Newcastle united Blog Archives for January 2007

Major Newcastle News Stories - 30th July - 2007

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Newcastle fans probably woke up feeling good this morning after a good win against Juventus yesterday afternoon. But then after that first cup of coffee remembered that however well the lads played yesterday Sam Allardcye is still desperately short of defenders by his own admission. We'll take a look at what's happenieng today with Newcastle and it's [.

Newcastle Transfer Update on Senegalese Boukary Drame

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The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle are after 22-year-old Paris St Germain left back Boukary Drame – who is regarded as one of the best young defenders in France. However, both Sochaux and Nice are also in for the Senegalese international so there is competition for the youngster. Let's take a look at both the story [...]

Newcastle Too Late for Brazilian Claudio Cacapa?

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Olympique Lyon defender and former club captain Claudio Cacapa was being offered to Newcastle United according to the Sunday Sun yesterday. It was also a free transfer to boot since his contract expired at Lyon in the summer. Let's take a look at this and see why we weren't after him like hot cakes. Brazilian Claudio Cacapa Last year Arsenal were considering [.

Allardyce Delighted at Performance - Still After More Players

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Sam Allardyce was visibly delighted with the performance of the Newcastle team yesterday and while we don't want to overdo the praise he can take an awful lot of good out of the game. However, Sam is not getting carried away. If anything the opposite is true as he still feels the squad is not big [...]

What’s Newcastle’s Best Back Four Right Now?

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It will not surprise anybody when we say in the last two games we have not missed Michael Owen, Shola Ameobi and Mark Viduka in attack. The starting combination of Martins and Luque scored 4 goals between them and young Carroll's appearance as substitute heralded him a great goal against the world's best goalkeeper yesterday. Yet our [...]

Four Foreign Full Backs For Newcastle

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Sam has already said he may have to look outside of England to bring in new defenders to Newcastle. As far as England is concerned Luke Young has now signed for Middlesbrough and Nicky Shorey and Leighton Baines must not be available for whatever reason since Sam says there are no suitable and available English full-backs. Sam doesn't [...]

Newcastle Goals Against Juventus - Video

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Here are the two Newcastle Goals against Juventus today Result: Newcastle 2 - Juventus 0 (Pre-season friendly, July 29, 2007) Luque (penalty) Carroll.Â

Sam Blocks Dyer Transfer Below Newcastle Valuation

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After the excellent win against Juventus this afternoon Sam was asked the situation regarding Kieron Dyer. Sam said no club has yet put in a realistic bid for Kieron Dyer. In fact no club has yet come anywhere near to Newcastle's valuation of Dyer. Dyer had been expected to leave Newcastle even this weekend with three clubs, [...]

Sam Allardyce Delighted with Newcastle Performance

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Not surprisingly Sam Allardyce was delighted with Newcastle's professional performance against Italian powerhouse Juventus. Newcastle ran out easy winners 2-0 and with about 20 minutes to go had seven of their Academy youngsters on the field yet were able to hold Juventus with apparent ease. Not only was it a great experience for the youngsters but they [.

Newcastle Continue Good Form – Beat Juventus 2-0

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Newcastle continued their good pre-season with a fairly easy win against Juventus 2-0 with both goals in the first half. Luque scored with a penalty after 9 minutes and then Andrew Carroll scored a great first goal for the club after 30 minutes when he beat Buffon from 12 yards with a well hit left footed [...]

Newcastle Transfer Kitty £10M - We Don’t Believe It

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The People and to a lesser extent the Sunday Mirror newspapers today are reporting that Sam Allardyce has a maximum of £10M to spend on transfers this summer – plus anything he can get from the sale of players. First of all we have no idea if this story is true and we find it rather hard [...]

Shepherd Statements So Self Serving

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Freddy Shepherd, ousted last week as chairman of Newcastle United, has claimed his former close friends and boardroom colleagues Sir John Hall and his son Douglas Hall maliciously sold their shares to new owner Mike Ashley without telling him of their intentions. We take a different view on this. Let's go through what Freddy has been saying [...]

Can Newcastle Attract Italian Left Back Chiellini?

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Newcastle are looking for good left backs and one who is available but being actively pursued by Manchester City and maybe Liverpool is the Italian Under-21 captain Giorgio Chiellini.  Giorgio has 6 caps for Italy despite still being eligible for the Italian U-21 national team. He captained Italy in this summer's European Under-21 Championships in Holland and was named to the [.

Newcastle’s Ramage Could be Surprise of the Season

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One player who we think is going to benefit greatly from being extra fit and will likely blossom under Big Sam's guidance will be an unlikely one to many fans – but we think Peter Ramage could well be the surprise of the season for Newcastle. He had an excellent first half partnering Rozehnal last Thursday [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 28th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. The big news this morning is that we really have no big news unfortunately on any imminent Newcastle transfers. We do a piece on Norwegian Hangeland and Bosingwa, who is a right back currently playing for Porto. Of [...]

Geremi Can Become Future Newcastle Great

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Geremi was an excellent signing for us in the summer – and a great price since he came from Chelsea on a free transfer. We believe Geremi has the capability and spirit to become one of the all-time greats at Newcastle. While we don't want to overstate the case we nevertheless think Geremi can be a star [...]

Given Unhappy with Newcastle Squad

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Shay Given, who is probably now the favorite to take over as captain at Newcastle has talked about the lack of squad depth – particularly in defense and midfield. While Shay knows that Sam Allardyce is scouring the market for talent it's not at all easy to pinpoint who he may be after as he has [...]

Newcastle Pursue Targets Hangeland and Bosingwa

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Even though Sam Allardyce recently denied he is after Brede Hangeland from Copenhagen we're not sure Sam would ever verify who's he's after because it would potentially draw in other clubs. Hangeland's price is now being quoted at around ₤4M but we think that is too high for a player who has no premiership experience – and [...]

Can Newcastle Attract Brazilian Full Back Cicinho?

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Cicinho, the 27 year-old Brazilian full-back at Real Madrid is reported to want to leave the club as he has only played 16 times for them since signing in 2005 from Brazilian club Sao Paulo. Roma have been pursuing Cicinho for a while now and are reported to be ready to make a fresh bid for him [...]

Newcastle United and Celtic Goals on Video

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We wanted to ensure all Newcastle fans (and Celtic fans too) can see the goals from last night's entertaining game against the Scottish Champions. This is courtesy of the Scottish press who also provide a good commentary on the goals - if from the Scottish Champions viewpoint. But anyway - enjoy the goals - they're all good [...]

Sam Says Davies Not Coming - Rozehnal Pleased with Debut

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Sam Allardyce today distanced himself from 22 year-old Curtis Davies of West Bromwich Albion – who had been rumored to be an Allardyce transfer target over the last several weeks. Sam explained in stone cold logic why it wouldn't make too much sense to bring in Curtis, however good a player he is. David Rozehnal has also been [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - 27th July - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. The big news this morning is on the excellent victory and good display against Scottish Champions - Celtic. Newcastle ran out worthy 4-1 winners with 2 gaols from Luque and one each from Martins and Milner. Other news [...]

