Thursday, 17 September 2009

How Do You Spell That?

Geordies sign Georgian reads as Newcastle sign Blackburn defender Kisandfish...Khiszanish...Khizani...Zurab.

I jest, Khizanishvili signs on a three-month loan deal and I for one am ready to immediately overplay what is, at best, a solid signing.

Defensive reinforcements have been the order of the summer at SJP, or at least the only order that's been met as takeover turmoil continues to roll on.

Just in case anyone is keeping count the Takeover-ometer is registering 117 days without news.

The Georgian defender becomes the third 'new' signing on Tyneside this summer after Danny Simpson agreed a loan move from Manchester United and the inspired signing of Danish international Peter Lovenkrands (where did they find him hiding?).

Five clean sheets in a row before yesterdays defeat at Blackpool said a lot more about the poor attacks we have faced than the quality of our defending, in my humble opinion, and I'd be delighted to slot the Blackburn defender in the centre of our defence, right next to Tayls.

Take a rest Colo, you've 'earned' it.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Hopes Well And Truly Grounded

The Telegraph is the latest newspaper to spend a few column inches on talk of a Newcastle takeover being close to completion.

Well actually due to my upper-lower-middle class background I daren't pick up a copy of the Telegraph for fear of it turning to ash in my unworthy hands, but they did deem the story worthy of taking up a few megabytes of their website at least.

I can't help but smile when I imagine the club with a new owner, I mean the on-pitch form's already here, so with Big Al' in charge and a few last minute loan signings slipped in when the Football league's window technician turns his back, would push us dangerously towards looking like a 'healthy' club.

However I, as with many other Toon bloggers, have had our fingers burnt by these stories so many times before that there seemed to be an unspoken rule not to write about takeover gossip.

The only reason I've broken ranks on this occasion is in the hope of reverse psychology playing a part. Everytime I've been optimistic over a potential 'deadline' the club seems to disappear of the map for a few weeks, so this time, if I shun the deal as paper talk, maybe, just maybe it'll go through.

Right, here goes.

A deal by the end of the week? Bollocks.

(Fingers crossed)