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Tyne for Some Sol Searching

As we await the news that Sol Campbell has put pen to paper on his reported one-year £30k p/w deal at Newcastle, I think back to two and a half weeks ago.

I was at the pub on a Friday afternoon after a hard week at work when I saw it flash up on the Sky Sports Breaking News ticker on the big screen "Sol Campbell travels to Sunderland for talks". For a second I was genuinly quite worried. Despite his age, I still really rated him as a defender and thought he`d be an excellent addition to their squad. I remember Sol as being the only player I`d ever seen have Shearer in his back pocket for a whole game and I worried he might do the same to Andy Carroll if the two faced off in the Tyne-Wear derby. So you can only imagine how chuffed I was when he turned them down in favour of us!

It`s not just Sol either, Dan Gosling was reportedly offered a contract by Steve Bruce before opting to join their bitter rivals that little bit further north.

I couldn`t work it out - why would these two players choose Newcastle over Sunderland? Its definitely not for money, Ellis Short isn`t afraid to dip his hand into his pocket to pay his players more than Mike Ashley is and I wouldn`t say it was for first team football either as Sol and Gosling would most likely have got the same amount of games whichever team they`d chosen.

So why the hell would a player choose us over them? I mean, they`re a stable Premiership club and we`re newly promoted. They`ve got a chairman and owner who back their managers, we`ve got a stingy owner who wont even let us play a friendly ouside of the UK and we`re only a few miles down the road from eachother, each have great stadiums and have a loyal devoted fanbase. In all senses they`re a 'bigger club` at the moment, so why choose Newcastle?

Could it be that Chris Hughton is telling the players that there`s a revolution happening at SJP and he wants them to be a part of it? That we have big ambitions and that we have a plan to take the Premiership by the scruff of the neck? Could it even be that we have a big money signing lined up that`s getting the boys excited?

Okay, so maybe the latter is far fetched, but regardless, the way Chris Hughton conducts his transfer business really impresses me and my confidence in him grows every day.

Hughton refused to comment on Campbell and Gosling until the deals were done which is a far cry from ex-'managers` like Ruud Gullit and Graeme Souness (it pains me even to say his name) who liked to shout from the rooftops about their transfer targets, leaving teams like Real Madrid to cash in on our naivety. Now we have a sensible manager who has been in the game long enough - and under god knows how many different managers - to know how to conduct himself professionally at all times and that professional attitude oozes through his team. Long gone are the days when we`d be in for Rooney and Ronaldinho offering millions in transfer fees and throwing ridiculous wages out there in a bid to lure in mercenaries like Michael Owen.

Our relegation has given us some time to do a bit of soul searching and appoint a sensible manager that makes sensible signings and I`m starting to become convinced by our solid signings that I`m sure are all down to him. Long may it continue.

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Date:Wednesday July 28 2010
Time: 10:24AM


WHAT ?!!?! Did I just read that right.....Bigger than us ?!?! You spent about 4 paragraphs trying to fathom WHY Sol Campbel and Gosling would choose us ahead of them and you ended it on a bomb shell. "In all senses they`re a 'bigger club` at the moment, so why choose Newcastle? Why choose Newcastle ahead of Sunderland ?! Are you mad !? And then you go on about how you cant work it out. If you cant work it out then whats the point in me telling you. Unbelievable.
28/07/2010 11:00:00
i dont believe any of your comment?
28/07/2010 14:18:00
@thesomething79: That part of the article is not about which is the bigger club, it asking objectively why 2 players would opt for us instead of them given that they are predicted to finish higher in the league than us, they have more money to invest in the playing squad, they have a proven manager at that level and a more valuable squad. struggling to see what about the above is unbelievable?
28/07/2010 14:31:00
Just popped over from VA to wish Big Sol all the best for the new season. Thanks for helping us out Sol, we will show you our appreciation at The Grove and St.James's.
Cockney Rich
30/07/2010 11:05:00
The key is'at the moment'. At the moment, they are a bigger club that you, no two ways about it. But compare the past, and you'll see the difference in sizes of the respective clubs. Newcastle have generally been top-dogs in the punch-up between you and Sunderland. But again, the moment that matters is now. Most players don't go for history when they sign, certainly not money-grabbing mercenaries like Campbell and Gosling. So maybe the money being waved around at St. James Park is a bit more than you assumed would be flashed? Or am I just generalizing?
30/07/2010 11:06:00
Thanks for moving as far away as possible from us L***-**** (censored as he tends to be thin-skinned and litigious). We will show you our approbrium (look it up a***-types) when you come to WHL.
03/08/2010 16:38:00
or try 'opprobrium'. Must be all that apium in the past.....
04/08/2010 16:04:00
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