Butt – Newcastle Has Foundations To Be Big Club Again

Newcastle captain Nicky Butt played a big part in the win on Saturday, and in the last two games has linked up extremely well with battling Kevin Nolan, who looks a great buy for the club.


Nicky Butt – one of the leaders at Newcastle United

And Nicky is right when he says today to his Newcastle team-mates today, that it’s time to kick on from here, and who knows we have be safe from relegation sooner than we think. That would be nice.

It was a bit of a dour game on Saturday, and very exciting, but more because of the mistakes both defenses were making, especially in the first half,  than anything else.

In fact all 4 goals in the first half came from defensive errors, and with any luck Newcastle could have had even more than 3 goals at the interval.

Newcastle are now a little bit better off in the league in 13th place, and gained 3 points on many teams over the weekend, although our goal difference of -9 is still poor, and could be a lot better.

Nicky Butt talked to the Newcastle Official Site today, after signing a contract last week, to keep him at the club through next season:

“I’ve said many a time, ‘This is where we kick on now’,”

“We’ve got a few games coming up now, against Everton at home and Bolton away, and we’re confident against those teams.”

“Then we’ve got the big boys, so we’ve got to get as many points as we can. I think we’ve got the foundations to be a big club and challenge up there.”

“Personally, I think another three additions to our team, all top players, and we’ll be up there with the top six, seven and eight easily.”

Certainly we have brought in some good players since last summer, with some great bargains.

Guthrie, Gutierrez, Bassong, Nolan, R Taylor and Lovernkrands are six players we have brought to the club for just around £10M, and that’s good business on anybody’s terms.

We look forward to the summer because we think Joe will unload quite a few of our current squad.

It’s more than likely that Viduka, Cacapa, Edgar, Xisco and Geremi will leave, with a likelihood that Smith, Owen and perhaps Enrique could also be on their way.

Apart from Edgar they are all huge wage earners at Newcastle, and Joe has a good chance to make the strong even stronger, and the wage bill a lot lower.

The first five above earn together around £180K/week (£9.3M/year), and the last three are on around £190K/week (£9.9M/year). Are they worth that? We don’t think so.

We think at least 5 players in the current squad will move out in the summer, so look at Joe bringing in up to 8 new players, to complement further the very good squad that will remain.

But we will also need to keep our good players, including Oba Martins and Andy Carroll.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    sorry nicky, one game doesnt change anything.

    the club needs major change starting from the owners…

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeh ok…. we’ve got the talent in the squad and all we need is someone with some creative, attacking and defensive nous to get some pattern into the play and we might just get there!

    Not a lot to ask is it?

  • ginkoh

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    I think we can do better with Nolan Guthrie Barton. If we cut off Butt’s mistake, we will not be this position.

    Look like we’re on the good mood now but the words form Butt don’t confidence me.

    Try your best on the pitch first before dream to be in 5-7 position.??

  • Bill F

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I can’t see why Enrique keeps getting dissed, I reckon he has been one of our best players over the past few games. I would want us to keep him.

  • nufcursed

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    seems like you dont know nothing about football!butt is one of our worst players this season!
    he may be a leader but he’d better be a footballer.

    this guy is a waste of space, anyone who offers him a contract extension is clearly inept!

  • Ericles

    Feb 9, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Purely Belter is right. We have got some hard games coming. We can only judge what is what after we see how we do against Chelsea, Arsenal, Manky U, and Liverpool. A pity about Joe – high blood pressure with his cardiac history is not good.
    Fair play to him because he knew he was putting himself at risk for the sake of the team and what the fans wanted and needed. Hope he gets better soon. But think now that his decision not to decide about his NUFC future yet was more telling than we all thought.

  • Johno Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    i think butt is right i dont think we are a million miles away from competing top 6 finish, we just need to do what we are doing getting rid of dead wood and get in good hungry players

  • batty

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Johno Toon yep getting rid ov dead wood milner given and keeping the bright stars vid butt gerimi xsico shola etc

  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s dead right here: “Personally, I think another three additions to our team, all top players, and we’ll be up there with the top six, seven and eight easily.”

    I think we’re reaching the point where the squad is less in need of radical surgery than the board, which needs a lot of amputations…

    I think our outlook is now getting clearer and very slightly rosier. We have to remember that a lot of clubs are likely to fold in the next couple of years, and we’re now unlikely to be one of them. The recruitment policy may have given us an awful season, but it does seem to be going in the right direction to get us back up there and sustainable. It’s painful, but it’s happening.

