Chris Hughton has today said that he believes Kevin Nolan, who has experienced successful relegation battles in the past, could prove vital to Newcastle’s survival prospects this season.
And that just about sums up where we are at Newcastle these days.
Kevin Nolan– relegation experience can be vital for Newcastle
This is what Chris had to say today:
“It is important that we have a lot of players here who have been through this sort of thing before, if you look at Kevin Nolan at Bolton for example,”
“He has been part of a team which went through a difficult period, came out the other side and went on to have a successful period. That is what we are looking to do.”
“The hardest thing for us is that the names we want out there in this situation – Joey Barton, Habib Beye – haven’t been able to play because of injury for long spells this season.”
“They are not just important players, they are important individuals.” “But I think the biggest thing that gives us encouragement is the performances.”
“Even at Bolton, it wasn’t a great performance but in my eyes it was still one which was good enough to get something from the game, particularly on balance of chances.”
“They are the games we have to get something from and that was the most disappointing thing. We were as disappointed with the performance in that game as we were pleased with the one against Manchester United.”
“We were very close to getting something from that game and we have to maintain those standards but get three points from those games.”
Am I the only one who thinks that it’s a little depressing when we talk about players who are in our squad, who have relegation experience, and therefore that’s good and they can help us?
It’s really bad that we are in relegation trouble in the first place, and the real reason we are missing Habib Beye and Joey Barton is that we didn’t buy enough players last summer, to see us through any injury crisis, which we know we get every year, so this season’s crisis should not have been a surprise.
And we can hardly blame bad luck for the situation we are in, and we shouldn’t either. This is all of the club’s own doing, if the truth be told, and if we do survive we need to have a real clear-out this summer, and get some good new players in.
Otherwise next year at this time, will be the same old thing – yet another battle against relegation.
If we don’t survive we need to try to keep a team together, that could come straight back up from the Championship, but that could prove rather difficult.