Dyer Ready for Move to Manchester City

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It looks like Kieron Dyer will be leaving Newcastle United in the next few days as the Sun reports that Sven Erikkson, the new Manchester City manager - has launched a ₤4.5M bid for Dyer. Sam Allardyce withdrew Dyer from the team that easily beat Celtic 4-1 last night - so that any deal would not [...]

Albert Luque Has Real Chance of Success at Newcastle

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Everybody knows that Albert Luque has had a nightmare two years at Newcastle – and quite humiliating at times for the Spaniard. Glenn Roeder last year basically gave up on Albert and he was hardly ever on the bench – hardly good use of a player that cost ₤9.5M from Deportivo two years ago. But nobody could [...]

Fans Much Happier and Sam Discusses Latest Injuries

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Surprising how a single game can turn the mood of the Newcastle faithful. With over three weeks without a signing the Newcastle fans were becoming a little discouraged because it looked like Big Sam had been knocked back more than once in his transfer dealings. Last night has raised the excitement levels once more as the Newcastle [...]

Oba Martins Happy at Newcastle and Staying

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Oba Martins has finally come out and said he has no intention of leaving Newcastle and that he is extremely happy at the club. Certainly after scoring an opportunist goal after 11 minutes last night the fans were very appreciative of Martins' contribution and he is a fan favorite. All summer of course there has been speculation [...]

Newcastle Easily Beat Celtic 4-1: Full Time Report

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A good performance from Newcastle tonight when we easily beat Celtic 4-1 at St. James' Park in Sam Allardcye's first home game as manager. The game was won in the first half when two opportunist goals from Spaniard Albert Luque and one from Oba Martins had Newcastle 3-0 up at the break - and it was [...]

Newcastle Beating Celtic 3-0 at Half Time

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Newcastle enjoyed an excellent first half of their game against Celtic at St. James Park tonight going 3-0 up with goals from Oba Martins and two from the star of the first half - Albert Luque - who was given a starting berth up front with Oba Martins. Albert Luque - scores 2 goals in first [...]

Mort Expresses Full Confidence in Manager Allardcye

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New Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort had his very first chance to include his own thoughts in tonight's match program for the Newcastle-Celtic pre-season friendly at St. James' Park. It is the first time Chris has written notes for the match program and he took the opportunity to express his confidence in manager Sam Allardyce - which [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 26th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. New updated information on the position of Kieron Dyer at Newcastle - although it still looks more than likely that he will be on his way out of the club. The big news today is probably Sam Allardyce's frustration [...]

Sam and Solano Discuss Celtic Game Tonight

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Sam Allardyce – taking a rest from his frustrations in the transfer market - talked to the Evening Chronicle about tonight's game against Glasgow Celtic and discussed who was likely to make appearances in the game. Nobby Solano has also been talking of his enhanced fitness and is looking forward to the game tonight - [...]

Dyer’s Newcastle Future in the Balance

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Sam Allardyce talked again about the Kieron Dyer situation yesterday and clarified what his family problem specifically is. His two children live with his long term partner in Ipswich - and he would like to be closer to them. The situation is difficult for Big Sam and he reiterated that while he would try to sort the [...]

Allardyce’s Frustration at Newcastle Transfer Situation

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Sam Allardyce has talked at length with Luke Edwards of the Journal about the transfer situation at Newcastle. Sam seems frustrated on a number of issues from the new board not moving fast enough, to having already missed out on a number of his targets. Another issue concerning Sam is the reduction in talent available on the [...]

Dyer Likely to Leave Newcastle with Promise Unfulfilled

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Sam Allardyce has met with Kieron Dyer to discuss his future and Sam has conceded the midfielder may have to leave Tyneside. Sam indicated that if a family problem could not be resolved - then Kieron will probably have to leave the club - after being at Newcastle for the last eight years. Kieron Dyer This is what [...]

Newcastle’s Top Two Determined to Sign More Defenders

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In an interview with the Evening Chronicle today new Newcastle Chairman Christopher Mort looked ahead to what he sees as a new beginning on Tyneside. At the same time Sam Allardcye talked about his frustrations on the transfer front and indicated he was as frustrated as the Newcastle fans at the lack of progress with transfers [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - June 25th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. There is a little news on the transfer front today with Newcastle in pursuit of Brede Hangeland of Copenhagen - and also maybe Curtis Davies of West Bromwhich Albion. The big news yesterday afternoon of course was the [...]

Shepherd’s Removal Signals New Era at Newcastle

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Freddy Shepherd was replaced as chairman of Newcastle United yesterday by his deputy Chris Mort, who is Mike Ashley's top man at the club. Shepherd and his family of course sold their 28 percent stake in the club to Ashley who runs Britain's biggest sports retailer, Sports Direct. The Newcastle takeover became fully effective when Ashley last [...]

Newcastle Still Pursuing Brede Hangeland

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Newcastle United are chasing Norwegian defender Brede Hangeland of FC Copenhagen according to SkySports.com - and the player's agent says that Newcastle are one of the teams interested in acquiring Hangeland. Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is actively looking for at least three defenders to bring into the club before the season kicks off at Bolton on [.

Newcastle In For West Brom’s Curtis Davies?

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Newcastle today are being linked with a move for Curtis Davies, the West Brom former captain and center-back. This deal looks like it may come off because Luton Town defender Leon Barnett is set to join West Brom after the two clubs agreed a £2.5M transfer fee yesterday, according to the BBC. If that deal goes through [...]

Taylor Nearly Fit - Sam Glad He Got the Rest

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Steven Taylor has been injured since the England Under-21 team were narrowly beaten in the semi-final of the European Under-21 championships by holders and eventual champions Holland. Of course that didn't stop Steven from scoring a penalty in that shoot-out when he was not allowed to skip his turn by the Dutch coach. It looks like Sam [...]

Andrew Carroll - Star In The Making at Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce is obviously seeing some of the potential of our youngsters as he talked today about Andrew Carroll. Andrew has played for the youth team these last two years but made his first team debut last season. Andrew of course is our young and exciting local prospect who was born in Gateshead. We'll take a look [...]

Troisi On Fellow Aussie Viduka - Shearer Down Under

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James Troisi, Newcastle's 19 year-old Australian midfielder cannot wait to start playing with fellow countryman and Australian captain Mark Viduka. Mark Viduka had an excellent Asia tournament in taking the Aussies to the last eight before their elimination on penalties against Japan this week. Troisi says that Viduka is similar to Geordie legend Alan Shearer down under [.

Eight Great Defenders Sam Can Sign for Newcastle

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With both Sam Allardyce and the Newcastle fans desperate for new defenders to join the club we thought we'd list eight of them we have been linked with over the last few weeks. We'll look at their current situation and the possibility of them coming to Newcastle within the next three weeks. Players seem to be out [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 24th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. We run a story today on eight defenders we have been linked with in the past and review the case for bringing them to Newcastle. There seems to be a lot of talent out there still available [...]

