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A selection of emails received following his sale
We ended up receiving over 1,400 emails on this subject, of which the following are only the vaguest attempt at a representative selection. As ever the names have been abbreviated to protect the irritants and we've reserve the right to edit and censor emails that we use. Thanks to all who bothered to write in - we did sit and read every last one of them, even the ones that slagged us off.......
Paul M: We didn't sell Solano we gave him away. How can we say we are a big club when we give away our better players, don't improve the squad and continue to play under achieving favourites like Jenas. 4th place.....my arse.
Andrew G: The Solano sale is symptomatic of the general malaise at SJP now. Apparent lack of ambition, increasingly baffling transfer dealings and unconvincing self justifications from the Manager. Nobody wants a Leeds situation but something needs to be done before ) fans start drifting away, disillusioned.
might be neat on the ball but he pulled out of too many tackles for my
liking and was not too keen on tracking back a lot if Ambrose is champing
at the bit and can do the job then it's no great loss.
Mike D: Possibly one of the worst decisions ever made by a Newcastle manager. The top three strengthen whilst we weaken the squad. What happened to the two players to come in and the talk of Kluivert et al. Purely press speculation fuelled by the club mole to con the fans.
I hope Freddie & Doug's dividend is sitting comfortable in their pockets. For what it's worth I would have forgone my £7. Our problems may pale into insignificance compared with Leeds but that is scant consolation when you consider what may have been!
S: Carl Cort = £2Million. Numerous injuries, supermarket
bust-ups with missus & simply ineffective as a Newcastle player. Nobby
Solano = £1.5Million. OK, a few trips to play for his country, but
generally done the club proud. It just doesn’t add up.
S: So we have got rid of our only reliable right-sided
crosser for a pittance,
B: The only reason you should sell I player is if you have a
better player in that position to take his place. We don't. Or you have a
better player ready to buy for that position. We don't.
That's why the sale of Nobby is so mad.
Ian McF: Everyone
that I know – regardless of their allegiance to which club has found
this whole deal baffling. To let a player of his quality go to another
premiership club for what is almost a free transfer, when our team is
supposedly pushing for a champions league spot just seems utter
John N: I'm
with Sir Bobby on this one. More often than not Nobby has been a
disappointment over the past two seasons.
Chris O: I'm
convinced that Robson has not forgotten the Peru issue and has held a
grudge since Nobby ever since and he wanted to off load him asap and the
transfer window was that opportunity.
Ben T: One of the most disappointing decisions i have seen in 24 years as a Newcastle fan. Absolutely devastated to lose someone of his talent with no obvious replacement other than the unproven Ambrose. I'm flabbergasted that he went for £1.5m when we managed to get £2m for a certain useless plank. Good luck to Nobby. He'll be a big miss.
D: If we aspire to be a team that consistently competes
with the 'Premiership's big three' we have to offload players who would
not be good enough to get in their teams and replace with better players.
Otherwise the height of our aspiration is always 4th place or top of the
also-rans. Solano was transferred to a club who are are playing in that
second rung of the premiership and did not attract interest from the
top teams (anywhere in Europe) - because that is his standard.
I believe to be a top Premiership player you have to have at least two
of three attributes; ability, pace and strength (look at Arsenal). Solano
had one of these in abundance and that is why we liked him so much but
unfortunately he lacked at least one of the other two.
W: Again, in the run up to this transfer window the talk was
all about who we might sign and we end up with getting rid of one of the
few players of real quality and another one, who despite all the evidence,
the Manager thought was a good buy – just unlucky. Most supporters
would think this was a good good-bye. Once Cort, twice shy.
Geoff B: How Bobby can justify the sale of Solano i do not know. In the premiership only Ryan Giggs and Beckham have a higher assist record. Bobby's statement of "trust me" and "an offer to good to turn down" reeks of a former Newcastle manager who took a gamble and it blew up.
to watch the scintillating crosses whipped into the box from all angles on
the "Premiership" last Saturday for Aston bloody villa.
Big fan of Nobby. Cannot for the life of me understand it.
for the only player in the NUFC squad that can actually cross a ball with
pace and accuracy from the right. Aston Villa against Leicester at the
weekend saw Nobby cross the ball and Villa scored three directly from his
the money that we’ve wasted over the past years (Bassedas, Gavilan, Cort
and Marcelino to name but a few) is it really necessary to cash in for the
sake of £1.5m?
L: While I am a
great fan of Nobby I think we should probably back Bobby in
T: The crime is not that we have sold Solano, but that we don't
know why we
D: The fact is we have too many players and too many not capable of
performing at the very highest level, so Freddy is trying to clear the
decks and at the same time saying to Bobby: You bought Ambrose and Bowyer,
put them in the team.
