- Charles N'Zogbia, a left winger, was one of the few bright spots in an awful season for Newcastle United last year, starting twenty seven league games and being, quite rightly, voted the North East young player of the season.
- Arsene Wenger, no mean judge of young french talent, then started sniffing round.
- In the summer Glenn Roeder spent a third of his transfer budget on Damien Duff, a left winger, and both he and the chairman, Mr. Shepherd, exclaimed loudly about this being the bargain of the transfer window.
- Mr Roeder then went on record as saying that this didn't mean Charles was being frozen out and he would be getting plenty of games this season.
- Charles has played ten league games thus far this season, mainly in central positions.
- On 30th March Newcastle declared a loss of approximately seven million pounds up to 31st December of this season and have played for most of it with no recognised left back, seemingly unable to acquire one through two transfer windows.
- No dividend was paid to shareholders as a result of this loss
- Mr. Shepherd is one of the main shareholders at Newcastle United
- A local journalist, Mr. Alan Oliver, has recently singled out Charles N'Zogbia for scathing criticism despite the whole team, many of them experienced internationals, playing poorly all season.
- Damien Duff in particular has been awful but has somehow kept Charles out of the first team.
- Mr. Oliver has gone on to suggest that Charles may be asking for a transfer after a recent bust up with the manager.
- Mr. Oliver has a column in the matchday programme at Newcastle United
- Arsenal are reportedly ready with a bid of £3 million.
The above are all facts, the rest is my opinion...
If I was to suggest that when Charles goes to Arsenal, wins things, gets picked for the french national team and skins us every time he plays us in future then I probably wouldn't be far wrong. If I was also to suggest that the local press, and Mr Oliver in particular, will be full of stories about how the player wants to go and it's nothing to do with the management, he's a mercenary etc. then I don't think that would make me Mystic Meg either!
Stop the spin - Shepherd Out
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Conspiracy Theory No. 657,890
Here are some facts to digest...