Kevin Nolan Looking At European Qualification Next Season


Kevin Nolan is more than just a good player Newcastle have acquired, because he’s also a very positive person and has tremendous leadership skills, as everybody could see clearly in his very first game for the Magpies last Sunday.

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Kevin Nolan – European qualification next season?

It even seemed appropriate that a player like Kevin should make his debut in a game against Sunderland.

Kevin thinks the quality in the squad (when all are fit?) is enough to allow Newcastle to do very well in the league next season, and be challenging for a top place. But how many times have we heard that?

Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal today:

“I was delighted by my first game, and I’m already looking forward to next season,” “I’ve not come here to try and tell all these players what to do.”

“They’re experienced enough and good enough to know what’s needed to get out of this.”

“Hopefully I can just be another cog in the working system. I’ve come here to make another step up and get this club back to where it belongs.”

“I want to get back into Europe. I had two fantastic seasons at Bolton.”

“That was a small club and they were great nights so I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a European night here.”

“That’s where my energy and my drive is.”

Nolan of course seems to realize that we are still a club who are way under-performing, given the players and facilities we have at Newcastle.

With Shay Given and N’Zogbia having left the club in January, because they were basically fed up with the way the club was being run, it’s good to hear the enthusiasm of Nolan, as  the Liverpudlian continued:

“Looking around the dressing room when I first walked in the other day it was, like, ‘Bloody hell!’ It’s absolutely fantastic,”

“But we’ve got to start working together and start working as a team.”

“We’ve got 14 games left and we’ve got to make sure we’re in this league next season, then try to get into the top 10 and into Europe.”

The first thing we need to do, before we start even thinking about next season, is to ensure we stay in the Premier League, and that’s by no way a certainty right now.

But there’s also no doubt that Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan are two good signings for the club, for a total cost of only £5.5M, and that’s certainly excellent value for money.

Comments welcome.



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104 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    uefa cup hopefully

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    I wouldn’t call them tremendous, more good!!!

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  • Purely Belter

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    hahahahahaha if we are in the premiership!!!!!

    god i hope so

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Do they give all new signings a puff on some form of ceremonial crackpipe when they join? They all seem to be under the impression that we’re actually pretty good!

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  • clinta

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Kev, but your not the first to come here thinking the club can only move up again, europe next year and all that bollocks…..

    the sad truth is it’ll probably be year on year of relegation fighting.

    A testemant to how far we’ve fallen is fans on here being chuffed at the signing of yourself and the largely average taylor, and while i was happy to see them both come in myself it does surely show where nowhere near were we used to be.

    or perhaps afetr the last few years of miserable football and average table showing, we as toon fans have been brought a bit back down to earth.

    either way Kev enjoy the ride it’s bound to be a bumpy one!!!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Im all for optimism but lets stay in the prem first shall we.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    We have some big away games coming and these will decide our fate. If we cant get at least two or three wins away from home before end of the season we are gone.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    I feel sorry for Nolan. A few years ago he looked as though he would go on to be a decent footballer but his carreer stalled.
    He is off his head if he thinks the club can push for europe. With man city now spending mega bucks and villa looking good thats the top 6 places filled there. Then newcastle would also have to finish above spurs and everton which they are a long way off doing. As for winning a cup. 50 years and counting.

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  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    I will be year on year relegation fights if Ashley doesn’t put some serious investment in (I really doubt that!) and brings in the types of players we are lacking.

    We desperately need some pace on the wings with Zog gone and Jonas favouring the left. Once Beye is back we could afford to have a technical wizard down that side who can fire in awesome crosses and set pieces like Solano used to do, who maybe doesn’t track back that often. Lua Lua should then be his competition.

    We’re going to need replacements for Cacapa and Owen/Viduka.

    We will actually need another LB.

    If that happened with a good manager who could also bring the youngsters through then we could see a decent team for once that would be able to cope with some injuries and suspensions instead of crumbling after losing one or two.

    The youngsters are good to step up but really they either need to be brought through into the first team, loaned out or a good technical coach needs to be brought in to work alongside Money. Either idea could be employed to help give the kids an extra cutting edge.

    And for goodness sake, give Kev the armband!

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    I wonder how big a draw the club will be to players once owen has gone? I cant understand how he isnt booed every game.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    anyone fancy europe this season?? 🙂

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    people just out of interest, where abouts do you people live? and what was your reason for supporting newcastle?

    me: from essex,
    me: reason i support newcastle is because the way they used to play, attacking football, also love the fans passion for the club and i wanted to be a part of it, even being so far away!

