Can Nolan Be Another Gary Speed For Newcastle?

Gary Speed will be at St James’ Park on Sunday to watch his former team mate Kevin Nolan in action, when Newcastle take on 6th placed Everton, in another crucial league game.


Kevin Nolan – born leader who can play at Newcastle for many seasons

Gary played with Kevin Nolan when he left Newcastle in 2004, and joined Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers, where he went on to play for them for four years and appeared 121 times and score 14 goals.

Bobby Robson decided to cash in on Gary, who was turning 35 when he left the club in 2004, and Gary didn’t want to leave at all.

But that transfer is generally thought to have been a mistake by Newcastle, as we missed Gary in our midfield in the following few seasons, when Gary was playing just great at Bolton.

But we must remember that players can play until they are a lot older these days and there’s no reason they will not be able to play until their late 30s fairly soon. Certainly goalkeepers can go on a little longer than that even.

Gary talked about Kevin Nolan to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Kevin is a natural born leader, and if something isn’t right he won’t hesitate to tell people – that’s what Newcastle need at the moment.”

“He’s got so much to offer and, at 26, I think Newcastle will see his best years.” “I really enjoyed playing alongside Kevin, he’s a quality player.”

“He can be a big asset to Newcastle – especially in their current situation.” “He was similar to me and the way I play, and we worked together as part of a five-man midfield at Bolton.”

“We had the experience of former Real Madrid man Ivan Campo sitting in front of the back four and we were allowed to push on either side of him.”

“Kevin’s a very good friend of mine and I was delighted to see him get a big move to Newcastle.”

Speed hopes that Nolan can enjoy an equally productive spell on Tyneside, as Gary had. Speed was at Newcastle for six years, from 1998 until 2004, and was a first class player and role model at the club.

Gary continued:

“I loved my time at Newcastle and I hope that Kevin can have a similar experience.” “To be honest, I never wanted to leave the club.”

“It was the happiest period on the field and off it for my family.” “We didn’t win anything, but we helped the club get back into the Champions League and had some high finishes up the table.”

“It was a sad day for me when I left.” “But I told Kevin to grab the opportunity with both hands.” “He rang me when he was going up there for talks and I told him to go for it.”

“I said that it might be turmoil up there now, but once it takes off it can be unbelievable and that he had to be there to see it.”

“Regardless of the team doing well or not, there are gates of 52,000 up there.” “No disrespect to Bolton, but Kevin has a chance at one of the biggest clubs out there now.”

Gary Speed has also of course played with our other midfielder Danny Guthrie, who was on loan at Bolton last season. Danny has enjoyed a very good first season at Newcastle and the lad is still just 21 and has looked a very good midfielder, as he learns his trade at Newcastle.

Gary is hoping to see Nolan link up with Danny Guthrie at some stage this season.

Danny is out at the moment with a hamstring injury, but he is now back in light training and should be ready for the game at Bolton on 1st March, another crucial 6 pointer for the Magpies.

Speed continued:

“Danny is also another player for Newcastle who will come back into the mix.” “He’s a different type of player to Kev.”

“But they can really complement each other when Danny is back to fitness.” “He’s the sort of player who just loves spraying passes around and opening things up.”

“The can be a real force if they get the chance to play together.”

With the acquisition of Nolan, our central midfield is looking quite good these days with Barton, Butt, Guthrie and Nolan, and it looks that we’ll try to bring in either Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon or Michael Johnson this summer to further strengthen the engine room at Newcastle.

And by the way don’t believe those recent stories about Johnson not wanting to come to Newcastle, there’s just more garbage about the club.

Next season, when we get our next injury crisis at the club, we’ll have enough players to see the crisis through, which we’ve never been able to do over the last several seasons.

Upward and onward.

Next step is to get 3 points against Everton and we’ll be flying.

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Sure he might as well play for us… Speed that is.

  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Nolan to score the winner 😀

  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Or maybe a hattrick

  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Or maybe indeed 4 goals against Everton

  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #5

    How would a fifth sound?:)

  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Ok, this is sad. On a serious note, hope he plays well and would love to see him score.

    A win would be massive!

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Nolan and Guthrie will be class until Barton’s back ! I really hope we can keep Kinnear for the following:

    1. If he wants to take it, he deserves his chance
    2. He has shown what he can do when he has nearly our best team out !
    3. The 3 players we signed are all looking good and fab buys and i just think with a few more players in summer and youngsters coming in, he could do well with us and like Ed said, set the foundations for someone else coming in, in 2 year time !

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Nolan is a good player but no Gary Speed, when all are CM are fit I would play Barton and Nolan.

  • SpartanChris

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    I think it will be next season before we see the best out of Nolan. Speed had a terrible first half season when he arrived.

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah totally agree Toon_Factor !!!!

  • TheDan

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #11

    I think it will be next season before we see the best out of Nolan. Speed had a terrible first half season when he arrived.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #12

    I like to see how we continually judge players on a handful a games.

    Xisco, Nolan, Lovenkrands, R Taylor whether it be good or bad we have made our minds up on a few apperances. Lets give these lads a season or so then make in informed desition for a change.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #13

    2013-2014 (my dream)

    Manager: Alan Shearer

    Assistant:Gary Speed

    Coaches: Lee Clark, Richard Money, Phillipe Albert, Nicky Butt, Les Ferdinand, Stephen Carr

    Scouts: Dennis Wise, Gus Poyet, Jeff Vetere, Habib Beye,???????, ???????

