Peter Lovenkrands is again today singing the praises of both the Newcastle United Football Club and the Newcastle area in general.
Peter Lovenkrands – after scoring at WBA
Of course Peter has come from a mini nightmare in Germany where his wife and young daughter were struggling to settle in the country, and Løvenkrands admits that he felt depressed and dejected as his career took a spectacular turn for the worse.
Peter had played just 9 minutes this season, before arriving at Newcastle, and he said today:
“People might laugh when I say I have rediscovered the fun side of the game here given the ups and downs that Newcastle have had,” “But it is true. I am just so happy to be here, play football, get time on the pitch.”
“My family is settled and I am enjoying it. Honestly.” “I know what I can do on a pitch and just needed someone to give me a chance. I got one here, a big one, and I want to take it. It has been a tough couple of months. I wanted away from Germany.”
“They knew that early this season so they didn’t want to use me because I didn’t want to be there.” “My family didn’t settle off the pitch and we decided to get away. We could not really live there any more.”
“I told the club and I was close to going to Fulham in the summer window but it fell through at the last minute.” “Schalke had a new coach in and didn’t want to use me. It was understandable.”
“It makes you miserable when you are not playing. It was difficult, especially for me wife. It’s been tremendous to be in a city like Newcastle, with the shops, just being back in Britain is fantastic.”
It was back in the summer of 2000, when Peter was supposed to be on his way to Newcastle, and Bobby Robson and the club thought we had it all wrapped up. Then at the last moment he took a detour north, and signed for Glasgow Rangers, to the complete surprise of Newcastle.
It seems at the time Peter thought Newcastle were too big a club for him, at the time, and of course he will have remembered the experience of 19 year old Dane Jon Dahl Tomasson before him. Peter thought he wouldn’t get too much playing time, with the good team Bobby was amassing at that time.
“I could have moved here in 2000. I came here for a look. I decided to sign for Rangers because, I thought, as a young lad I would have more chance of getting playing time.” “I thought Newcastle were a bit big for me then.”
“Strangely, I have always looked at Newcastle’s results wherever I have been. As an outsider looking in you just saw a massive club. A great club.” “Now I am here you realise how big it is. With the fans, the stadium and my team-mates. It is huge untapped potential.”
“The club is lying at the wrong end of the table, especially looking at the ability of the lads.” “Yes, I want to stay here for the next few years, but right now I just have to play football.”
“I now have that feeling that football is fun back in my body. I feel I have got my spirit back and the will to play football.”
We have a very tough game against Everton tomorrow, and a defeat would send us down the table again. We then start a run of home games after the game at Bolton, when we will host Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, in that order. A possible 9 points there maybe? 😀
Løvenkrands knows Newcastle still have plenty to worry about this season, but the 29-year-old Dane is convinced Newcastle will remain in the Premier League next season.
“You can see in training we are not a team who should be lying down there. We just need to pick it up, build on the away win at West Brom. We also have a tough schedule with the big four coming here.
“That could be a difficult time, but if we do pick up points in those games, even one point can get you jumping up the table. Three points and you can leap up five. That is how tight it is.”
It’s good to have our players praising the club and liking it at Newcastle, and it has balancing effect against the gloom and doom merchants, who are always around, and will depress anybody who will listen to them.
There’s no doubt that Peter, Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan have raised the spirits of both players and fans alike, with their praise of the Newcastle club, even in the mess we seem to be in.
But supporters must support the team and the coaches, and this demonstration tomorrow will hardly be helpful.
We hope the NUSC cancel it, or at least delay the demonstration until say Monday, when they will not have a negative impact on our team’s chances of winning tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!