Will Newcastle Try To Sign James Milner?

Former Newcastle winger James Milner wants to leave Manchester City in the summer,  so he can get regular first team football elsewhere, and he just hasn’t had enough first team play last season under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

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James Milner – wants to leave Manchester City this summer

The news is said to have alerted  Everton, Arsenal, Spurs and also Newcastle United.

We knew when James was at Newcastle for four years from August of 2004, that he simply wants to play football, and he only made 17 starts for City last season, even though he actually appeared in 31 of City’s 38 league games.

James works his socks off for the side, and that’s what’s got him in the England squad for Brazil, and he could be an Alan Pardew type player,  in that he tracks back and always gives 100% effort – and he’s not a bad player either.

But somehow we think if Everton, Spurs or Arsenal are really after him, he may prefer to join one of those clubs, since he can get European football certainly at Arsenal and Tottenham.

It’s also very rarely the right move to make to go back to where you once played.

Milner gets a massive £90K/week at City, and he wouldn’t get that at another club, and it’s a good question if his wages would rule Newcastle out of the running.

James joined Newcastle in August of 2004 from home town Leeds United, at the same time Charles N’Zogbia joined the Magpies, and Milner played 139 times for Newcastle with 12 goals, before he was transferred to Aston Villa for £12M in August of 2008.

It’s a long shot that Newcastle would go after Milner.

For the record Milner, at just 28 years old, has already played 467 first team games with 50 goals.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    May 18, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #1

    thump – previous post -no doubt about it – the fat Cockney bast**d suggests exclusively that he is the only one. No Toon fans are in any doubt who it refers to.

  • Lost Plot

    May 18, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Milners first stint with us was let down only because we never really had the right team around him

    Absolute class act

    Sure he’d be welcomed back

  • beermonkey

    May 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #3

    yes he would be welcomed back but city cant let all there Englishmen leave for Europe and lescotts leaving on a free and others are said to be leaving
    also he would have to a big pay cut to come here

  • lesh

    May 18, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Not a cat in hell’s chance of Milner coming back, however much he’d be welcomed.

    He is a class act and so far far too good for Ashley’s idea of Newcastle United.

    This club of ours has been ruined by Ashley and the sooner he takes his loan back and makes the club a realistic financial proposition for a potential buyer, the better.

    But and here’s the conflict, to do that he’s got to sell players and any new owner’d have to rebuild.

    What a shambles and so remote from the hope that prevailed when he bought us.

    So much hope, shattered by a spiteful apology for a man.


  • beermonkey

    May 18, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #5


    whose to say he would sell and make us a viable club to some1
    he will not sell us until we stop being of use to his sd empire

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Senor Tuff…you know I didn’t mean to correct someone grammatically! I was just that I asked what FCB stood for cause I couldn’t tell for sure whether it was a noun or a verb!

    Ian just tried to be smart…too smart probably and I addressed it 😉

    Really don’t know why he would make the Noël Coward reference although I assume it has to do with the midday sun lol

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #7

    *I = it

  • sgtgizmo

    May 18, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #8

    should not have sold him in the first place

  • lesh

    May 18, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh Jesper, you worry me.

    FCB is neither a verb, a noun or an adjective even.

    FCB is simply a tw@!

    But, I’m sure you’ll have known that already and were taking the pi$$.


  • lesh

    May 18, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #10

    beermonkey…. Your point has a lot of mileage in it.

    Must admit I’d overlooked that opportunity for free advertising.

    Schidt Sherlock, how do we get out of the hole Ashley’s dug us into…..

    I and many tens of thousands more despair at our predicament.

    Help, please somebody save Newcasltle United from this hell we’re being subjected to.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #11

    lesh…point taken 😉 lol

    …but the definite article is still applied right?

  • headtheball

    May 18, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone wishing to pay tribute to the recently departed exciting and entertaining football can buy tickets to MIKES’ MAUSOLEUM for next season. Also referred to as the TOMB of the TOON the wake is planned to commence in September 2014.

  • expatmag

    May 18, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #13

    G’day guys

    With regard to Milner, I would take him back in a heartbeat. Great little player.

    It is clear that there is a huge need for a clearout and further need to recruit well.

    We have already lost Gosling and Shola which probably amouts to salary savings of 3 million pounds assuming they are on combined salaries of 60K.

