ARCHIVE NEWS - JULY 2009
31st July 2009 - Martins Allowed To Leave
Striker Obafemi Martins has signed for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. Martins never fully lived up to expectations on Tyneside following his £10 million transfer from Inter Milan. During his spell at the club his commitment and desire in the famous number nine shirt disappointed on occasion, particularly in the closing stages of the 2008/09 season.
31st July 2009 - Forster Goes Out On Loan
Our highly rated 21 year old goalkeeper Fraser Forster is to join League Two side Bristol Rovers in order to gain more first team experience. Fraser will initially join up with Rovers for a month but the loan period may be extended until the end of the season.
Fraser had a spell on loan at Stockport County last season keeping three clean sheets in seven appearances. He said: "It was a great experience for me last year at Stockport and I came on a lot for that opportunity. Hopefully I can enjoy a similar spell at Bristol Rovers."
31st July 2009 - Heart Of Midlothian U19's 4 Newcastle United XI 0
Friendly - Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh - 12.30pm
A Newcastle XI made up of academy and reserve team players were well beaten by a Hearts under 19 squad today. The home team were the better side in the first half going in two goals up at half-time. Hearts added two more in the second half despite United producing a far better showing in the second 45 minutes. A minutes silence was held for Sir Bobby prior to kick-off.
A minutes silence for Sir Robert William Robson
31st July 2009 - Sir Bobby Robson
Sir Bobby Robson died today at the age of 76.
The club are kindly offering fans the opportunity to lay tributes to Sir Bobby at St. James' Park. Fans can gain access to the ground until 5.00pm today and on Saturday and Sunday between 9.00am and 5.00pm via the tunnel access point at the North West Corner of the stadium.
The Scottish Mags: "If ever there was a person you would want to be associated with Newcastle United it would be Sir Bobby Robson. His contribution to our football club was immense. A great man, a unique talent and a terrific servant to the team that was so very dear to his heart. He was special and always will be."
Derek Llambias, Managing Director: "Sir Bobby was one of the game's true footballing legends, a unique, passionate man who gave so much to the game. He will be enormously missed by the whole football community worldwide and we extend our sincere condolences to his wife Elsie and family. We may never see his like again."
Niall Quinn, Sunderland Chairman: "Like everyone in the football world, we at Sunderland were stopped in our tracks when we heard the devastating news of Sir Bobby's passing this morning. Quite simply Sir Bobby Robson was 'Mr. Football'. He achieved so much and brought so much joy to our lives through football."
Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan Manager: "It is difficult to accept such a person is no longer with us, but he is immortal because he leaves in everybody who knows him a mark of his personality, a great coach but, more than that, a great person."
Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United Manager: "I was never too big or proud to ask him for advice, which he gave freely and unconditionally. And I'm sure I am speaking for a lot of people when I say that. I mourn the passing of a great friend, a wonderful individual, a tremendous football man and somebody with passion and knowledge of the game that was unsurpassed."
He was a penalty kick from getting England to the World Cup Final
Paul Gascoigne: "I'm speechless. I'm devastated. Bobby was like my second dad. I was like a son to him. I can't describe how much he meant to me. I've just been crying for three hours, and I've come to see my mum and my dad. It's just unbelievable. He gave me a chance to play in the World Cup. I can't really talk that much because I just want to cry, that's all. I love him. And his wife Elsie - I'll always be there for her. I'm sort of numb."
John Carver, assistant coach to Bobby Robson at Newcastle United:
“Since that day five years ago, this club has been in decline. He lost his job as manager. That was wrong, and the decline of this football club started the day that Bobby was sacked.”
“It has gone on over five years and it has been a painful process. They haven’t been able to carry that momentum built up by Bobby. It’s been a steady decline.”
“I am one of the luckiest men in the world to be have been fortunate enough to have worked with him. Every day I learned something, either on the training field, in the office or just about life. We had some great times. We didn’t win anything, but we came so close, and if we’d been given a little bit more time, we would have. We could have been where we should be.”
“It wasn’t just about the fact we nearly won the Premier League title, it was how we built the club. We had been on a downward spiral, but Bob built a great squad with British players in it and energy, pace and power. We didn’t have the rub of the green at the start of the 04/05 season and all of a sudden he was out of a job.”
