Stephen Carr Is Now Fitter Than Ever!

Stephen Carr was interviewed on Newcastle World TV yesterday – so those of you who have your membership it’s another good interview to watch.

We translated what Stephen says and the Irishman comes over as mature and extremely positive for the upcoming season.

We’ll take a look at the interesting things Stephen had to say.


Stephen Carr – fitter than ever and he certainly looks it

Carr, without even mentioning the manager gives Sam and his fitness team a vote of confidence for the way Big Sam has got them ready for the upcoming season. To think that Sam may be the only one who isn’t fully satisfied with the condition of his players. We think that tells us something about Sam’s fitness standards (hint: they’re very high) . It’s true that we have too many injured players out right now – but on the positive side we did have a few come back last Sunday against Sampdoria.

Stephen has had an injury-palgued time at Newcastle but we think if he can stay free of injuries this season we hope he can get back to the form he showed while at Spurs. At times Stephen looked of the highest class at the North London club. This may be a good example of how Big Sam can transform a 30 year-old by getting him super fit physically and very positive mentally (after all the two seem to work together). Stephen turns 31 on August 29th.

Hope he can keep fit – and to fair to Stephen he looks as good as we’ve seen him physically and by what he says in this interview his mental state seems up there too.

Stephen has played 97 times in his 3 seasonssat at the club and scored one goal – but what a goal that was, if you can remember. He’s played 43 times for Ireland and was signed by Bobby Robson in the summer of 2004, just before Bobby was removed as manager .

Here’s what Stephen had to say to Newcastle World TV:

“I felt not bad last season until I got injured but I feel as good as I’ve ever been now.”

“I have got a good few games under my belt and I am raring to go”

“I will do my best and hopefully that’s good enough for the manager”

“Pre-season has been excellent, probably as good as I’ve known, and each player has had a program tailored to them.”

“I’ve been very impressed and I know all the lads are feeling good going into the new season”

Carr then talked about the youngsters at the club and how they need some help and guidance from the older players. Stephen went on:

“I had it myself when I was growing up and I think you need help as a young player especially against opposition of the quality such as Juventus.”

“It’s a great experience for them and a few of them could get a chance this season.”

Good words from Stephen and I know quite a few of us have been impressed with how he’s played in pre-season and the fact that he looks fitter now than we’ve ever seen him. Good for Stephen and very good for Sam’s new fitness team.

Comments very welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Aussie geordie

    Aug 8, 2007 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s too slow, too easily turned and whilst he does occassionally run the ball up the field, more often than not he gives it away with a badly directed pass or a shot from afar that never troubles the keeper. I think Nobby was great in the right back because of the way he sees the game and positons himself accordingly. If we sold him though we certainly would not get much so might as well hang on too him and see what happens.

    Start grooming one of the younger lads for that position as well. It strikes me they all want to be centre backs but if they wanted a position the first team one of them would merely need to commit to the right and work on it and he’d be playing all the time.

  • Graham

    Aug 8, 2007 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Ive stopped drinking during the week and am taking regular excersise and feel fitter than at anytime i can remeber – however i would still be second choice to Nobby on sunday! Fitness isn’t everything and Carr hasn’t done much since he was serious injured at Spurs years ago.

  • Ian, Doha

    Aug 8, 2007 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Carr was a class fullback in his Spurs days although he hasn’t shown this class at Newcastle, YET! I think under BSA we maybe pleasantly surprized this season……

    Solano plugged the gap at RB last season when Carr was AWOL but it’s not his position, so we need to either buy or bring through one of the existing youngsters.

    Maybe Edgar or Huntington, although I think BSA will allow at least one of these youngsters to go on a season long loan as they are both CBs with tremendous future…..

  • Sean

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #4

    can’t cacapa play full back?

  • Bill

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Sean That occurred to me as well, I am sure he was a more defensive type of player at Lyon.

  • rich

    Aug 8, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    @ ED

    can you get the archives to work on NUFC TV?? im trynig to watch the Steven Carr goald but i cant get it to work and their is no download function for the archives 🙁

  • Ryan

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    How could i forget that belter, was against Southampton wasn’t it? But aside from that i really do believe he’s past it. Years ago he was quite pacey and tenacious enough to be a good right back, but then we signed him and he seems to have gotten steadily worse and his experince seems to have counted for nothing. Who knows though, maybe Sam can get him playing footy again and we’d have a decent back up, for me Cacapa will start there. Though i thought Solano did quite well for us last year as well.

  • EDGE

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    I dont see any video interview at all only a text interview on the site. Do they take them off after a while?


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