Pride To Wear The Newcastle Shirt Must Be Top Priority

One of the major things Alan Shearer will have to ensure with any player coming to Newcastle this summer, is that pride in playing for Newcastle United is more important than the money being paid.


Steven Taylor – dedicated to the (Tyneside) club I love

We have seen, all too well last season that when players are lured to the club because of the big wages, they don’t necessarily have the commitment that Newcastle fans expect to the club

Even now, it seem like Newcastle players are more concerned with keeping their large salaries intact, than playing any part in Newcastle’s rehabilitation to become a major football power again.

But perhaps we are just being naive, in that big money players now have little commitment to a club, and it’s just a job – like any other job? We know they have to make a living and their careers are not long, but longer than they used to be, because of  better training and diets.

Maybe that’s true, but of course it wasn’t in the past, when Newcastle players were proud to wear the famous black and white striped shirt of the Magpies – just ask Bobby Moncur or Alan Shearer about that.

A case in point is Michael Owen – we never heard one word out of  Michael Owen in the last 6 weeks of the season, and the news is that he is negotiating with Everton for a new deal.

Newcastle are still paying his wages until the end of this month – so he is still technically a Newcastle player.  It would be fitting to get at least a goodbye statement from Michael, although there’s not too much he could say, given  he left the club relegated – to be (slightly) fair to him.

And other players like Coloccini, as a prime example – are only to willing to get out of  Toon as fast as they can.

There is still some loyalty with players in English football – Steven Gerrard, who has to be one of the world’s best midfield players, is still playing at his local club, and leading them to continuing success.

And there are others too, but big money turns heads,  and it may be that true club loyalty is giving way to who can pay players the most money.

We still have local players dedicated to the club like Steven Taylor, and it seem like Damien Diff is also wanting to stay, and the youngsters coming through like Krul, Forster, Kadar, Tozer, Vuckic, Inman, LuaLua and Ranger will have a dedication to Newcastle, because they have come through our youth system.

The reality seems to be that big money has taken over as the biggest draw for a player to a club, and that’s sad to see.

However, we have seen last season that if all you have are big money players, when push comes to shove on the field, they are outplayed and out-fought by the likes of Stoke City, Hull, Wigan and other smaller clubs.

Those players play with pride and passion  for their clubs, and we’ll see a lot more of that in the Championship.

So we trust Alan will only sign those players who are proud to come to play for the Tyneside club, and play for what still is a very proud club is now playing in the second division of English Football.

If only the players had the pride  and passion of Newcastle fans – we’d be flying!

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • jonny_rubber

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Not being funny ed but shearer hasnt signed himself yet

  • Ericles

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    It should be an honour to wear the shirt. We need players who want to wear it and be proud. I hope by the beginning of the new season we have got rid of the dross who should have no right to wear it!!!!

  • Steve_48

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Are we any nearer knowing the position to managerial stewardship at the club yet – discussion was in the media was supposed to be yesterday … each passing minutes makes it less likely

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    The arrogance of offerring contracts with no relegation clauses has come back and bit the club on the ar$e.

    Lets hope that is one thing learned for the future – doubt it.

  • murvar

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    If Shearer wants £3m a year, as reported, then what kind of example is that to these guys who might want to stay just to keep earning their current salaries?


    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    by: sheldsgazette

    Sunderland boss to poach Toon targets?

    STEVE Bruce’s first act as Sunderland manager could be to ruin Newcastle’s summer by looking to poach both their most impressive player and their top transfer target.
    The Black Cats’ new boss is an admirer of the Geordies’ best player in their relegation season – centre-half Sebastien Bassong.

    But before then, Bruce is set to move for 21-year-old Norwegian international Per Ciljan Skjelbred who has long been earmarked for a move to St James’s Park.

    Skjelbred plays in midfield for Norwegian side Rosenborg and has been capped at every level before reaching the senior side.

    He was offered a chance to join the Liverpool youth set up while still in his early teams but refused, preferring to develop his career in his homeland.

    It gave him the early opportunity of playing Champions League club with the Scandinavian side, although his career was put on hold for a year when the youngster suffered a leg break in 2005.

    The midfielder though has now fully recovered and was expected in Norway to join Newcastle United this summer for £5m.

    Skjelbred grew up supporting Newcastle and having decided now was the right time to move to the Premier League, had the Magpies down as his preferred choice.