30th July 2009 - Nightmare Nearly Over?
Quotes from Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias appeared in The Sun newspaper today: "We are very close to completing a deal and it could happen next week."
Llambias also confirmed that Chris Hughton would remain as caretaker manager until new owners were appointed: "Anyone who signs a deal will want their own choice of manager. Look what happened when Mike took over, Sam Allardyce was already in place and he didn't want him."
Jonas Gutierrez is held back by Leeds' Jonathan Howson
29th July 2009 - Newcastle United 0 Leeds United 0
Friendly - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Harper (Krul 60), Beye (Xisco 70), Bassong (Coloccini 60), S Taylor, Enrique, R Taylor, Smith (Donaldson 84), Barton, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Nolan 60), Carroll (LuaLua 70)
Attendance: 16,945
Chris Hughton: "We certainly got the response we asked for. The only disappointment was that we didn't get the win that I thought the performance deserved. We had more than enough chances to win it. It was a good test and I'm pleased with our performance."
28th July 2009 - True Lies
This morning saw The Profitable Group end their interest in a takeover of Newcastle. Commercial director Steve McMahon said: "We have put a bid in and we have had no communication, no response - nothing. It really is poor form from Newcastle, but if that's the way they want to run their business, good luck to them."
Soon after it was being reported that the group had been unable to provide proof of funding of the £100 million needed to purchase the club.
26th July 2009 - Shearer In Limbo
An England Legends XI beat their German counterparts 3-2 at St James’ Park tonight in the 'Sir Bobby Robson Trophy' charity match. A crowd of 33,000 saw Alan Shearer score the winning goal from the penalty spot.
Afterwards, when asked about the current situation at the club Shearer said: "I am the same as everyone else, I am in limbo - I don't know what is going on. I know as much as you. I would dearly love it to be sorted out one way or the other then the club can move forward. Everyone is telling me there are people in to buy the club. If that is the case, then great. I'm a fan like everyone else and I don't like to see the situation the club is in."
"The attitude of the players has been great until now."
25th July 2009 - Leyton Orient 6 Newcastle United 1
Friendly - Matchroom Stadium, Leyton, London - 3.00pm
Team: Krul (Forster 46); Beye (Tozer 80), S Taylor (Lough 80), Coloccini (Geremi 46), Enrique (Kadar 73); Gutierrez, Barton (Xisco 46), Smith (Guthrie 60), Duff (LuaLua 73), Nolan, Martins (Carroll 46) - Subs not used: Donaldson, Baheng
Scorer: Barton (pen 30) - Attendance: 3,615
Chris Hughton: "We didn't win and we didn't perform. There are ups and downs in football and this was very much a down. It was disappointing and embarrassing. This is a major disappointment in the pre-season programme but it’s not the be-all and end-all. The attitude of the players has been great until now."
24th July 2009 - Rob Lee Expresses Concern
Rob Lee has today expressed concern that close friend and former teammate Alan Shearer may be about to run out of patience and end his interest in becoming the Magpies manager.
Rob said: “I speak to Alan every day and he’s frustrated to say the least. He’s coming to the end of his tether now. He’s waited for ages and been told that things were due to happen, but nothing has and he’s very frustrated."
“He organised all the pre-season games at the end of last season but he also had targets in mind that he wanted to bring in to the club. Now it looks like he will miss out on them."
“I’m amazed he hasn’t already told Newcastle that he doesn’t want the job any more, but there will come a point where he says, ‘You’re too late’. He still wants the job desperately but you can’t expect someone like that to wait forever. He’s not daft and they’ve had ample time to sort something out."
23rd July 2009 - Investigation Looming
The Football Association are to investigate incidents alleged to have taken place during and after Tuesday night's friendly with Huddersfield Town. It is understood referee Jon Moss has submitted details in his match report.
Various press reports have stated that up to 20 players were involved in scuffles at half-time after Magpies defender Habib Beye became embroiled in a heated exchange with Huddersfield counterparts Andy Butler and Peter Clarke. The incident is said to have continued in the tunnel. Fabricio Coloccini and Lee Novak of Huddersfield were also reported to have faced up to each other at the final whistle.