    And let’s not forget the talent we’ve got coming through the academy, which will be a huge boost (playing and financial) in a couple of years’ time.

    All we need now is for Platini to implement some of the ideas he put forward last week, and we’ll be challenging again.

  • beatski

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    whats with the Enrique slating Ed?

    we shouldnt be shifting out our only left back, if anything we need another one in, and i don’t see Ashley fronting the cash for 2 LBs if we sell Enrique

  • workyticket

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Whumpie I don’t understand. You say that the board is in need of “radical surgery”, then you go on to outline (very well) why they aren’t doing such a bad job after all.

  • bozo

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    beatski // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    whats with the Enrique slating Ed?

    we shouldnt be shifting out our only left back, if anything we need another one in, and i don’t see Ashley fronting the cash for 2 LBs if we sell Enrique

    beatski its Newcastle we like to slate our players it helps them with confidence. Hurray Nicky Butt says we can be a big club, we were a big club a couple of years ago before the then Chairman started bringing in his own players like Nicky Butt and sacking Sir Bobby. The sad part is I would have shepard back in a heartbeat over the clowns we have in charge of the club now.

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Ericles – post 6, I disagree. We can’t use the games against those top teams to benchmark us as we are no where near the quality of those teams. It would be like me benchmarking my driving against Lewis Hamilton. The “big four” are always going to give us a hard time and a draw with any of those teams would mean us punching above our weight.
    We need to benchmark against Everton, Portsmouth, Spurs, Wigan, etc.. Those teams are our level. Beating Villa would be the result that would mean we have improved enough to start thinking of europe again.

    As for Butt, well the first place I would start rebuilding is by dumping him from the team. He’s only there to make up the numbers in my opinon.

    Roll on Everton. A win against the toffee’s would be a fantastic result and one which would show that we are on the road to recovery.

  • workyticket

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Micky Toon // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    “Beating Villa would be the result that would mean we have improved enough to start thinking of europe again.”

    We’ve already beaten them 2-0 this season Micky, Europe here we come! 🙂


    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #15

    A win against WBA and everything in the garden is rosy again-i dont think so.
    Relying on youngsters coming thru on its own isnt enough-Boro-you need investment.
    Aston Villa spent 40m+ and Everton 15m on a midfielder if you are not prepared to do that then the future is only creeping into the top 10 if we get an injury free season-which is unlikely.

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    worky – Yes we did. I better make sure my passport is still valid then.

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    The Magpie – A nervous and not very convincing win at that. However a win is a win and at the moment I will take all the points we can get.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Butt cost us a goal on satda when he tried to chest the ball 20 yds he is poor at best. Gutted that him playing 19 games triggered his new contract. What sort of clown puts that sort of clause in a contract.

    I think Enrique is doing well. he’s 22 and still learning in what appears to be a very nervous back 5 at the minute. Give the kid a break.

  • Ericles

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Micky Toon – what I meant was that I think we could actually give a good account of ourselves against these sides rather than assume we will automatically lose. I think with Martins and Owen around, plus the enthusiasm we CAN generate, and the addition of the new signings, we could possibly take a point off of each? This is not a dream.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Workyticket – good point; that was a bit ambiguous! What I mean is that the business strategy is fine, but they’ve got the wrong people and the wrong board structure to do it well.

    Can you imagine what the agents and other chairmen think when they go to negotiate transfers with our lot? A fat shirt-seller, a casino-running yardie and a pit-bull graduate from the Saddam Hussain School of Charm.

    I’ve a feeling we’ll see it largely fixed in the summer; I’ve actually got a feeling that Ashley is going to learn fast now he’s in the thick of it – and he’ll soon realise where his weak points really are.

  • budmon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #21

    I think thats too many players out the door. Enrique and Edgar I can see them staying just because they are young and we need those boys to fill up the squad at those positions. I wouldn’t mind seeing Viduka, Cacapa, Smith and Geremi go. Now those 3 are a waste. I pray everyday that MICHEAL OWEN stays with NEWCASTLE UNITED because if we want to be a big club we need proven quality players like him, no one can argue about that! I think Xisco should be given a proper chance too, people were calling for his head before December! give the lad a chance man, he’s only been able to make probably 2 appearences, he is still young lets at least keep him till next jan and turn a profit!

  • budmon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Those 4*

  • Wesley

    Feb 9, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Yea.. First thing to do is to get rid of u first, Butt.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #24



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