Nicky Butt – Disastrous Weekend For Newcastle

More bad news today for Newcastle in that Nicky Butt could be out as much as four weeks with his knee injury, and push will come to shove tomorrow night against Manchester United and a defeat will set the alarm bells ringing loud at St. James’ Park.


Nicky Butt – we weren’t good enough at Bolton

And Nicky himself was not happy with the performance on Sunday at Bolton, where we again let a relegation side take all 3 points form us, in a display that just wasn’t good enough.

Nicky talked today to the Newcastle Journal:

“It has been a disastrous weekend for us,” “The results have gone well for most of the teams at the bottom end of the table – apart from us.”

“It was a poor performance from us and I think we got what we deserved, nothing. I know all about relegation and things are definitely that bad.”

“Anyone who is sat in the dressing room thinking we’re going to be okay is in danger of getting bitten on the bum. We’re down there near the bottom.”

“If we didn’t think we were in the fight before this game then we know now that we definitely are. Now we have to try to keep our heads up and keep going.”

Quite honestly, we have been hopeless in the last 9 league games, getting just a solitary win at WBA and three draws – that’s just 6 points from 9 games, and that’s relegation form.

We have failed to beat Stoke, Hull City, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers at St James’ Park this season in the league, and now we have the three big boys coming along in Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea – so we cannot really complain that we are just 2 points from second bottom place, because our results lately have been terrible.

Butt, who will now not be available to help the side for a good few weeks, continued:

“Frustration is the main thing in the dressing room after a game like Bolton, and anger at not getting the result we really needed. We restricted them mainly to long shots, but didn’t take our own chances.”

“We definitely need to take something from those home games now.” “Our situation is getting more and more serious as the weeks go by.”

“We’re all disappointed with how things have gone and now it’s time to try to make amends quickly, over these coming games. Boro beat Liverpool last weekend so we can get a win.”

“We’ve had good results at home against the big teams in recent years. We haven’t had them against (Manchester) United, but Chelsea and Arsenal at home. We’ve beaten them and drawn against them.”

“We can’t worry about who we are playing against. It’s another game on Wednesday night and we have to perform better than we did against Bolton.”

Butt of course spent a full season at Birmingham a few years back, and he was all due to join Birmingham at the end of the season, until they were relegated that season, so Nicky has been through relegation before.

This could be his second time around if Newcastle don’t improve, and show more urgency, than they showed on Sunday afternoon.

Nicky continued:

“It couldn’t be any tougher than that really. They are coming to St James’s which is something, but they are probably the best team in the world at the moment.”

“We could play out of our skins on Wednesday and still come away with nothing – that’s how good they are.”

“But we have to try to concentrate on getting ourselves away from danger and back to where we should be.”

“The standard of our performances has to improve – and see whether it’s good enough to bring us anything on Wednesday.”

The former Old Trafford man added: “I’ve got a lot of friends there, ones that I speak to a lot. But I have to forget about that and focus on what’s happening here at Newcastle.”

Derek Llambias has said the club have a plan in place, in case they are relegated this season, and you can bet they are brushing up on that plan.

But if we are relegated we can say goodbye to all the high wage earners at the club, and that’s quite a few of our better players. To say there will be clear-out if we get relegated, will be a huge understatement, and some of our best players will need to be sold.

Unfortunately, if we are truthful, it’s starting to look like the lads may not have the required guts and glory, to get us out of this big mess we’re now in, especially with Joe Kinnear being laid up.

If we are defeated tomorrow night, we should at least expect a new experienced temporary manager to be drafted in – quickly – to try to save us, at least until Joe comes back.

When Joe is in charge, you know the lads will give 100% – but it looks like Chris and Colin are having some difficulty inspiring the lads to play at their very best.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • sahota

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Still there is time left. I think if everyone works hard, we should JUST be safe on last day. Not reality is we need to get atleast 3 points out of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man U in my opinion. Without these 3 points we won’t be able to make enough points on board. And if you look at it, if we try to win every game of these 3 then it is possible we actually win atleast 1 of these games. I think team should go with full energy into MAN U game considering we need to win it. They just need belief otherwise you never going to win.

  • repo

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    well he wont be missed tbh..

    should of got rid of him in the summer..

  • Tom1664

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    We’ve still got Hull, Stoke, Spurs, Pompy, Boro, Fulham and (possibly) Villa where we could pick up points, even if manure still cream us tomorrow – that’s at least 18 potential points, which could take us to 46 points if we can hold our nerve. Overly optimistic I know…

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed – “If we are defeated tomorrow”

    If only I had the faith that we aint gonna get a huge spanking tomorrow night.

    After Sunday I find it hard to be positive. We could and probably will be in the bottom 3 by the tomorrow night and with Hull away next match and no manger and the fact they have beat we twice already – doesnt hold good.

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope to God Owen gets back soon. Without him and Martins we have looked completely toothless lately.

    If Hughton is stupid enough to start with Ameobi against Man Utd we deserve to lose.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    When Joe is in charge, you know the lads will give 100%

    We have 6 wins this season so so what if they give a 100% ?? Of course it looks better that they at least tried when we lost, but how can Mike even think about giving Joe a another 2 years??

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    mike ashley is an idiot,jk should be let go now.

  • Ericles

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    When Martins is substituted for Viduka then is the time for serious questions to be asked. That decision on Sunday was a ball breaker. As for Owen returning? That is now irrelevant. We hear more from the club now but we have nothing on Owen and his contract offer. We have the lads to keep us up – I just wish they were given a chance to play.

  • UTD111

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m sure there are not many United fans who need to be told by Nicky Butt or anyone else that we are in serious trouble…..its “stating the bleedin obvious” to put it in cockney for our glorious leaders….

    Ashley’s chickens are coming home to roost. Early in the season he had to choose between his manager and some cross eyed cockney twerp who was universally hated in the game.

    He chose the twerp and lost a very good manager who had already achieved a draw at old trafford ( a game we should have won).

    Had he backed his manager – as he should have done, there is no way we would be in this mess.

    Never mind, he’s good at selling t-shirts….

  • SpartanChris

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Martins was knackered in the second half on Sunday, he had to go off.

    Owen is our key and keeping Jonas and Ryan Taylor fit to feed him.

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Dear Mr. Butt,

    It has been a disastrous season for us so far, the fans. Good luck with your knee.

  • coyote

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    it would appear that only bankers and footballers(w***ers) get rewarded for failure
    if we put as much effort into our jobs that our lot have put in this season we would be signing on now
    they’re all in the comfort zone and are cruising along picking up there wages no hunger there anymore
    but – can you blame them………..when the manager gives bambi a new contract all of the rest must feel fireproof
    I fear it’ll get worse before it gets better but I’m optimistic we won’t go down but I think we’ll finish 4th bottom and escape with only 1 point in hand over the team below us

  • neil

    Mar 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Got to agree with Pons Aelius to be honest. Funny how Hughton said this weekend wasn’t a disaster for us then our captain comes out and says the exact opposite. Ridiculous times

  • Spitfire

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Dear Mr Knee

    Its been disastrous ever since Sir Bobby Robson was shafted by the club, good luck with your butt.

  • Spitfire

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    I have been feeling slightly nauseous ever since the Bolton match -I put it down to having consumed bag of chocolate raisins whilst listening to the match. However I still have the feeling and it has got worse as I read these blogs. I realise I have relegation sickness. Its like radiation sickness, it just worsens. At the moment there is no known cure.

  • sahota

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    I agree Spitfire, I am also suffering from Relegation Sickness. But we need to keep bit of hope. Lets hope we get something out of Man U Arsenal, and Chelsea.


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