Barton Devastated and Zheng Zhi Coming on Loan?

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Joey Barton has met the fate of many a big signing at Newcastle by being unfortunately injured in a freak accident in Saturday's game at Carlisle. While initially feeling it was nothing more than a bruise - Joey tried to play through the pain but was eventually taken off and a scan revealed a broken metatarsal [...]

Paul Huntington - Newcastle Star of the Future

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On Saturday Paul Huntington, our 19-year-old center back from Carlisle was obviously keen to impress in front of his folks and against the club that have expressed an interest in taking him on loan this season. Paul of course came in last season during all the injuries and appeared 16 times for Newcastle (14 starts) and [...]

Allardyce Desperate for New Faces at Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce has expressed some frustration again over the weekend at the lack of progress on the transfer front. Sam has already lost Joey Barton for at least 6 weeks with a foot injury and it's starting to look like Kieron Dyer may want to leave the club. Let's take a look at what Sam has been [...]

Dyer’s Newcastle Career in the Balance

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Newcastle are preparing to receive offers for Kieron Dyer this week from West Ham, Tottenham and perhaps Manchester City. It is unlikely Newcastle would turn down an offer of £5M or more – but with West Ham bidding silly money this summer - it could well be the offer is more than £5M. Dyer is also [...]

Nobby Solano To Extend Career via Sam’s New Methods

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We had all heard of Sam's fitness methods when he first arrived at Newcastle and it's good to hear one of the players who was initially skeptical of Sam - Nobby Solano - now express his support for Allardyce. Nobby Solano and Sam have both been talking about the fitness methods being used at Newcastle. One of [...]

Sam Full of Praise For Charles N’Zogbia

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It was rather a surprise when Charles N'Zogbia was named at left back by Sam Allardyce for the game at Carlisle on Saturday. In the past we might have expected Charles to have been unhappy at being played out of position again. But not so – Sam was full of praise for Charles' play on Saturday [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 23rd - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. Things are not looking as cool as they did a couple of weeks ago with Joey Barton confirmed by the club to be out for 6 weeks. News in lots of newspapers today that Dyer may be leaving [...]

Do Newcastle Really Want Julio Baptista?

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Real Madrid attacking midfield player and striker Julio Baptista has suggested Newcastle United could be a possible destination for him this coming season. Julio says he wants to first fight for his place with the Spanish champions – Real Madrid. At first we didn't think this made too much sense. Why would Newcastle want Julio [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 22nd - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. Well the injury jinx has hit us again as Joey Barton yesterday broke a metatarsel in his foot and will be out for up to 7 weeks. That's a bad blow for Newcastle - especially when we [...]

Sam Unwilling to Risk Players - Barton Injured

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At the start of the pre-season friendly yesterday with Carlisle United Newcastle had a few players missing from last week. As we all know Michael Owen has a minor thigh strain – which will keep him out until next weekend but Shola Ameobi and keeper Shay Given were also missing. James Milner was on the [...]

Rozehnal Important Player for Newcastle Next Season

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David Rozehnal has been talking at length to the local Newcastle press and certainly seems to have settled in well in the North East. In these interviews with the Chronicle and Journal he talks about training and how it feels to join a big club like Newcastle United. We also take a look at one of [...]

Newcastle in for Norwegian Brede Hangeland

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The People is reporting today that Sam Allardyce is after Norwegian Brede Handeland, the 6′4" defender from FC Copenhagen who we have covered before on this site. Brede certainly fits at least some of the profile for defenders Sam is looking to bring into the club. Hangeland is big and strong – but like Rozehnal [...]

Are Newcastle Cursed? We Think So

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Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is now set to miss the start of the new Barclay's Premiership season through injury. It has been confirmed that Joey fractured a metatarsal bone in his foot during yesterday's 1-1 friendly draw at Carlisle United. It had been rumored early this morning that Barton may have sustained the injury. He [...]

Japan defeats Australia - Viduka Returns to Newcastle

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Yuji Nakazawa blasted in the decisive penalty to give holders Japan a 4-3 shootout victory over Australia in an entertaining Asia Cup quarter-final on Saturday in Hanoi, Vietnam. The match finished 1-1 after extra time following a second-half goal by John Aloisi and a quick Japan equalizer from Naohiro Takahara. Goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi saved from Harry Kewell [.

Late Solano Strike Saves Newcastle Blushes

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NEWCASTLE United continued their pre-season program with a trip west to take on League One team Carlisle United but narrowly escaped defeat after Carlisle had surprisingly taken the lead with a poorly defended goal from Danny Livesey. In a constantly interrupted second half Newcastle pushed for the equalizer and were rather fortunate to get it in [.

Luque Still Not Fit Enough For Sam

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Sam Allardyce has talked today to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle and has said that Albert Luque - despite putting in extra training sessions is still not fit enough to figure in the pre-season build-up at Newcastle. There's no doubt Albert has shown good character so far with Sam to try to make something finally [...]

Allardyce Frustrated by Lack of Signings

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Although everything has been quiet over the last two weeks - Sam Allardyce was again working his socks off to bring in four new players before the start of the season. We know a lot of Newcastle fans are becoming frustrated with the perceived slow-down in signings – especially because we are short of good [...]

Rozehnal Keen to Win Trophies at Newcastle

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David Rozehnal seems to be settling in quite well at Newcastle and he will play his second game for Newcastle this afternoon at Carlisle. Turns out that the 27-year-old Czech Republic international (born July 5th, 1980) won honors with both Bruges and Paris St Germain, and is determined to help Newcastle win a trophy as [...]

Sam Allardcye Must Fix Newcastle’s Injury Problems

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Michael Owen's slight thigh strain has re-ignited the concerns Sam Allardyce has of the injury problems Newcastle seem to have always had – and which got dramatically worse over the last two seasons. Last year Newcastle's injury record was the worst ever in Premiership history – while at the same time Sam Allardyce and Bolton had [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 21st - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. A very slow week in terms of bringing defenders into Newcastle - and Sam today talks of his frustrations in that area. He does reiterate that he wants 4 new players in before then season kicks off in [...]

Owen Injured, Sam to Speak with Dyer, Geremi Debut

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Newcastle United striker Michael Owen will miss Saturday's pre-season friendly at Carlisle after sustaining a thigh injury in training. The 27-year-old is is expected to return within within 10 days so will miss the Celtic game but should be ready for the big pre-season game against Juventus on Sunday, 29th July. Michael Owen - injured. Sam Allardyce said [.

Shay Given, Goalkeeper Supreme, Impressed By Management

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Shay Given this week celebrates ten years at the club. He moved from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle for fee of £1.5M in July, 1997 – in one of the best deals the club has ever made. He was brought in by then manager Kenny Dalglish - who was with Shay at Blackburn. Before joining Newcastle [...]