B: If you popped around to visit
your 70+ relative/friend and found him with a dozy grin on his face saying
"Look at all the lovely coins that nice man gave me" then found
out that he had just flogged off a priceless possession to some
gift-of-the-blarney conman chancer that had come calling at the door
you'd hastily arrange a visit from one those 'special' doctors.
C: If you are going to sell a player surely you must have a
replacement that can do the job, I have my doubt's about young Ambrose
,& Bowyer is no more a winger than I'm a brain surgeon, How can
Shearer be expected to score when you cut of the supply from the right.
This is going to put more pressure on Robert's shoulder's I just hope he
can take it,& Bobby proves me & other Toon Army fans that he made
the correct decision. Finger's crossed.
However I do not think Ambrose, Dyer et al will be able to fill his place as effectively as he did at his best and this means the attacking options are further reduced when it is apparent that there is a severe shortage of genuine goal making (and scoring) potential in the team. At least he always gave his all in the cause unlike some of the more high profile players - Dyer, Jenas, Viana to name but three with the first two often being conspicuously lacking when the going gets tough.
Not a great piece of
business from Bobby but an adequate one and no doubt the reduction in the
wage bill seen because of the outgoing players over the last few
weeks will reduce the cash flow demands considerably on the club, which
must be a business necessity...
Mark R: I think Villa have got a bargain. Solano has been as good as ever in recent games and was still, Shearer apart, the best crosser of a ball in a black and white shirt.
There must have either been a problem behind the scenes or the club need some fast cash to fund a purchase. Whatever the case, it's just another example of our club looking a little second rate and coming off second best.
Julie G: Not only is the timing of the move wrong bearing in mind you should be looking to retain your best players whilst supposedly challenging for Champions League placing but by selling Nobby it is a kick in the teeth for fans to see such a loyal, stylish and committed player over such a long period being sold for absolute peanuts. Robson is starting to turn into Peter Reid with his illogical rantings. We don't need any more monkey heads here!!!! If we are so desperate for cash why not get rid of Dyer who has already had his one decent game of the season.
Danny McA: A player of proven quality and a current international replaced by an uncapped, untried 19 year old at a club attempting to secure a Champions League spot. Where else would it happen but here. A lack of honesty about why the move took place is also extremely disappointing, but not surprising. I was at the Fairs Cup final in 1969 and if the current application, commitment and attitude continues, at all levels of the club, I don't expect us to win anything else for a very long time yet.
I think we have enough pampered, self-styled young guns, some of whom, JJ for one, need to do their stuff on the pitch, not in the Quayside bars and London hotels. We need some established, proven, quality players, no more "ones for the future".
Kenny: It's times like this I remember that we are no longer a football club but a PLC.
Tom B: I
think what can easily sum up most is the comparative our game offered
Ian C: Where
can anyone buy a player of Nobbys class & experience for 1.5m ? you
can't. Must have been personal, Bobby not like Nobby. Sad day for the
club, what happens if Robert gets injured? who will create?
David M: The constant substitutions of Solano left few in any doubt that Nobby's days at the club were numbered. Regardless of individual opinions on Nobby every fan would have had the right to expect the club to hold onto him until such time as the proper quality replacement or the right money was brought in. Ambrose/Bowyer and £1.5 million leaves you wondering just how ambitious the club are? No one wants to see a Leeds like situation at Newcastle but could this deal really be seen as good business? I think not.
Brian R: Disgraceful
move by the club. Nobby has been our best performing midfielder season
after season and still retains that crown. Bowyer and Ambrose aren't yet
fit to clean his boots as a right winger. He always gave his best, never
shirked or hid, tracked back and gave good cover for his full back.
Ian U: how
can sir bobby say Nobby is happy about his transfer to Villa? Have you
Steve Q: I
think that Nobby was one of a small group of players within the squad with
genuine ability to change a game in an instant. We are falling further
behind the top three with this sale, they have each gone out and spent
10m+ on a top quality player while all we have done is sell one of our
best to another Premiership club.
The Halls (not them
ones): What is Bobby playing at? He defends Carl Cort yet hasn't
played him when he's been fit. Jenas, although talented, is barely pulling
his weight and should have been subbed several times this season. Since
Nobby's bust up with Bobby, Nobby has played as well as ever and why was
he being subbed as often as he was when others were better candidates to
Richard E: Remember the last toon favourite to go under Keegan - Andy Cole and look who they replaced him with - A god amongst men. My point is we can only hope Sir Bobby has something similar up his sleeve.
Richie: Times change and we never like it, but it shows how deep were must be in the brown stuff to let one of the best players we have at the club go to a tin-pot outfit like Villa for a discount rate. I feel as sorry for Nobby as I do the Toon, but at least he will be the first name on the sheet down there. Typical NUFC, always balls ya life up.
