Butt – We’re Not A Top Five Team

Nicky Butt has come out with some down to earth reality and said that Newcastle are not currently a top five side.

Nicky Butt – we are under no illusions

Nicky said today:

“We’re under no illusions,” “We’re not a top-four or a top-five team and the danger is you can get into the middle ground and think we’re better than we are.”

“The so-called lesser teams come up and know they have to do the horrible, dirty things in the game. We have to do those things as well and then we have got that extra bit of quality in the squad to get us up the table.”

Since Kinnear’s arrival there has been a definite improvement in spirit and confidence in the Newcastle camp, and that is good to see, but we’ve only had one official game under Joe, so we cannot get carried away with any improvement we’ve seen.

Nicky Butt says the changes Joe has brought in have been subtle, as he continued:

“It’s a question of getting together and getting some stability,” “We have to show we’re ready for a fight. As players, things haven’t changed too much. We’re still being trained by Chris and the gaffer has been on the sidelines taking it all in.”

“The team and formation hasn’t changed much yet. Joe is a simple guy when it comes to football and that’s what he’s drilling into us. He hasn’t been shouting or barking at us. What he’s given us is a bit of stability.”

Kinnear has not attempted to make any big changes at Newcastle on the playing side, and Nicky Butt thinks that has been a good decision by the interim boss:

“As players, what you like is consistency,” “That’s what you want from your manager and if they’re changing then it’s difficult.”

In retrospect, during the summer we were all looking forward to a good full season under Kevin Keegan, but that positive outlook has again been shattered right at the beginning of the season. That’s the fourth time in the last 10 years that we’ve replaced a manager during August or September – Dalglish (1998), Gullit (1999) and Robson (2004) were the other three. Not a way to build any stability at the club, that’s for sure.

We just hope we can do well enough until the new owners come in, so that this season isn’t yet another write-off ….. once again. 🙁

That’s why Joe Kinnear is such an integral part as to whether our season is another mediocre one, for the third year in a row.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 18, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Negative player

  • I want Steve Bruce in, Along with Amir Zaki, Valencia and Palacios(GG7)

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    i see that south african jock is stil shooting his mouth of saying he is conident of buying newcastle. i hope not.

  • DanToon

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    We never will be with him in the team, and I’m still convinced he tried to throw the game vs. Man Utd.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    i like butt fair enough he has had a poor season but i think he will come through for us

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    though he needs to be used a bit more sparingley

  • Benwell Lad

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    So we aint a top five team eh.. no shit sherlock!

  • Irish John

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    ya butt yoru right,your not good enough…f off

  • ginkoh

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s our situation now no doubt. Right point from Butt. But 1 thing I want to say to him is we are better team without you to be honest.

  • rooks

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    not a top 5 team !!?
    what next, Viduka’s shocking revelation that he’s not in with a shout for slimmer of the year ?

  • DanToon

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Vs. Man City





    Subs: Harper, Butt, Cacapa, Enrique, Geremi, Ameobi, Donaldson

    Anyone agree??

  • Alex

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    For me butt should not start another game . He is too slow and cant pass , Guthrie & Barton should form our CM both can pass a ball and they are both a lot quicker than Butt . Nicky should make this season his last .

  • graeme

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    What he says is true, we are not a top 5 club at the moment. As, hopefully, its his last season with us, its no great sin to be honest. I cant see him having the legs to do another full season and his replacement needs to be brought through this season.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Nicky should be a back up to the first team.i dont blame him.i blame the coaches for using butt as a first team player.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Nicky butt is not a top 5 player not Newcastle.waste of space

  • Nick

    Oct 18, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #15

    with has beens like butt we’re not likely to be any time soon.

  • stumpofthetoon

    Oct 18, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #16

    nicky butt is our problem as far as i can see. to slow and easy frustrated stupid tackles and if he does get the ball some realy poor passing. was hoping for replacement. but hopefuly in jan with new owner

  • Keith

    Oct 18, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Butt be one of the first players that should leave, no pace no vision and gives away silly fouls, not half the player media ( esp sky sports ) make him out to be , get barton back in there


    Oct 18, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #18



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