Kevin Nolan is congratulated after scoring at Huddersfield
21st July 2009 - Huddersfield Town 0 Newcastle United 1
Friendly - Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Coloccini, Enrique (Donaldson 80), Barton (Smith 58), Guthrie (Tavernier 80), Gutierrez (Duff 46), Xisco (Ameobi 46), Beye (Kadar 46), S Taylor (R Taylor 46), Lua-Lua (Adjei 73), Carroll (Nolan 58) - Sub not used: Forster
Scorer: Nolan (68) - Attendance: 9,691
Chris Hughton: "As you get towards the last few games of pre-season, you have to start getting a possible starting line-up in mind. I have to cover all eventualities. I’m still under the opinion that at some stage, someone will come in and a new manager will take over. It will then be his responsibility. But until that happens, I have got to start planning for the start of the season."
20th July 2009 - Time Is Running Out
Commercial director Steve McMahon has admitted time is running out on The Profitable Group's proposed takeover of Newcastle though he does remain hopeful a deal can be concluded soon.
McMahon said: "We've made an offer, we're waiting for Newcastle's response but we're hopeful, we're trying our best to make this happen. It's got to be in the near future, I would imagine this week would be crucial. We can only make the offer that we believe is right, we've done our homework, our due diligence, the funds are in place and we've done our best to try and get the club"
"We're not looking to steal the club off Mike Ashley. We've offered what we believe is the value of the club. There will be money available, it depends how much we acquire the club for, we've put a certain amount of money aside and if we have to up the bid then that leaves us less money for players."
18th July 2009 - Darlington 2 Newcastle United 7
Friendly - Northern Echo Arena, Darlington - 12.30pm
Team 1st half: Krul, Beye, Kadar, R Taylor, S Taylor, Nolan, Duff, Smith, LuaLua, Ameobi, Barton.
Team 2nd half: Forster, Coloccini, Enrique, S Taylor, R Taylor, Butt, Guthrie, Nolan (Xisco 70), Gutierrez, Smith (Donaldson 70), Carroll.
Scorers: Duff (3), Nolan (17), Ameobi (27, 36), Gutierrez (47), Taylor (58), Carroll (75) - Attendance: 6,698
Chris Hughton: "I think apart from the actual goals we scored, the performance today was excellent. The best thing for the players and best place for the players is to be on the training pitch and in games. I can't fault their application. It's a good group of players. It's a good squad and providing that we can keep players fit and away from injury anybody at the helm will be delighted with this group of players come the 8th of August."
Jonas Gutierrez scores his first goal for Newcastle
15th July 2009 - Orient Fixture Replaces Dutch Trip
Following cancellation of the pre-season friendly with FC Utrecht in Holland, Newcastle have now made arrangements to play Leyton Orient away. The match will take place at the Matchroom Stadium on Saturday 25th July with a 3.00pm kick-off.
13th July 2009 - FC Utrecht Friendly Off
The Football Association have withdrawn permission for Newcastle to play their pre-season fixture with FC Utrecht in Holland on 26th July.
With Sunderland set to play in the Amsterdam Tournament between the 24th and 26th July the Mayor of Amsterdam has expressed concern over possible trouble between the two sets of fans.
13th July 2009 - Forest Away Live On Sky
Our match at Nottingham Forest on Saturday 17th October will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. The game was originally scheduled to start at 3.00pm but will now get underway at 5.20pm.
13th July 2009 - A Unique And Awful Situation
The current inaction at boardroom level has resulted in goalkeeper Steve Harper voicing his concerns over the future of the club.
"Everybody, fans, players, staff, wants it resolved so we can rebuild this football club because we are in an awful state at the moment. We want it to be done and dusted so we know where we are and where we are going because at this moment the football club is dying a slow, painful death."
"Just when you think there is an opportunity for this club to put itself right, this happens. For five or six years now it has been a gradual, slow implosion. At the moment the club is not rebuilding, it is in a state of limbo and it is no good for anyone. It is a unique and awful situation but we have to soldier on."
