Are Newcastle Really Interested in Bolton’s Andy O’Brien?

Newcastle have been linked a number of times during last season in bringing former Newcastle center-back Andy O’Brien, back to Tyneside.

Andy O’Brien – Newcastle player for 4 seasons from 2001

The great Bobby Robson signed Andy from Bradford City back in 2001, and Andy played over 120 times for Robson, before moving on to Portsmouth in 2005, when Graeme Souness had come in to manage the club.

Chris Hughton will increase the strength of his side in certain positions over the summer, and reports suggest that O’Brien is an option he is considering.

Vut Andy doesn’t fit the profile of players seemingly arriving in the summer, players under 26 years-old or younger who can still improve – in fact Andy is past his best and turns 31 in June.

The Harrogate-born defender has just one year left on his contract and it seems if Owen Coyle wants to sell him, Newcastle could pick him up fairly cheaply, but he will only arrive if Hughton feels more experience is needed in the Newcastle defense for next season.

There’s no doubt that Andy is a good lad, and certainly gives 100% in every game, just like Peter Ramage did when he was on Tyenside.

But we’re not sure if he would be any better than the center-backs we already have.  But the news is that he’d walk to Newcastle to play for the Tyneside club again.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    May 9, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Would be a good signing. Not a top signing but an experienced player to warm the bench lol. I just hope we are not about to offload Taylor and bring in someone O’Brien as a replacement.

  • Chris F

    May 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    can’t see us being after him,it’s just more rehashing old rumours to fill column inches.

    we’ll probably be linked with Mido again soon enough.

  • Newutd

    May 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3


  • costello91

    May 9, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Steve harper on goals on sunday. wat a hero!!!!!!!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 9, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Gash-No thanks.

  • 02jiw22

    May 9, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #6


  • alan shearer

    May 9, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    feel that we need to pay a slighty amount of transfer fee for someone special..just like wolves pay 6.5mil for doyle..

  • andoni

    May 9, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #8

    i hope not!

  • Widowmaker

    May 9, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed, I think it is a bit harsh to say O’Brien is past his best at the age of 31. Central Defenders tend to mature and play at their best in their 30’s, and I don’t think I am alone in thinking that way.

    Having said that, would I want O’brien be resigned? No, thanks. He was good for us, but we already have some players in that position. We should only sign a DC if he is clearly better than what we have.

  • G

    May 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #10

    I would have him has cover only. I think he has had his moment in the sun for us, and I think he is best remembered for scoring against the mackems.

  • baro

    May 9, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    He isn’t a bad player, but his age says “NO” We need players under 26 I really like that. No old people. Rising for the future. Hope O’brien doesn’t come.

  • Wud die for Aberystwyth Town FC

    May 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Who put the ball in the mackems net O’Brien O’Brien lol!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 10, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Quite nonsensical to be honest. I rather give Tozer or Kadar an opportunity to develop.

  • Brutooon

    May 10, 2010 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #14

    there are thousands of available and YOUNG centre back in the world.

    agreed with Toon_KsK,would rather gave kadar the centre back slot.


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