Williamson Happy To Learn From Both Coloccini And Campbell

26-year-old Mike Williamson had an excellent game on Saturday against PSV, especially in the second half,  and he is a no-nonsense type of defender who will no doubt learn greatly from the vast experience of Sol Campbell this season.

Mike Williamson – good game Saturday
Mike told us he learned an awful lot from the experienced Fabricio Coloccini since January, and now he has a chance to learn from another very experienced center-back.

Mike will no doubt take the opportunity to learn from Sol Campbell, who seems  only too willing to pass on his experience to the other players, especially the defenders in the Newcastle squad.

Williamson said today:

“It is going to be great to be playing and training alongside a player of Sol’s ability every day.”

“Look at the number of appearances he has made, the teams he has played for and the international caps he has – it is an amazing record.”  “He is up there with Tony Adams as one of the best English defenders of the last decade or so.”

“I am buzzing to be playing alongside him and it is fantastic to have that opportunity. First of all it was Colo (Fabricio Coloccini) who I was picking up little bits off, now it is somebody else.”

“I intend to pick up on everything from Sol – his movement, his positional play, his talking and his leadership.” “I am really pleased he is here because it just gives me an opportunity to kick on now.”

“I know some people might look at it and say the more defenders we have the less chance I have of playing but, honestly, every top Premier League side needs that kind of competition for places.”

Campbell is not in Spain for tonight’s friendly with Deportivo La Coruna, as he works hard to catch up on his fitness, since  Sol is a full 3 weeks behind the other lads at the club.

The lads started their training in early July and completed their boot camp in Dublin, Ireland.

What we need is a good start to the season, starting with a decent result at Old Trafford on Monday night, 16th August. Everybody expects a Red Devils win,  so any other result would be great for Newcastle.

Williamson added:

“First and foremost we need Premier League safety.”

“However, if we can win a few in the first few weeks, we can start looking up towards the higher end of the division.”

First things first and Mike is right – the club needs to survive next season as job one.

The next step up is if we can avoid to even be in a relegation fight next season, and the next step up would be competing somewhere in the top half of the table as Birmingham ended up doing last season.

But we’ll be very happy just to survive next season – and then push on from there.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • GeordieDan

    Aug 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Every time you hear this lad talk he shows just what an intelligent lad he is. He’s never negative, just genuinely happy to be playing for NUFC and always ready to learn new lessons from those he feels he can benefit from.

    How many of this kind of character did we have a couple of seasons ago when it all went pear-shaped?


    What a refreshing change. Great to hear and I wish him all the best as he continues to improve for us.


  • Milzzy Rascal

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I heard from a very good and reliable source this afternoon that Nedum Onohua has checked into a hotel in Jesmond today.

    However he also says that Steve Bruce tends to use the place frequently and as we’re away in Deportivo this evening I fear this may not be us.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Wud b good he can play ryt across bk four, mackems use hotel in newcastle bcoz if they stayed in sunderland theyed never sign anyone lol

  • yskel

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4


    Looks like Ben Arfa has chosen us!!!! well according to some french rag anyway.

    It seems like he is a trouble maker, but we need talent like his if we are gonna stick around in the league this year

  • MacToon

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5

    lol Milzzy, we need Craig on to tell us if it’s true or not 😉

  • hitman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    didnt Onohua say he would never play for us because of barton..

  • yskel

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    yep he did hitman

  • lewman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    hope both are true, i would be very confident for what lies ahead if so

  • freddie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Just dont pick up his dietary habits.

  • Mac

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #10

    I suspect both are false. Onohua said he definately wouldn’t play because of Barton and Ben Arfa is too light weight and i doubt he’d cut it in the Prem.

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #11

    i think we really shoulda gone in for beckford again, hes scoring for fun in pre season!

    just translated that link and it does say arfa has chosen us but its quoting from another paper, could just be chinese whispers but i would love it, LOVE IT if we got him, could produce a bit of magic in mf kinda like when we signed ginola and sparked the “entertainers”

    the above translates to the below

    Nothing Milan in order Very Arfa, the French chooses the Newcastle The French daily paper ‘ The Provence’ it very asserts that Hatem Arfa, player in escape dall’ Olympique Marseilles, would have decided to move itself to the Newcastle. ” The Newcastle is peggior the solution is for l’ OM is for Hatem – it has asserted to surprise l’ agent of the player -. The English championship is not the best solution in order to show its talent and the club cannot not introduce the banking guarantees for l’ option d’ acquisto”. Although this, also in presence of a series of offering interesting, some of which coming dall’ Italy (Milan, Genoa and Parma), the French young person seems to have taken its decision.

  • cynicaltoonfan

    Aug 3, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Hello Lads its my first time on the blog
    but i have followed it for a while
    It appears indeed that we are Ben Arfa has chossen us, I understand some french and sources from france claim we are his first choice
    however the stumbling block is the fact that we cannot guarantee to buy him after the loan season this may be a good thing as we have made some horror signings over the last few years or it might be big mike being tight with his money what do you think lads ?

  • freddie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Ben arfa thinks he is the dogs bollocks so i cant see him signing for newcastle. He thinks he should be playing champions league not involved in a relegation battle with a newly promoted side. The fact wenger hasnt shown an interest now that his price tag has come down says it all for me. Ben arfa is a luxury player the club can ill afford this season.

  • yskel

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    If the player wants to come thou freddie, we maybe able to get a good deal, as Lyon and Deschamps want to get rid. If thats the case we can at least make a profit on him 🙂

    I think Ben Arfa has a touch of the needing to be a big fish in a smaller pond about him. Not getting enough games at OM. Has got frustrated and thrown his rattles out of the pram.

    But there is little doubt that he has the quality, he might just need a new start and new surroundings, to kick start his career.