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Because I’m a geordie!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Benny – he has to play first to be booed 🙂

    Sorry couldnt resist that cheeky one.

    I wouldnt boo a player – unless they had done something to really really annoy we – like Zog for example. But he’s gone now.

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  • reillers

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Aw, talking about Europe..that’s so sweet. Clearly he hasn’t been here long enough to have his soul crushed. But we all know that any hopes of Europe will be eventually stamped out and replaced by hopes of survival and praying that next season can only be better then last.

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  • AlanSmith.

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    RyanToon

    Me: Reading
    Me: Remember as a kid [only 18 now] watched us in europe, wanted newcastle to win sooo much, loved them ever since.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Benny…noticed you are never on in the evenings is that down to a hectic social life in the capitol with sol campbell or do you use the computers in the local library?

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    bishop auckland

    dad supported the toon

    has any 1 seen shay’s interview

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    ryantoon- so you are like these fans in china who support whoever is doing well at the time. Who did you support before newcastle were promoted?

    I think you should support your local team. Nothing winds me up more than all the liverpool and united fans you get in london with there cockney accents. They have nothing to do with where there teams come from and have more often than not never set foot in the city. They are your typical glory hunters.Ryantoon you seemed to have got confused with the concept of being a gloryhunter but your allegiance to newcastle is comical all the same.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Ryan Toon,

    I currently live in Staffordshire

    Was born in Hexham, Northumberland

    I am a season ticket holder, and am looking to move back to the north east in the near future

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    bennytoon, f.o you little rat, im not a gloryhunter if i support newcastle you ****

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #22

    all that he said m8 was newcaslte regime could ov handled his tranfer better and he praised the fans and said we are very loyal he could ov said a lot more things m8 but he didnt

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #23

    lads we gotta remove this bennytoon somehow!

    ED HARRISON PLEASE can you remove bennytoon as he/she is spoiling the blog for us newcastle fans , thank you

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    he said the regime made him do things what he didnt want to do and he said the newcastle fans deserve better and it was a real rench to leave the toon

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    STARDUST do the regime make you do things what you dont want to do cos shay said if you dont beleive ask stardust h

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #26

    ryantoon- Dont get upset. Just because you have been called out twice now as a fraud. I am sure you would support a different team if newcastle were relegated. My 10 year old nephew does the same thing so you are not alone.

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    BORNAGAINGEORDIE WARE ABOUT IN STAFFODSHIRE M8

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #28

    batty

    what dissapoints me is the toon fans e-mailing skysports saying things like shay’s gone down in my estimation or saying he is kicking the club in the teeth

    all shay done was telling the truth im just as pissed as he is that the club didnt sit down with him till 26 th jan when we could of used the money we got from the transfer(even though we are likely to be the only club to get ripped off by citeh) or why not do a swap johnson for given how could they not think of that

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #29

    beyethegreat Tottaly agree wih you mate thats why they sold him late so they wouldnt have time spend the cash and sum ov them comments on sky sports are from people like stardust

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #30

    bennytoon, i dont think i need a scum of the south fan aka tottenham to tell me what team i support. thanks for the advice now f.o

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #31

    bennytoon how can you call any toon fan regardless of where they come from a glory supporter when we have won fk all in nearly 40 years

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #32

    ryantoon- Your from the south.hhahaaha. Your like the wolf in sheeps clothing that my mummy used to read to me about in bed.haha. Slagging of the south when you are a southener makes me think you are a bigger tool than i first thought.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Batty,

    A village called Burntwood near Lichfield do you know it ?

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    batty lol

    i just hate it when people dis respect shay and what he has done for the club especiallly when you considder everythin he said was the truth

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #35

    beythegreat- He probably started supporting them when they were 12 points clear of man u 12 years ago thinking they were going to go on and dominate english football. Hindsight eh. And its won fk all in 50 years!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #36

    bennytoon,

    do one – your not welcome on here !

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #37

    @Benny – I think your comment was out of order there pal. It’s freedom of choice on to which football team you support.

    It’s like saying that if you lived in Nazi Germany, as a blonde haired blue eyed German, that you should support Hitler and the killing of Jews.

    Alternatively, If you’re a muslim, then you support terrorism.

    Your argument doesn’t stand up there, as people support something that is close to their heart or they’re passionate about!

    So on that basis, you’re wrong!!!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #38

    bennytoon ive support newcastle all my life and will ALWAYS SUPPORT THEM

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #39

    lads what does eveyone think to this pathetic little spurs. no life, no good ****???

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #40

    BENNYTOON 13 years ago m8

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