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Butt – Keegan Has Restored Belief at Newcastle

10:45 am, Monday, January 28th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Nicky Butt has given a long, but very good interview to the Newcastle Journal this morning.

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Nicky Butt – no panic buys please

Nicky comments on the club’s valiant efforts to boost the squad before the Thursday transfer deadline. On hearing the news that 28-year-old Woodgate is going to Tottenham, after the excitement over the weekend that he may be joining Newcastle, Butt did little to hide his disappointment at the news:

“It’s disappointing a player like Jonathan does not look like he is coming, but I’m sure the manager has plans in place just in case that happened,”

“He will have all the staff working on it and there are meetings all the time about who is being targeted. If Jonathan doesn’t want to come that is up to him.”

“It’s a tight schedule for Kevin to get the deals done because he arrived late. But I’m sure he will be working hard on getting players.”

The former Manchester United star also knows Keegan cannot resort to panic buys, which we’re almost positive will not happen, with young but experienced Chairman Chris Mort in charge of things now at the club. Nicky continued:

“It’s no good getting players in who are no good to get into the team, we need players who can play week in and week out,”

Keegan has now unfortunately failed to win either of his first two games in charge. However, in both games there were lots of positives to take out of them for the future, and Newcastle attacked more than they ever did with Big Sam in charge.

Butt felt the team’s approach was partly to blame for the 3-0 defeat on Saturday at the Emirates.

“We started well and had a couple of chances but then we lost all of our shape and collapsed, basically,” “We were too cavalier and that’s impossible to do when you are at the Emirates.”

“We paid the price in the end. It’s frustrating we have not had the results to start right under the new manager, but we are all still laughing and joking in training.”

“The manager has brought belief back into the team. You have to remember that you can come to Arsenal at any stage and struggle. We did look okay but then after the third goal went in we all went to bits and Arsenal showed what a good team they are.”

“The manager has been very chatty, very bubbly around the place. He speaks to you individually and tells you what he expects of you. It’s disappointing at the moment because of the results we have had but we are all feeling very positive.”

It’s good to hear the team spirit is high at the club, since that will help us get quite a few wins in the run-in to the league.  A nice string of wins at some point, before the end of the season, is what we’d all like to see.

We need that for the fans to get their belief back.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Nicky Butt · Transfer News and Rumours



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AdamCF // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    No ‘panic headers’ in our own box please!!

  • 2 Len // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    I hope he is right. If not we are going to be discussing players leaving rather than players arriving. While we are all happy to have KK back it would be a stretch to say he has restored belief down our pub.

  • 3 Doctapaul // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Methinks allow KK to find out just how good or bad his current squad of players is.

    No point in buying additional MOR players.

    As fans now is the time to be patient and encourage.

  • 4 AdamCF // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Nicky.. mate, it might be in your best interests to not comment on signings. Just worry about what you can worry about.. and that’s your two feet and your head.

  • 5 Graeme // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    I have to agree, for the first half against Arse Nil, we actually played well and looked a good side. Yes, there were lapses, especially by Taylor, but the team fought well and tried to take the game to the home team.

    The second half, it fell apart, but, if we hadn’t been missing 4 players, it might not have done, so quickly.

    Any new player(s) bought in the next 4 days MUST be better than what we have, otherwise, hold off until the summer. I still think there might be a suprise before the window closes!!!!!

  • 6 Black Caesar // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    How can Keegan restore belief when he’s telling everybody that cares to listen that our only way to europe is by the ferry!!!!???

  • 7 LoonyToon // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Plenty of negativity kicking about on here lads the last few days…KK made a great a great point of “building it up” just like the last time he was here….If you cast your minds back (those of you who actually took a interest back in 1992) it actually took Keegan 3 years to build a side capable of challenging for the title…stop panicking and let the bloke get on with the job by bringing in the right players at the right time..to be honest, for all Nicky Butt has given 100% this year his place must certainly be under threat

  • 8 nightfall // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    “It’s no good getting players in who are no good to get into the team..” said one the worst players…

  • 9 Taiwan Toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Now is the time for Nick to restore the belife of fans.

  • 10 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    keegan hopefully is keeping his powder dry so in the summer he has a load of money to spend and at least then he knows exactly what he needs to get, and everyone forgets that in january no big names want to move clubs

  • 11 Wilsiak // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    If it meant Nicky “the Hitman” Butt was dropped and maybe was exiled to siberia then i would be all on for mass panic buying of more overthe hill defensive mids, at least the likes of David May and Ronny Johnson pissed off once career went down hill, even after trying to push him out to Birmingham on loan the selfish so and so would not disappear.




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