Beye - I must leave Toon
Habib Beye feels Newcastle's current situation means he must leave for the sake of his career.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 14/07/09 9:22am
Habib Beye is the latest Newcastle player to speak out against the club's current predicament, stating that he feels he must leave for the sake of his career.
The defender was willing to stay and help the Magpies bounce back up to the Premier League but with the club still no closer to being sold and no manager in place, he admits he has little choice other than to move on.
The 31-year-old has established himself as a firm fans' favourite in his two seasons at St James' Park but it now appears he could be set to follow Michael Owen out of the door.
Beye adds that he cannot see the Toon climbing out of the Championship this term in their current state and concedes that the club is 'drifting'.
"When I joined from Marseille two years ago, I was so excited to be joining such a big club, it was a dream move," he told The Sun.
No chance of promotion
"I'd like nothing more than to stay and help the team get back to where it belongs but there is no chance of us being promoted the way things are going.
"Training has been good and no one is slacking or taking it easy. But there is a sense that everything is just drifting.
"This cannot go on it really can't. I feel for the good of my career I have to get away because it is dragging me down."
Beye believes the Magpies should be looking to reappoint Alan Shearer as manager but adds that not even the Toon legend knows what is going on.
"I'm really upset by what has or rather has not been going on this summer," he confessed.
"It was hard enough dealing with the disappointment of being relegated but things just seem to be going from bad to worse.
"I've spoken to Alan Shearer and I know how much he wanted to get Newcastle back to the Premier League. He is a top man and someone the players believe in.
"He had told us about what he expected when we returned to pre-season training and I left for my holiday fully expecting him to be in charge when I got back.
"But it hasn't happened and he doesn't seem to know what's going on much more than anyone else."