Newcastle United – News Roundup – 22 July 2009.

Posted on July 22nd, 2009 | 19 Comments |

Butt Injured
Butt Injured
After just a couple of friendlies we’ve picked up our first injury of the season. According to the official club site, Nicky Butt will be out for 4 weeks and will have a hand operation to repair the partially dislocated thumb he received during the Darlington game. This of course means he’ll miss the start of the season.

I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. We seem to have had a particularly injury-prone squad in recent seasons and I was beginning to wonder whether that’s just down to bad luck or whether there’s something wrong with the training / physio regime.

According to The Chronicle, the players have been told that they can expect Hughton to be in charge for the start of the season, which is no real surprise given the way things seem to be dragging on. The article also suggests that the Malaysian consortium that was recently given a tour of St James’ Park has fallen by the wayside, although I’m not sure how The Chronicle knows that because all that Ashely’s PR man had to say on matters was: “we can’t give out anything on the record“.

It will come as disappointing to news to fans that we won’t have a new owner and manager by the time the season starts and it looks like Ashley might be determined to hang on for his £100m. There will come a time in the not too distant future when we might have to accept the possibility that Ashley might still be in charge for at least the first half of the season (until January, perhaps). I am wondering if Ashley has any backup plans for this in terms of refreshing the squad and getting a manager in place.

The Chronicle is also reporting that West Ham are interested in Andy Carroll. An Upton Park source told The Chronicle:

It’s no secret that West Ham are thin on the ground when it comes to strikers.

The club finished ninth last season and, while that is a good achievement by most team’s standards, Gianfranco Zola believes it could have been even better had they had more of a threat in front of goal.

The manager is looking at a range of options and Andy Carroll is included on that list.”

Finally, there’s confirmation from the club that Shearer will lead the team playing in the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy match on Sunday. Shearer said:

Bobby really deserves this match after everything he’s done. I feel I owe him a personal debt. When he came in as Newcastle manager he got me enjoying football again and playing the way I can.

He helped me when I needed it and I’m very happy to help him now.

There are men and there are real men. I think you know which he is. What he’s done, what he’s achieved and what he’s going through – he’s incredible.”

Unfortunately that’s all the news I can find for today. For a report on last night’s friendly against Huddersfield, see this article.

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19 Responses

  1. I’d be worried about our ability to get points off some teams in The Championship with the current squad.

    We’re devoid of creativity and it’s like we hit a brick wall once we cross the halfway line.

    The team seems disinterested but also very sloppy. Enrique was particularly wasteful last night, as was Guthrie, Xisco and Jonas. Hopefully just cobwebs but they should be rid of those now in my opinion.

    We also have players who don’t look fit – notably Xisco, Nolan, Guthrie and Colo look a little sluggish. Stevie Taylor looks top-heavy as well.

    On the whole I’m not filled with confidence.

  2. That sounds like the same problem we had last season, a lack of creativity. When you look at the strikers we had – Owen, Martins, Viduka, Carroll etc. – we really should have been scoring more goals.

    Sure, the likes of Viduka were frequently injured and Owen seemed not to care much of the time, but I still think the creativity needed to get the strikers on goal was lacking.

  3. “There are men and there are real men. I think you know which he is.”

    Not a bad start, Al. But you have a long way to go before you scale the heights of football nonsense reached by the great masters, Bobby and Kev.

    “We didn’t underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought.”

    “The good news for Nigeria is that they’re two-nil down very early in the game”

  4. Afternoon all. Enjoyed your post from Huddersfield Bowburn although it sounded pretty dismal. Try as I might I couldn’t find any links to the game so gave up and watched Holby! Sounds like we have exactly the same problem as last season, lack of creativity, skill, nous and desire. It does not bode well at this stage if we are relying on the same shower to fight their way out of the championship. Mid table mediocrity at best.

  5. Doesn’t sound like the intensive boot camp in Ireland with 3 training sessions a day did some of them much good to improve their fitness

  6. Hopefully the addition of Shearer to the SBR match will drum up some extra bodies through the turnstiles.

  7. “Try as I might I couldn’t find any links to the game so gave up and watched Holby!”

    Deb, have you seen that “Getting on” yet? It’s definitely one of the best hospital shows I’ve seen.

  8. Hi Worky, no I haven’t yet but love Jo Brand think she’s hilarious. I need a session on BBCI Player to catch up on stuff.Thanks for reminding me.

    By the way BBM – just added to your Just Giving page – sorry it’s taken me time to get round to it, but good luck. We’ll watch out for you. Have a minchellas icecream for me on the seafront, you’ll need it!

  9. geordie deb says:
    July 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    “Hi Worky, no I haven’t yet but love Jo Brand think she’s hilarious. I need a session on BBCI Player to catch up on stuff.Thanks for reminding me.”

    Deb, don’t miss any of it! I’m pretty sure that you’ll recognise alot of it and laugh. It’s kind of like “The Thick of It”, only with nurses (and a doctor) in a really awful geriatric ward instead of politicians.

  10. Keegans 2nd best TV moment after his “Love it” rant was his commentary on an England world cup or european championship game, can’t recall which. Anyway it was on ITV and the commentator cruelly said to Keegan – “Kevin do you think they’ll score?” or he’ll score as it might have been a penalty shoot out, any Keegan said no and what happened? The opposition scored. Poor Kev.

    Hmm, I guess you had to be there, if you’ve watched it, you’ll know what I’m rambling about.

  11. Worky

    ‘Deb, don’t miss any of it! I’m pretty sure that you’ll recognise alot of it and laugh. It’s kind of like “The Thick of It”, only with nurses (and a doctor) in a really awful geriatric ward instead of politicians.’

    Just been on IPlayer and watched it. It was fantastic and so true to life, literally laughed out loud so many times. Thanksfor reminding me.

  12. Worky – Glad it’s not just me then! I can still hear his Noooooo trailing off into a whimper and then silence.

  13. Thanks deb!! Just had it confirmed that work are going to contribute £200.

    Chuffed like, it’s going well and I haven’t even pestered close friends and family yet.

  14. WAHEY!! First article on newsnow.

    Tell me asap if there are any major gaffs!!!!

    Wasn’t sure if I was just repeating already released stories but it’s been on my mind so felt like writing about it.

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