James Milner – Keep The Faith

England Under-21 winger James Milner, who has had another good season at Newcastle United, knows that points on the board is what Newcastle need to be doing in the coming weeks.


James Milner – we need points on the board

He’s already had some experience of being dragged into a relegation dogfight when he was at Leeds United a few years ago with team-mates Alan Smith and Mark Viduka.

James talked yesterday about Newcastle’s current situation:

“It’s like at Leeds when people said we were too good to go down,”

“But we have to be realistic, we are in a bit of a battle and we want to get out of it. Hopefully it won’t come down to that though.”

Milner is now hoping for a period of stability at the club, which lots of Newcastle fans are also hoping for with the second Keegan era.

Reports in today’s Daily Mail that Kevin Keegan may be already disillusioned at Newcastle under the new ownership are just more attempts to destabilize the club, and we think they should be ignored.

James continued:

“We have to have a bit of time with one manager and build up something. It won’t happen overnight,”

“David Moyes went to Everton and they have done very well. “But don’t forget that they nearly got relegated one year. He had time to build and everybody kept faith.”

“We have quality players here, but we need a bigger squad. But I want to stay and build for the future.”

We think Kevin will be just fine once he gets that first win on the board, and it would be nice if Newcastle could put together a string of decent results before the end of the season.

But all we’re looking at right now is a win against Blackburn on Saturday, and that would raise the mood on Tyne-side, which is certainly what is needed at the moment.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Bill F

    Feb 28, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Some one made the point in an earlier blog that some of the championship squads are better than ours. I think he is right, I would swap our current squad with the West Brom one if given the chance.

  • cooldj

    Feb 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    hahahaha-oh wait you’re serious?

  • broon ale

    Feb 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    bill f. thats a bit extreme. So you would be happy watching the likes of jonathan greening and zoltan gera?


    Feb 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    zoltan gera is actually canny good like.

    i read this interview on sky sports news, and just like milner grew up fast on the field he seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

    i find it amusing how people were giving him grief for his ability on the field. but when it comes to given its different because he has played for us for 10 years, milner is young and has shown only loyalty to the team when he was hear, and before people say he went to villa, this was done so we could get solano, he didnt ask to leave! he came back as well


    Feb 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    and he never played for the mackams

  • elfer

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Isn’t Stoke first in championship? What have we done to them…I remember 4:1 with 10 lads, right?

    Don’t post stupid things…we just need all of our strikers back and stop receiving silly goals (blame smith and faye for minimum 2 on saturday!) and then we never will be relegated.

  • Bottlodog

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed – I read that drivel in the mailand as you say it’s another despicable attempt to undermine the club
    I wasn’t even going to dignify it with a response but I couldn’t help myself
    As I asked them ” will they only be satisfied when we’re in the same position as Leeds or Forest?”
    Why are the national ( southern) press so poisonous???? They are doing their utmost to sink our club. Your not telling me that our players don’t see all this shite about ‘Keegan set to leave after only 5 weeks’ or ‘rumours persist that Mike Ashley is looking to sell up’ . It’s bound affect them!!!

  • arctoa

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Milner’s one of those players that we need to keep, whether he is first-team standard or not. His presence around the club can only be a good thing and he is already a role-model for the reserve and youth kids with his professionalism and dedication to the club. What I’d give to have Gary Speed back, and he was more than a bit dodgy on the ball at the end of his NUFC career. What he could do, though, was drag the rest of the team through a match. We had two captains on the field at that time, and it’s what we need again now. Someone in the centre of the park to give a proper (and public) rollicking to those not pulling their weight.

  • Bill F

    Feb 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Just thought it might be interesting to see the reaction to a statement like that. If I could do a team swap I wouldn’t mind Bayern or Inter. Now I am serious there.

  • hanzemre

    Feb 28, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #10

    he is quite good really in term of work rate & he is still young & learning…but he must stop dribbing & then lose the ball. He must by now know how to cross/pass more ball into the box with more accuracy & timely(quick) to forwards.


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