Newcastle United – News Roundup – 20 August 2009.

Posted on August 20th, 2009 | 23 Comments |

Healthy position after 2 games.
Healthy position after 3 games.
Thanks to last night’s win over Sheffield Wednesday we go 3rd in the Championship, behind Cardiff and ‘Boro on goal difference, sharing 7 points with 5 other teams. Chris Hughton said of the game:

I don’t think it was the prettiest win, but nonetheless it was very pleasing.

I think we needed that second goal for the game to open up but their keeper has made some terrific saves.

We got the early goal like we’d hoped and it was a great goal, real route one stuff and another fantastic finish from Shola.

After that both sides have had a couple of good chances and we’ve got Steve Harper to thank for two great saves in the second-half.

But we’ve got the win and that’s the most important thing.

We’re back up to third and confidence is high and two successive wins.”

With our extremely small squad I cringe every time there’s mention of an injury. Hughton had this to say about Carroll, who limped off in the second half of last night’s game:

It’s a very, very slight groin strain.

But we’ll wait until the morning before taking a further look and we’re hopeful it’s not too serious.”

In other news, Damien Duff has been explaining his move to Fulham. He told The Telegraph:

It was heartbreaking going down and the players didn’t know what was going on up there.

In fairness it’s pulled the lads closer together and you can see that from the results of the first couple of games of the season.

It was definitely the hardest period of my career. It didn’t work out, I wasn’t enjoying my football and I’ve had to move on.

I thought it was a great move at the time and a lot of people agreed but it didn’t happen for me. That was the same for a lot of players.

I played for four managers last season. That’s not a good base for any team to work well.

But that’s no excuse, we went down and deserved to. There’s a lot of stability at Fulham, not just with the manager but in the team as well.

It’s going to be tough to break into the side but as soon as I heard Fulham were interested it was a no-brainer to come here.”

According to The Mirror, we’re lining up Sheffield United’s Matthew Kilgallon as a potential replacement for Steven Taylor if he should leave. Apparently the centre-half is rated at around £2m and is also fancied by Celtic.

Alas that’s it for now – yesterday was what might be called a ‘slow news day’.

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23 Responses

  1. Another good result – credit to Hughton, Calderwood and the players.
    We’re still no further forward in bringing the type of stability that Damien Duff was talking about in his particular interview. Owner? Manager? Direction? Purpose?
    Equally worrying is – we cannot sustain these results with a paper thin squad – and there is precious little time for anyone to address that, even if they were appointed today.

  2. So much for D-Day Wednesday we’ve been told about for weeks now.

    Thank god we are winning otherwise i’d be in deep depression and about to jump.

  3. roscoe says:
    August 20, 2009 at 8:20 am (Edit)

    So much for D-Day Wednesday we’ve been told about for weeks now.


    Any day now I suspect.

  4. There is no d-day.

    Do you honstly think that Ashley would reject a bid of £100m if it was lodged in November?

    It’s going to be on the market for the foreseeable.

  5. I doubt Ashley would refuse the bid, but I also doubt such a bid would be offered in November. I suspect anyone who attempted to buy the club in November would offer less because it’s outside a transfer window.

  6. Stuart79 says:
    August 20, 2009 at 9:28 am
    There is no d-day.

    Do you honstly think that Ashley would reject a bid of £100m if it was lodged in November?

    It’s going to be on the market for the foreseeable.


    Yes if ashley doesn’t sell he’s not going to take it off the market… I’m not saying that. But he’s going to have to make a decision as to when he decides he can no longer wait for the takeover and has to start making some decisions that will affect the club. Like a full time manager, new players etc.

  7. “I played for four managers last season. That’s not a good base for any team to work well.”

    It’s stating the obvious that it’s impossible for a team to work well under those circumstances.

  8. i just hope everyone is now seeing what utter bollocks football journalists write!! how many deadlines?? how many d-days?? how many bidders??
    you know what people say if you sling enough sh1t!!!
    educated guesses and stabs in the dark! They’re an embarrassment to people like Robert Fisk!!
    And that especially goes for you two, LEE RYDER and LUKE EDWARDS!!
    How you two can go home happy with your work for the last year is beyond me!

  9. Mick says:
    August 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    In fairness to Luke Edwards he’s been pretty accurate.

    Alot of the shit in the Journal isn’t by him.

    His articles tend to be pretty reasonable.

  10. It’s just been on the local Midlands news that Birmingham City is going to be sold for £80m.
    How on earth can Ashley command £100m for a club that is in the championship when Premier League clubs are going for £80m
    Granted the blues stadium is crap, but I really cannot see how Ashley can justify £100m should Brum be sold for £80m.

    Another hit and run post from me. See you later.

  11. Micky, even in a world where being in the Premiership is almost everything in financial terms, there is still no comparison between Newcastle United and Birmingham City. I’m not talking about delusions of grandeur on the pitch, I’m talking about things like a committed worldwide fanbase, merchandising revenue, potential income etc.

  12. Workyticket,
    Just a quick question (again)
    Do you think my images are too big for the site?
    I have considered aligning them to the left and having the article start on the right but I’m not sure.

    Any ideas?

  13. worky i was talking to him last night on msm which he got through when i joined your blog m8 and he has been posting under the nick billy bunter and i couldnt sleep lastv night thinking aboot him taking the p:ss oot of every 1 so i grassed him

  14. batty says:
    August 21, 2009 at 12:08 am

    “WORKY the 1 who keeps saying wor donna”

    That’s it. Doesn’t he write about working on the bins? Or was that someone else?