presumably this will be to wrap up the move of Shay Given To Manchester City, provided there is no last minute change of heart from the Irishman, because make no mistake this will be a wrenching time for Shay to leave the club he’s served so loyally for over 11 years.

Of course that has happened before with players whose heart is at one club – the last time we remember being when the great Steven Gerrard did a U turn on a move to Stamford Bridge from his local club Liverpool, a few seasons back, after everything had been agreed.

Certainly things have turned out well for Steven since then, and he has to be one of the best players in the world right now, and of course got a standing ovation after leaving the pitch during Liverpool’s 5-1 mauling of Newcastle in late December.

The way he won the European Champions League for Liverpool in the second half against AC Milan in May, 2005, when the Reds were 3-0 down at half-time, is one of the most amazing performances by any player – ever.

The meeting on Wednesday night, hopefully after Newcastle can collect 3 points (but that wil be very very difficult), will cover Given’s proposed transfer and at that time, and Newcastle’s very real interest in City’s England under-21 pair Nedum Onuoha and Michael Johnson.

In fact it would be great if we could get Albin Ebondo, and maybe even Stephane Mbia through the door soon, and then there would be a possibility of getting the two Manchester City players, either full time or on loan through the end of the season.

We’d then be in much better shape then as a squad, that’s for sure.

And as we’ve said before Ashley had better allow Kinnear to strengthen our squad with whatever we get for Shay Given, otherwise fans will again be less than happy at the outcome of a transfer window, and Ashley hardly wants any repercussions of what happened in September – hopefully he and the Board will have learned a valuable lesson from that.

If Given does leave, expect Newcastle’s number one target in the summer to be a striker to replace Michael Owen, and the new figure on everybody’s lips will be £1.2M – which will be the approximate cost to the club of every goal Michael scored for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • Mickalonius

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Sad to see Given go, I think its a mistake…

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I will be very sad to see Given and Owen go….

    This is NUFC now very sad indeed—a huge step backwards selling our top players, did not think I would see that again

  • Purely Belter

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    just goes to show how much joe is having a say in this

  • sean667

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    i agree Mickalonius and GeordieJayne, our club is in a sorry state

  • batty

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    mike ashley is killing the club

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Let’s just see what is the spend at the end of the transfer window after players have gone and come, I bet we dont even spend the so called 10 million joking had before we sell Given

  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Wait to see where we are on Feb 2nd.

  • repo

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    sell Owen he’s done nothing for ages..

    Clearly a drain on wages and let someone else have him and his problems..

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Saviola…. 🙂

  • Troy Stavers

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Oi Oi, Troy Charva here!!!
    Escaped from the bizzies again yesterday, I took 20 E’s and they couldn’t catch is man!!! Pure sweet!!
    This is gannin back to the days of Waddler, Gazza and Beardsley being sold man!!
    Am a not reet in thinking that you get top wages for being the best players? A pay me dealer top brass for me dope man cos its pure cushty like.
    So, what does Ashley do, if his cheap buys are successful in the future and it comes to negotiate new contracts. Does he sell them on and therefore we never progress?
    Supposing, and i will be amazed if it happens, we move up the table and the players are on £40k a week, when someone at Villa is on £70k a week. where they ganna gan.?
    The whole thing doesn’t make sense man!!
    I am fizzin!!! Not even me Blaarr is calmin is doon the smorning!

  • durhammag

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Given is going. Gutted that this has to be the case, but if we get £9M plus player(s), this is NOT a bad thing given the state of the club right now. Let’s face it, this club has been sliding for at least 4 years, and the Fat Fred regime have to be the ones taken to task for the irresponsible way they managed the club. Chris Mort, when he first joined said the club were in financial meltdown, and I genuinely believe that if MA hadn’t stepped in when he did, we were heading for bankrupcy.
    Cashing in Given when we have fantastic options in that position is an understandable decision, and I for one am delighted for Steve Harper. It also means Tim Krul will stay.
    If this money is re-invested in quality players, then all well and good, and the commitment to the youth policy shows a longer term commitment to the club, and one that is trying to undo years of untold damage that was actually started, if you remember, in the first Keegan era

  • Paul P

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    our club is in diseray. we are heading in thw wrong direction. this has happend since ashley took over. that is a fact

  • magpies1

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    OUT: Owen, Given, N’zog, Geremi

    IN: Sturridge, Johnson, Ebondo, Mbia, Saviola

    That would make me very happy this jan if it happens.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14


    I agree with your post, but MA is going to sell all the players we bring up to be top drawer to line his own pockets.

  • PrinceMonkey

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    I just think its shocking that Given could be allowed to leave for 9-10 Million when Craig Gordon went for £9m! How much would it cost to get Buffon? Who do you honestly think is more in the same league as Given? (As a player not as in the prem league!)

    Also, this is Man City! The cash they’re splashing about and only £10mil for Given?!?! Is nobody else completely shocked by this? And people think this is a good deal?!?!

  • magpies1

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16


    I agree with you completly, we have been going nowhere for a few years and now I firmly believe ashley has a plan in mind to start over again which is what I believed we have needed for years.

    Ashley has nothing to gain by selling our best players and getting us relagated. have faith!!

  • Mags

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    What a state of affairs when those two people negotiate Shay’s leaving of the club. One a fool and one despicable. So depressing and how times change.

    It will crease me seeing Shay in another team’s colours.

    Is the rumour that Owen is also leaving this window about to unfold?

    As GeordieJayne says let us take stock when the window closes and we can assess how much has been spent with incomings / outgoings of players.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    durhammag – spot on. ronaldeano – please go read a book on corporate finance to realise that

    a) It ain’t Ashley’s money and he can’t just take it out.
    b) What money? The club’s losing £20M a year and he has to PUT THAT IN just to keep us afloat!