Newcastle Bid £7M for Defender - But Who Is It?

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Newcastle United have put in a bid of £7M for a top-class defender as Sam Allardyce continues to bring more defenders into the fold at Newcastle. Newcastle will not disclose just who their target is but what we're missing most of all is a left back followed by a center back – so the best bet [...]

Kieron Dyer Will Be Staying at Newcastle

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While both the Evening Chronicle and Daily Mirror – and maybe others – have been reporting that West Ham will be going after Newcastle's Kieron Dyer - we think it's all paper talk and Kieron Dyer will in fact be going nowhere. Sam Allardyce has already stated that he came to Newcastle because of the opportunity [...]

Sam Still Searching for Three Good Defenders

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Sam Allardyce has been talking again about the Newcastle squad and the need to get three new defenders into the club - which will round out the squad. While there's no panic and still time left in the transfer window - we still have to ensure we are not left short in defense - like we [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 20th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. In reality it's been a very slow week for news and not a good one in terms of signing the defenders we need. We expect Sam to step up his activity to get into the club the 3 [...]

Should Michael Owen be Next Newcastle Captain?

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Michael has been talking to Sky Sports and has insisted he is really looking forward to this coming season after going through a lot of misery and torment due to his injuries since he joined Newcastle almost two years ago. Michael talked on a lot of subjects - and we expect Sam Allardyce to shortly name [...]

Newcastle and N’Zogbia Must Pay Compensation to Le Havre

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Newcastle have surprisingly been ordered to pay Le Havre compensation for Charles N'Zogbia, nearly three years after Charles moved to Newcastle from the French club. The left winger joined Newcastle from Le Havre on 2nd September, 2004 but the two clubs have been locked in a dispute over the player ever since. Charles N'Zogbia Le Havre have always [.

Fit Ameobi Can Be Pleasant Surprise Next Season

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It's been a tough road over the last two years for 25 year-old Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi. We know that Shola is not everybody's favorite at Newcastle but we think he's going to turn out just fine - especially since there will be great competition for the striker positions at Newcastle. Shola is full of heart and [...]

Geremi Will Be A Big Hit at Newcastle

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Geremi - the 28-year-old utility player who arrived on a free transfer from Chelsea earlier this month could turn out to be one of Sam Allardyce's best signings at Newcastle. A very experienced player who always gives 100% effort - Geremi of course spent a season (2002-2003) on loan at Middlesbrough where he was voted their [...]

Allardyce Admits Owen was Big Draw to Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce has admitted in a report today in the Northern Echo that coming to Newcastle was made a lot easier when he looked at the players already at the club. One player of course who stood out was Michael Owen - even though Michael had been injured most of the time during his tenure at [...]

Did Martins Snub Arsenal to Stay at Newcastle?

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Obafemi Martins has reportedly turned down a £13M switch to Arsenal to stay at Newcastle United. Nigerian striker Martins was said to be a target of manager Arsene Wenger after Thierry Henry moved to Barcelona. The likelihood of a move increased when it emerged Martins has a £13M get-out clause in his Newcastle contract. The news that [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 19th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. We concentrate on some of the Newcastle players today with news on Shola Ameobi, Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso (for short - Geremi) and Michael Owen. There's also a good story originating in the Northern [...]

Newcastle’s First 10 Games Crucial for Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce talked to Sky Sports news this morning and said he was glad to get the first game as Newcastle manager behind him. He seemed quite pleased at the performance but not with the sloppy goal Newcastle gave away. Allardyce also believes the first 10 games of next season will be crucial as to how the [...]

Time Newcastle’s Kieron Dyer Produced Big Time

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Sam Allardyce talked today to the Evening Chronicle about a player who has been an enigma at Newcastle United for the last eight years – Kieron Dyer. Kieron has always promised so much – and at times has looked great and been electric – but he has never really lived up to his expectations at Newcastle. Dyer [...]

Allardyce Praise for both Owen and Ameobi

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Michael Owen scored his first goal for Newcastle since December, 2005 - and that seems to be the major news coming out of the Hartlepool United friendly game last night at Hartlepool - Sam's first game in charge. Shola Ameobi scored two to see Newcastle win 3-1 in an entertaining game. Sam Allardcye had much to say [...]

Allardyce Praise as Joey Barton Stars for Newcastle

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with Joey Barton's contribution to an entertaining encounter, and tipped him to make a major impact at St James' Park this season and beyond. Let's take a look at what Sam said following Joey's excellent and energetic start to his Newcastle career. Joey Barton After the friendly game last night Sam talked [.

Newcastle Youngsters Will Still Get Chances Next Season

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Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce has challenged Paul Huntington and Peter Ramage to keep their places in the first team next season. But they first have to get into the side first as Sam still wants at least three additional defenders to shore up his squad. Sam also talked about the impressive debut of bargain buy David [...]

Newcastle Now Private - Will Funds be Available?

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Newcastle United have been delisted from the Stock Exchange following businessman Mike Ashley's £133M take-over of the club. This follows the announcement by St James Holdings Limited on 15 June 2007 that its offer for all of the issued and to be issued share capital of the Company had been declared unconditional in all respects. New [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 18th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. Sam offered some good quotes on various Newcastle players following the 3-1 win against Hartlepool United last night. News also that Newcastle United have finally become a private organization again - as their shares have been delisted from [.

Newcastle Transfer Update on Andrea Barzagli

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Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is reportedly considering several new defenders - having recently said he didn't think Argentinian Gabriele Hienze would come to Newcastle - and he was not interested in Frenchman Franck Queuedrue. Sam was said to be interested in pursuing other targets and the Evening Chronicle reports that Sam might just test Palermo with [.

Queudrue, Heinze, Beye Not Coming to Newcastle

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With some of today's statements from Sam Allardyce it looks like a few of the defenders we thought may be coming to Newcastle will not be arriving after all. Let's take a look at what Sam had to say about the possibilities of Queudrue and Heinze coming to Tyne-side. Also we know that Habib Beye will not [...]

Sam Still Seeking New Newcastle Defenders

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Sam Allardcye has been talking to Sky Sports about the type of defenders he is trying to entice to Newcastle. While he seems to have missed out on some of the targets he was after - Sam still feels fairly confident he can draft some good ones in before the season starts on August 11th. The Newcastle [...]

Allardyce Frustrated by Newcastle Slowness with Transfers

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For the first time it looks like Sam is getting just a little frustrated with the new owners - in their perceived slowness to move after Sam's targets in the transfer market. While Sam fully understands the owners have got to understand what's going on with these transfers - the delays seem to have caused us [...]

Newcastle: Martins Staying and Edmilson Coming

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Sam Allardyce spoke at length on Sky Sports News last night on a number of subjects related to Newcastle. One of the topics was who was staying and going at Newcastle and from what Sam said last night it looks like Oba Martins is staying. Also on the topic of who may be coming to Newcastle - [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 17th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. Sam gave quite a lengthy interview with Sky Sports News last night and most of the stories emanate from what he said during the interview. Certain players like Heinze and Queudrue will not be coming to Newcastle and [...]

