Nicky Butt – We Need To Stick Together As Group

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.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Nicky Butt needs to play less!!!!!!!!!1

  • Matt

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Everton at Home
    Bolton Away
    Man U at Home
    Hull Away
    Arsenal at Home
    Chelsea at Home
    Stoke Away

    Not exactly a walk in the park. We stand a chance with Everton, Bolton, Hull and Stoke but I can’t see us picking up 3 wins out of those 4. Maybe 2 win and 2 draws if we’re lucky. Any points we gain from man u, chelsea and arsenal are complete bonuses.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Is there a match on Sunday???

    The positive spin press officer must be working overtime!!

    For all Butts faults (lets not dwell there) he does come out and talk to the public at times. More than our captain – crocked or not.

    Gonna be wicked atmosphere on Sunday. Gonna head for SJP around 3/330 for a bit of pre match atmosphere and craic with the lads in the area and perhaps a bit of a sing!

    Gonna give the NUSC thing a miss

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Same here TG, im giving that a miss too.

    Il be in Shamrocks at Haymarket getting quite a few pints down at 1:00 like!

    I hope i make it to the game! 🙂

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Ron –

    Say on average 2 pints and hour – thats 6 pints pre match – Im sure you will make it ok! 🙂

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Team- Harper, R.Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Enrique, Duff, Nolan, Butt, Jonas, Martins, Lovenkrands.

    Subs- Forester, S.Taylor, Cacapa, Geremi, Smith, Viduka, Ameobi

    Score- 2-1 (Positivity)
    Score- 1-3 (Probably)

  • Monster

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m not sure why everyone seems to think we need more points than you normally would to stay up this season. Everyone in and around the bottom keep losing – surely we won’t need as many points as usual to stay up? If you look at some of the teams below us, their run-ins are awful too.

  • babelfish

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    NUSC will probs be vying for space around the monument with the usual anti mugabe/free tibet type groups. Until the NUSC actually start talking for the majority of NUFC fans they won’t be getting my backing at all. I will be getting straight up to the ground for the usual pre match drink with the footie wife.

    Looking for plenty of energy and committment from Butt and Nolan on sunday, as will need it to stifle any everton attacks, and get forward ourselves.

  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Have been looking at Manure fixtures in and around our game. Could help us – you never know lol 🙂

    24 Feb – Inter Milan – Away CL

    1 Mar – Spuds – Carling Cup

    4 Mar – Toon – Away PL

    7 Mar – FA Cup

    11 Mar – Inter Milan – Home CL

    It may help – stranger things have happend – We live in hope

  • club insider

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Will be in the irish centre aroun 2.00 for a few pints of Guinness before kick off me thinks !

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    For the manure match I suggest 10 behind the ball in our half and one upfront.

    Nearlly worked for the mackems and they only got pipped in the dying mins by 1 goal.

    I assume Ronaldo will get the normal welcome from the crowd??

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Bottom half Now

    Sunderland 30
    Hull City 29
    Newcastle 27
    Bolton 27
    Portsmouth 27
    Tottenham 25
    Stoke City 24
    Blackburn 23
    Middlesbrough 22
    WBA 22

    Sunderland v Arsenal
    Hull v Tottenham
    Newcastle v Everton
    Bolton v West Ham
    Portsmouth v Stoke
    Blackburn v Man United
    Middlesbrough v Wigan
    West Brom v Fulham

    If win somehow win and the “Most Likely” results happen for the other teams, this is what the table will look like

    Sunderland 30
    Newcastle 30
    Hull City 29
    Tottenham 28
    Portsmouth 28
    Bolton 27
    Stoke City 25
    Blackburn 23
    Middlesbrough 22
    WBA 22

    7 points from saftey, probably wont happen anyway but is the most likely

  • Matt

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Remember Everton are without Cahill and possibly Pienear, Osman and Fellani. I know we’re missing players but they don’t even have adequate cover for any of them. That really is the spine of their team. I’d say we’re good for a draw at least.


    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    well, toon factor, not to pee on your parade, but with that thinking, if we lose, we’ll be 16th, which isnt great is it

    and lets be honest with ouselves, odds are agaisnt us

    lets make SJP a damn fortress for our next 4home games atleast

    if we can steal some points off of eveton man u chelsea dn arsenal then we’ll be lucky.

    9 points out of our next 7 games and i will be happy

    and it hurts to say that, 9 points out of a possible 21, what has happened to my beloved toon?

  • Monster

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #15

    We’ve defo got a chance against Everton but you’ve got to remember we’re our own worst enemies most of the time. If we played like we did against Villa we’ll be fine. Trouble is, we probably won’t.

  • DJG

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    By gum that is a photo of two awld broken down footballers, Tugay and Butt. There faces look nackered. TBH when Guthrie comes back this time I think that may be the end for Butty. Thats if the management have any balls of course. Nolan & Guthrie would be a decent all english engine room. Eventually Barton aswell of course. Butt has been a good servant to the club for the last 5 years of course, but I think if he plays every game in this relegation run in it will just end his career. I think the only reason he is still able to play in the top flight midfield is because he was usually on the bench at Man U.
    Steve Harper 4 captain. It will give him confidence he seems to be lacking at the minute.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    I think we’ll get 10 points from those 7 games, which is plenty for survival. Not exactly grand ambition, but for now it’ll do.

    Butt will be absolutely key on Sunday. With Beye out we have to protect the back 4 and prevent them from going into headless chicken mode.

    That means we’ll need to play on the break, but with the likes of Jonas, Duff, Enrique, R.Taylor, Lovenkrands and Martins I think that should work nicely. Nolan’s distribution is vital too.

    It’s going to be a belter.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 19, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #18


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