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.