Sol Campbell And Shefki Kuqi Released By Newcastle


It’s hardly surprising that Newcatsle will not give new contracts out to Sol Campbell and Shefki Kuqi.

Sol Campbell – it just didn’t work for him on Tyneside

Campbell appeared just 8 times for Newcastle in a season in which he seemed to be injured most of the time.

Kuqi was brought in as cover for our strikers after Andy Carroll left, and he did the job, with six short sub appearances but didn’t manage to score.

Kuqi seems a good guy who was very enthusiastic and would have been a good role model for the many good youngsters at the club – we thank him for his contribution and wish hm all the best for the future.

This is what the Newcatsle manager said today:

“We are looking to the future now,” “We’ll have a small holiday period, but throughout it we will be trying to bring the players in we need.” “Sol’s gone, and good luck to him,” “He’s been an icon in the game, but he didn’t feature too much here.”

“Our center-backs have been a strong point for us this season, and that’s perhaps why, but it’s good luck to Sol and we must look forward now instead.”

“Kuqi was added to our squad, and he didn’t get the games he wanted,” “He was a bit frustrated at not getting on as much as he wanted because he came here to show people what he could do.”

“The opportunities for him were scarce because our form during that time wasn’t bad – we lost just four times in the last 14 games while he was here.” “The fans may not have seen him, but he became a bit of a legend at the training ground. He’s been a warrior in training.”

“He’s gone, and I have wished him well. The sad thing is he really took to the place, he loved it here, the people and the area.” “I can only advise teams like Hartlepool and Carlisle United to take a really good look at him this summer – he’ll be brilliant for them if he got the chance.”

Good and truthful words there from Alan Pardew, and maybe that’s around £50K/week off the Newcastle payroll.

Sol Campbell’s experiment at Newcastle just didn’t work out, and when he did play he looked nervous and hesitant, and was unable to secure a starting position on Tyneside.

But we understand the former England player still wants to remain in football and he could be a decent catch for a Championship side- maybe even Leicester City where Sven Eriksson is currently the manager.

We wish Sol all the best.

No decision has yet been made ion Ryan Donaldson, as the local lad’s contract also runs out this summer.

Comments welcome.



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74 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 25, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    NO use of these players

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 25, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    NO use of these players GET rid of ameobi smith and Pearch similar to these players too

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  • StuW

    May 25, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_6951316,00.html

    Toon not offering Barton extension to current contract

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  • NuFc TuRnEr

    May 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Barton is gone, and Nolan?

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  • NuFc TuRnEr

    May 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Just as things look up, it rains again!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    This is disgraceful, barton not being offered a contract

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  • Bell

    May 25, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    WTF are they doing!!!

    i dont think they understand that by doing this the chances are nolan might not sign a new deal. this is a mess….

    Joey has been great this season and ACTUALLY WANTS TO PLAY FOR US!!

    its hard to say but…. keep the faith.

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  • qtoon

    May 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I read it more like Newcastle are not being held to ransom by yet another one of the ridiculous agents in the game.

    Lets hope this is similar to the Man U vs Rooney’s agent scenario and eventually the right decision will be made and Joey stays!!

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  • Mac

    May 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh well Barton. See ya. Something major is on the cards. Deadwood being released. Barton who will be nearly 30 when his contract ends. Alot of people are gonna be screaming at this as a bad move but i see it as something positive. He is a central midfielder playing on the right wing. The few ocassions he has played in the middle he has been woeful. Villa when he was captain stands out. He has helped us gain promotion and helped maintain out prem position. Thanks,but time to move on. A newcentral mid fielderand a top class Right winger.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    i think we are making mistake again by not offering barton Contract extension when will they ever learn from there mistakes

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  • Edd Case

    May 25, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Barton has been great, strange decision but of course, we don’t know all the facts…

    Would be daft to let him go for free next season, so I would try to offload him now and get a few million for him.

    Still, really strange decision if it’s confirmed.

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  • JAMSHA

    May 25, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #12

    I feel bad for kuqi, hope he gets a gud club.

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  • Edd Case

    May 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #13

    And also, to be fair, we have Gosling, Tiote, Nolan and if we let Barton go, we could easily replace him with a younger player who wouldn’t cost 75k a week….

    Not too bothered if he goes but I’d prefer him to stay.

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  • G

    May 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Hmmm… looks like a lot of people owe jimmymagpie an apology today, certainly if news breaks about Nolan’s new contract.

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  • Markaccus

    May 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    I think the sky sports story on it has been pulled, when I click on thr link here and on newsnow it just goes to the sky sports home page.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Clap clap clap clap!!