    It looks like we will lose Ben Arfa, Marveaux and Obertan for a further salary saving per annum of estimates 8 million quid assuming they are on combined salaries of 150K.

    We have returning loan players of Guttieirez, Good, Abeid, Campbell, Vukic, Tavernier, Newton and Amalifitano and considering Newton will be released, Amalifitano likely sold and Guti probably sold too, there will be further salary savings of estimated 3.5 million.

    All in all, that is a combined savings in salary costs of 14,5 million pounds.

    Lets just say we manage to bring in an estimated 15 million pounds in transfer fees for Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Amalifitano, Guttierez and Obertan, there is a substantial amount raised of nearly 30 million pounds.

    Add to that, the salary savings of the loan players we had at the club. I think it is common knowledge we were paying the entire Remy salary of 80K per week and combine that with an estimate Luuk De Jong salary cost of 20K, there is a further saving of over 5 million a year.

    I forgot to mention Shane Ferguson returning from Birmingham. I would keep as I think, if coached properly, he would become a good squad player.

    So, we could sell and release Gosling, Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Obertan, Guti, Remy, De Jong, Amalifitano, and Newton with a combined transfer fee and salary saving of over 35 million pounds.

    Factor in the salary savings from Yohan Cabaye of approximately 3 million per annum and the combined savings could increase to closer to 40 million pounds.

    The other young players returning I woild keep for another year at least to see if they can improve as back up squad members.

    I believe our salary costs this season was around the 65 million pound mark. As we have got 80 million pounds from Sky and salary costs have reduced significantly with savings close to 25 million, there can be no excuse for not recruiting significantly in the summer.

    We could boost our transfer funds firther if we sold Santon. Like many on here, I like Haidara and feel he has a big future ahead of him. If the papers are to be believed today and Ashley has put a fee of 14 million pounds on his head, I am sure the likes of Roma could be negotiated with to a fee between 10 and 12 million plus associated salary savings of 3 million.

    So, how much is available to spend?

    Obviously, if we recruit pound for pound in salary costs, the sale of the unwanted players (15m) plus the Cabaye money (20 m) plus the additional Sky money (80m – 65m= 15m) as well as the annual wonga sponsorship money which I believe is around 6m a year.

    In transfer fees alone, that should allow us to recruit well, especially if you include one or two freebies.

    So, who do we buy?

    It would seem that none of our central defenders will be sold but I would want to see Mbiwa starting as first choice with Taylor, who is marginally quicker than Willo. I would also like to see Good loaned out until January to an upper championship side with the plan to bring him back to the squad if he improves substantially which I think he will do. However, if possible, I woild love to see the club sign Micah Richards and replace Willo with him. Richards and Mbiwa at the centre of defence would be great.

    Full backs pick themselves in Haidara and Debuchy especially if the ;latter stays. Our keepers will not change.

    We need wingers and creativity in midfield. Milner and Cabella should be recruited as our wide men and Rodwell could be a handy replacemrnt for Cabaye.. I would also want to bring in Hunt on a free from Werder Bremen. This is where the majority of our budget will be spent. If we couldn’t get Milner, what about a cheeky bid for Aaron Lennon?

    Up front, I think Gomis will come in on a free plus one more, maybe this Lassoggo bloke from Hertha Berlin or Danny Ings from Burnley.

    This would give us a useful youngish squad, allied to the likes of the returning Abeid, Tav, Vukic, Ferguson, Campbell as squad back ups.

    Sorry for the long post but most of this is hypothetical but achievable if the work starts early and the owner is prepared to shell out.

  • theartfuldodger

    May 18, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #14

    From which date can we officially sign and announce players..??

  • lesh

    May 18, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Jesper, the definate article is always applies to FCB unless you’re referring to an unspecified fcb, in which case the indefinate article is appropriate.

    Eg Ashley is a fcb rather than him being referred to as the FCB.

    Anyway, your English is much better than what mine are!

  • cyprus

    May 18, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Typical that we are keeping a player like Saylor and maybe offloading a footballing talent like Santon, for whom we can’t find a role.
    Watched PSG – Montpellier last night. I thought PL football was faster, no way given that evidence! BOTH teams played really well, nice moves etc. Haven’t seen us play that kind of football 🙁
    AND, Ibra does not track back (except for set plays). He looks lazy BUT watch him explode when he gets the chance!

