Ryan Taylor joined his manager Alan Pardew at the press conference for our important game tonight against Atromitos at St. James’ Park (8:00 pm KO), and it comes just over 24 hours before the transfer window finally closes, but the odds are that no player will leave and none will come in before 11:00 pm tomorrow night.
Alan – cheer up - Ryan scored our goal!
There is a chance Newcastle could lose some players, but the news is that Mike Ashley has placed fees of £25M on both Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, and we don’t think clubs will come in for them at that price – but you never know.
There’s also a chance Newcastle can negotiate a deal for Andy Carroll, and at least that would be good, because we definitely need another striker in the ranks, and it would be good to have big Andy back on Tyneside, he’s a charismatic player and could become an England regular on Tyneside – and he’s as good as he ever was.
Alan tried his best to concentrate on tonight’s game yesterday, and this is what he told the reporters:
“I’m just going to put out a side which we think can win. We’ve got 24 pros here and they’re all going to get used, whether it’s in the Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup or League Cup and they all have to be good enough because we’re paying them good money to be professionals here.”
“We have to get our worth out of them for the club, because it’s the club that comes first and the club want to win.” “For me, the bonus would be to get through into Europe and to be in that draw on Friday for those games. As players and coaches and managers and as a club it’s a great vehicle for us.”
And Ryan Taylor had a great game last Thursday night in Athens, and he reminded us all all of when he came to Newcastle in January of 2009 with Kevin Nolan, after both Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia had jumped ship – and of course we ended up relegated that season.
But Ryan stayed and helped us get straight back up and he’s become a much better player at Newcastle, and he signed a contract extension earlier this year.
This is what Ryan said yesterday:
“It’s amazing, I’ve seen it all.” ”I signed four months before we went down, so I’ve seen everything. I’ve seen quite a few managers in short space of time since I’ve been here and the club is great now. We’ve got stability, we’ve got the fans and we’re playing good football and winning matches which is the most important thing.”
Ryan’s right that we now have stability at Newcastle, and that’s good, but wouldn’t it be even better if we get three more good players through the door?
It isn’t going to happen.
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