The players at Newcastle over the last 18 months or so have seen four different managers in charge.
Nicky Butt – played under 6 managers at Newcastle since 2004
Those managers have been Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan and now Joe Kinnear, and that’s hardly a thing that brings any stability to any club or is popular with players, who have to continually change their way of playing.
And when Butt signed for the great Bobby Robson in the summer of 2004, he also served under Bobby Robson himself, and then Graeme Souness – so he’s served under 6 managers at Newcastle in just four years at the club.
And of course Nicky was also out on loan for one season at Birmingham, under Geordie manager Steve Bruce.
As far as Nicky Butt is concerned, he still wants to finish out his career at the Tyneside club – and he talked today about wanting to stay in the North East:
Nicky said today:
“I would like to stay here and finish my career here,” “If it is not to be, it is not to be, but the club have a one-year option to extend my contract.” “It’s not a big deal at the moment. I will just keep working hard and see what that brings.”
“I’m the same as everyone else who is in that boat. We just have to put the contract situation to one side while the club gets some stability and a buyer comes in.” “But it’s definitely not going to be a long-term thing with me at my age, because I am 34 in two months time.”
Butt is still a strong believer in the club becoming great again, and tasting at least some success. Nicky continued:
“It might not happen in a year, but I think it will definitely get there,” “It just needs a few tweaks here and few tweaks there.”
“I have seen what it could be like here if things were successful — it would go through the roof.”
“But, for now, it’s up to us to keep the club in the Premiership and at a good level for the new owners coming in.”
Nicky has been a good servant to the club over the last couple of seasons, and has played very well, and we would expect him to be here for another season, before he finally hangs up his boots.
What do you think?