Keegan – Butt Showing Great Leadership

Kevin Keegan has relied on a number of Newcastle’s senior players for leadership since he arrived, and one of those is Nicky Butt.


Nicky Butt – been a leader for Kevin

Kevin talked today about Nicky Butt:

“He has been vitally important, and the one player who stitches it all together. He just gets on with it.” “Michael (Owen) captains the side, but I see him as another captain out there.”

“He has got great experience. Nothing fazes him and he is not scared to say what he thinks if something is not quite right.” “I often go to him or Michael, the experienced players and say, ‘Is the training a bit hard today’? or, ‘Do you want to do more’?

“They can be a good barometer of the club from a players’ point of view, and it is a good barometer. It will not be their opinion, it will be what they think is right.” “They are very important people to have around your club. They are called leaders, and you cannot get enough of them.”

Nicky has had a couple of very strong games for the club and has formed a very good midfiled with Joey Barton and Geremi, and his experience on the pitch is showing through. Nicky has had a tough time at the club since he arrived in 2004, under Bobby Robson, but to his credit he has stuck in and has come through big time for the club in the last couple of seasons.

Kevin continued with Nicky’s goalscoring abilities:

“I haven’t seen him score in training yet – I am only kidding.” “He is not in for his goalscoring, but he is one of those guys who does sometimes get into shooting positions.”

“But he is more the link, he is the one who links the defense and the attack.”

Things are starting to look up with our last couple of results but they can go hurtling back if we have a bad result at Tottenham tomorrow. We just have to try to get something out of that game.

If we can play up to our performances in the last 3 halfs we’ve played, we should be able to get at least a point tomorrow, although it will not be easy, by any means.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    we has scott parker who did that, nicky butt is doing well at the moment but we need someone to come in for the summer to take butts position… they need to be big strong and able to pass


    Mar 29, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Leo i thought Butt last season far outshone Parker and was easily our best CM not our best midfielder as Milner was amazing all last season and most of this. (And still gets abuse)

    I agree that someone should take Nickys place in the line up but he should definately stay as we need players likehim in the squad.

    MICHAEL CARRICK and Butt as Back up at DM


    Mar 29, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Adding on to that, A month ago i would have said we need 3 CMs but now we need 1 IMO.

    Carrick: Man Utd signing Veloso, Geordie lad, Great player, Brother is a coach at the academy.

    Barton: Geting back to his best, Never could have sold him for obvious reason.

    Butt: Geting back to his best, And Experience is vital.

    Emre: Injured a lot but a great player and cost loads to find as talented a player to replace him.

  • Michael

    Mar 29, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Someone tell this Keegan to put a sock in it.

    The way he goes on about these players is as though we are in the hunt for the title. Please someone tell him to shut up. 1 win and suddenly Nicky butt is a world beater sought by the tops clubs.

  • ScottyT

    Mar 29, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    i still say we need 2 or 3 cms because emre is injured all the time (as much as i think hes a great player) and will probably be sold.

    butt is just getting on a bit but agree probably good backup. and barton not convinced yet hated him a few weeks ago but hes had 1 decent game last week so if he continues to produce that then yes maybe i will change my opinion on him.

    still think we need 2 quality creative midfielders and 1 quality defensive midfielder. will cost a bit and be hard to attract as well but first we need to secure our pl status cos bolton brummy winnin nd mackems drawin atm. not gd.

  • Leo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah craigg we should keep butt but get someone to replace him also


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