Sam Tells Nicky To Stay Competitive

Nicky Butt has 9 yellow cards this season and his former team-mate Alan Smith isn’t far behind on 8. Once these players reach 10 yellows, they will be suspended for two games.


Nicky Butt – currently on 9 yellow cards

However, if Nicky gets a yellow card at Stoke on Sunday night, he will not miss out against former club Manchester United next Saturday because of the seven-day rule. That should be some good news for both the player and his manager. Butt signed a contract extension before Christmas and captained the side in the absence of Geremi and Alan Smith against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

And there’s no doubt Nicky has had a good season for Newcastle so far. His great experience and competitive approach to the game have been invaluable so far as Newcastle try to turn their season around.

Allardyce said:

“Nicky Butt is a competitive player and of course, you have to accept that at some stage of a season, he is going to be suspended by accumulating bookings.”

“But I cannot stop Nicky Butt being as competitive as he is because that’s a huge part of his game and it is a huge part of the game needed by a team to break up the opposition’s attacks before they get to your defensive unit.”

“He has been magnificent at that and really, really good in his position.” “We would like him to pop up with a goal or two more if that’s possible to finish what has been for him what has been a good season up to now.”

“Anybody serving a suspension or who gets an injury while the four African Nations players are away is going to be a big blow to us.”

There’s no doubt that Nicky has turned his career around at Newcastle with a combination of skill, fortitude and plain guts. He is a vital cog in Newcastle’s machine right now, and he is just the type of player you want in a side that is struggling in almost every game to turn things around. But once we can get a good win, and a little luck, don’t be surprised if we go on a decent run. Well, that’s at least what we’re hoping for – to be sure.   😀

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    i think against manchester united we should go with the same formation that we did against man city

    with nicky butt and faye in center midfield. all else fails and we loose at least we have played 442 and they will get more familiar with it…

    just hope he does this and sticks with it for the rest of the season

  • Kieran hatten

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Leo m8……… Faye aint going to be at the man u game as he would already be training with his home nation for the ANC i say we try owen and carrol up-front with butt and smith in the center midfield and zogz on the left and milner on the right, defence would have enrique lb taylor cb rohzehnal cb cappaca rb

  • George

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Sam Allerdyce does not need to tell Nicky Butt to stay competitive, as that is the way he always plays, and good on him. If the rest of the squad played with the same enthusiasm and passion we would not be in our current position.

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    bollocks, wasnt thinking straight

    damn if only eh

  • Hadrian

    Jan 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5

    lol, rumors flying round that nicky’s gonna get called up by cappelo……..

  • Kieran hatten

    Jan 5, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    really butt for england, though i thought he retired from internation footie to concentrate more on club football like shearer did??

  • ben

    Jan 5, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Nope Nicky just wasn’t called up anymore when the whole Gerrard/Lampard dross came…

    I’m glad we have him.

    Would like to see him paired with Emre in the middle and flanked by Zogbia/Milner.

  • Kieran hatten

    Jan 5, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    true but i want to include smith in the field not sure about playing him upfront though mainly because he hasnt scored in years!

  • steve

    Jan 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #9

    shut up – Butt and Smith are liabilities in the team together, Smith should be loaned to a championship club where he belongs

  • Kieran hatten

    Jan 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Are you having a joke Smith is a quality player so is butt smith and butt both have the experiance to carry the team to great things but not this season maybe next season?

  • steve

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #11

    smith is useless – I’ve yet to see him stand up and tackle, he just runs round the pitch diving in at any opportunity.
    you can’t fault his effort but for 50k a year you might expect skill to go with effort
    he isn’t a midfielder and can’t score or assist as a striker


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