Nicky Butt still has two seasons left on his contract at Newcastle United.
Nicky Butt – two years left on current contract
We had thought that Nicky’s contract ran out next summer, but it’s good that he has another two years left at the club.
Nicky is also looking forward to the future, after he finally retires from the playing side of the game.
He talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œIâ€™ve started my coaching badges because that is something that interests me in the future,â€
â€œIâ€™ve done my first one and Iâ€™m halfway through my second one, my A Licence. I donâ€™t want to dive in straight away.”
“Iâ€™d like to spend some time with my family at home and do things that I canâ€™t really do now, but in the future maybe.”
“To be honest, Iâ€™m not thinking about that at the moment, I just want to play as long as I can. But Iâ€™d only play as long as I feel good and OK.”
â€œI donâ€™t know whether I see myself as a number one or just a coach in the future. Iâ€™m just doing my coaching badges because Iâ€™d be foolish not to do it.”
â€œYou get given opportunities to do it by the FA and it makes it a lot easier than if you werenâ€™t involved in football. I started doing my badges with a couple of lads when I was at Manchester United.”
“It is difficult to fit it in with all the games you have. And then in the summer you canâ€™t just go away for two weeks and leave your family, but I do intend to get it finished before I finish playing football.â€
After an ordinary start to his Newcastle career, Butt has now made himself a popular player at St Jamesâ€™ Park, with his no-nonsense aggressive play and fine passing.
Kevin Keegan has already said that Butt was one of the 4-5 players, whose leadership helped pull the side out of the doldrums in March, and then the lads went on a fine 7 game unbeaten run.
Butt made 35 Premier League appearances last season â€“ and his experience and reading of the game are a joy to watch.
There’s no doubt Butt will be an important player for us next season.
Butt has been capped 39 times by England and played a total of 269 games for Manchester United scoring 21 goals, before moving to Newcastle in the summer of 2004.
Nicky has so far played 84 times for Newcastle United with 5 goals.
â€œIâ€™ve got this year and next year on my contract and if I see that through I will have honored my contract and thatâ€™s what I intend to do,â€
â€œAnything more than that is a bonus, but weâ€™ll have to see how my body is holding up. I want to play for as long as possible and Iâ€™d like to finish my career at Newcastle United.â€
We’re looking for Nicky to be at his very best for us next season, and he has certainly enjoyed playing for Kevin Keegan so far, and played very well indeed for the maestro.
He’s a very mature lad, and his experience will be invaluable to the club, and Kevin, over the next couple of seasons.