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #14

    sounds good Tm, but why is it a dream to have a less the ordinary Rb as a coach 😛

  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Because Beye would know some African talentos

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #16

    I know i keep banging on about this formation, but a 3 man midfield of Guthrie, with Barton and Nolan slightly ahead and then Jonas behind the strikers is perfect for us.

    We are not playing too well with wingers and Jonas cant cross a ball to save his life, so use him were he would be more effective and creative.

  • Doocey

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #17

    So quick to point the finger…

  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Stephen Carr as a coach? Oh my…

  • Ross

    Feb 18, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #19

    turkish-Carr!? what is he going to do?..offer them terrible dietary advice and teach them how to jog everywhere? haha.

  • Wigaz

    Feb 18, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Really like Nolan as a player think he’ll do very well here. My team vs Everton:
    Jonas==Butt (c)====Nolan===Duff==

    Think Colo needs a rest. Maybe bring him on in dm see how he does. I think smith should have a chance & this game will be against a decent defence so if he could notch in front of Toon army against a decent side it will do wanders for his confidence. Viduka cant last a full game & could provide a moment of magic late on like he did against spurs.

  • valle

    Feb 18, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Being the new Speed is no easy task, the man played in the most stamina demanding area of the team well into his mid 30’s at the top lvl… He does have some of the same merits tho, and i think he will prove to be a steal at 4 mill.

  • Duffman

    Feb 18, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #22


    When Beye comes back I think that formation could do quite well. Without wingers the fullbacks really need to push up, and if Enrique can continue with his improved form…
    Ryan Taylor could step into the midfield or the back, I personally think his set pieces are good enough to warrant a spot.

  • valle

    Feb 18, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #23

    The Real Entertainers… I see us as a team which typically attacks with our wings. And whenever we have been successfull as a team, we have done so because of top class wingers (Robert and Solano as the latest)… I also think that people have Jonas totally wrong… Sure he dosnt cross much, but thats just it. Crossing is not his game. He runs into the box and pass the ball rather than cross, and if our strikers learn to take advantage of that, then it could be VERY effective… Put a typical winger with a good cross on the right and Jonas on the left and we will have very different attacks for the oposition to deal with.

  • magpies1

    Feb 18, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #24


    Taylor Collo Bssong

    Beye Enrique

    Butt Barton


    Martins Viduka(if fit)

  • magpies1

    Feb 18, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #25

    beye enrique are ment to be wing backs

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #26


    Carr has Champions League experience and even though he isn’t a very good player an experienced coach will have a great benefit on the team!

  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Turkish Magpie – why not Nobby Solano for the full backs with Albert working with the CBs and Butt generally working on the defensive side of things?

    At least Nobby would bring something and he showed he could defend well when he filled in at RB but still contributed well to the attack.

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #28

    ED you Could of put up a blog wishing the Great “Sir Bobby Robson” a Congratulation’s on his Birthday…..Best wishes Sir Bobby !!!!!!

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #29

    I reckon he will be better than wor Gary…..
    Nolan will be the new Gerrard 😉

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #30


    Perfect chears!

    I was just trying to put together a coaching team that work really well together and would get us into Europe!

  • workyticket

    Feb 18, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #31

    ObaMartins // Feb 18, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    “ED you Could of put up a blog wishing the Great “Sir Bobby Robson” a Congratulation’s on his Birthday…..Best wishes Sir Bobby !!!!!!”

    batty led a mini campaign for that earlier, so Ed has written a nice birthday greeting on the top right of the homepage.

  • batty

    Feb 18, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #32

    surely ashleys not daft enough to leave hughton in charge

  • batty

    Feb 18, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #33

    ashley out

  • batty

    Feb 18, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #34

    mike basset for manager

  • batty

    Feb 18, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #35

    is there any one out there

  • jimiley

    Feb 18, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #36

    We had abad enough team with Joe in charge. He was getting us a point a game which is relegation form. God help us with Hughton and Calderwood. We must be favourites to go down with those two in charge. And yes MA is stupid enough to leave them in charge. Look what he has done to the club in 18 months.

  • jimiley

    Feb 18, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #37

    God bless the Toon and all whole sailed in her. The only saving grace is that the captain MA will go down with her. The passengers will return but the captain and crew will perish .

  • jimiley

    Feb 18, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Nolan could be a top player in the fizzy league. Average in the Prem. Would not have been in NUFC squad 12 years ago. Says it all. I know I’m living in the past but it sure as hell beats whats being served up now. God bless MA.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Gary Speed leaving is because he want to signed Nicky Butt !

    Startiing from that onwards, we are going down and down.

    To go up the table, we need to kick butt out

  • micknufc

    Feb 18, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #40

    see the comments on here get no better…sorry ed ,i think youve tried your best..but to many glory seekers,people with no understanding of what it mean’s to be a supporter through thin and thinner.people like hitman claiming to be the only geordie by birth etc…it’s done my head in!
    im saying adios,thanks to all the good lads mozza etc..but micknufc is going to get on with supporting the lads…howay the toon


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