It seems that not only the French press (sacred bleu), but the fellow French Professional footballers, particularly the ones up for a move in the summer, and friends and international collegues of one Hatem Ben Arfa have been very immpressed by the way that Hatem has been treated by NUFC during his time injued. Not just because we had the balls to sign the lad whilst injured, but the fact that the Chairman, representatives of the club and even Mike Ashley himself have apprarently been to check on the lads recovery over the months he’s been rehabilitating over in Clairefontaine, the French centre of football excellence.
They seem truly immpressed, honestly, that we’ve pushed the boat out to make the lad aware of how much he is wanted and that he feels part of our great club.
I liked that!
Then there was the Daily Mirror scrawler that claims that he helped get shot of Joe Kinnear, for us.
Suggesting that this was because of him and ‘smokin’ Joe’ gannin’ oot on the lash the night before his heart issue, that lead to a triple (should that be tipple?) heart bypass operation.
Welly well! Er, thanx for that little nugget. I guess it was a slow day at the Mirror then?
Obviously, there have been a whole host of transfer predictions in various papers. Of course we are constantly linked with anyone that can kick a ball at the moment, and probably with a few that can’t even do that! No doubt it’s because we have that £35m burning a hole in the club’s pocket that we’re persistantly reminded of.
Barely a day passes without someone in the press reminding us Geordies that ‘you know who’ was sold and that we ‘desperately’ need someone to plug that gap.
Ho hum! on that one.
I’m not even gonna mention all the names we’ve been ‘linked’ with. That’s a little game my fellow bloggers can indulge in. Go on, you know you wanna.
Then there was a few little bits about youngsters coming back into the fold and youngsters that are ‘potential’ targets for lower league teams, should their contracts be allowed to run down in the summer and not renewed.
Then we had a few ‘Toon players wanted’ pieces doing the rounds. Namely, Danny Simpson, Danny Guthrie, Joey Barton and any of our team that they could regurgitate a link about.
More regurgitations than a cow, some of them.
Then there was the one about the F.A. not being ‘able’ to bust Ricardo Fuller of Stoke City for his assault on Joey Barton at the Britannia Stadium last time out on account of there being no T.V. evidence available to them.
Who’d a thunk?
It was a bit of a ‘bonus ball’ to hear that a certain Kevin Doyle won’t be playing for Wolves when they visit SJP at the weekend for what will be a season defining game. I don’t think it needs to be emphasised how important this meeting will be, do I? Though we will be without Tiote, so that kinda evens things up a bit.
So, all in all, a pretty quiet couple of weeks in the press with regards to Newcastle United, which was nice!
It’s not often we can say that.
Big deep breath,
It’s Wolves up next!
Howay the Lads!