It seems to be all gloom and doom for Newcastle these days, well at least as far as the gossip press is concerned – so what’s new?
Nicky Butt – his experience vital for next season
But we can still do well next year depending on who we can bring in during the remaining 27 days of this summer’s transfer season.
We should be getting Fabricio Coloccini in some time this week, and we must get a left-back in after that, as the next highest priority.
If we can then get a good central midfield play-maker and a striker – we’ll be in good shape. That will be 7 new players in during the summer, not too bad.
And it’s becoming clear that we will need all of midfielder Nicky Butt’s experience and guile this coming season.
Nicky played great for Kevin at the end of last season.
He’s also probably as fit as he’s ever been, with the grueling fitness regime Kevin has ensured was in place during the summer.
Butt, the former England international and Manchester United star, talked about how bad last season wasÂ – for everybody concerned with the club to The Times today:
â€œLast season was embarrassing for us and it wasnâ€™t nice â€œLast year was a failure. We didnâ€™t perform well and we finished right down the bottom (end) of the table. This year we have to improve and get back up the table where we should be.â€
â€œGoing off last yearâ€™s finish it is not something to be proud of. Finishing down there hurts. It hurt me and the rest of the lads, they feel that as much as me. We were thinking, â€˜What if we had done this or won that gameâ€™. It could happen to anyone.â€
â€œIt will be a tough year because every club is improving, everyone is throwing money at it and getting better, buying better players. We have to keep up with that. If you stand still you can go backwards.â€
â€œThe manager is obviously very upbeat around the place,â€ â€œFitness-wise it (pre-season) is pretty much the same year in, year out. It is not nice but you have to do it. He tried to keep a smile on our faces while we did it and it worked out well.â€
â€œThis yearâ€™s was very difficult. He wants the fittest camp heâ€™s every had, and that was the emphasis. The fitter we are the better we will be so it was harder. Now we are getting into the games so that is better.â€
â€œHe is bubbly, he knows the club inside out and knows what he wants and what the team needs. Everyone has admiration for him. You listen to him when he speaks.â€
â€œHe has been there and done it as a player and manager and when you have that it is only good for the club. It is important to get the right man in charge of such a big club with such high expectations.â€
â€œWe have not put a target on it, but I am sure the coaching staff have,â€ â€œSuccess has to be firstly to do better than last year. But success would be to be in the mix for the European places.â€
We had mistakenly quoted Nicky as saying at the end of his commentsÂ “His hands must be untied”
This was an error and Nicky did not say this – we apologize for the error.
The best thing the club has going for it is Kevin Keegan, let’s be honest.But even he needs support in the transfer market, and unless we get another 4 good players in, we’re not giving Kevin a fair enough crack of the whip.
But we think he’ll get that support in the remaining days of August – he must!