    Sorry to have a go, like, but really – you’re barking up the wrong tree on the money. Football-wise, please feel free to rip into the fat git as you see fit…


    Anyone got anything hopeful to say about tonight’s match? Someone please raise my hopes of some points..

  • Darling27

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #19

    If Given does leave i’d be upset but also happy if we got Ebondo, Onuoha, Johnson, and Mbia in.

  • Ericles

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    To Ashley players are commodities to sell and buy at the best profit for himself. NUFC to him is just another way of doing it. To Ashley players are just so much meat for sale just like it is in Granger Market. So, in lots of ways, NUFC are just the same as any other club. Except, in our case, we do not get told about what is going on. So Ashley it is up to you to buy the best cuts and leave the dog and cat food to other clubs!!!

  • Sav

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    This IS a bad thing because the reason Shay Given moves, if he does, is because he thinks this club is going nowhere and he is sick and fed up of years and years of broken promises and a disorganises, badly run institution.

    The fact that Given is reluctant to go merely underlines the gap between what is great and what is tragic about Newcastle United.

    Should he leave, as seems almost certain, it has to be in a manner which denies what he believes. In other words, the squad must be improved by the players brought in with his transfer fee. If the money simply offsets an old debt or lines the owners pocket, or is blown on yet another badly researched foreign flop, it will not be tragedy. It will be farce.

    Good luck, Shay!
    Howay the lads.

  • ToonRich

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    If we are to get a player in on this deal, why not ask for Micah Richards? It’s rumored they want rid/he wants out, I think he’d improve our squad…although I doubt he’d be interested in joining us!!
    Hope to hear some incoming news today, bit bored of the same reports being ran.

  • David Craig

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Good Morning

  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Not being funny. But if u look at it from another perspective.

    GIVEN. He is a good guy and a decent keeper. However, he is not a saint. I believe he is gonna get a significant pay rise to join the richest club in the world. We cannot compete with that.
    Let him go, wish him well and move on.

    OWEN. Geordie Jayne, he is a mercenary, and only came here cos that was his only choice. Don’t cry about him leaving. The 2009 version of Michael Owen should not be inpossible to replace.

    Fair enough, if we flog these two and end up with no decent replacements. But until Feb 2nd, just all hold your horses!

  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    David. Morning.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    I think time is of the essence, if we get these sold soon and get replacements, then its a good deal, much like milner was a fantastic deal if the money is/was/has/whatever been invested in good new players. If however the money isn’t spread and we don’t get in people in the positions that are essential (for my liking a central/attacking midfielder and rb are the main priorities atm) then it will be a bad move. Time tells all.

  • Waddles mullet

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #27

    We are waiting david

  • hitman

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    apoligies to the mullet & DC

  • David Craig

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #29

    You need to be patient, Ashley is prepared to spend big on the right player, I’m hearing that they are very close to completing a number of deals and that one in particular will excite the fans and will be a great addition however that player will only be signed when the Owen and Given departures are confirmed.

  • doofa the loofa

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #30

    its always for the money. end of.

  • Waddles mullet

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #31


    No probs its a laugh

  • shearer4pm

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #32

    sometimes you do have to go backwards to go fowards, and with some of the youngsters coming in, in about 10-15 years time we may manage a top half finish :(, sad to see him go, i jus hope city dont mess him bout and that they do win somthing

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Well, if Given’s gotta go, he’s gotta go.

    Come on Dennis, you little cockney wheeler-dealer!

    Screw them for as much as we can get!

    £15m minimum!

  • Troy Stavers

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #34


    You say have faith with Ashley cos it’s his money and he doesn’t want us to gan doon.
    Do you kna he lost £200m in HBOS shares on a gamble!
    What does he kna aboot football? His advisor is dennis wise !
    Get a grip! The man is selling everything that is good aboot the toon in Shay Given!!

  • Troy Stavers

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Ye’s winnit remember this , but a used to watch the toon before KK arrived, under that Australian, Ozzie Ardiles, he played aal the youngins and we were bottom of the old 2nd division man!! Yi need experience, players who will fight for the cause to beat relegation. What does Mbia kna aboot the Tyne and Wear derby? Nowt!!
    Am gannin back doon to Barrack Road to chore a car and ram FMA’s range rover!! Am fizzin man!!

  • Whumpie

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #36

    doofa the loofa – it NEEDS to be about the money. That is the difference between the clubs that will still exist in 5 years and those who won’t.

    We currently have 3 good goalies, and need 2. We are desperately short elsewhere, and can get enough from that 1 player to go a long way to correcting that problem.

    Cold, hard, long-term thinking is what we need – not more cash-spurging, headline-grabbing mega-buys. Especially when you look at that financial report; does anyone else feel like we just got shoved back from the edge of a cliff? S**t we were close to going under…

  • Raffo

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    David, I will apologise to you gladly when the evidence appears.

    There are a number of subjective things that would excite fans. Id be excited if richards came, if veloso came for example, can you shed any light?

    Like I said, the apologie is waiting in the wings with your new players!

  • doofa the loofa

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #38

    givens choice to move is about money. he can’t go on for ever in this form. nice signing fee.
    yeah we had a big debt, but don’t feel like we were cliff falling no. you need at least 3 keepers which we will have after given departs. dont get your point if there is one.

  • doofa the loofa

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #39

    reducing the debt by half and buying some 1st teamers was the way to go, and give us the attacking footy we so crave for. loosing 4-3 is no bad thing in my book.

  • Troy Stavers

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #40

    FMA has come to wor club, hoyed oot aal his expensive toys like his PS2 and DS lite and wonders why he has nowt to play with other than his corgi tractor and plastic soldiers. At one time aal his pals came roond to see him cos they liked his toys, noo hes left aal alone and nee one will speak to him!!


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