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Newcastle Fan Interview

1) So how kind has the transfer window been to you this summer?

Talk about fits and starts! Having missed out on Sidwell and Ben Haim early on we then flew out the traps and signed Viduka, Rozenhal, Geremi and Barton within about a week. Then, as Big Sam freely admitted, we missed out on a few signings for about a month. Wayne Bridge was rumoured to be one of them along with Heinze.

In the end though it's all come round again with Smithy, Capaca and Enrique now on board. I'm writing this Sunday - by the time we play you we could end up having another two or three in. Overall - delighted, bar Dyer not leaving!

2) How do you rate your chances this season in all competitions and where do you think you'll finish in the PL?

As the eternal optimist and following the smashing of Bolton I think we've got enough to nick 6th. Other than that it's totally dependent of the alleged Big Four cocking up in the cup competitions and getting plenty of cushty home draws. I might stick a sneaky fiver on us in both the FA and Carling Cups.

3) Any players you wish had been sold this summer or are you happy with what you have?

How long have you got?! Dyer not leaving is a massive disappointment. We should have taken the money offered in my John Humblest. The fact Babayaro and Carr are still here slightly rankles, but I was pleasantly surprised with Carr yesterday so I'm giving him some leeway under the new gaffer.

4) Have you been surprised Villa haven't been more active in the transfer window or don't you care!!?

I take an active interest in how the Villas, Spurs and Everton's are doing as I genuinely believe for the next two seasons we'll be competing against you for players and positions in that slot just below the top four. It has shocked me that you went for Reo Coker and Harewood. Are they really squad strengtheners? Harewood in particular was particularly skittish - even at 12 years old when I used to play against him! I think that MO'N will get a couple more bodies in for you pre-deadline day.

5) What do you think of Villa's chances this season, where about do you think we'll finish?

I'm plumping for a 9th place slot for yourselves. I think you've got some great players but a cold mid-December's evening I think you could be hamstrung with the size of your squad and it'll cost you.

6) What do you think the result will be this Saturday?

2-1 Newcastle. Moore for yourselves, Viduka with a brace for us.

7) Are you as bored as me of the stupid kick off times?!

As an away go-er, yes, but I love 5:15 home games as it allows for a great all-day sesh!

8) Is Big Sam the right man for Newcastle and what are your opinions of your new owners?

I'm sceptical of the owners' long term intentions but up until now they've been a genuine breath of fresh air. Practical pricing, drinks and food offers and regular contact with the fans has been a real eye opener. Let's see what the season brings before I start singing their praises too much. They've backed Sam so far which has also been promising.

With Roeder and Souness you got this feeling in the pit of your stomach that they were never 'Newcastle' managers. Sam for me is the total opposite. I think he's intelligent yet old school, modern yet still capable of Ferguson hairdryer moments, and is going to be a big hit. Whereas Souness had a squad of staff who seemed there to soothe his ego, Sam's actually are here to work. His signings, so far, have really appealed.

9) Finally, if you could have one player from our squad, who would it be and why?

Olof Mellberg. Quality centre half and a real leader.

Vital thanks to Vital Newcastle ed Ross Molyneux.




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Date:Thursday August 16 2007

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

9th in the league? Thank you for that compliment you have a higher opinion of our current squad than most of the people posting on here.....
col8
Think 9th is about right at mo. Hopefully another 2 or 3 (or 4) signings might push us up one or two (or three) places
krfeskivilla
First person ever to pick someone other than Gareth Barry as the player they want from us?
DeanoVilla
Reo-Coker will be our captain very soon i can assure you upon this.
KSarge1
What when Barry leaves?!
In MON we trust!
Decision in your hands is it then KSarge1? Thats surely the only way you can make that assumption. As In MON we trust! (which I 100% do by the way) says, GB would have to be out of the club for that to happen, and hopefully that scenario wont take place for four or five seasons yet. So Mr Ross Molyneux predicts a 2-1 defeat for the 'Good Guys' then does he. Hard to argue with him though isn't it? A home win looks likely following their impressive turning over of Bolton last weekend, and it being Big Sam's first premiership home game in charge. They've put together a decent looking squad, one certainly capable of achieving a top six final placing, and they aint gonna lose too many games at St James Park thats for sure. Still, ever the optimist, I shall journey north Saturday believing that the lads will reverse last Saturdays 2-1 home defeat scoreline, making for a very pleasant and enjoyable Saturday evening drive back to Brummagem. Howay the lads!
glensider
Be interesting to hear Ross Molyneux's take on the game, after the event. Guess for that I'll need to check out Vital Newcastle, something I shall now do without further delay.
glensider
 

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