Nicky Butt will again captain Newcastle United in tomorrowâ€™s home friendly with PSV Eindhoven â€“ with the full backing of his manager Kevin Keegan.
Nicky Butt – will captain Newcastle again tomorrow night
Kevin Keegan thinks there is still a lot of good football left in Butt for Newcastle United, and certainly after this summer’s rigorous training schedule, 33 year-old Nicky may be the fittest he’s been for many a season.
Butt was rested by Keegan for Sundayâ€™s defeat by hosts Real Mallorca 1-0, in the Summer Cup tournament.
And with Michael Owen is still out injured, and may even miss out on our first league game of the season, Butt will be back to captain Newcastle again tomorrow night.
Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œNickyâ€™s an experienced player. Heâ€™s got the respect of everyone at the club â€“ staff and players alike â€“ and he leads by example.”
â€œI like that type of skipper. Heâ€™s not one of those who shakes his fist at everybody â€“ he just does his job and says: â€˜Work as hard as I doâ€™.”
â€œThatâ€™s why I also like Michael as captain. Theyâ€™re the type of people who are good as captains.”
â€œThereâ€™s Geremi as well â€“ he was captain against Doncaster. Theyâ€™re good round the group â€“ they care and they help the young players.â€
Butt made 37 appearances for United last season, scoring three goals and he’s one of the leaders at the club, along with captain Michael Owen and Geremi.
Nicky has a great character and he’s proved that to Newcastle fans, by the way he has fought back from adversity over the last two seasons.
He has rightly earned the respect of the Newcastle fans, and Nicky will again be a vital player for the black and whites next season, and we’re sure he’ll do just fine for us – once again.
And Joey Barton can take the great example shown by Nicky, to fight back from the adversities he has brought on himself over the last couple of years or so – and we hope he’ll do just that, once he finally returns to the side.