  • MacToon

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    freddie, I disagree, it’s maybe a luxury player that we lack, and Emre etc., someone who can change the game, add a little extra of something.

    Whether or not he’s right for NUFC we have to trust in CH, it’s for him to decide and control!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #16

    That translated thenade no sense, anyone who can speak French translate please? I hope it is true but I am very doubtful of it.

  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #17

    freddie if you truely feel anything for the toon, do us all a favour and jump head first into the tyne off a bridge of your choice, and don’t bother swimmin. The level of your intelligence shows when your wee little brain works out that if he’s french and wenger isn’t in for him he’s shite… With that kind of logic you really should do something with your pathetic life and get a job with the daily mail.

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #18

    gg7 yea i know i just copied an pasted from yahoo translator, it was in italian

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #19

    It was an Italian paper was it, how would they no that Ben arfa had rejected serie a for us, I really hope it is true though.

  • yskel

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #20

    its a very basic translation that gets done by google. But the gist is that despite the wishes of OM, Newcastle is his preferred option.

    Now it’s a quote from a family member taken from a french newspaper.

    To be honest it could be as reliable as daily mail coverage of our club 😛

  • G

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Bit strong JerseyGeordie @ 16. No need.

  • howay man

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    very exciting if it is true, but I cant help but think he isnt going to fit in with our lads, interms of attitude, and generally being mates, language could be a problem, wouldnt mind a young french left back coming in just to hold his hand,and keep his feet on the ground,plus we could dowith a backup left back.

  • howay man

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #23

    yohan benalouane can play left back!

  • lewman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #24

    wenger used to manage the french under 21s or under 19s something like that, and that is how he knew about anelka, henry and all those other french players of that generation that he signed all those years ago.
    plus arsene has arshavan who plays the same role as ben arfa and is world class, so maybe he wouldnt bother with ben arfa

  • tjshawsey

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #25

    french is a very complicated language! Google, Yahoo etc translate it word for word, and as french sentences are arranged differently to our own, it will read very strange. Unfortunately I can no longer remember how to read it 🙁 But being a marseille paper surely it must have some truth? Apparently we had a bid rejected that OM felt was under their valuation, HBA wants to come to england and Newcastle are the only club in england in for him so is top of his list, but advisers feel it is a bad move for his career to move to england (and newcastle). Marseille would rather sale straight off than loan with view to buy. Thats all I can make out…

  • lewman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #26

    he probably wants to come to england to put himself in the shop window and get a move to a bigger club.
    i have no problems with this as he will obviously try if this is the case and our club should make a nice profit, especially if man city show an intrest a couple of seasons from now.

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #27

    found this and cant help but get a little excited, does remind me of Robert tho


  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #28

    sorry but i do feel it’s warrented. Every post from that bloke is pure negativity with no substance, and it’s his lot that always make their voices the loudest and have the outsiders take it as fact. For too long i’ve sat idly by while they rip at the love and spirit of our club. No more!!!

  • lewman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #29

    he was at it the other day awell jerseygeordie. i thought freddie was a mackem at first from the stuff he was writing but he said he isnt.
    maybe he is a journalist from the daily mail.

  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #30

    would be proper mail like, sending a journo on here to stir it up, then write about it as truth to sell.

  • sweendog

    Aug 3, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #31

    theres quotes from ben arfa saying he wants to come to newcastle .. looking good .. I think this boy, if his attitude is right is really top drawer ..
    Howay the Lads .. well done hughton on this one ..

  • lewman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    also i dont know why people are calling ben arfa lightweight as he just seems to shrug past defenders with ease.
    but even if he is a little small, i doubt this will be much of a problem with some of the lumps that we have in our team .

  • Colombus

    Aug 3, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #33

    By all means, Ben Arfa is a cracking player. BUT I think we should go for Jose Ernesto Sosa instead. Great work ethic, better physich and he is appareantly available now for a fee of only 3 million Euros from Bayern. Let’s welcome a new argentinian who can cover on both wings and can play as an attacking midfielder. Would be totally awsome!

  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 3, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #34

    i don’t know ben arfa personally nor do it keep tabs on french gossip, but from the little i’ve seen i get the impression that he’s just a young lad that wants to play. He whines about it and what not but from what i’ve seen from his play, he’s a very unselfish player. That makes me question if he really is a “bad attitude” type. But in the end, his end product is really lacking and i’m not sure he’s worth 8 mil. At this point it’s a risk because the toon has to spend every quid wisely…

  • lewman

    Aug 3, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    theo wallcot and sean wright phillips are lacking in end product but most of us would be happy if we got one of them for less than 8 million and this guy has got loads more skills and trickery than those two. plus he would be worth way more if he consitently scored goals but he can still work on that side of his game as he is young and every player develops at a different rate.

    also i have heard that we have had a bid turned down for him within the last 24 hours and marseille are just waiting for us to offer a little more. this could be rubbish but i it may become more widespread knowledge soon.

  • G

    Aug 3, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #36

    No need to apologise JG, I just thought it was a bit much asking somebody to top themselves for their opinion… mind you, if he is from the Mail… lol

  • baro

    Aug 3, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Yes!!!!!!!! Hatem Ben Arfa would be the best midfielder on our team besides Jonas Gutierrez. he is young, creative, and just keeps his head up running. Chris Hughton this would be a major coup. Please be official. 🙂

  • baro

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #38
  • geordielad880

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #39

    I dont believe the ben arfa rumours at all, wouldnt mind it been true though, be desperatly need some creativity and flair in our side, I heard bruce had made a 4.5m offer for onouha and it had been turned down, so cant see him been up here, unless bruce has upped his offer

  • geordielad880

    Aug 3, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #40

    my line up for tonight would be:-






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