Gary Speed was at Newcastle when we actually had a decent team, under the great Sir Bobby Robson.
Gary Speed – while at Newcastle United
Gary was here when we had our greatest recent success, when we qualified for the European Champions League three seasons running until the 2004 season, when Bobby was sacked because we finished a very low 5th.
European Champions League football now seems to be a million miles away from Newcastle, and when you look back at Bobby’s dismissal, it seems so stupid in the light of how badly we’ve done since Bobby left the club.
Gary Speed is now at Sheffield United, although he’s been out with a back injury since last November, and has missed a large part of Sheffield’s season in the Championship.
Gary Speed has played for both Everton and Newcastle United in his career, and he commented on the upcoming game on Sunday, to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Everton are on a good run at the moment, and it will take a big performance by Newcastle to beat them.”
“I’ve watched Everton a few times and they are looking good. It would be a really big win for Newcastle, with that crowd behind them, they are in with a real shout.”
“Also there are a couple of people to come back, so if their team spirit is right they can get the win that pulls them a bit closer to safety.”
Gary has all the makings of an excellent future coach, and he is enjoying a coaching role under Kevin Blackwell with the Blades this season, to get some experience under his belt.
“I’m doing some coaching at Sheff United.” “They’re a big club and that’s what I am focusing on at the moment.”
“I’ve had a back operation and hope to be back playing soon.”
We wouldn’t be surprised if we see Gary back at Newcastle in a coaching capacity in the future, especially if his good friend Alan Shearer ever becomes manager on Tyneside.
But that seems unlikely to happen anytime soon, if ever.