It turns out that if Kevin Nolan needed any advice to join Newcastle he got it from one of our great midfielders of seasons gone by – the great Gary Speed.
Gary Speed – while at Bolton Wanderers
Speed – who of course played under Sir Bobby Robson and helped Newcastle reach the Champions League, was apparently more than quick to advise Nolan just what potential that still lies on Tyneside, whatever the doom and gloom merchants keep saying.
And we just have to put a quote up from the great Uncle Bobby when he was at the club, and was talking about Gary Speed – Bobby said:
“We’ve got great speed in the team, not just Gary Speed, but great speed!”
Oh, the ways Bobby used words was magic to the ears. 😀
Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m very good friends with Gary Speed. He rang me and asked me if I was OK, and if I needed anything.”
“He said it was a great club, and that it’s got a special place in his heart.”
“I’ve heard him talking about it in the past, and it was a no-brainer when they came in for me.”
“It’s a good challenge for me.”
Nolan can’t wait to play against Sunderland tomorrow and he will be delighted to now have the Toon Army on his side, for a change:
“You’re always fighting the 12th man – the fans.” “You’re always playing against them. Being 50,000, you do hear it.”
“You always try and block it out. I can’t remember having too many good times.”
“I hope that everyone else who comes to St James’ Park finds it that way, and you just ask the fans to make it as intimidating as possible.”
“Especially from now until the end of the season, when we know we’re in a battle.”
”We’ve got to make sure we go from strength to strength.” “We’ve got to start going in the right direction.”
“The fans can make a big difference, without a shadow of a doubt.” “I know all about the Toon Army, and I’ve heard all about them since I’ve been here.”
“That’s the only thing I’ve heard, how great the fans are.” “We know the atmosphere’s going to be great on derby day.”
“We just hope they can keep that going until the end of the season.”
“I’m sure they will, because of what I’ve heard and seen.” “This is going to be a little bit bigger than a Lancashire derby.”
“There will be a lot more people there, and it’s a bit more do-or-die than it is there – no disrespect.” “It’s one I’m looking forward to. ”
This lad is already talking like a captain of the club, and he will be a strong candidate to replace Michael Owen once Owen departs in the summer, and most fans will welcome the vocal Liverpool lad as the new leader on Tyneside.
Kevin has given a spark already to lots of Newcastle fans, who are little short of delighted to see such a fighter with spirit arrive on Tyneside, at the same time as one of our children, N’Zogbia moves out of the club.
The game tomorrow now has a little extra spice for Newcastle fans with Nolan playing, but we desperately need all 3 points and if we can do that by 3:30 pm tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be able to celebrate indeed.
Because then we’ll be in with some kind of a chance of actually winning our fight against relegation.
And don’t anybody believe that relegation would be a blessing in disguise, because in truth it would be an absolute disaster for the Newcastle club.