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Newcastle United – News Roundup – 08 August 2009.

August 8th, 2009 | 16 Comments |

We're stuck with him (probably).
We're stuck with him (probably).
It seems there was no breakthrough in the talks between Moat, Llambias and Harris yesterday and a report in The Chronicle claims that the sale saga could drag on for another week before Ashley calls it a day and takes the club off the market.

North East MP Nick Brown has now called for Ashley to sling his hook, saying:

It breaks my heart. Mike Ashley hasn’t made a go of it.

He should call it a day, sell up to somebody who can make a go of it and who has sufficient money to give it a decent go this year and have an exciting campaign to get back in the Premiership where we belong.

Every day that goes by makes this harder. The uncertainty is damaging the club.

The club personifies the city. It is one of our great corporate citizens. How many other cities our size could regularly deliver a gate of over 50,000 for a home game?

They have got to get that passion and sense of commitment, which I think has never gone away, rallied behind something that has got a chance of succeeding and the present set-up is disastrous.” (more…)


O’Neill’s Beyewatch pays off, Habib is now a Villan.

August 7th, 2009 | 4 Comments |

Habib: Villan now.
Habib: Villan now.
While it seemed yesterday that Newcastle United right-back, Habib Beye, was all set for a move to the ‘Tigers’ of Hull, with a bid accepted, it appears that this development motivated Martin O’Neill and Randy Lerner to make a dramatic eleventh hour swoop, and Habib is now a ‘Villan’. The 31-year-old is reported to have signed a three-year deal, and will enjoy European competition in next year’s new ‘Europa League’ with the Midlands club.

Villa had previously expressed an interest in the Senegal star, and it always seemed a more likely choice if Villa were to meet Hull’s bid of around £2.5 million, though the figure is currently undisclosed.

Beye was signed by Newcastle United in August, 2007 from Marseille, and it has been said that our interest in him was initially sparked by an excellent performance when Marseille knocked us out of the UEFA cup three years earlier. Beye played for United in what has undoubtedly been a lacklustre period in the club’s history. However he always escaped the criticism levelled at many other players due to his solid and highly consistent performances amidst the chaos that was frequently going on around him.
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Newcastle United – News Roundup – 07 August 2009 [updated]

August 7th, 2009 | 19 Comments |

Smudge - Stand-in captain
Smudge - Stand-in captain
As reported on this site yesterday Bassong has gone to Spurs and Beye looks likely to be leaving for Hull. Sky Sports is also reporting that 19 year old winger Jonny Godsmark has been loaned to Hereford for 6 months.

The club has confirmed that Alan Smith will be captain against West Brom as Nicky Butt is still injured and that Danny Guthrie will miss the game due to a hamstring injury picked up in training.

In terms of the management situation, the club have apparently ruled out the idea that Kinnear will return – although there’s nothing on NUFC’s official site to that effect – and The Mail are claiming that David O’Leary has also turned down the opportunity to become manager. This latter claim by The Mail contains no direct quotes from O’Leary though, so it could just be nonsense.

An awful lot is printed about Newcastle these days but, besides the confirmed transfers, most of it just appears to be speculation, so there is little of substance to actually report today.

The Barry Moat situation dominated most of the speculation yesterday but The Chronicle wonders if that’s all a ruse to flush out other bidders, which wouldn’t surprise me at all. (more…)


Beye on his way to Hull (and back)?.

August 6th, 2009 | 7 Comments |

Does the glamour of Hull await for Beye?
Does the glamour of Hull await for Beye?
Hot on the heels of Sebastien Bassong’s Tottenham move comes news that highly regarded Newcastle United right-back, Habib Beye is on the verge of a move to the Hull City Tigers.

City chairman, Paul Duffen, has confirmed that an offer has been accepted by United, after a previous £2 million bid failed to hit the mark with Toon owner, Mike Ashley. The sum is thought to be much closer to the £4 million mooted by the hierarchy at Saint James’s Park. It has also been reported that Beye has also been a target of Aston Villa’s Martin O’Neill.

However, although it sounds like a bid has been accepted, it is by no means certain that beye and Hull will reach agreement on personal terms, especially over salary. Beye is currently receiving around £30,000 per week on Tyneside. (more…)


Newcastle United – News Roundup – 06 August 2009 [updated]

August 6th, 2009 | 21 Comments |

Barry Moat
Barry Moat
The Guardian reports that the sale of Newcastle United is imminent.

Apparently Ashley is being urged to accept a bid from a consortium led by Tyneside businessman Barry Moat. It is thought that Moat, who has financial backing from investors in the United States, is Keith Harris’s preferred bidder. The Guardian speculates that if Moat gets the club he will favour Alan Shearer as manager.

Additional reports on this issue can be found in The TimesThe Chronicle, The Journal and The Sun, but I would suggest remaining cautious about this news until a formal announcement is made from the club. There is no guarantee that Ashley will accept any bid recommended by Harris (assuming the stories are true in the first place).

There were reports yesterday that the club had, incredibly, offered Joe Kinnear a two-year contract. This was covered last night in an article on this site, so I don’t really need to mention it too much here except to say that there’s an article in The Times that claims the club is denying offering Kinnear a contract and insists ‘he has his wires crossed’. (more…)