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.