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Chris Hughton Not Interested In Sol Campbell

We reported last night how Sol Campbell seemed to making overtures to Newcastle United.

Sol Campbell  _Portsmouth

Sol Campbell – wants to join Newcastle – hard lines

We had mentioned that it all depended on whether Sol would accept £750K/year as his wages, because it would be daft of Newcastle to pay big wages – we have a big enough wage bill already  –  to a 35 year-old.

We’d much rather buy players for the future, such as Matthew Kilgallon, and Solo is not the future at Newcastle.

Well, Chris Hughton said today the club was not interested in Sol this time around.

Chris said today:

“There is no truth in this whatsoever. The first I heard about it was when it was on the television in the morning.”

“We are looking elsewhere and it is an ongoing thing. Sol is an excellent player but there is nothing happening regarding him coming to Newcastle.”

We think that’s probably a decent decision, and we should not bring in older players, for high wages, to players who are way past their best.

Dutch International Patrick Kluivert immediately comes to mind.

The club – Freddy Shepherd to be more accurate – and not Bobby Robson, who was the manager at the time – signed on a free transfer in 2004

But we paid the Dutchman a massive wage, and got little in return – just one or two decent games.

No, we’d rather see the club go after players who can play for us in the Premier League – and re-initiate the tremendous Youth Policy at the club.

There’s no doubt Sol’s a good player, and he was a magnificent player in hios prime for Spurs, Arsenal and of course England,  and still good enough for the Premier League – but we need to look to the future from now on.

However, it’s  decent publicity for the club that Sol again is saying he’d love to join the Magpies – the real ones this time – apologies to Notts County fans. 😀

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • magpie6699

    Oct 31, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    He’d be a total gamble. On the one hand, he might be very solid in the CC and would be ideal support to further bringing on Staylor, Kadar etc.
    On the other hand he could be an expensive no-tryer like Kluivert, Kenny Sansom etc or an injured no-show like Owen or Barton.
    Anyway, it’s not the part of the team / squad that’s most in need of strengthening by a long way. A good midfield needs a “cruncher, a buzzer and a spreader” We’ve only really got a decent cruncher in Smudger, Guthrie doesn’t really buzz and neither Jonas nor Raylor spread the ball well enough – except to the opposition. And we are DESPERATE for some pace!

  • shrews mag

    Oct 31, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    6699 – agree … this is not the position that we need any further strengthening.

    In addition I feel that SC has shamed himself in the Notts County fiasco.

    He is clearly looking for a big retirement pot before hanging his boots up …. and we have had, in the past, enough players like this to realise that we should not touch him with a barge pole.

    Well done Chris H for coming out and quelling the rumour mill.

  • workyticket

    Oct 31, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    “the real ones this time – apologies to Notts County fans. ”

    Fair’s fair. I hate to say it but they are the real Magpies, and the oldest professional club in the world (1862). Juventus nicked their strip as well.

  • valle

    Oct 31, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #4

    My anti virus detected a trojan in one of your forwarded ads Ed…

  • RetroBiscuits

    Nov 1, 2009 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #5


    Chris said today:
    “There is no truth in this whatsoever. The first I heard about it was when it was on the television in the morning.”

    I seem to remember KK stating that Milner was not for sale the day before he left for Villa.

    Dont believe the hype only time will tell.


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