With Owen Gone – Make Habib Beye Newcastle Captain

Habib Beye has spoken to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today, and since we respect Beye a lot for his spirited displays and his leadership at the club, it’s worth taking a look at what the Senegal International has to say.


Habib Beye – guts galore when playing for Magpies

 The Newcastle right-back (or center-back) told the Chronicle:

“I wanted to play desperately to help them. And I’m just so sorry for the fans who were magnificent on the day as they have been all season and since I came here.”

“We got beat, and that means we’re going down to the Championship. But we’re going down because we deserve it.” “We haven’t been good enough to stay in the league this year.”

“It’s hard for everyone – for the players and especially the fans. Newcastle is a huge club, and it must stay a huge club.” “Everybody needs to learn from their mistakes, then we must come back and put this club in the Premier League.”  

The fan support at Newcastle is legendary and why that’s the case was easy to see before our game with Fulham. The TV kept on the Manchester United celebrations for winning the Premiership, what is it, their 29th Premier League title (in 17 tries no less – just kidding) and the crowd was happy, and that’s the best we can say about the atmosphere – the Manchester players seemed more upbeat than their fans..

There was a girl seen waving a flag too – we almost forget that.

They then switched to the Fulham game at Newcastle, and you saw the masses of Geordies waving their black and white flags, and generally going mad – in the hope their team could avoid relegation – and of course in the end they didn’t.

No more explanation is needed and we rest our case on the prawn sandwich brigade, they are just too spoiled.

Habib thought back to yesterday and the show of support by our fans after the game – where it looked like only Shearer, walking around in a daze of disbelief and despair, was trying to get his players to acknowledge the Geordie fans but not many of them obliged – Steven Taylor was just too upset in his own personal nightmare to do much at all –  and some of the other players were already on their cell phones in the dressing room, contacting their agents to get them out of Newcastle – quickly. 

When Shearer beings in new players this summer, assuming he stays on, let’s make sure he brings in lads who will give their lives for the football club – well on the pitch that is.

Beye continued:

“They’ve been amazing again. – there was about 3,000 singing all game. The fans have been behind us all season, and we haven’t been good enough. We’ve deserved to go down.

“They’ve just been amazing, and I think for us it’s important to be positive. We have had a hard time, but we must bring this club back into the Premier League’.”

“I’ve been down (relegated) with Strasbourg (France), but I was young, and it wasn’t the same.” “I came to this club to play in the top eight, and for two seasons we have played in relegation battles. It’s for some reason.”

“We just need to sit and think about the future. It’s hard to say who will be here, who will be in charge and what will happen, but it’s not the time for that.”  

We’ll keep Habib Beye for next season, and he would make a great captain for Alan Shearer, but we will not keep too many more.

It was always between Kevin Nolan and Beye, but in our earlier poll Nolan got 39%, Beye just 20% and Steven Taylor 13%.

But we now think Beye, because of his immense experience and continuous first team presence, would be a better bet – and of course he greatly admires a certain class act – Alan Shearer.

Steven Taylor, especially if Shearer stays and can mentor him, will make a great future captain,  because we all know this lad will die for the club, and it seems he almost did yesterday, poor lad. 🙁

Cheer up Steven – you’re still going to be great in a Newcastle shirt! 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments very welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Doocey

    May 25, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Dunno if he’ll stay…

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 25, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Grey skies are gonna clear up….

  • ToonFanNZ

    May 25, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I see Duff wants to stay

  • sahota

    May 25, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, Do we know if he will stay. I won’t be guessing till next few weeks passes. Its just that bad feeling which I can not get over.

  • Girth

    May 25, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #5

    hear hear about Beye.
    still think i prefer him in the centre with taylor at right back, but hey….

  • Doocey

    May 25, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Burnley have taken our place in the Premier League. Great goal from Wade Elliot!

  • sinicols9

    May 25, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #7

    would be great if any of the players came out committing there future to the club. If Beye stays that can only be good. Might show some of the other players the way ahead..

  • Penalty-Spot

    May 25, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed. Are you still going to call it a day on the blog? Come on…one more season.

    If it’s too much work just halve the number of articles; one a day even. One every two days’d be better than a lot of the other sites.

    Everyone…should the next poll be, “Should Ed keep the blog going?”

  • Soren

    May 25, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Right on Ed! Just hope we can keep Beye, if we can, he is an excellent choice for captain. But Taylor isn’t too far behind, but his day will come.

  • Spirit of 93

    May 25, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I honestly think that Shearer has a good chance of persuading Beye ( and possibly Bassong) to stay for one season. However, we need to get Shearer signed up first.

  • Aza9

    May 25, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t think we would get a huge amount if we sold Beye and i would like to think his wage would be less that £30k pw so there would be little reason to sell him unless he really does want out. It would be great to see him helping us get back up and as you suggested Ed maybe even as captain.

    It’s good to see that duff has come out and said that he wants to stay although i doubt he is going to want to take a cut on his £65k a week wages.

