Rozehnal is the latest in a long, long line
If you joined together the amount of defenders that have tried to rid Newcastle of their infamous dodgy defence, how far do you think they would go around the ground?
Well maybe not as far as the queue did in 1993 when there was a near riot for the scramble for tickets for the FA Cup fifth round tie at Blackburn, but still canny far I'd say.
At least from the Strawberry to the Cafe@St James'!
I mean, and I am just pouring what's in my head out here in no order whatsoever, Franck Dumas, Marcelino (the guy who spent time out with a broken finger for months on end), Jean Alain Boumsong (the guy who lost the plot), Alain Goma (the guy who thought Fulham were a bigger club), Nikos Dabizas, Jonathan Woodgate, the Caldwell brothers, Stuart Pearce, Steve Howey, Darren Peacock, Phillippe Albert, Brian Kilcline, Kevin Scott, Barry Venison (yes he did end up at centre-half), Craig Moore, Gooch Onyewu, Titus Bramble (the guy who could pick out Row J with ease when looking for a team-mate) and anyone else you care to mention, have all tried but failed - for various reasons - to shake off the tag of "dodgy defence".
Seriously though the list of defenders who United have turned too, especially centre-backs, is a huge one with David Rozehnal, the next recruit to try to sort out our leaky defensive ways.
Fair enough, Newcastle did tighten the back four up a little bit last season thanks to the arrival of Nigel Pearson - but it still didn't stop results like 5-1 against Birmingham City!
So is this now a case of arise Sir David?
Well here's the bad news, PSG actually finished lower in the French League last season than United did in the Premiership, 15th compared to 13th for the record.
However, the good news is that Rozehnal won player of the season and arrives here with confidence.
And on top of that, as a regular star in the Czech Republic side, Rozehnal has a wealth of experience at international with a top side.
Surely this can only be a good thing for Newcastle United?
If Newcastle can pair Rozehnal with Steven Taylor to good effect, is this the answer to the defensive nightmare that has damaged our reputation in the Premiership and often left us a laughing stock to those outside of Tyneside?
No pressure like Dave!
Black and White Reunion
No less than 22 former United favourites attending the Black And White Reunion in August which takes place at St James' Park.
Organised by fanzine editor Steve Wraith the night will include backing from former players such as Bob Moncur, SuperMac and John Beresford.
Wraith told me: "We wanted to do a special fundraiser for Leam Rangers YFC and decided to organise the largest sporting dinner the North East has ever seen.
"We have a great cross section of players from the last four decades are will hopefully have a couple of first team players there on the night although they will have to be in bed early as we play Aston Villa at home the next day."
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TOON SQUAD FOR AUGUST 17: John Beresford, Bob Moncur, Malcolm Macdonald,Kevin Carr,Jeff Clarke,Bryan Robson,Imre Varadi,Mick Martin,John Anderson,David McCreery,Wes Saunders,Mick Martin,Paul Stephenson,Ian Bogie,Alan Shoulder,Martin Thomas,Steve Carney,Billy Whitehurst,Billy Askew,Derek Bell, Warren Barton, Joe Allon.