    But the Tynesiders’ relegation, as well as their reduced financial circumstances, have thrown big question marks over the deal and Sunderland are set to hijack the move.

    If Newcastle manage to resolve their off-pitch problems over the next few weeks and put together the transfer funds, it is likely to come down to a choice between the talented midfielder’s head or his heart.

    But that is likely to be no choice at all, with Sunderland holding all the cards.

    The Wearsiders are also tracking Bassong who will leave St James’s Park this summer with a host of Premier League clubs jockeying for his signature.

    The 22-year-old Frenchman was a star performer in defence during his debut season for Newcastle but his salary of £5,000 per week was miniscule compared to the colossal wages paid to some of his under-achieving team-mates.

    Arsenal are the most high-profile side to be linked with an interest in the athletic and speedy centre-half. But Sunderland are also monitoring his position.

    Bruce was said to be interested in taking former Newcastle centre-half Titus Bramble from Wigan Athletic this week but the new Black Cats boss is believed to be shopping at a higher level and Bassong is just one of the players he is looking at to seriously reinforce Sunderland’s

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Steve_48 – not yet – sitting twiddling thumbs as usual.

    The silence of the llambias continues!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    £15 mill from the mackems for Bassong eh?

    It pains to think of it – I stress IF TRUE.

    I wouldnt blame him for jumping ship but is one of the few I would choose to keep if possible.

    If money dictates then I think many will go to pastures new. We cant control what we have no control of.

    Just add this to the list.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9

    pure rubbish about the unspoken and bassong, its exactly what id expect of them

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    geordie g

    what made you think villa fans are delussional

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    beye- just read through alot of there posts, there unreal.

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    geordie g

    and i did i didnt see any thing delusional

  • hitman

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    GG7,the fans that take the deluded crown has to be spurs,sorry

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    not just in that article i went through alot, i really dont like villa, my best mates a villa fan aswell

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    oh yeah there very very deluded also, we used to be very fickle fans under ffs but now we must have the most pessimistic bunch because of what ashley has done to our club

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 6, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    geordie g

    i dont like villa either but i cant see any delusional comments please pick a few out

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 6, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    is gareth barry really on 200,000 a week now?

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 6, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    geordie g

    who knows

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 6, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    1 of the things i hate most about villa is they talk as though we miss treated milner they were sayin on their blog that they hope he scored the winner to get his own back

    we hardly mistreated him he was gettin a good wage and only signed a contract a year before

    and now they are complaining about barry going to citeh for the money

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 6, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed- “And other players like Coloccini, as a prime example – are only to willing to get out of Toon as fast as they can.”

    Who can blame him, the clubs a total mess!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 6, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon Factor –

    I agree with that and am sick of it tbh.

  • chuck

    Jun 6, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #24

    C`mon Ed. get real, perhaps in the day when players earned twenty quid a week if they were lucky and there were no such things as agents.
    There may have been some sort of loyalty, especially if the player was a local lad.
    Remember Eastham who as a Newcastle player creating a precedent by forcing Newcastle to sell him and before anyone mentions Shearer, face it he was well rewarded financially by coming here.
    We are talking professional sports here, players have a short crack at big money, ten years if they are lucky, therefore to criticize any player for attempting to maximize his earnings is a bit naive.
    As far as NUFC is concerned, who in his right mind would want to sign for this chaotic mess of a club and who in his right mind (unless well rewarded or a local also well rewarded)
    would want to stay, under the present conditions.
    Afraid the days of loyalty to anything but the pound are long gone.
    Someone mentioned Gerrard, he too has admitted to being sorely tempted by Chelsea and is earning a good buck at Liverpool .
    It`s a professional sport and the players are mercenary, get used to it!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #25


  • Sav

    Jun 7, 2009 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Have to say I agree with Chuck. Sir Les, Ginola, Rob Lee, Shay Given – all great Toon players who came for the money but stayed to play with pride. But we have a right to demand Professional Pride, if not a love of Greggs and all things Black and White.
    As for Milner, he didn’t get the best treatment here by any means but i doubt he’d be ‘getting hs own back’, either. His is exactly the sort of Professional Pride I’m talking about and we were foolish to sell him. We would be equally or perhaps more stupid to sell Bassong. We have not only to get out of the Championship but prepare to build for life back in the Premiership and for that we need our very best young players.

  • Partizan

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27


  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Ye, cos Ginola stayed long didn’t he.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #30



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