Geremi has seen a lot during his time at Real Madrid and Chelsea, usually in winning things.
Geremi – Newcastle now ready to fight
Geremi has shown his worth to the team in these down moments and he talked today about the situation this season:
“It’s been crazy,” “It’s been a strange time at Newcastle because I’ve had many managers.”
“But when you’re a footballer you just try to do your job because it’s not up to you – it’s down to the club to decide the people who manage the club. You can not work without a manager and I’ve tried to stay focused on my job. I signed a three-year contract here and I’m doing my job.”
“It’s been difficult because you get used to one manager and suddenly they change. A new manager comes in and he has to try to get to know the players well and make his own plans. You have to adapt again and it’s not easy. It’s been a bad period and we don’t want to remember that. We don’t want to be in that position, especially at the start of the season.”
Therein lies one reason why Joe Kinnear may be retained until the end of the season, and if he is – his job will no doubt be to get Newcastle into the UEFA championships next season, and if he does that no doubt he will get some contract extension. But if Joe gets retained for the season, that has to be his target, and he should be given a bonus if he can achieve that.
Th other possibility is that Kevin Keegan will be brought back, because the players are already used to the way Kevin trains and plays the game, but a new manager apart from them, and there’ll be a period of getting to know the new manager.
So at this point we would assume that either Joe or Kevin will get the job for the rest of the season, but we know quite a number of fans also want to see some other world-class manager brought in.
“We started well with a good result at Manchester United, but then it’s been a bad period. You just can’t explain this kind of thing. The good thing is to come out of this as soon as possible and we have got our confidence back.”
“I know that the derby games mean a lot to the players and especially the fans,” “There’s no escaping how important this match is and it’s one of the biggest games for the Geordies.”
“I can understand Sunderland’s confidence, but we’re going to the Stadium of Light to get three points. We’ve played well in the last two matches and we’re trying to continue in the same way.”
“I know, for Sunderland, they have a good squad, they’ve signed some good new players and they’ll be looking forward to the chance to beat us. But we’ve been in good form lately and we’re looking to take the form from our last game into this match.”
“As a footballer you don’t see any reasons for losing football matches. You can blame yourself for mistakes. Losing matches is all about mistakes and poor performances, but you can’t explain it.”
“You just have to recover quickly and that’s what we’re doing now. The last two matches, we’ve played well and it’s just unfortunate we haven’t picked up three points in either. Now we have more confidence and hopefully we can take that into the next match and win. I think the team spirit has finally shone through.”
“When we conceded the goals (against Everton and Man City) everyone was saying ‘no, we’re not going to lose today’. We believed in ourselves. As soon as we conceded that goal we said ‘come on, this is football, you concede, but you continue to fight.”
Let’s give Joe Kinnear the credit he deserves in bringing a little bit of stability to the club, and getting the team photo done for this season, even though we’re almost into November. 😀
It’s also easy to overlook the other coaches at the club in these difficult times, but good work too from Chris Hughton, Paul Barron, Alan Thompson and Richard Money for keeping the club going in the right direction, with no help at all from the Newcastle Board.
Having a strong display from our defense will be key this afternoon to victory, which we surely need to get us out of the relegation zone quickly.
But it should be a game full of passion – once again – from both sides – there’s no doubt about that.