Beye Wants Out At Villa – But Unlikely To Return To Tyneside


Since Habib Beye joined Aston Villa on 7th August last year for £2.5M, we’ve noticed he’s hardly ever been in the Villa first team.

Habib Beye – wants out at Villa

It now turns out that Beye wants to leave Aston Villa in the summer.

Steve Bruce, the Geordie manager, still tenuously in charge at Sunderland, tried to sign the Senegal International in January, but had a £1.5M bid turned down.

But Beye is one of the players who wanted to leave Newcastle when they were relegated last season, and he finally handed in a transfer request in early August, and was hardly complimentary to the owner Mike Ashley.

His transfer request followed the disastrous 6-1 defeat at Leyton Orient on 25th July, when there were reported arguments between players in the dressing room after the game, and Habib was one who decided the best thing to do was to get out.

Since we expect Mike Ashley  still to be the owner of the club next season, we think it’s therefore unlikely that Beye will return to Newcastle, but we’re sure he’d love to come back.

Also the policy these days is to sign players who are 26 years old or younger and Habib is now 32.

The lads who stayed have done a terrific job so far this season, and they will be given every chance next season, should the club get promoted, and that’s only right.

But we still need at least four good players in the summer, and as far as strengthening the squad we know Habib would do just that.

But we suspect there may be bad blood between Habib and the Newcastle owner, at the very least.

So we don’t think this is a deal that will be done, because of the above logic, but we’ve been wrong before. 😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


19 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 4, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Erm no chance….

    he flapped the championship simple as. He doesnt deserve to come back as people like Colo and Jonas went to the places like Scunny and he didnt.

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  • Thump

    Mar 4, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it was more to do with the backroom feel than it was about the actual club playing in the CCC, Robby. Still he’s only go a year or so left in him and personally I’d sooner see Steve Taylor at rb with willo and colo in the middle than bring him back in.

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great player but nah.

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  • BruneiToooN

    Mar 4, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Good but old enough. only if he is 5 years younger

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  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 4, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Sunderlands going down.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 4, 2010 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Thump….I don’t blame him for leaving at all. Its just the players who took us down had abit of responsibility, if they want to leave fair enough, but it wouldn’t be fair to those who have scrapped it out this season for one of last years players just to walk back in when we are in the prem again.

    (hence the reason im also against Xisco coming back. It would be like him saying oh cheers lads for fighting hard this year, now ill get the reward and play in the prem.)

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  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 4, 2010 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #6

    No way he wld have been good if he had stayed. I know he is better than Simpson.

    He abandoned us so no way. I know we were in shambles but he was a favourite.

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 4, 2010 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #7

    The fact is by getting 2.5 mill for him and saving on his wages (probably 40gs a week) he has done us a huge favour! If we had of kept him he would be out of contract next year and probably have gone to Fullham or Blackburn on a free for better wages than we were prepared to renew his contract at.

    500g’s to Villa and a one year contract being paid half what Simpson is on is all I’d offer….if anything at all.

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 4, 2010 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Xisco can get ForkeD

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  • geordie_india

    Mar 4, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #9

    No way gettin him back…should stick to the policy of signing players under 26 yrs

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  • sparetheman

    Mar 4, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #10

    People are being too proud. If he can help stay in the prem next season, and he can, then why not take him back? Not convinced Simpson is going to make it in the prem myself…

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  • lesh

    Mar 4, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Habib should reflect on the old saying that you make your own bed so you sleep in it!

    He wanted to leave us so there it is, the door should be firmly closed – no coming back!!

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  • Solaidback

    Mar 4, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #12

    If the new policy is to buy players under the age of 26 & only get loanee’s who’re older, why not get him in on a season long loan to cover for Simpson??

    Yes he did great for us, probably our best player last season but when the time came, he left us for another PL club, yes we got some dosh back for him but he left us with no care for what would happen to us, h just wanted to be away, same as Jenus did back a few years, now look at these players, get 1st team football with us. leave & get stuck on a bench, no sympathy!!

    As for Simpson, why are people getting on his back, he’s not good enough, we don’t think he’ll make the grade etc etc, give the lad a chance, he’s only 22 & still got loads of learning to do, same as Tayls when he first got into our 1st team, now look at him, loads of confidence, so give it a rest will ya, Simpson will come good, he’s young, willing & wants to be at the club, unlike some players I can name…..

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  • Ericles

    Mar 4, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Why has there been no mention of the sad passing of Charlie Crowe last weekend? Are there no real memories on this site? Charlie Crowe was one of our finest stalwarts in the 1950’s, loyal, robust, and quality player. He was one of the greats who played alongside our greats. He, alongside Wor Bobby, in his final years campaigned on his native Geordie soil for equipment for Alzheimers Disease and cancer for the benefit of Tyneside people. It is a crying shame there has been so little, if any, mention (apart from my own last Sunday) of his death on this site. I saw him play sometimes as a lad. He never let the Toon down and was captain eventually. What a shame he has been forgotten on this site. Will he be forgotten when Saturday comes? Will there be a standing ovation for one of Newcastle’s real heroes rather than some of the over-inflated wasters (not that I am extracting the Michael like) of recent years?

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  • jim

    Mar 4, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #14

    aye balls to him-read the sky sports version-hes on about staying in the prem for money rather than play in france-moneys his motivation no wonder its went pear for him-deserted us so dont need taht sort of player back-stick with the new policy-of just sign millions of crap players and hope for the best lol-nar but seriously-32 year old-greedy-didnt stick with us when it mattered-let the mackems have him

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  • coxonfamily

    Mar 4, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #15

    aye your right jim, seeing him talk like that takes away all the respect i had for him. “french teams dont pack the same punch if terms of salaries” haha no wonder we got relegated with players like that! To think I was all for him staying and being captain :O

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  • Ericles

    Mar 4, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Beye? Owen? etc etc. What is the difference? They do not give a hoot about anything but money. What did NUFC mean to Beye? What does Villa now mean to Beye? Good riddance to him and all the other careerists and opportunists like him. Give me the likes of Steven Taylor and Harper any day of the week.

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  • Geordie Matriarch

    Mar 4, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Re Ericles post about Charlie Crowe.Hear! Hear! I used to watch him at all the home games. Great half back – consistent and unflappable. I was just a girl – quite a pioneer – not many girls there in 1951 – had to go in through the Boys’ Turnstile.
    We haven’t had much glory since, have we, so hats off to that great team ,and today especially to Charlie. Well done. Charlie. Rest in glorious peace.

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  • Chris G

    Mar 4, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Well said, Ericles and Geordie Matriarch. I’ve also been surprised (and disappointed) that there hasn’t been a thread on this blog to mark the sad passing of Charlie Crowe

    Every other NUFC site that I’ve looked at has had one, so why not on here?

    Not good enough, Ed

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  • MoLar

    Mar 4, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m sure the fans will give Charlie Crowe a good ovation on Saturday. I’m too young to remember him as a player but his scanner appeal was well known to most people:

    http://www.charliecroweappeal.com/charlie_crowe.html

    I also think there will be mention of remembering Keith Alexander as well on Saturday, Macclesfiield’s manager, who was a good friend of Chris Hughton.

    Regarding Beye, I think we need to bare in mind we have not won promotion yet, and there will be a few more anxious moments before that deal is sealed. I think we need to supplement the existing squad with a top class number 9 and a creative pacy midfielder as a priority, before strengthening in defence.

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