Danny Simpson has said the Newcastle players were delighted at the coup that brought Papiss Cisse to Tyneside.
Danny Simpson – after scoring at Nottingham Forest in Carling Cup
It seems Newcastle and Budesliga club SC Freiburg agreed the deal at 8:00 pm on Monday night and Cisse was told to be at the airport at 10:00 pm, and he then flew on a regular flight into Paris.
Cisse then took a private jet laid on by the Magpies, and flew into Newcastle in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, and the deal was finalized at the Benton training grounds over Tuesday – and the news broke at around 2:15 pm Tuesday afternoon on Sky Sports.
Simpson was speaking yesterday at the Newcastle United Foundation event at St George’s RC Primary School in Lemington, where he launched the Match Fit program, and he said the Newcastle squad were enthusiastic about the Cisse deal:
“It’s a positive. There have been plenty rumours, but signings show ambition. It is nice for the players that are already around to see it,”
“We are doing well, we have lost a couple of players to the African Cup of Nations so it’s nice to hear of more coming in.” (Danny – Cisse is at the African Cup Of Nations)
“We want to keep strengthening because we want to become a better unit and we want to finish higher. We don’t just want to be happy with where we are – we want to keep improving.”
“Bringing in new players, fresh faces, is always good. You can’t rest up,” “You look at other teams over the years who have started brightly, like your Blackpools or whoever.”
“And you see that you can dip off if you don’t keep improving and look to keep it up.” “We know we have to be on our toes, and we know the coaching staff and the manager we have got will keep us on our toes. “
“They want us to keep improving and they are pushing on.” “That has shown during the course of the season because when we have had a setback, we have kept going.”
It’s quite obvious that Alan Pardew has great ambitions on what he wants to achieve at Newcastle, and he already he has built an excellent coaching staff, that includes local lads John Carver and Steve Stone in prominent positions.
Alan seems to have a great relationship with both Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias and that’s also good news.
There should still be some additional players coming into Newcastle this month, and if we don’t sign a center-back either permanently or on loan, we will be open to being significantly weakened if either Fabricio Coloccini or Mike Williamson are injured.
And it seems that Danny’s own contract situation is no nearer to being finalized, with a report early last week in the local papers saying he had been offered a new improved deal and was expected to sign it.
But nothing more on that front, although Simpson has again said he is happy at Newcastle and wants to stay:
“I am happy, my family is happy. I love the club and I am just enjoying it,”
“There’s nothing going on. It got blown out of all proportion a little bit. There’s no bad feeling. I am happy, I am playing.”
“The manager is happy, the owner’s happy. I am just happy to be a part of it.”
And right at this moment the Newcastle fans are happy, because of Newcastle’s fantastic signing of Papiss Cisse.
But we still expect more players to come through the door in January, and we’d also like Danny to sign his new deal and take that uncertainty away.