Nicky Butt has revealed today that he knew Roy Keane was not a happy man at Sunderland, just before he left the club.
Nicky Butt – wants to end career at Newcastle United
Nicky told The News Of The World today:
“I really can’t understand why a club go in one direction and then do a total U-turn in such a short space of time.”
“Paul snapped up the chance to move to the Premier League when the offer came.”
“But what has happened to him will make people think: ‘Do I really need to do it, do I need to get all the hassle and be fobbed off after 17 games and not be given a chance?’”
“I don’t know what has gone on inside the club but it does look very odd. They have not given a young manager a chance to stamp his authority and do well by sacking him in such a short space of time.”
“It sends out a bad vibe to other players who want to try and make it as a manager.”
Butt knows Roy Keane very well, and he was apparently well aware that Keane was in some kind of trouble with the American majority shareholder Ellis Short, before he left the club.
The American millionaire was not prepared to give Toy the backing which had previously been given the former Manchester United captain, once the results went down the drain.
“I speak to Roy quite a bit and I could tell in his persona he wasn’t happy.”
“If it’s not going right for Roy, he moves on. You have to accept that. That’s the way he is.”
“That’s the way he’s always been. It’s what made him a special player and what will make him a special manager as well.”
“He was starting to get questioned and there were things happening behind the scenes he wasn’t happy with.”
“I’m sure Keano and Incey will be back.” They are hard characters, it won’t phase them and it wouldn’t put me off management. But it might some others.”
Of more concern to Butt, who has played extremely well for Newcastle this season, has been extending his playing career and putting any managerial thoughts on hold, until he finishes his playing career on Tyneside.
Nicky was offered a one year extension to his current deal, and there is the possibility the option of a further 12 months will be included, if he continues to perform well for the club next season, as his experience has been invaluable to the Magpies this season.
“Hopefully we will get there before too long. I genuinely like it here and I want to finish my career here.”
“It was a relief for the squad in general when things started to move with our contracts. It’s good the club is talking to us now. We want to keep the squad together.”
“Can our manager Joe Kinnear also be here in the longer term? I’m sure the club will look at him if he does well.”
“It felt better when he got the job until the end of the season. It wasn’t good for anyone having him on a monthly deal.”
“There definitely needs to be investment. We have quality but if we get one or two injuries, it gets really difficult. If we keep the experienced players, we will be fine. We need two new players at least.”
Butt will start his 100th League game for Newcastle against Tottenham Hotspur today, in what is a crucial game for the Tyneside club, and he spent last week at Newcastle’s RVI (Royal Victoria Infirmary) hospital, along with his fellow team-mates, to give the children a real treat for Xmas.
But ended the interview by saying:
“I definitely feel lucky for the life football has given me. I wasn’t very good at school.”"
“I didn’t do any of my exams, it was just football, football, football.”
“If it wasn’t for football, I would probably be working on a building site.”
We feel that Nicky could well be at Newcastle until the summer of 2011, when he will be 36 years old, and he has had a wonderful career in football, and has been a good role model for the kids – except for not doing his exams at school.