Newcastle United Raided By Police

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This is about the last thing we wanted to hear – that the BBC and almost every news channel is reporting that Police have raided three football clubs as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in football. Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Rangers are believed to be the three clubs involved. To be really clear - Newcastle [...]

Charles N’Zogbia Still Unsettled at Newcastle

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We thought that Charles N'Zogbia was quite happy to stay at Newcastle under the new regime led by Sam Allardyce and Chris Mort. It appears as though that was not correct as the Evening Chronicle today reports that Charles is still unsettled at Newcastle. Charles N'Zogbia The player's representative Willie McKay has already met Sam Allardyce for talks [.

Aldo Duscher Not Fit Enough for Newcastle

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When we first reported this story on Saturday - it was first reported in the nufc.com fan site. It now looks like they were absolutely right – wherever they got their inside information from. It was reported yesterday in the Sunday Sun that Duscher has indeed left - and is also being reported today. Aldo Duscher It looks like [...]

Are Newcastle Really Interested in Fabio Cannavaro?

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Chelsea and Newcastle are reported to be in a battle for the signature of Fabio Cannavaro - after the Italian star center back was told he was surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. New Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster has brought in defenders Pepe from Porto for £19M and Christoph Metzelder on a free transfer from [...]

Are Arsenal Still After Newcastle’s Oba Martins?

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There is news being reported today that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is about to launch a ₤15M bid for 25 year-old Rodrigo Palacio of Boca Juniors Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio (full name) has scored 39 goals in 79 Boca appearances over the last two seasons at Boca – and if the story is true it puts in [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 16th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. We are linked with Fabio Cannavaro today as the 33 year-old seems to be surplus to requirements at Real Madrid after just one season after his ₤13.5M transfer there. We don't know what the fee is but [...]

Steven Taylor to be Captain of Newcastle United?

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The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Steven Taylor is the shock leading candidate for the vacant Newcastle captaincy — and the chance to become the youngest United skipper of all time. Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is reported to be almost ready to hand the armband to 21-year-old Taylor. This is a surprise move since [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 15th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. We are linked with Ronaldinho in the News of the World today - but maybe that's another ploy by the NOTW to sell their papers with sensationalized news. In any case we do comment on the story [...]

James Milner - Example to Youngsters Everywhere

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Newcastle United have just had promising young winger James Milner signed up for the next four years when they gave him a new and improved contract last week. We expect the same thing to be happening to Steven Taylor within the next couple of weeks - as we mentioned yesterday – as reward for his excellent [...]

Too Early for Newcastle to Pursue Ronaldinho

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The News of the World is reporting today that Newcastle United have made an inquiry about World Player of the Year Ronaldinho. Since Newcastle have been doing quite a bit of negotiating with Barcelona for players Edmilson, Gudjohnsen and perhaps Deco - it's not totally surprising Newcastle may have asked about Ronaldinho. But we need to build [...]

Oba Martins Future Hopefully Lies at Newcastle

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was scheduled to hold talks with Obafemi Martins last Friday in an attempt to keep him at St James' Park. We all now know that the Nigerian striker has a £13M release clause in his contract which could be triggered by any club prepared to pay that amount before the transfer window [...]

Steven Taylor Deserves Improved Contact at Newcastle

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Steven Taylor – who is still recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 championships - is about to follow James Milner in being rewarded with a new improved contract at Newcastle United. A few weeks ago Steven warned Newcastle not to mess around or delay his contract negotiations so [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 14th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today in no particular order of priority. We are linked with two French defenders today in the Journal. They are Rod Fanni of Nice and Franck Queudrue of Fulham. From the reports it looks like Franck really wants to come and play for Newcastle [...]

Has Duscher Left Newcastle Already?

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A report today suggest that Aldo Duscher has already left Newcastle after training with the team yesterday at Little Benton. That seems surprising that he has not been given the three full days to impress Newcastle – and we are told that Big Sam couldn't even attend the training session yesterday – because he was [...]

Viduka Happy and Sam Almost Happy with Owen

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Both Sam Allardcye and Mark Viduka talked yesterday about how relieved they are that Michal Owen has committed to Newcastle – at least for next season. As we pointed out yesterday Sam is still a wee bit nervous about things until the transfer window slams shut. They both offered comment on Michael - and we'll take a [...]

Franck Queudrue In Newcastle Talks Monday

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The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Franck Queudrue will be having talks with Newcastle United on Monday as manager Allardyce looks to solve the club's problematic left-back spot. We'll take a look at that report – but we think Franck would be a good acquisition to the squad with the fee understood to be around £1.5M. If [...]

Frenchman Rod Fanni Likely to Join Newcastle

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Rod Fanni's agent Dominique Six – who is also Franck Queudrue's agent – says that Rod has a very good chance of playing for Newcastle next season. The 26-year-old has been touted around Europe after his club Nice agreed to sell him this summer, and we reported only last week that Newcastle are keen on the [...]

Allardyce Nervous Until Transfer Window Closes.

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Even though Michael Owen has committed his future to Newcastle – and we hope that Oba Martins will do the same today – Sam Allardyce admits in the Evening Chronicle this afternoon that he'll be on edge until that transfer window closes at midnight on August 31st. That's the stupidity of having release clauses in player's [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 13th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - Friday the 13th - in no particular order of priority. We run stories today on Charles N'Zogbia, Gabriele Heinze and Aldo Duscher - all for different reasons. Late news this morning is that James Milner has penned a new four [...]

N’Zogbia Ready To Be Regular First Teamer at Newcastle

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Last week in Austria Sam sat down with a number of players to have a one-on-one talk with them. One of those players - whose career at Newcastle didn't look too promising at the end of last season was Charles N'Zogbia. Charles didn't seem to perform well for Glenn Roeder and at the end of the season [...]

Gabriele Heinze Not Interested in Newcastle

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Gabriele Heinze - who is looking to leave Manchester United this summer - is now looking to exercise a FIFA ruling which allows him to buy out the remaining two years of his contract with the club. Newcastle United however, are not one of the clubs he has mentioned as being one of the important clubs [...]

Why Don’t Newcastle Just Sign Duscher Now?

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Aldo Pedro Duscher has arrived on Tyneside for a trial after his contract ran out with Deportive La Coruña at the end of June. The Newcastle squad returns today from a couple of days off with their families - and it is expected that Duscher will start his trial either today or Monday. But for such an [...]

Allardyce Pleased with Rozehnal and Barton

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Sam Allardyce talked yesterday about the trip to Austria last week which he thinks was a big success in moving the players and staff closer together and getting to know each other. That's one thing Sam has been successful with in his management career – getting both his players and staff together into an overall effective [...]

