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Nicky Butt Tells It Like It Is

10:21 am, Saturday, March 29th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Nicky Butt has given a long interview to the Newcastle Journal this morning and Nicky is very down to earth and truthful in his comments.

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Nicky Butt – very truthful comments from Nicky

Nicky told the Journal this morning:

“It has been as tough for me as it has for anybody else here,” “We were starting to feel sorry for ourselves because we were wondering when the first win was going to happen. I don’t think I’ve ever been through a tougher period in my career. All due respect to Birmingham, when I was on loan there they didn’t have the players we have.”“At Newcastle there are some top-quality players and we are scratching our heads trying to work out why we are where we are. Is it a lack of effort or ability? But I think in the last month, we’ve given it our all.”

“The reality was, that when you sat in the dressing room and looked around at the players who were your team-mates, you knew that if we kept working hard it would come eventually.” “It has changed for us in the last couple of games, but we can’t be over-confident, we can’t now think, ‘One win and we’re okay now’,”

It’s true that we’ve made a breakthrough in the last two games with two excellent performances, but we also have to keep that up, and if it’s only a flash in the pan, we’ll still be in big trouble.

Of course we’re all hoping it points to much better form from the lads, and that we can start picking up points, even tomorrow at White Hart Lane.

Nicky continued:

“We’ve got a lot of pride to play for and we have got seven games left to make sure we get out of trouble and start climbing the table.” “This club should not be where it is and we are embarrassed by it, to tell you the truth. We’ve won the first game under the manager and hopefully we will kick on from there. We can’t get carried away though with one win. It could quickly all come crashing down again if we think we’re safe.”

“The reason we are where we are is that we haven’t been good enough, despite the quality players we have got. It’s plain and simple, we haven’t played as well as we should do and that’s why we’ve been in trouble.”

“It’s been difficult changing managers. I’ve been here four years and I’ve had five different managers, which is unbelievable really. When I first came here I said it was a massive club to come to, and it still is for those who hopefully come in the summer. It just has not happened for the club for some reason or another.”

“Whether it is a change of manager or the change of personnel with players coming in and out, we have never had a settled period. I do believe with Kevin now manager, given time, he’ll get it right.”

We must keep with Kevin Keegan now and for the next 3 years, hope we don’t get relegated, and then Mike Ashley must give Kevin some good transfer funds to turn the club around in the summer. This has been a nightmare season for everybody connected with the club, let’s be truthful about that. The last thing we want is another repeat of this anytime soon.

So hopefully if we survive the season,  we’ll see lots of good players drafted in during the summer, and then we can all look forward to a much more exciting season starting in August. :D

Now that sounds more like it.

Comments welcome.



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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Vitorbarbosa // Mar 29, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Hmm, earlier this season, we were very excited as well. And everything become greater when we get the first win out of the first match. Everything seems bright until we adopt the SA way of playing and that’s it. We are at the bottom of our history. Can’t win against the lowly club, can’t even think of nicking a point out of the top club. Struggle at home, losing away games. Sigh.

    I hope we can build on last week win, or else we will get back to the negativity again.

  • 2 Obafan // Mar 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Very good comments by Butt. Indeed we have got good players but for some reaso they can’t deliver the things that we all expect from them. I also think that the manager (SA and KK) never picked the strongest team. For what reason; I really don’t know???

    Butt himself has had lots of critics this season and I also gve him lots of critics. But to be fair it wasn’t easy for him if you have to play with Smith or Barton next to you. Barton runs a lot, but is so rude that Butt needed to cover Barton too. Smith doesn’t run as much as Barton, because 90% of the time he is on the ground after another stupid tackle. Smith is no midfield player, he is just a half striker.

    On the other hand Butt made some poor challenges himself, which costed him lots of yellow cards. Butt is a player who should pass the ball to a more creative player (like Emre) after he wwon his challenge. This season Butt had to pass very difficult passes which is just not his thing.

    Let us hope that the last period of this awful season can be ended in a positive way, starting tomorrow at White Hart Lane.

  • 3 Davies // Mar 29, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Speculation speculation specualtion. No offence Ed, I like your articles, they make my day at work a bit more bearable, but there’s no real information here.

    Nicky Butt, up until the last two matches, has been one of the worst offenders for lacklustre and careless play for the majority of this season. He really shouldn’t be the player talking to the press about “we haven’t played well” and such. He was my man of the match against Birmingham, and from what I saw of the Fulham match he played in the same way, but he should leave the talking to the manager now, as he has still yet to atone for a season of mistakes.

    When we’re safe, and we are a long way away from that at the moment, then he can start talking about how the team has played. Until then he, and all of the other players that seem to like speaking to journalists, should concentrate on his his own game.

  • 4 Leo // Mar 29, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    sigh is right

    at the start of the season we could all see we lacked in the centermidfield position and guess what. we still do.

    credit where due butt has picked up the mantle recently and worked hard and improved his game

  • 5 Ausgeordie // Mar 29, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    I think well concede some as they have a great attack but if we can get some in too who knows. I’d be happy to keep our unbeaten run going and hit the big three games

  • 6 Thomas // Mar 29, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Davies, theres nothing wrong with what Butt has said, he is being honest and frank. He isn’t trying to make up any excuses, he is and elder statesman of the team and gives us an idea of whats on the mind of the players.

  • 7 clinta // Mar 30, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    yeah we need the chairman to dish out massive transfer funds and get a new look squad, so well all be excited again do we?

    err… that’s exactly what happened at the start of this season!

    hardly the answer ed.




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