Nicky Butt signed for Newcastle three years ago when Sir Bobby Robson brought him to the club for about â‚¤2M.
Since then Nicky has seen four managers at Newcastle after having only ever played for Sir Alex Ferguson before coming to Newcastle.
Nicky today sings the praises of new manager Sam Allardyce and compares Sam with Sir Alex, a compliment indeed.
Nicky Butt – Sam very like Sir Alex Ferguson
Nicky Butt told the Sunday Sun today:
“Sam has set up a whole new regime with an emphasis on dedication and commitment,” ”He’s made it clear no one will be taking anything for granted. You have to work hard every day.”
“He’s a no-nonsense manager. When he was at Bolton, he looked like a tough man to play for – he would take no crap -and I’m sure he’s going to bring that here.”
“In a way, it reminds me of OId Trafford.â€
â€œThe way it was set out there, with the manager and the staff, it was always 100 per cent every day in training and obviously Sam’s trying to emulate that.â€
“There are similar characteristics. You definitely know who’s boss, as you do at United.”
“Sam’s the man everyone looks up to: when he walks onto the training pitch everyone steps up a level.Â This is the best I’ve felt about a set-up since I was at United.”
Butt is now in the final year of his four-year contract at the club and probably playing his best football since he’s been at Newcastle. Nicky would like to stay at the club and finish his career here. Since Nicky no longer has any England aspirations he can concentrate on chasing success with Newcastle.
Nicky went on:
“It’s very important for me to win something else before I retire,”
“I’m 33 in January and I’d like to finish my career here. I think I have a couple more years left and if we could sort out a new contract, that would be great.”
“I’m glad to see the old Nicky Butt looking like he’s in the same mode he was for United and England.”
“He’s trawled himself through a traumatic time and I hope he can finally lay to rest the disappointment of leaving United.“
“People with the character of Nicky Butt, Joey Barton and Alan Smith have an effect on the dressing-room.”
“You know when there’s a good dressing-room, you can smell when there’s a bad one. The fact the smell is disappearing gives me great heart.”
We think Nicky Butt has come through hell and high water at Newcastle but he has proved himself a survivor like most players initially trained at Manchester United.
While there will be no sentiment on Sam’s part we would hope that Nicky can still do a job for the club over the next few years. Certainly his fitness will not be a factor now under Big Sam.
What do you think â€“ do you want Nicky Butt to stay on?
Comments always welcome.