Newcastle captain Geremi has had lots of experience leading the Cameroon National team out in numerous African Nations Cup campaigns and that, along with his obvious leadership skills in the dressing room, held him in good stead to become Big Samâ€™s first captain at Newcastle United.
Geremi has been talking to the Evening Chronicle about life at Newcastle, and you may be surprised at what he has to say.
Geremi - life at Newcastle is so different than at Chelsea
Geremi told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI know all about the responsibility of being a Newcastle player.â€ â€œYou are carrying the hopes of millions, and if you donâ€™t live up to it you wonâ€™t be here too much longer.â€
â€œWe have a big, big fan base, one of the biggest in the world.â€ â€œThey want a lot from us.â€ â€œThey want us to play in a certain way and we have to give them that.â€
â€œWe must satisfy them and we are aiming to win as many matches as possible.â€
But Geremi admits that his short time on Tyneside has been his biggest challenge to date. Geremi feels his switch has also been a culture shock, and admits the Newcastle faithful are always there to support the players, both at home and away, and even around the town.
â€œThis is so different to being a Chelsea player.â€ â€œThatâ€™s because at Newcastle the fans are around the club and city all of the time, and not just on a match day.â€
â€œWhen we play away they are with us.â€â€œBefore the game has started they are singing our names when we warm up.â€ â€œThatâ€™s unique and that gives you a big boost. Unfortunately, we havenâ€™t won some games for them.â€
â€œListening to them sing your name gives you so much motivation. You want to repay them â€“ so hopefully we can by winning a trophy.â€
Weâ€™ve always been a little skeptical of fans of the big four teams. Teams that are winning more than they are losing. Of course, there are real fans at Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, who have grown up worshiping their teams – no problem at all there. However, there are also fans who support the teams, just because they are good and win most of the time. It’s not too hard to support a team that wins most games and gets a trophy or two each year.
But you cannot accuse Newcastle fans of that and also other club teams that are supported by their loyal fan base, even though they haven’t won anything for eons. At Newcastle, the fans are 100% committed to the team and still have full houses at every home game, even though weâ€™ve had nothing to cheer about in terms of trophies for the last 40 years.
We think what Geremi is really talking about is fans who stick by the team whether they win or lose -and he sees 52,000 of them at every Newcastle home game.