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Is Fred Waiting For Ruud?

Newcastle chairman has this ridiculous notion that buying players when the season starts saves on wages. Not only does it frustrate his manager, who obviously wants his new players blooded into the side BEFORE the season starts, but Shepherd gives the new players contracts that last the full year - meaning he pays their wages when the are on holiday the following summer. Does it make sense? Does he EVER make sense?

Apparently the media say events at Old Trafford this week could prove crucial in Newcastle United's search for Alan Shearer's successor, with the Fat One seeing Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy top of the Magpies' summer shopping list.

The root behind Van Nistelrooy's spectacular fall from grace last season was a training ground bust up with none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, who has since had a small(ish) fall out with Wayne Rooney. So, will the exit of Ronaldo (which looks most likely) save the Dutchman's United career?

Van Nistelrooy: 'If nothing happens I will be at Manchester United next season.'

But would Sir Alex Ferguson sell Van Nistelrooy to another English club. A spokesman for United said the Dutchman was certain to go abroad IF he was sold.

Since moving to England in 2001 for £19m, Van Nistelrooy has scored 150 goals in 217 games.

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Date:Thursday July 6 2006

Time: 1:50PM

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i dont think that nistelrooy would be sold to another english club
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06/07/2006 16:42:00

Newcastle should be wary - I don't think Van Nistelrooy would be sold to another English club if he was still worth his wages; Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn't let him join a rival if he was. Where did David Beckham and Jaap Stam end up? Abroad. Phil Neville and Nicky Butt? Offloaded to rivals, and look at how they've performed since...
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06/07/2006 18:47:00

Birmingham and Everton cannot be classed as direct Man Utd rivals and both players are also on the downward slope too retirement so have no chance of hurting Man Utd. RVN and Newcastle are a few pegs higher up the ladder and Newcastle with RVN could take points away from them. Ruud will also see himself as still a big time player and Europe will be a requirement next season so its time to look elsewhere.
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07/07/2006 00:47:00

Nicky Butt is a Newcastle player, not a Birmingham one. The fact they cannot hurt Manchester is my point exactly - and while they're not direct rivals they still need to take points off those teams each season. The players who could still hurt Manchester were shipped off abroad if possible, and I can't see there being a shortage of European teams after Van Nistelrooy.
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07/07/2006 02:02:00

there is more chance of owen being fit for the first game of the season than newcastle signing rvn!
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07/07/2006 09:17:00

Cannot see him leaving now. It will be the potuguese sh*t that goes i hope.
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07/07/2006 12:58:00


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