Sam Ready To Get The Best Out Of Albert Luque

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Sam Allardcye talked to Newcastle World today about Albert Luque - who has been almost a non-existent player since he was signed by Graeme Souness from Deportivo La Coruna. Luque signed for Newcastle on the last day of the transfer window in August 2005 for a fee of £9.5M, arriving from Spain with a very good [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 12th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. Some good and exciting news today starting with Michael Owen pledging his future to Newcastle. That's really good news because it will help Newcastle attract a lot more good players to the club. Michael talks in [...]

Was Sam’s Secret Beye Meeting a Ploy To Get Deco?

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Sam Allardyce left the Newcastle training camp last Sunday to a secret destination to attempt to sign a player he had reported to have been pursuing. Yesterday it was revealed the player was Habib Beye from Marseilles and that Sam had one-on-one talks with Beye in order to convince him to join Newcastle. We wonder if there [...]

Michael Owen Talks about New Newcastle in Glowing Terms

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Michael Owen has finally spoken up about his future at Newcastle United in his Times column today - and it's good news for Newcastle United, Sam Allardyce, the fans, the owners and everyone connected to the club. Michael talks in glowing terms about the new methods Sam has introduced in training and the changes happening at [...]

Oba Martins in Crunch Talks with Allardyce on Future

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Oba Martins will resume training with the rest of the squad tomorrow, Friday and will sit down with Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce and discuss his future at Newcastle. We know that Sam wants to keep Oba at Newcastle – he's said that many times. We also know that Sam was very impressed with what he saw of [...]

Newcastle Transfer Update on Aldo Duscher

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Aldo Duscher – the 28-year-old Argentinian is due on Tyneside in the next day or so for a trial and will be available on a free transfer from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. Duscher of course hit the headlines in 2002 when it was his tackle which broke David Beckham's metatarsal and almost kept him out [...]

Sam Allardyce Continues to Transform Newcastle United

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Sam Allardyce has talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle and discussed how he will use the reserve team fixtures next season. One good thing is that the reserves will now rotate their Barclay's Premier Reserve League home fixtures between St. James' Park and Kingston Park. This will give our youngsters more of [...]

Newcastle Reject Michael Chopra off to Sunderland for £5M

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Cardiff City have today accepted Sunderland's £5M offer for former Newcastle United striker and academy star Michael Chopra. The Gosforth born striker has just returned from Cardiff's training camp in Portugal - and is already in talks with Sunderland officials on contract details. Michael's contract is likely to be much improved over the one he had at [.

Sam Forms Bond with N’Zogbia - He’s Going Nowhere

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It has been reported for the last couple of days that various clubs - including West Ham and Bolton - are interested in our young left winger Charles N'Zogbia – who has looked a great player in the making while at Newcastle - except for last season. While most fans thought Charles would leave the club [...]

Sam Still After Defender Habib Beye

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Sam Allardyce has already made his move to sign Marseilles defender Habib Beye, the 29 year-old Senegalese who can play full back or center back. We should know within the next day or two whether Sam will be successful in completing his 5th signing for the club. However, the news we are hearing today may not be [...]

Ashley’s Newcastle Takeover at 95% and Going Smoothly

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Newcastle's new owner Mike Ashley is set to complete his buy-out of all Newcastle shares after triggering a compulsory purchase of the remaining stock. St James Holdings Limited, Ashley's company created to execute the buy-out of Newcastle United PLC, revealed this morning to the London Stock Exchange they had reached agreement to buy almost 95% of [.

Newcastle Seem to have Missed Out on Habib Beye

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Sky Sports is reporting that Habib Beye has insisted he wants to stay at Marseilles, despite strong interest from Newcastle. The 29-year-old, who can play at right-back or center-half, is one of the best defenders in the French League over recent seasons - and Sam Allardyce is known to have been tracking him for a while. But [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 11th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The highlight (if you can call it that) for us today is that it would appear that we have missed out on the transfer of Habib Beye - which at one time looked very much like [...]

Sam Allardyce Pursuing Marseilles Habib Beye Today

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Deputy Chairman Chris Mort has again talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today and certainly seems to be in good close contact with Sam on the transfer front.. Chris discussed the obvious need for us to further strengthen the defense before the transfer window is over at the end of August. It also looks looks [...]

Martins Likey To Leave Newcastle for Arsenal Soon

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The Independent is reporting today that Arsenal are poised to make a ₤13M move for Newcastle United striker Oba Martins later this week. The Newcastle squad returns today from their week long training camp in Austria and it's reported that Martins still has to make up his mind on his Newcastle future. We'll take a look at [...]

Mystery Defender in Sam Allardyce’s Sights

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The Journal is reporting today that Sam Allardyce left Newcastle's training camp in Stegersbach, Austria suddenly on Sunday to meet personally with a defensive target and try to persuade the player to join Newcastle United. In his report Luke Edwards does not mention who the player is – or which country he currently plays in - [...]

Is Steve Sidwell Already Having Second Thoughts at Chelsea?

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New Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell has spoken to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and been told he will have a role to play at Chelsea next season. But with all the talent Chelsea have – particularly in central midfield - it's hard to see Sidwell getting many games at the London Club - and will be warming [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 10th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The highlight for us today is that it would appear that Oba Martins is close to leaving Newcastle. Sam has talked one-on-one with Oba but has yet to get any assurances that Oba wants to stay [...]

Steven Taylor Happy if Newcastle Hated Next Season

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21 year-old Steven Taylor – one of Newcastle's best performers last season - and a budding home grown star at Newcastle talked today with Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle. Steven was injured in the England Under-21s defeat against Holland in the semi-finals of the European Championships although he still managed to score in the penalty [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 9th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The highlight for us today is we are linked with two very good players. One is Deco - who continues to be linked with Newcastle because Barcelona would like to sign Frank Lampard from Chelsea - [...]

What’s Newcastle’s Best Strike Partnership Next Season?

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There has been a lot of talk about who will be the first choice strike pair at Newcastle next season. You would think that Owen would always be selected - if fit - so then the question is who would logically be his partner. While most think Mark Viduka would be Sam's choice to play with [...]

Newcastle Transfer Update on Portugal’s Deco

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To us there seems no doubt that Newcastle would like to bring a world class player to the club before the transfer window closes at the end of August. There will be speculation as to who that player could (or should) be - but one player we think would really fit at Newcastle - if he [...]

Newcastle Transfer Update on Argentina’s Gabriele Heinze

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It took a long time coming but finally some news that Newcastle may be interested in taking Gabriele Heinze from Manchester United for around £4M. That would be a very good price for the Argentine International. Heinze signed for Manchester United in 2004 for a fee of around £7M and last season didn't get the number [...]

Newcastle Transfer Update on Frenchman Dominique Fanni

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There is news today that Newcastle may be interested in French defender Dominique Fanni - so we'll run a transfer update on what we understand the transfer situation to be. Rod Fanni was born December 6, 1981 in Martigues and currently plays in the French League for Nice. He is a defender and a couple of [...]

