Steve Harper, Newcastleâ€™s in form 6′ 2″ goalkeeper, has said that Newcastle next two games against Birmingham away on Monday night, and Fulham at home a week tomorrow, are the most important games in the recent history of the football club. Steveâ€™s right there.
Steve Harper – enjoying a laugh in training
Steve Harper has been a great servant of Newcastle United and heâ€™s been at the club since 1993, when Kevin Keegan signed him from Seaham Red Star.
Steve talked to Newcastle World TV today:
“Of course we have mentioned relegation,” “We looked at the situation this week – the teams around us, where we stand and what we have to do over the next nine games.â€
“The next two fixtures are the biggest in the recent history. There is nobody underestimating that and we know how big the job is.â€ “There are nine teams down there with a chance of going down and unfortunately we are one of them.â€
“We have a little mini-season now to save ourselves and we have to roll up our sleeves and get on with it.” “The gaffer has been so positive and what better man for the job than Kevin,”
“He knows this club inside out and he’s the man to pick the players up.” “That’s what we have been working on day-in-day-out in training, getting the intensity and work rate up and preparing for what is a massive game on Monday.”
We’re surprised that Kevin hasn’t been able to get the best out of our current squad, but neither could Big Sam for the first half of the season, and neither could Glenn Roeder last season.
To be fair to Glenn, he had massive injury problems last season and had to play a lot of the youngsters in January and February. It was only when the experienced players came back that we had a terrible last 10 games of the season. Sound familiar?.
Good words from Steve as usual â€“ a great goalkeeper and an even better person.
If there is any truth in the rumors today that Keegan has two more games left to get Newcastle winning again, we would hope Chris Mort would first of all speak to the senior players before any move is made. We think that move to move Kevin upstairs would be catastrophic, because it shows again the Newcastle United hierarchy has no patience.
Steve is one of the senior players at the club, and heâ€™s a very sensible lad with the good of the Newcastle club at heart. Itâ€™s a pity we cannot say that about more of our current squad.
Steve has now played 101 times for the club and made 43 appearances while on loan to other clubs. Heâ€™s been in great form since he replaced the injured Shay Given against Manchester United, in our 5-1 hammering at St. Jamesâ€™ Park on 23rd February in front of 52,291 home fans.
Let’s hope we can get that all important win on Monday night – but fortune favors the brave and if we don’t show courage on Monday night we’ll be beaten. Birmingham will be ready for the game, we should make no mistake about that.