Nicky Butt – We’re In A Relegation Battle

Nicky Butt talked again about the situation at Newcastle under Joe Kinnear:

Joe Kinnear – doesn’t rant and rave at players

And it seems that Nicky thinks Joe has a quiet way of going about his coaching and he tends to pull players to one side and explain what he wants from them:

Nicky told the Sunday Sun today:

“Joe has made us all get up on our toes,” “Kevin leaving was definitely a big blow for morale. We were a tight unit, and it was hard for us to take at the time because he was a popular manager.”

“We thought the signs were good this year, maybe with one or two more signings we could have had a good season and got up to the top six. Then all of a sudden he was gone.”

“We were in the doldrums for a few weeks. It was very difficult in that period.” “Obviously, we are paid to play football. But it’s very difficult to do that when someone you like and care about has left.”

“Also, it did give the players an excuse for not performing — all players like excuses.”  “When the manager first left we had some excuses, but now we haven’t got any, so now we need to crack on.”

“He doesn’t rant and rave. He just pulls us to one side to tell us what he expects from us,” “He is quite mild and very observant. He sits back at the training ground and takes it all in. He has his own way of doing it.”

But it’s clear that Kinnear’s influence since arriving at St James’s Park, just 3 weeks ago, has definitely got through to the players.  And Nicky is not afraid to say he thinks Newcastle are already in a relegation battle as he continued:

“We’re definitely in a relegation battle,” “We’re third from bottom and you can’t think you are too big to get out of it.” “But the one thing that is on our side is that we have quality players here and good players to come back from injury.”

“This is a pivotal week for us,” “All the signs were that we had stopped the rot at Everton before the international break, but these are two hard games.” “We need to get something from both, or else all the hard work at Goodison in the second half will have been wasted.”

We have two crucial fixtures coming up against Manchester City at home tomorrow and Sunderland away next Saturday.

Exactly how many points Newcastle get from those two games will give us a much better idea of just how Joe is doing at the club.

Joe is savvy enough to know it’s all about results.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • paul

    Oct 19, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    if it wasnt for butt giving away penalties every 5 minutes we probably wouldnt have this situation! talk about common sense, this guy has none…he cant tackle for shat!

  • shearer9

    Oct 19, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    “There’s no danger of us becoming the Newcastle of the South.

    “We’ve got a very good squad and I’m sure the people running the club are going to do the best job they can.

    “It hasn’t been difficult to concentrate. As a player, you hear and read what’s being said but we know what our own priorities are.

    “The players don’t talk about it. I’ve not heard anything to suggest anyone is upset and there’s no anxiety among the players.

    “We can still be a big club, a club which is on the up.”

    Words of Scott Parker, quite a sad dig at Newcastle. What he really means to say is that Newcastle aren’t a big club. Like we haven’t heard it all before.

  • AndyNUFC

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree with Paul, who’s Nicky Butt to come out talking about excuses and under performing when he has been shocking and giving away penalties, which lose games?

  • Keith

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    He is quite doom and gloom aint he? H ewould be on the first players i would have leave the club if it was down to me, I think our centr midfield is one of our weakest postions and i blame butt, cant wait for barton and gutrie to be given a chance

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    imo butt is still a good player but he needs to be used more sparingley

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    when do spurs play

  • Danish_Magpie

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #7,19528,11661_4356627,00.html

    See the comments by Parker?

    I liked him a lot when he played for us and captained us, but comments like that means I’ve got no respect for him anymore. Go get injured Scottie, you wank.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #9

    personally as i have said before i would like him to stay

  • Southern Geordie

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Scott Parker you scummy bastard!!! There was a reason we got rid of you. U are crocked!!!

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Get rid of him. too for the club

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    NEWCAstle should never again in this life time buy any old scrapy player from the big 4.butt is a failure.

  • Bill F

    Oct 19, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Poor excuses for poor performances. They should have gone out onto the pitch determined to do well. I suspect that what he is saying is that Joe has given them a collective kick up the backside and told them to get their collective fingers out.

  • wigaz

    Oct 19, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Bang on Paul! stop giving away f**kn pens Butty!!!! who else is actually happy that Barton is back! Guthrie & Barton in the mid for me like.

  • AndrewNUFC

    Oct 19, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh my God Nicky Butt, you were the one who stopped us geting 3 points at Everton. Nicky Butt is well passed it now, people rant on that he is a senor player but you don’t see young players like Bassong giving away silly pens away from home.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 19, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Nicky butt is one of the reasons why this Blog is empty

  • Ashton

    Oct 19, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Butt is by far our shitist player he can’t do anything properly he is useless

  • Alex

    Oct 19, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #19

    I reckon butt is quality. He’s had a bad run recently but been up there with the best in the squad for the last couple of years.

    He’s gave a couple of pens away but at least he’s trying unlike some of the crap we have.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 19, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Has anyone noticed that jonas does a 2 man job?

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 19, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    The squad that played against manchester united are capable of taking us to europe.

  • Spidey

    Oct 19, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s far too early to be saying who is in a relegation battle and who isn’t. This situation isn’t great but we are only 8 games in and the last thing we need now is our players saying this, stop giving the press amunition to hammer us with.

    ‘…so now we need to crack on’, well shut your mouth and focus on your training you idiot!

  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Oct 19, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #23

    haha anyone see higgingbottams pena? wind blew it off the spot 5 times, bale sent off, down to ten men, 1-0 down, haha spurs

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 19, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #24

    really disappointed with parker and those comments like. Needless dig, canny pathetic.

  • Bill F

    Oct 19, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Also anyone who believes in the Anthromorphic effect will realise how negative comments like this will actually cause us to be in a relegation battle. Come on Nicky show a bit of optimism, as some one else has pointed out barely a fifth of the season has gone. I don’t think ManU were much better placed this time last season.

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Oct 19, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #26

    any news on martins?

  • garyfret

    Oct 19, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #27

    i thought butt was good for us last season and was probs the most consistant player over the season but has had a bad start so far this time around but to say hes had a bad career at the toon is wrong. his comments like that arent needed and with an attitude like that he shouldnt play

  • skin d

    Oct 19, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #28

    although nicky butt is a spent force,i wouldn,t just lie the blame at his door.
    steven taylor makes any amount of mistakes,cacapa two shades slower than the swing bridge,should have kept faye in my opinion.
    i think our real problem over the last few years has been in midfield.
    since kieron dyer left,and jenas im not saying they were world beaters by any stretch,but they both had pace and go forward ability.
    we have tried parker in there,emre good when fit,butt obviously,apart from emre these are defensive midfielders who tend to win the ball but offer little else.
    because of this we are to negative and we tend to play the ball backwards,thus putting too much pressure on our defence.
    our strikers when fit are as good anything in the league,but they never get a ball,we can go nearly 45 minutes without mustering a shot on goal.
    i would say play some of our younger players,like lua lua when fit just to give us some pace and go forward.
    ah bollox i,m waffling on it,s just soul destroying now coming on here talking the same s###e.

  • Tom Mo.

    Oct 19, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #29

    yeah nicky butt…a lot of our troubles are a result of you screwing up.

  • ziad

    Oct 19, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Nicky Butt is shite ! i would rather barton any day. butt just cant go forward watch him give 1 million back passes every game!!

  • Mark

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #31

    nice set of fans you lot

  • cg

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Doom and gloom? He is spot on, I doubt he leaves himself out when saying “we” need to improve and play ball etc.
    Sure one always stop breathing when Butt attacks the ball around the box but atleast he is professional about his WORK.


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