Kevin Nolan, our new midfield signing from Bolton Wanderers has today given a long interview in the Newcastle Journal, about his move to Tyneside.
What a great lad he seems to be – and he’s made to measure for Newcastle United!
Kevin Nolan – Newcastle massive club with fantastic supporters
Kevin talked about his move to the North East:
“It was right to leave Bolton, generally, because they accepted a bid,” “I’m delighted to be here.”
“As soon as I found out Bolton had accepted a bid, I was like get me up the road and let’s get this sorted. It’s a bigger challenge for me than playing for Bolton and I think that’s what I needed.”
“It’s sad to leave a club after nine years, but the time was right for me to take on something new and prove I’m not just someone who can play for a club like Bolton.”
“I had so many good times there. I’ve had so many calls from people wishing me well, some have said it felt like a death in the family, so it’s been a bit weird, but really good as well. It’s a really positive move as far as I’m concerned.”
“I hope I can be a really big success at Newcastle and help get this club back to where it belongs, which is pushing for those European places. There was no doubt in my mind when the opportunity came up.”
“There was a brief thought about whether it was right for my wife, our baby, my family and her family, but she has always said she will support me in every way.”
“She found it tough, she said it was a really sad day yesterday when the bid was accepted, but she just said she wants an eight-bedroom house so all the family can come and live with us.”
Well with the good money Kevin will be earning at Newcastle he’ll be able to afford that, especially with the house prices dropping recently. 😀
We’re sure the Geordie lads and lasses will do everything they can to ensure Barton’s wife and family are welcomed and allowed to settle well on Tyneside.
“It’s a massive opportunity for me to prove myself to people who just thought I would stay there for my whole career. I was part of the furniture.”
“I’d grown up there and made my name there, I wanted the best for it, so people started to see me as Mr Bolton. I’d had good relationships with all the managers there, but I want to do the same here.”
“I want to be a big success as a Newcastle United player. This is just a totally different attitude here, it’s all about football and that’s what really excited me when I heard it was Newcastle.”
“It’s mad, but I can’t really explain how good it is to have a Newcastle shirt on.”
“I think mental strength is important at Newcastle and I think that’s what people will see from me,”
“I don’t read newspapers so I’ve not taken too much notice of all the turmoil stuff. I’ve heard bits and bobs, but I wanted to come up here and take it all in for myself.
“Coming here has only reiterated everything I already felt about this football club, it’s a massive club, fantastic supporters and lads who want to do well and go in the right direction.”
” The place is buoyant. The lads are in good mood and they’ve told me about what’s been happening. Believe me, we’ll be OK, from what I’ve seen so far.”
And to think we’ve been saying it’s all gloom and doom at the moment, but that mood was lifted significantly by a couple of things yesterday.
Obviously the signing a of a perfect player for Newcastle, in the situation we now find ourselves in, and the surprisingly decisive move made by the club, once we lost Owen and Barton on Wednesday night.
And we’ll also have Ryan Taylor at the club before Monday, but it looks like his signing will unfortunately come too late for tomorrow’s derby game against Sunderland. That’s a pity.
We also hope there are more players on the way too – maybe a couple of players from Manchester City in exchange for Shay Given perhaps.