Allardyce Can Prepare Shearer for Managing Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce has admitted he expects to be replaced as Newcastle manager by Alan Shearer at some point in the future. Shearer currently is halfway through a two-year contract as a BBC commentator - but has often expressed his wish to return to football and one day take charge of Newcastle United. We think that's Shearer's destiny [...]

Newcastle United Pursue World Class Signing

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It is being reported that new Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is planning raids on Spain's Big Two to bring Raul and Deco to Tyneside this summer. We'll look at this story - but beware it is from the News of the World – however it is in line with what we heard last week that [...]

Newcastle’s Chris Mort To Act as Peter Kenyon at Chelsea

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Newcastle's new Deputy Chairman Chris Mort has given a very good interview to the People this morning and there's some interesting points he makes in the interview. Mort has said he will put a stop to the lavish excesses of a club that has spent money like water over the last 10 years with [...]

Eriksson Not After Newcastle’s Michael Owen

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Sven Goran Eriksson has ruled out making moves for either of his ex England stalwarts Michael Owen and David Beckham. Sven - who was confirmed as Manchester City's new manager on Friday, is actively looking for transfer targets to bolster his squad for the coming season. Eriksson has said he will bring in new faces soon, [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 8th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The highlight for us is a new interview that Chris Mort gives to the People newspaper. Chris talks at some length on what he plans to do in his new job at Newcastle. Looks like Chris [...]

Allardyce Wants To Win Trophy in First Season at Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce has revealed some of the priorities he has for next season - including trying to win a trophy in his first season at Newcastle. Sam talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle. As we often do – we'll take a look at what Sam has to say and make some of our own [...]

McGhee Thinks Newcastle Strike Force Will Be Scary

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Newcastle's former striker Mark McGhee thinks that Newcastle's new partnership of Mark Viduka and Michael Owen will strike fear into many Premiership defenders. Mark spoke with Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today and we'll take a look at what he had to say. Motherwell Manager Mark McGhee Mark told Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today: "For [.

James Milner - a Future Newcastle Great

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Milner is not with the Newcastle squad in Austria right now as he has been given extra time off by new boss Sam Allardyce to recover from his exploits in the Under-21 European Championships in Holland over the summer. Let's look at James' still brief career in football - and remember it was almost five years [...]

Glenn Roeder – Great Ideas Man but Lacking Execution

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Glenn Roeder has been talking to Paul Gilder of the Journal about his future. Glenn of course joined Newcastle in the summer of 2005 as manager of our Youth set up. He was then plunged (if that's the right word) into rescuing Newcastle's season in February 2006 after Graeme Souness was sacked. He did that extremely [...]

Allardyce and Mort Partnership Important for Newcastle’s Success

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Sam Allardyce - while very surprised at the Ashley takeover of the club – initiated only one week after Sam accepted the manager job from Freddy Shepherd – was nevertheless pleased it happened ‘smooth' and ‘quick'. The 52-year-old manager praised Chris Mort and his colleagues for taking his position into account and enabling him to work [...

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 7th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The highlight for us is a new interview that Sam gives Paul Gilder of the Journal. Sam talks at some length on Mike Ashley's takeover of the club - and even talks very positively [...]

Newcastle Transfer Update on Canadian Atiba Hutchison

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It is being reported by the Daily Mail that Newcastle United and West Ham United are both after Canadian International midfielder Atiba Hutchinson. Hutchison plays for FC Copenhagen and is a team mate of another player Newcastle are said to be interested in – Norwegian center-back Brede Hangeland. Atiba is an attacking midfielder and has even [..

Sam Pleased With Transfers and More on the Way

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Sam Allardyce again talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today about what has transpired so far on the transfer front and seems happy with what he has achieved so far in bringing new faces to Newcastle. We think what Sam says (plus what Chris Mort says) is probably the closest we'll get to what's [...]

Newcastle Sign Geremi - Sam, Darren Peacock Rate Him Great Buy

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Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has received a timely boost with Geremi's free transfer from Chelsea officially completed today. The Cameroon International was granted a work permit after agreeing a three-year deal with Newcastle United earlier this week. Former Newcastle player Gavin Peacock talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today about Geremi and Sam also [.

Time for Bolton Chairman Gartside to Move On

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Bolton Wanderers Chairman Phil Gartside has fired yet another broadside at Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce. Dublin born Gartside is angry at Allardyce for Sam supposedly going back on their agreement not to take any of the Reebok back-room staff. Phil is insisting those employees now serve out 12 months' notice at Bolton. Let's see what's going [.

Newcastle Transfer Update on Franck Queudrue

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Franck Queudrue is looking to be a target for Newcastle to fill the vacant left-back spot – which has been a problem position for a few years. It looks like the former Middlesbrough favorite emerged as Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce's latest defensive target. Franck Queudrue The 28-year-old is now wanting to leave Fulham after falling out with manager [.

Eidur GudJohnsen Edges Closer to Newcastle

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The name of Eidur Gudjohnsen continues to come up as linked to Newcastle – and while many reports say Eidur would only be signed if Owen or Martins move on (which now looks unlikely) we think Sam may want to bring him to the club and utilize his flexibility. He can play central midfield as [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 6th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The major news story link us with Frank Queudrue - the former Middlesbrough left-back and again with Eidur Gudjohnsen. We have also brought back the funny football quotes - by popular demand - after a one day [...]

Young Newcastle Stars Must Get Experience Via Loan Deals

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It turns out that the loan system has changed for the new season – and short term loans will no longer be possible. Season long loan deals are the only loans allowed and once the player is loaned out – he cannot then be recalled by the loaning club. This makes it difficult for Sam Allardyce [...]

Emre Ready for Best Season at Newcastle

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Emre, our skillful 26-year-old Turkish international thinks that our two strikers, Michael Owen and Australian Mark Viduka will make a big difference to a Newcastle side that performed so poorly last year. He talked today to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle - so we'll take a look at what Emre said and make our [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 5th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The major news story (at least on our site) is that Sam Allardyce may be able to bring in one massive signing this summer to go with all the other good buys he is making. If [...]

Newcastle Transfer Update on Norwegian Brede Hangeland

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There have been an increasing number of reports circulating that Newcastle United may be interested in Norwegian center-back Brede Hangeland. The 6′4″ FC Copenhagen defender has admitted that he would be tempted by a move to the Premier League. Let's take a look at the potential status of this deal. Brede Hangeland Newcastle have reportedly shown interest in [.

Chris Mort - Toon Army The Key in Newcastle Takeover

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Newcastle's Vice-Chairman Chris Mort says the Toon Army were a key factor in attracting new owner Mike Ashley to the club. The young London Lawyer was full of praise for the Geordie supporters, admitting that their passion and enthusiasm for the club has really impressed him since he moved to Newcastle a week ago. Chris Mort Chris Mort [...]

Newcastle Ready to Make Massive Signing in the Summer

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There is some talk that before the start of the season Newcastle may go after a big name signing which in the local media is said to "stun the soccer world". That would not surprise us as Sam Allardyce has been building the squad with good players brought in at very reasonable prices. Let's take a look [...]

