Newcastle A RollerCaoster As It Is Every Year – Butt

Nicky Butt has said that he knows Newcastle United are in a relegation battle following their derby defeat at Sunderland.

Nicky Butt – Newcastle is a rollercoaster

Nicky said today:

“We are down there and part of that battle at the minute. We started the season on a high. The first three games we started well. It is a rollercoaster — as it is every year here.”

“West Brom is a must-win game now. Every game that comes to us now is a must-win.” “The longer you are in there the more desperate you get.”

Newcastle’s 2-1 loss to Sunderland was their first defeat on Wearside for 28 years, and given the conditions at the club – no Board, no permanent manager, club being sold – that’s not too surprising.

Butt added:

“There is bound to be a hangover. But having a game come so quickly is a big plus.”

Butt is right and we have seen all the headlines that the game against WBA tomnorrow night is a must win game.

Looks like Harry Redknapp is wasting to time in getting the best out of the Tottenham players, with his first win yesterday less than 24 hours after being appointed. It was Tottenham’s first league win of the season and took their points total from 2 points to 5points – in just one game.

Spurs won by 2-0 against Bolton yesterday – a clean sheet too – and we expect Harry to have Spurs up that table very quickly. But that’s only one of the reasons we have to start getting our act together in terms of actually winning games, starting tomorrow night against a mediocre WBA outfit.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • skin d

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    maybe if you stopped giving away crucial free kicks,we might not be losing many games you useless prick.


    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Tell ya what. I havent been in here for a while, but I just seen this headline. Im a season ticket holder in the Milburn stand and im also lucky enough to gain access to the plush Bamburgh suite for about 60% of home games. CAN I JUST STATE …That he is the worst influence we have had on this team since Batty came in and screwed up our free flowing style of football back in mid 90s, which I also witnessed first hand. Butt is half a player. For his position, all he offers you is a presence infront of your back 4. He cannot pass, run, shoot, tackle properly, mark. All he offers is a guaranteed 6 out of 10 performance every match. Speed crunched every blade of grass on the pitch, was a threat with his outstanding heading ability, could pass and never relied on others around him to compensate for his lack of ability. The moment Butt receives the ball, he immediately offers it to his left or right, which immediately not only makes us 1 man short in attack but also he never gives the wingers the time required to make a run before finding them with a clever ball. Watching games on the box is infinitely different than actually watching them. Theres so much space and Butt gets played around like a statue. He has no awareness around him, always gives the ball away and generally plays as though his legs each weight 10 stone and are made of stone. He is killing the side. We need a young, hungry, talented defensive midfielder which fits in with todays fast paced game and whom has incredible levels of stamina. People like Hargreaves. They seriously make the difference.

  • sirjasontooon

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    We knew a relegation battle would be on the cards this season due to lack of transfer activity in the summer…so nothing new here really.

    I was thinking yesterday which teams away would I fancy our chances against away right now and it was difficult to say “yes we could hammer them”.

    If you look at teams like Hull…they want to win,no prima donnas just men that want to fight…and I am sure if you compared the wage bills of the two clubs it would be shocking.

    We sadly lack any fight/spirit or pride and many of these players we currently have need to be sold.

    I have never been so disinterested in newcastle since Keegan left there is just nothing to smile about.

    This will be a very dark season and I am prepared for the worst…right now if this squad where in the championship they would not have the ability or hunger to get out of it.

  • Peter Gallagher

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    hahaha Skin d i was about to comment on this article to say exacly what you said.he doesnt deserve to play for the first squad, he’s given away penalty’s and stupid free kicks this season already.


    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    I genuinly think we have a team strong enough to get us around the top 10. But for me, Joe has lost every tactical battle so far in a spectacularly poor fashion. We NEED for the love of God, to drop Butt and Ameobi. Against Sunderland, they employed Yorke in a centrally deep position. There was a massive opportunity to play Nzogbia in central midfield alongside Guthrie, with Duff and Guti starting out wide. We should have had Martins playing slightly behind a hungry, pacy Xisco. This would have made all the difference. The biggest shame of the night for me, is that we undoubtably resorted to long ball for most of the match.

