It’s not really too surprising that Habib Beye today has pledged his future to Newcastle United, despite the nightmare of relegation that ended up with us in the Championship for next season.
Habib Beye – dedicated to the club I love *
* with kind permission of the Everly Brothers
The Evening Chronicle today is reporting that Beye, who has just one year left on his current contract, wants to stay on Tyneside, and join the Alan Shearer revolution train, before it has even leaves the station. 😀
Don’t be surprised if this player is offered a new contract in the summer under Alan Shearer.
As we have mentioned several times recently, we believe Beye would be a top candidate for club captain next season, after he was apparently an excellent captain at Marseilles earlier in his career. It’s not hard to imagine why.
But like some of us are finding out, to our surprise, Newcastle’s relegation has only intensified the affection we have for our great club, which is in a bad state of being right now.
Beye told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The players who will be here next year must put this club back in the Premier League.” “I’m in – I’m a Newcastle player.”
“I’m sad like everyone else.” “I’m under contract, and I will be here next year to put this club back in the Premier League.”
“I have played for Newcastle for two years, and I love this club.”
But then the Evening Chronicle is reporting that he then choked up as the Sengal player said that internally, the club must take the hit as one:
“Everyone is responsible for this situation. Every player is responsible.” “I think everybody must understand it’s not just about 11 players, or 18 players.
“It’s about a city and the fans, and a lot of people who work at this club.” “It’s hard to think about.”
“Newcastle is a massive club, and what can I say? We’re really, really sad. We must look forward, and if this club is in this position, it’s for some reason.”
We have the utmost respect and admiration for Habib Beye, who has put in a number of sterling performances for the club in the last couple of seasons, and in his first year on Tyneside was Newcastle United Blog’s Player of the Season.
This is the type of player we want to keep, while there are others atg the club, with much less heart and guts than Habib, that we would be more than happy to go – and go quickly.
We do know that Habib loves both playing and living in Newcastle, and it wouldn’t surprise us a bit if he makes his home on Tyneside, at the end of his playing career, like Malcolm MacDonald and Bobby Moncur have both done.
Habib has so far made 54 appearances for Newcastle (51 starts) and has one goal, and we’d be a little surprised if he is not club captain next season.
Well, we’ve now got the best right back in the Championship – who’s next up?