    I would love it if Oba and Bassong came out and said the same thing but i suspect the transfer money from their sales will be one of our main sources of income for next season.

  • NUFC Bahrain

    May 25, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Taylor did wonders for the under 21’s for England. I’m sure he could bring the kids thru to put us back into the premier league. That is of course if we can keep hold of him !

  • sahota

    May 25, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #13


    You are right, Ed Com’on lets keep this blog running. Just reduce number of posts you make.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 25, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #14


    Great article- i for one have wore my toon top today, im still a proud fan and i recon we are in for exciting times, shearer in, rob lee in, warren barton in, speedo in, carver in, and then some hungry young talent

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 25, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #15

    ed please one more season, or make us pay a fee. pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee??

  • listie

    May 25, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Spot on call Beye for Captain, but in my heart of Hearts I dont think he will stay, with his expirence one of the newly promoted teams would love to have him i’m afraid to say.

    On a seperate note my 2 lads have a half term footie camp this week and living in the midlands its a blooming Villa camp, but both have said tonight they are going in full black and white strips, almost brought a tear to my eye.

  • Alex

    May 25, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Beye will be one of the main reasons we get promotion next season . The guy is class and a natural leader , if shearer stays on as manager i think he can convince Beye to stay with us . Beye respects Shearer.

  • billytoon

    May 25, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #18

    ed i hope you keep this blog goin m8ty its been a bad season if this blog ends itl be a bad this is my firt time commenting ive been on the blog all year thank you and all the best ed m8ty

  • komfort

    May 25, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #19

    jack daniels should be playing for newcastle ..give him 20k a week and he’ll put a few away..

  • komfort

    May 25, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #20

    but then again so could margarita pracatan..

  • Aza9

    May 25, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #21

    @GG7 – good article read that a bit earlier. As Shearer said post match yesterday we need to get people in that love this football club. The likes of Speed, Carver, Lee and Beardsley, would definitely fit that bill in terms of the coaching staff.

    I really hope we hear as soon as tomorrow that Shearer is signed up to get the ball rolling!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 25, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #22

    id never have been as positive as i am now if we had stayed in the premier, anyone else have this feeling of optimism?

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #23

    I agree keep the blog going Ed,I have no probs paying a fee via paypal or something to get a site supporter tag,plus it would reduce the muppets coming on here.

    Hope we can keep Beye but there’s many players we need to get rid of…I am still fuming at the lack of spirit shown by many first teamers this season…but the pain has eased slightly.

    Go on Ed you know it makes sense 🙂

  • mylestoon

    May 25, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #24

    The one thing that will stick out in my mind is that the team showed no class, no spirit, no determination. The only players, yesterday, that showed they wanted to keep us up were taylor, duff and it as to be said butt (Even though his legs fail him these days). If those 3 and harper stay i will be happy. if bassong was to stay i would be happy.

    3 things we need next season are:
    1) Stability
    2) Comitment
    3) Consistency!!!

    Comon shearer!

  • Mags

    May 25, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #25

    I am not entirely convinced he will stay Ed, but I hope he does and think he would make an excellent captain.

    Can I just agree with a lot of the other blogs on here, please please please reconsider and carry on with your blog. One article a day, or even two a week – whatever you feel comfortable with and I too would pay a fee.

  • tripp

    May 26, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Geordie Gerrard…

    I sorta feel the same way. Was hoping that if we stayed up we’d pull a Fulham… wasn’t to be. This is a opportunity to sort the club out. We all know that it desperately needs sorting and now we have the chance to do that. I would be over the moon if Habib were to stay. He seems a top lad, and one of the few bright spots in the last couple of seasons. The club had built up a collection of dole monkeys and mercenaries and we had to get rid. The only real way to do that was relegation, it would seem. I don’t know much about football contracts, but I’m sure that the club reserves the right to flog any and all players in the event of something like a relegation. Can’t see many of the first teamers staying, but the ones that do are probably the ones worth keeping because they play for pride, not a paycheck. It’s going to be an interesting summer…

  • Tom_Toon

    May 26, 2009 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #27

    Im not sure Beye will stay but if he does he should def be captain.

    Who are the muppets voting for Nolan, he can barely run full stop, let alone run himself and run the team on the pitch, he can barely last until half time the fat cont!

  • Lew Davies

    May 26, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #28

    Good call Ed, just hope we can keep him.
    Not bothered about automatic promotion next year, just stability and rebuilding for the future.
    We have some good young talent in the reserves and academy, who will now get the oportunity to shine for NUFC that they haven’t been afforded in the prem, due to continuous relegation scraps.
    Fingers crossed, NUFC will once again rise up from ashes to be a once again Glorious team.
    Keep the Faith.

  • serene0380

    May 26, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #29

    Newcastle United team will be back to Premium League next year!!! Please buck up!!!

    Howay The Lads

  • serene0380

    May 26, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #30

    Yes, sell away Owen ane keep the good players in the 1st team like:

    Habib Beye
    Steven Taylor
    Martin (if possible)
    Jonas Gutierrez
    Joey Barton
    Nicky Butt


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