The Newcastle United veteran midfielder Nicky Butt seems to have struck up an excellent partnership with Kevin Nolan, since Kevin arrived at the club last month.
Nicky Butt – backs Newcastle coaches today
And that efficient partnership will be needed on Sunday if we are to get anything out of the home game with highly placed Everton.
Nicky Butt has also come out today and given Newcastle coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood his backing, as they try to steer the Tyneside club, out of relegation problems, for a third season in a row.
With the news that Joe will be away from Newcastle until mid-April, Nicky has called on the Newcastle players to rally behind the caretaker pair.
Butt told nufcTV today:
“Chris and Colin work very hard together and I’m sure they will take to the challenge very well,” “We’re sad about what has happened to Joe. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he comes back soon.”
“But we are where we are and we have two very good coaches and experienced men behind us.” “They are more than capable of doing a job and they have the respect of all the lads.”
“It’s a difficult situation to be in but we need to stick together as a group.”
There are seven league games before the middle of April, when we can expect Joe back at the club, and after that another six games to wrap up the season.
So depending on how many points we can get out of the following 7 games will determine whether we are still fighting relegation when Joe returns.
That would hardly be a good environment for Joe to come back into, after having open heart surgery, so we have to hope the lads will get the business done before then.
3 points on Sunday would be an excellent start to doing just that.