    Well done Fat Mikes little rat lamearse!!

    Our player of the season is to be sold or released???? And the sense in that??? Paint it up how you want fat arse worshippers, but the FACT remains, this lad has been our player of the season, is at his peak, is well liked in the dressing room by the other players, whom want to see ambition by the club……and yet again!!!

    Words absolutely fail me!!!!!!

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  • shearermania

    May 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    good…..cant wait to see this thug leave our club…..
    hes played 1 good season….

    goodbye self proclaimed englands best midfielder..

    greedy b@stard……

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #18

    are these the same fans who voted him the player of the year

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Edd Case, ” we could easily replace him with a younger player” Ooooookay!!

    :-S

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  • toonturtle

    May 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Well, this is more like it. Positive news this morning then a kick in the teeth this afternoon.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    May 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    what the f**k,just on sky sports that joey barton not going to be offered a new deal.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Shearermania,
    Stupid stupid post son………
    Player of the season.

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  • JAMSHA

    May 25, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Barton goin an gervinho comeng In?

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  • Bell

    May 25, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    i agree that he could be replaced. i just dont want this to harm our chnaces of getting nolan on a new deal.

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  • Dondatta13

    May 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #25

    You just can’t let your teams best player (as voted for by us, the supporters) walk away.

    You tie him down with a new contract (we even heard he was willing to TAKE A PAY CUT???). Then if needs be in a year or two you sell him on.

    We don’t know the in’s and outs of it all but from a distance, this looks like another clanger dropped by club Newcastle United.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Honestly, beggars belief….not just that they wont be gidving him a new contract, but the message they continually send out to the other players.

    Can anyone remember that i had been talking to an ex NUFC employee…..

    He told me several things that would be happening. ALL have came true, and the fact that Barton would be told take what your offering or leave by Lamearse…..well, I havent a clue why im surprised!!!

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  • WWJBD (Becks4RB)

    May 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #27

    JB’s agent Willie McKay > “Joey will continue to be a #NUFC player next season and then leave on a free transfer at the end of contract.”

    What is everyone so upset about if this is true?

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  • toonturtle

    May 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #28

    It’ll be like a domino effect, Enrique away, Barton away, Nolan away, who next??

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 25, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Edd Case…

    WHAT?

    A players influence goes FAR beyond what you see on the pitch – where he has been our player of the season by a mile

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  • rozehnal

    May 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Nolan and Barton can be replaced by younger talent we can get 8mil in total for the pair

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  • G

    May 25, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #31

    WWJBD has a point. Besides, a lot can change in a year.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 25, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #32

    i think we are going to sign ireland TO REPLACE BARTON

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #33

    rozehnal, that may make sense on football manager, but in real life they’ve held our squad together. If the both left I could really really see us struggling next year.

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  • WWJBD (Becks4RB)

    May 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Also the quotes are coming from his AGENT got to consider his motives for coming out with this.

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  • milburn 77

    May 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Its all very well saying they can be replaced but at least get the replacements in first for once!

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  • G

    May 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #36

    nufc.com have the Barton story down to Brinkmanship on the part of Willie McKay. Those lads usually have their finger on the pulse in these things. Probably not the end of this story by a long way?

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  • toonturtle

    May 25, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #37

    I would be happy with Barton staying to see out his contract, but I think the fat controller will try to push him out for a fee through the summer.

    It’s in Barton’s best interests to see out his contract then move for free.

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 25, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #38

    look lads who could realy see him fitting into the team for longer than next season, newcastle are looking for a right winger, they are supposed to b close to getting a new CM, nolans owa captain and tiote is possibly owa most needed player then add to that theres gosling coming back who looked like a jack wilshere-esque player at everton and vuckic, lualua, inman and richardson, who all play in CM or behind the stricker and would expect to be in and around the first team and then theres stephen ireland who i still think we’ll sign, it just wouldn’t be fair on joey and as much as a love the guy its probly the best solution

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  • WWJBD (Becks4RB)

    May 25, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #39

    G totally agree this story will run and run and run

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  • Davies

    May 25, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Agreed, this would be a stupid move by the club. Maybe he stays and gets an offer during the season. Dunno. If he goes, I sincerely hope there’s somebody good coming in to replace him. As was said with Carroll, no one player is bigger than the team.

    Seems odd that he was prepared to take a pay cut and the club still couldn’t agree terms.

    Question is, how many clubs would be prepared to take him? He’s been one of the stand out performers this season, but I wonder if a lot of clus still see him as a bit of a powder keg….

    Still, I’d like to know the reasoning behind this most recent move by the club. Angryman, did your source give you any indication as to why this would be happening?

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