Joey Barton shields the ball from his Rovers opponent
11th July 2009 - Shamrock Rovers 0 Newcastle United 3
Friendly - Tallaght Stadium, Dublin - 3.00pm
Team 1st half: Harper, Beye, Morris, Coloccini, Kadar, Baheng, Butt, Barton, Duff, Nolan, Ranger.
Team 2nd half: Krul, R Taylor, Enrique, S Taylor, Tozer, Guthrie, LuaLua (Ranger 88), Danquah, Donaldson, Smith, Ameobi.
Scorers: S Taylor (50), Ameobi (87), Ranger (89) - Attendance: 5,200
Chris Hughton: "In the end it was a nice way to finish off what has been an excellent week. In the second half our quality began to tell and the lads finished strongly which was pleasing. But this is the first match of six before the season starts and there is still a lot of hard work to be done. We'll regroup now back at home and continue to work the players towards where they need to be for the new season."
10th July 2009 - Profitable Group Speak Out Again
Singapore based investment company, The Profitable Group, with whom former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon is involved are claiming they have launched a bid to buy the club from Mike Ashley.
McMahon is quoted in Singapore's Straits Times as saying: "We've had a bid in and it's under serious consideration. It's a strategic move and will be great for Newcastle. We can turn what is a disaster at the moment into a success."
What is unclear at this point is why McMahon has breached the non-disclosure agreements which were supposed to bind all would-be purchasers to secrecy.
9th July 2009 - Sheffield Switch
Our away clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane is to be shown live on Sky Sports. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday October 31st but will now be played on Monday November 2nd with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Alan Smith preparing for the new season
8th July 2009 - Pre-Season Training
The Newcastle squad are currently in Ireland at their Carton House training base in County Kildare just outside Dublin. The players are half way through an intense five day fitness programme in preparation for their first pre-season friendly against Shamrock Rovers this Saturday.
Coach Chris Hughton who has been putting the lads through their paces said: "It's going very well. The thing that you want from the players is work ethic and they have been very concentrated as far as that is concerned.The facilities here are excellent and the pitches are very good. We're making the most of the full 24 hours and that's why the squad are training three times a day. Starting at 7.00am, then again at 10.30am and finally at 4.00pm. We're determined to have the best possible pre-season preparation."
Veteran midfielder Nicky Butt commented: "Pre-season is never easy. You just have to do the work. Coming away has been good for us as a squad. It helps with team building and also from the physical side it's good for recovery."
6th July 2009 - Bidders Meet Asking Price
Managing Director Derek Llambias speaking to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle has revealed that Newcastle have received at least three bids for the club which meet owner Mike Ashley's £100m asking price. Llambias is quoted in the newspaper as saying: “There have been more than two bids at £100m. At the moment we are in the hands of lawyers and it is all ongoing. We are giving interested parties all the help that they need.”
3rd July 2009 - Poor Michael Moves On
Following the expiry of his Newcastle contract Michael Owen has signed for Manchester United on a free transfer. On signing for the Manchester club he said: "It was a shock. I probably had a poor spell up at Newcastle."
"I probably had a poor spell up at Newcastle."
2nd July 2009 - Three More For TV Broadcast
An additional three Newcastle matches have now been confirmed for live televison with Sky TV to show the following:
15/08/2009 - Reading (home) - 5.20pm
31/08/2009 - Leicester City (home) - 7.45pm
13/09/2009 - Cardiff City (away) - 2.05pm
The date of the Reading game remains unchanged. The Leicester City match switches to an evening kick-off on Bank Holiday Monday whilst the Cardiff City clash has been moved to a Sunday afternoon.
1st July 2009 - Start Time Alterations For Live TV
Our first league game of the season at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 8th August will be shown live on BBC television with a 5.30pm kick-off. The BBC have also chosen our visit to Ipswich Town on Saturday 26th September for live broadcast. Kick-off time will again be 5.30pm.
1st July 2009 - David Edgar Moves To Burnley
Canadian defender David Edgar has signed for Burnley on a four year deal following the expiry of his Newcastle contract. The 22 year old made seven starts for Newcastle last season scoring one goal. Newcastle will be entitled to a compensation fee from Burnley because David is under 24 years of age and came through our Academy system..