  • Fed up Geordie

    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    The bloke is shite why is he played game after game.Our back four is piss poor as it is every season and needs someone with a bit of quality in front of it which butt has never offered.We should have played Jonas and Barton against the scum JK got it wrong big time

  • SuperShearer

    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    JK might have come and in scraped us a couple of good results but he’s playing Fat Sam like tactics and furthermore when Ameobi scores he won’t drop him. Ashley needs to sell, and NOW, the longer we sit in this state of stagnant hiatus the more and more likely we are to go down. We are far from too big to go down and our players need to realise that. Barton needs to be starting, he’s a hard working player and wants to prove himself again. When he came on he looked energectic and confident on the ball. Jonas needs to play wide and given the space to gallop and defenders.

    Beye Bassong Colo Enrique

    Duff Barton Gutherie Jonas

    Martins/ Owen Xisco

    That team on paper can win games against the likes of Sunderland with the right tactics. We’re in the sh*t right now and only Ashley can get us out of it by getting out himself.

  • graeme

    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Unfortunately, Butt just doesnt have the legs for his role; basically, he’s past it. This was always going to be his last season in the Prem, unless a promoted team take him on.

    The bad news is that NUFC did nothing about it in the summer. His clumsy tackle directly led to the scums 2nd goal, although, it has to be said, what a screamer he hit past Given though.

    WBA need to be played on a full out attacking basis, Butt can be rested, there isnt enough left in him to attack as well as get back and defend. Give one of our younger players a chance on Tuesday in place of Butt.

  • Nick

    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Butt and Kluivert were the 2 signings where it all went wrong. SBR wanted neither of them, knowing they were both way past their best.
    But Shepherd thought differently and went over Bobby’s head – calamitously. We’ve been in the mire ever since.

    Hope we finally get a top foreign coach. Van Gall, Houllier, Mancini, Rikjard, Advocaat – any of those would do. Hiddinck in a dream world.

    It’s amazing how the cock up twins Butt and Taylor are always running to the media. Would they ever just shut up. Without these clowns we wouldn’t be where we are now.

    Kinnear is not the man. He went to the SOS for a draw a la Allardyce and we paid the price. What is it with these old English manager dinosaurs who still do not get it’s 3 points for a win !!!!

  • Kenneth

    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Butt and Kluivert were the 2 signings where it all went wrong. SBR wanted neither of them,

    What? SBR did want both of them. In fact he tried to sign N.Butt before that season. The problem with Kluivert was that Newcastle had to many strkers, but SBR did acutally want him, and in his book praised his attitude.

    Hope we finally get a top foreign coach. Van Gall, Houllier, Mancini, Rikjard, Advocaat – any of those would do. Hiddinck in a dream world.

    Here I agree. Van Gaal, Rikard and Hiddink would be a dream. But Mancini or Houllier , why dont we just get Big Sam back? They play just as boring football.
    Just a thought

  • bruTOOOON

    Oct 27, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11

    butt is the reason gary speed go out…speed did very well with us (consider his age).

    nicky butt is the reason why we are the way we are now……

    but the very sad thing is that neither manager got the guts to drop him

  • Spitfire

    Oct 27, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Its not working with Butt at the moment in terms of attacking and flair. In truth the Everton and Man City results were flukes – Everton froze and we needed an own goal and a scuffed goal to get a a result against ManCity. Whichever way you look we are in the brown stuff up to our neck. Barton (quick) needs to replace Butt (slow)in midfield, Jonas (quick)needs to replace Geremi (slow) . How can there be any argument about those changes

  • Spitfire

    Oct 27, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Any way: Just what does Sir John Hall do as life President? Cos he’s done F*** all to help sort this mess out as far as I can see. Does he just preside over whatever shambles happens to be in place at any given time?

  • Obafan

    Oct 27, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    I can’t understand that everyone sees that Butt and Taylor cause the biggest problems in our team, but there is no manager, who gets paid loads of money and who should have got the brain to see it, who is getting rid of those 2 clowns.

    As long as Taylor and Butt are in the team we will have to be very lucky to get a descent run.

    Butt is too old and Taylor is too bad.

  • Heavy hitters

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15

    If we continue to play Butt and Taylor we will remain in a relegation battle. Add Geremi, Cacapa, Guthrie, Ameobi, Barton and Carroll to the list and it looks like a team thats going no where but the Championship. Owen will leave asap imo, Edgar will also leave asap possibly Jan. Not wanting to be the Prophet of Doom but things dont look good !!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 27, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #16

    The biggest rollercoaster ride we have to endure year in year out is nicky butt’s ridiculous dips in performance. End of last season he looks decent and alot of what we do is going through him, this season he cant find a black and white shirt with a single pass, and is giving away mindless free kicks and penalties.


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