Chris Mort to Review ₤300M Ground Expansion Plans

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Newcastle United's major expansion plans that were announced last April are said to be part of the strategic review of the club being carried out by Newcastle Vice-Chairman Chris Mort on behalf of new owner Mike Ashley. This story was reported in Chronicle Live last Saturday so we'll take a look and make our own analysis [...]

Mort and Allardyce Already Crack Team at Newcastle

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New Newcastle Vice-Chairman and top lawyer Christopher Mort - who has been drafted in by English billionaire owner Mike Ashley to carry out a thorough review of Newcastle's business - has given his first extensive and exclusive interview to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today. We'll take a look at what he has to say [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 4th - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The major news story is that Sam Allardyce has talked about Michael Owen and what he can learn from his injury. Sam makes some really good points. Also some criticism from old to new - Glenn [...]

Allardyce and Owen Will Form Good Partnership at Newcastle

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Sam Allardyce talked again today about Newcastle's squad and in particular about one of his star players – Michael Owen. With all the hoopla surrounding Michael during the summer let's take a look at what Sam has to say on Michael's position – both at Newcastle and on a personal level also. As usual Sam's words [...]

Glenn Roeder Slams Sam - Well Just a Little Bit

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The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Glenn Roeder has warned Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce that Alan Shearer will be waiting in the wings if he slips up at St James' Park. We've looked at this story and quite honestly don't see too much conflict – in fact we think Roeder talks about a logical progression [...]

Newcastle Transfer Update on Alou Diarra

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Bordeaux are reported to have made an offer for Alou Diarra, the Lyons midfield player who is said to wanted by both Newcastle United and Portsmouth. We covered this transfer about two weeks ago – so let's see what has happened since then. Alou Diarra Despite the resignation of Gerard Houllier, Diarra is still refusing to stay at [...]

Newcastle Transfer Update on Jaroslav Plasil

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We saw the piece in the Daily Star (and reported in Tribal Football this morning) that Newcastle are being linked with a potential move for Jaroslav Plasil, the Czech defensive midfield player. The news is that an unidentified Premiership club could make a late swoop to snatch the player from under the noses of Spanish side [...]

Allardyce Still Seeking Additional Defensive Reinforcements

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Sam Allardyce talked again this morning to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle before he left for Graz - and discussed the ongoing quest to bring new defenders into the club. Sam's always worth listening to - so let's see what he had to say and what we can then glean from his comments. Sam Allardyce in [...]

Allardyce’s Persuasive Powers Necessary for Gudjohnsen

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There was good news yesterday as Sam Allardyce quickly tied up Geremi from Chelsea by paying him a signing-on fee of ₤2M. It turns out he was in the last year of his contract at Chelsea – after some initial confusion. The signing-on fee was what it took to ward off competition which we believe included [...]

Transfer Update on Habib Beye – Sam’s Next Signing?

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Looks like Sam Allardyce is now turning his attentions to securing Habib Beye for Newcastle now that the Senegalese has returned from holiday. Newcastle's squad is off to Austria on a 10 day training camp and it looks like Sam would like to get Habib into the club and to the training camp as quickly as [...]

Sam Lets Players Know What Newcastle Expects

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Sam Allardyce has talked at length again to Paul Gilder of the Journal during yesterday's first training session at our squash club at Little Benton. As always we will look at what Sam has to say and make comments. We feel this is one of the very ways to get to the truth about what is [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 3rd - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. Geremi has now signed for the Magpies and will arrive on a free transfer from Chelsea on a three-year contract - once his work permit has been obtained. No mention here of a ₤2M signing-on fee that [...]

Allardyce Will Build Top Class Support Staff At Newcastle

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United are ready to officially appoint former Middlesbrough coach Steve Round this week, but he has been recruited to work alongside former assistant manager Nigel Pearson as a first-team coach rather than replace him. We had hoped that Pearson would stay because we think he's an excellent coach – and it makes sense for the two [...]

Gartside Furious at Newcastle Raid on Bolton Staff

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Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside is reported in the Mirror this morning as being absolutely furious with Sam Allardyce about Newcastle's raid on the Lancashire club's back-room staff. We'll take a look at this situation but it's hardly surprising and shows the impact Sam had at Bolton while he was there - plus his team building [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 2nd - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The good news is that it looks like we've signed Geremi for ₤2M from Chelsea and the deal will be completed this afternoon. And we all thought it was a free transfer - turns out we [...]

Geremi Signs for Newcastle United for ₤2M

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The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle United have clinched the signing of Geremi from Chelsea. We understand the fee is ₤2M - because Geremi still had one year left on his 5 year contract at Chelsea - signed on July 15th - 2003. Whereas we would have been wary if this news had come from [...]

Michael Owen Now Fully Committed to Newcastle

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Some good news from the Journal this morning – as players return today for pre-season training in preparation for their trip tomorrow to their Austrian training camp. Luke Edwards reports that Michael Owen is now determined to prove his commitment to Sam Allardyce's side. While some fans may take this with a pinch of salt [...]

Geremi, Edmilson and Gudjohnsen All To Join Newcastle?

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There is lots of news on Newcastle United this morning in the press as training begins at Little Benton and the players jet off tomorrow for Austria and their 10 day training camp. We are linked with even more players this morning – so let's look at three of them and see what's real and what's [...]

Allardyce Talks Of Scientific Approach and Kieron Dyer

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As the training is about to start at Newcastle next week Sam Allardcye has talked about his methods and how he will start to monitor each player at Newcastle. He has also been candid in saying Kieron Dyer is going nowhere. That's interesting – maybe Sam can finally get the best out of him – [...]

Major Newcastle News Stories - July 1st - 2007

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Here are the major news stories associated with the Newcastle club for today - in no particular order of priority. The news today is that we are after Maceo Rigters - the NAC Breda and Dutch Under-21 striker. Presumably Newcastle have already lodged a bid for the striker. His contract is said to allow him to go [...]

Allardyce Wants Patience As He Rebuilds Newcastle for Success

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Sam Allardyce, Newcastle's new manager has given People Sport an extensive interview on what it will take to turn Newcastle United into a club challenging for the top. Unfortunately for Newcastle fans Sam thinks it will take a few years – at best. We'll take a look at what Sam has [...]

Why Do Newcastle United Need Maceo Rigters?

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Newcastle certainly seem to have turned up the heat on their activities in the transfer market after last Monday's Board Meeting and now it looks like we may be pursuing Maceo Rigters of NAC Breda in Holland. The Dutch Under-21 International is available for a nominal fee (reported to be as low as $350K) and we'll [...]

Newcastle To Sign Edmilson in Next Few Days

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Newcastle are back in Barcelona trying to tie up the deal for Brazilian International Edmilson – who has already agreed in principle to join Newcastle. As we have already discussed Edmilson has been troubled by a right knee injury for over a year. Newcastle have had their own medical team examine Edmilson's injury report and [...]