    Please note, AP: If all players defend all the time, then there’s not much energy going forward… i.e. your pet hate is not a defender, don’t waste our bigger talent! (Wait a minute, your still here?)

  • cyprus

    May 18, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #17


    Cabaye can’t play in that team. Hope he enjoys the bench! Time for a new tantrum mate.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Cyprus…I have played football all my life and even at Prof. Level and I would just like to concur 😉

    When you have a situation in football the outcome always depend on whether you ask a defensive or offensive player (I am talking about players here and not supporters)

    Our manager is a former defender and even though one should think his view point should have either changed or at least be broaden with him no longer being on the playing field it has just remained the same.

    You will never see him play proper att. football nor understanding these kind of players. This I can almost certainly guarantee 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 18, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #19

    What an excellent article on the previous thread from the Times guy, cheers to whoever posted that, computers too slow to go and check back.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #20

    lesh…I hardly have a better knowledge of the English language than you mate 🙂

    …we have actually talked about this before on here and I said back then that maybe the reason for this is that in Denmark we are taught English as Received Pronunciation (RP)!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 18, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #21

    Would rip there arm off for Milner back!
    But the lad has spent the last few seasons competing at the very top level why the hell would he want to come back to a club who’s sole aim is to float around mid table?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardew was a midfielder mate

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Tads…defensive right? 😉

  • cyprus

    May 18, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #24

    I only played for my university team and didn’t cut it at the pro level – they missed out, idiots 😉 But, yes, forwards do need a ‘rest’ between bursts which leave defenders floundering.
    In American football (I studied there) the pro-attackers (wide receivers) sit out after a run AND take oxygen!

    If AP is staying, he needs to hire: new technical coaches, set play coaches (if there is such a thing) and offense coaches. ie. re-haul!

  • catchy in norway

    May 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #25

    our club is about defending


    balancing the books,

    sad that the football has died at out club

  • cyprus

    May 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #26

    ok lads,
    off to play a game where there’s nowhere to hide: squash 🙂

  • sparky55

    May 18, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #27

    I see we’re in that silly season again…Milner would never come back here even if there was a regime change…if he goes anywhere it’ll be to a club with ambition and playing European football because he is that good and it’s only right he plays at that level.

    It does my fruit in when Ed puts up sh!te like this…newcastle are now regarded by most as a pariah club after they came out and re-iterated the model yet again…

    No older players with experience to help the kids
    No-one earning over 40k a week after Colo goes home.
    Buy cheap and sell high…forget ambition
    Don’t come to newcastle if you have any aspirations to win anything.
    Profit always comes first and everyone has a price.
    Don’t come here if you play the beautiful game that way it should be played…the manager only wants plodding workhorses who love defensive duties.

    The owner wants the fans to suffer and being the shrewdest of negotiators all he’s doing is setting us up ready to sell so he can buy Rangers.

    We simply have to sit this one out and wait for it to happen because irrespective of how small the squad will become over the summer, we will fail to get anyone of note over that b@st@rd line.

    …and the only reason we’re getting nearer that time is

    a) the timing is perfect to buy rangers next summer with a bigger slice of the club being bought this summer

    b) the new premiership money and all transfer profits are not being re-invested in the club…it’s all going into his big deep pockets so he can sell next summer at a half decent profit having clawed back 200 million in the meanwhile.

    so lads…divvent worry…only a year of this sh!te to go or until he gets an offer he’s happy with in the meanwhile.

  • WLtoon

    May 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Some fans must be totally bonkers if they think we would get Milner. thats if he was even interested in joining us for less than half his current wage.

  • ballerfan2

    May 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Milner was a class act when he was with us too but I remember clearly the abuse he got from the usual suspects with the constant “lack of end product” drivel. That’s why he won’t be coming back. The fact is that too many here are not happy unless they are constantly moaning about everything.

  • lesh

    May 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #30

    jesperfuglsang….. It’s good that Danes are taught RP. You’re taught correctly in my opinion.

    And once you’re reasonabky fluent in RP English, then dialects and accents can be learned over time – leaving RP to revert to when necessary.

    Here endeth the lesson…. *-*


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