Newcastle Want Free Agent Paul Scharner

News today that former Wigan Athletic defender Paul Scharner is being linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Paul Scharner – now a free agent

Paul is now a free agent, but at 30 years old, we wonder if this story has any truth in it, as there was other news today that Newcastle were after 24 year-old Nottingham Forest center-back Kelvin Wilson, and that seems more like the player Newcastle would be after this summer.

Scharner’s contract ran out on June 30th, and he has already been linked with moves to Fulham, Aston Villa and more recently even with Liverpool, and now presumably Newcastle United.

Of course the Austrian is a real character, and certainly brought some personality to Wigan, whom he joined in 2006 from Norwegian club Brann.

He played 156 times with 17 goals for Wigan in his five seasons at the club, and previously also played at Austria Wien and Salzburg, and has been capped 30 times for Austria.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • howay man

    Jul 10, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    yes hes just what we need a bit ofpremier league experience and a bit of competition at left back. give him a 1 year contract with the option of another!

  • Toon-Barmy

    Jul 10, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Despite his age he’s a really good player, plenty of experience, can play centreback, leftback, central midfield, he scores goals. A decent player all round, i think he would be a good addition to the squad on a 1 or 2 year contract.

  • MacToon

    Jul 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d have thought we are ok at the back now but this could mean we are selling someone from the back… maybe STaylor!

    He’d be replaced by cheaper alternatives and guess Ashley pockets the difference like in other transfer windows, Milner, Zog, Shay….. ring any bells.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    MacToon, You ever sold anything in your life? If you have, what do you do with the money? Give it to someone else? Nope you but it into your own pocket. You only give it to someone else if it is to pay of debt.
    I’m not an Ashley lover. But it does appear to me that we have now got something at NUFC that we haven’t had for ? years…
    … Stability. That must count for something?

  • toonsy

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Source – Tribal football, enough said 😀

  • MacToon

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    mmm stability? Seems to me we’ve hit a wall, even though we have been promoted, increased revenue from the epl and tv revenue (more than most too) the books have never added up in the transfer market.

    I worry that the little class we have left in the squad is bit by bit replaced with mediocrity and again Ashley gambles with our future and prescence in the epl.

    Hasn’t Ashley done well reducing our debt! All he seems to have done is moved the debt…. £110 m personal DEBT and £48 m mortgage (on the stadium).

  • nuttyward

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Tribal shite, if there is a link to the tribal site i dont even go there just as bad as the daily mail for bull SH!!.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Do you remember Leyton Orient 6 – 1 Newcastle United? Do you think that would happen this season in a new game? I doubt it. The club, the team and the fans were in turmoil. Yes I do think that we have now got stability. But then again you have something to do with “True Faith” (which I did once enjoy reading) who would/could never admit to being wrong.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Good signings, could play at centre back or fill in how butt did in the last minutes of game to shore up midfield.

    And whats this moaning at Ashley again. The accounts were published the other month and im sure if ashley was milking the club it would have been exposed. it would have come out. The last regime made huge losses and still took money out for themselves and ashley gets slated for not putting more of his money in when he kept the club afloat whilst it made huge losses with prem ages in the championship.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Hear hear Robby.

  • noir9

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    mactoon @ 3, can you explain how ashley has pocked transfer fee’s?

  • noir9

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #12


  • MacToon

    Jul 10, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #13

    “pocketing” transfer money is just a term used, the club IS in debt so the money made on transfers is obviously or should obviously either go to reduce debts or invest in the team/squad/club.

    Like I said, the previous transfer windows do not add up. People conveiniently forget the profit on sales such as Milner, Zog etc. but alas Ashley is the saviour.

    Go buy the shirts, merchandise etc and watch the money drain away and be happy with ur mediocre displays and fight for survival in the prem.

    This club has been run very badly for the last few years and I hope it can be turned around but still have my worries like I said on my first post here.

    We probably have one of the least paid managers in the league and seems he may try and fill the team the same way, THAT IS MY WORRY.

  • MacToon

    Jul 10, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Robby Bobson, and who was to blame for us going to the CCC, Ashley, from his poor running of the club to poor decision making and appointments. So give it a rest about him keeping the club afloat whilst in the lower devision and blindly follow the messiah!

    Anyway it just opinions.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 10, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Never saw Ashley play one game 2008-2009. Although he would have been could between the sticks. Think you could look at our loyal big name players that we then had. Which messiah do you mean? We’ve had so many.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 10, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #16

    My thinking was that Ashley was taking out some money from the club and transfers, but only because he paid off the debt to the banks so that he could do this over a longer period of time and reduce the chances of administration as we now owe him the money but he can choose when (probably over 10 years or something)

    Also am i right in thinking that Ashley doesn’t have interest on the loan to us that the banks would have?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 10, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Another 2nd rate player we have certainly become a 2nd rate club

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 10, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeh I blame Ashley for going down among many things. I just think the one area where he should be laid off blame is for the lack of money at the club.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 10, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Geordiedoonsooth, How can you say that we are a second rate club? What sort of support is that? I for one would rather see us getting players with work ethics who want to prove something than the prima-dona players who think they can live on their pasts.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 10, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Unfortunately, it seems some people will never change and will rather watch us go down, with none of the players caring, than watch us stay up, so long as there’s a few big-name players *rolls eyes unapprovingly*

  • Scottiedog

    Jul 10, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Whats wrong with Scharner?? He does what it says on the tin!! We need reliable players and not so called star signings that just show up for the money (Thanks again Mr Owen)

  • nuttyward

    Jul 10, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #22

    KKEP THE FAITH, no matter who is in charge i will support my team, but we all hav oppinions

  • baro

    Jul 10, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #23

    I dont want this guy at Newcastle United.

  • Newutd

    Jul 11, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #24

    No way. Don’t like him. He is old too..


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