Robert B: Why
sell quality? Is there no dross to dispose of ? He has been a bigger
influence in games than the likes Dyer, Jenas, Bowyer or Viana. Big clubs
don't dispose of valuable assets. What the hell is the agenda at the club?
Jonnie S: Wrong and over sentimental! Good move from Bobby we are over-run with right sided midfield players. How many times have we watched on in horror this season as our midfield is over run simply because we have not got the numbers in the area. It is easy at that stage to point the finger at Speed, Jenas or Dyer but they are inevitably up against greater numbers in the middle of the park because our two wingers offer absolutely no support!
We cannot afford two non tacklers in there who both offer minimum support to their full backs or fellow midfield players - therefore make the choice and I am afraid our maverick Frenchman wins on all accounts - goals, assists (this season) and general likelihood to create - who hasn't watched as we have struggled and felt more uplifted as we go down the left rather than the right. Frankly we have not looked like scoring down the right all season - except when Dyer plays there - which is why Bobby obviously fancies a Carr/Dyer right flank which will also give more substance to the midfield.
Stop bleating - we sound like Liverpool fans - and lets move on - Nobby was a good servant for the club but has gone - which brings me to one final thing - those of you who were chanting for Nobby at Anfield after he had gone off should be ashamed of themselves - we needed all seven plus thousand supporting the lads on the pitch instead of undermining the team on the pitch and the manager - do we not want our team to win?
Andy R: Players of Nobby's technical ability, touch and humility are few and far between in this squad and we have let one of out best players go for half a million less than one of our worst.
Bobby points out the cover in Solano's position, but Newcastle only have a surplus of right-sided midfielders through his mystifying transfer profligacy. To sell the lad who should be at the top of the pecking order smacks of Bobby's stubbornness and increasing plot loss.
Duncan N: Gutted. Lets hope Ambrose is half the player Nobby was while he was at the toon.
John M: He will be a sad loss, though I also have to add that it comes as no surprise to me as Newcastle United have been disappointing me for nearly 50 years.
JR: Some of Robson's recent utterances have been as bizarre as Lord Hutton's.
Roly H: He's
past his best. If Dyer, Ambrose or Bowyer can not do better then Bobby's
past it anyhow. I do not think he's capable of beating people any longer.
Couldn't disagree more with the consensus of opinion. I
think it's liberating
Gareth F: How much has Aaron
Hughes improved since being reunited with Solano? As a right sided unit
they complemented each other well, going forward and defending. I have an
awful feeling that Hughes will be exposed without Solano. I also feel that
the "weak" pairing of Speed and Jenas will be brought more into
focus by Nobbys departure.
Mick O: Day-by-day I have more doubts about Bobby Robson, his ludicrous decision to sell Nobby, His comments about Cort, His labelling of the fans as muppets and his overall awful transfer record. Time for a change at the end of the season?
Scott M: Nobby always showed up
for the team, proved his class not only at club but at
international level (showing what a good player he really is), and always
had a real rapport with NUFC supporters. He even did a respectable
job as a wingback!
I realise that people
are treated like commodities these days, but such a betrayal just how
wrong that aspect of football has become. BR, I think the world of
you, but you ought to be ashamed over this one!
Mark S: An overseas player who actually understood what it meant to pull on the black and white shirt. Good luck to him.
Duncan P: For sale:
Experienced premiership right winger at the peak of his career
John H: It's a disgrace! Bobby's preoccupation with his own reputation has now taken precedence over the support of the fans and the welfare of the club. I didn't realise I would feel this badly about Nobby leaving but the heart never lies! I hate to say it but I wish it was Bobby that was going.
Dan B: Why did Sir Bob sell him
for 1.5 when he rejected a £4m bid from Celtic in the
David P: Congratulations Bobby - in one action you have "united" all NUFC fans. Nobby should not have been sold and should certainly not have gone for such a paltry amount.
Cast your mind back to the dim and distance of the beginning of the season, when first Bowyer, and then Dyer played "out right". The toon lost regularly, created little and looked fragile. Then Nobby returns, suddenly Dyer has someone to play with, Hughes looks a lot happier and results start going for us. Seems like plan B was better than plan A, so Bobby is reverting to plan B.
It also looks like we are clearing decks & reducing wage bills. Have the upper echelons of SJP accepted that we are not going to be in next years Champions League and are beginning to trim? We had a better chance of finishing 4th on Wednesday than today i.e. better chance with Nobby than without.
Peter K: I don't know if you've
checked out NUFC.cock lately but their home page is advertising a 50% off
selected club items. The obvious question is, does that include
Eamonn G: Disgraceful. He
continued to play an ineffective Jenas and kept subbing