Steve Black – Newcastle Players Have No Excuses

Motivational speaker and guru Steve Black has worked closely with Kevin Keegan during his first stint in charge of Newcastle United.

Steve Black – motivational speaker and Newcastle fan

Black has also worked with the Newcastle Falcons, Sunderland, Fulham and the Welsh rugby union team in similar roles.

But Black is very clear when he says there can be no excuses from the players, for not performing on the field, in these dire times for the club. And there’s no doubt the lads didn’t turn up for the game against Hull City last Saturday.

Steve told the Evening Chronicle today:

“When a manager leaves, you have to stay positive.” “You have to think of the principles that the good leader that you respected so much put in place. They have left a legacy that you must stick to and almost pay tribute to. The values that they put in place must continue.”

“Stamping your feet or getting upset won’t gain any success on the field. It is the same with normal human emotion.” “There are more serious things in life when people are no longer with somebody that is close to them.”

“Whether it is the break-up of relationships or marriages or people dying, time is a great healer. The Newcastle players will have to collectively get on with things.”

“If there is this synergy then the players will do OK. But if they get caught up in the romance and drama of it all, they will take longer to recover. They have to be really strong as a group and be a band of players. They must play passionately, and attack as a team with massive ambition and defend with incredible spirit. They must work together.”

Newcastle have lost Danny Guthrie for 3 games for what turned out to be a horrific tackle on Craig Fagan, that broke his right leg, and the player is now thinking of suing Guthrie for loss of income.

Black did not condone the tackle, and is also clear the players must stop feeling sorry for themselves in this current situation, as he continued:

“You can’t be successful and have the excuse that the reason you aren’t playing well is because you’ve lost your manager or it’s raining or anything else.” “You will only have success if you get on and make the most of the situation. The whole backroom team must pull together.”

“There may be some very real outside influences going on. It’s about the choices you make – do you let what is going on outside affect you? Or do you stick to your high standards?” “One of the greatest basketball coaches in the world, John Wooden, always said that each player must concentrate on doing the best they can rather than doing better than each other.”

“If you concentrate on getting the best out of yourself first, you will have success. But you can’t have success and excuses. The players all have talent, a lot of different talents to offer.” “But they must work hard together. And they must go to training as professionals and work hard and support each other. If they ensure that their team-mates are also working hard and they all have the same vision, they can still be successful.”

Good words from Black, in short the playing staff have no excuses because of the current situation – so get out there at Upton Park, and bring back a win for the fans.

That sounds good, and a win would certainly help to lift the mood on Tyneside, that’s for sure.
Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Tom

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Steve is right on the money with that. Its upto the players to do this, for themselves and, more importantly, for the fans. They need to act like professionals.

    Incidentally, I didn’t know he worked with United!

  • broon ale

    Sep 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    new manager? steve black? Hmmm

  • Glenn_United

    Sep 18, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3





  • toon Olly

    Sep 18, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    not to put a downer on this or anything, but in the bottom left picture he the spittin image of MA..just with a beard

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 18, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Toon Olly – good call mate – your reet !!! lol

  • ronjohno

    Sep 18, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Never knew why he left NUFC.

  • Spyro

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #7

    I have got a bad feeling about the hammers game, i HOPE the likes of Geremi, Taylor and Nacho perform.

  • WesToon

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Well said Blackie,couldnt agree more mate

    Ho’way NUFC!!!!

  • MatthewT

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Well said.
    I 100% agree with you… 😐

  • WesToon

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Spyro // Sep 18, 2008 at 14:01

    Are you the same spyro,i mean the same one from like 10 months ago?? Cause it sure as feck doesnt seem like it that goes for Tom Toon aswell

    The both of you seem to have changed to much,to be the originals,unless the both of you have split personalities and its so advanced that when you change persona You Lads even have a diff writing style!!

    Kinda weird though Lads


    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Broon Ale .. i cud be thinking same as you for the first time n’all .. !

  • Spyro

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I am the same Spyro a.k.a. Dragoner

  • Spyro

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #13

    hadn’t even noticed the change in writing style, then again, it was 10 months ago.

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Total legend – never met a man so highly regarded yet so down-to-earth. Not somebody I know inside and out but I remember him training us down at North Shields YMCA. Then up at Tynemouth College and Wallsend BC. Very knowledgeable, very pleasant and very grounded man, talking a lot of sense (even to the extent that I question my original stance on Guthrie). Also the strongest man I’ve ever met in person and the one I’d least like to cross if he ever (doubtfully) let his emotions run away with him.


    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Spyro, i noticed that a few people were whinging on at you when we’ve all been arguing about Keegan+ MA and aaaaal that .. not quite sure why ? .. seriously, i come in peace ..

  • Spyro

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Easy target because i am from the south. Don’t really mind it too much in all honesty though

  • WesToon

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #17

    @ TOONPIPES & Spyro

    Lads i come in peace too,i mean everyone is intitled to their own opinion & i respect that!!

    Sorry spyro,was just checking mate,thought someone had stolen your nick , no harm meant though Lad

  • bettyswollocks

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18

    brace yourselves lads – yet another ameobi coming up through the ranks. 3rd one by my count,,10278~1394609,00.html

    you’d think eventually one of them has to be decent.

  • Spyro

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #19

    someone has actually stolen my nam ebefore, on this and other sites. Which reminds me, if you ever see the name Spyro on another site it is not me. I use a different name when commenting on other blogs.

  • mozza

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #20

    seema a bit calmer on here today anyway, makes a nice change from the usual bickering

  • WesToon

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Alreet Spyro no worries there mate

    Have you heard about the shearer rumor though?? If so what are your honest thoughts??

  • 51times

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    bettyswollocks – Sami has been with us for a while now.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #23

    mozza – it is a bit calmer cos that numpty Ganyui is still at primary school till 3.30 lol 😀

  • micepie

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #24

    I see Souness is saying Owen will quit Toon. Forever the miser, Souness! It may well be the case, though if we get the right owner or manager/coach – or both – we’ll have to wait and see.

    Dare I say this…unlike Spyro I have a feeling that we might just surprise everyone at West Ham and really come out fighting. I might end up feeling embarrassed if we lose badly, but so much bad news has gone on for so long at the Toon lately that the elastic band might have been stretched too far and we might be ready to fire the freakin’ thing back. I don’t know. I hope so anyway.
    Is Guthrie suspended immediately? If so I’d probably go for:
    BEYE (if fit),
    NACHO or DUFF,

    Subs –

    NACHO or DUFF,
    LUA LUA (if fit),

  • Graham

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #25

    This is off subject a bit, but I am so incensed.

    There is a report on the link below from the mirror stating that Joey Barton has been stopped by police to question him over these traffic offences where he drove in bus lanes and through a red light.

    The mirrors reporters followed him and video’d him. There is a video on the above web page of him doing it. But the Mirror reporters done exactly the same and went through the red light even later than Barton did.

    I assume that the reporters will be getting interviewd as well….. Tossers

  • mozza

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #26

    lol born again geordie

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 18, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Mozza wats up?

  • clinta

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #28

    i think they’ll look a different team this weekend, as it’s away from SJP, and the poor atmosphere that that all brought last week.

    I assume and hope the travelling toon army will support the team rather than jst the anti MA politics of the past few weeks.


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