Nolan Has Relegation Experience So He Can Help Us


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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84 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Mar 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    It is not all over until the fat lady (Ashley) sings. We have players with the experience and skill to beat the drop. We will stay up by the skin of our teeth that is my belief. Unlike a lot of other relegation threatened clubs we have our fans – with us a roaring away our lads will keep us up. Saying that “…where are my finger nails?”

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  • Nick D

    Mar 12, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    so has Alan Smith!!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 12, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3
  • DJG

    Mar 12, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    I least Nolan will come back fully fit. None of the others will and you need fully fit players to fight relegation.

    Hughten is blowing bubbles up Smith’s arse but the player we actually need back in this situation is Joey.

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  • DJG

    Mar 12, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    At #

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I keep hearing newcastle fans and the management going on about how they should have got something from the man u game. Yet from the highlights i saw and from reading reviews in the paper this was never the case. United did enough to win and had further chances without over exerting themselves.

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Dont think so Babytool

    Like you, cockney journalists hate us, so they will write a load of crap JUST LIKE YOU DO!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    ronaldeano

    bite bite bite bite bite bite bite bite bite

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  • workyticket

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Bennytoon, I’m surprised you still have the nerve to be on here after your vile anti Turkish comments yesterday. You’re an ignorant bigot.

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    workyticket

    anti turkish comments provide a link

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  • pearceet

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    bennytoon who do you support?

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Babytool

    You come on evryday with your tripe!

    I NEVER bite!

    I just tell you how unfunny and effing sad you are!!

    You hate Geordies and i hate cockneys.

    Wheres the bite in that?!!

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    @Pearceet

    He is a spurs fan mate

    And a virgin with a small penis 😉

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    pearcat

    spurs

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  • batty

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    bennytoon // Mar 11, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Turkish mag- Stick to making kebabs as comedy isnt your thing

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Calm down, lads.

    Look at it this way: who is out there who looks shakier than us? In order of likelihood to go down, I’d say:

    1. West Brom. Screwed.
    2. Stoke – they’ve just not got the squad to respond now.
    3. Hull – plummetting and one win won’t stop that.
    4. Fulham – picked a bad time to go to pieces, and falling fast.
    5. Portsmouth – lost some of their best, and no cohesion or direction
    6. Newcastle – terrible up to now, but great squad, some stability at last, and key players returning.

    We will be ok. Just.

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  • batty

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    there beye

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Bye bye babytool

    Ive got better things to do today than rip the piss out of you 😉

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Ronaldeano – you ALWAYS bite. And the rest of you. For chrissakes – will you read this thread and see how you screw this forum for all of us??

    Ed – please get these idiots off here so we can discuss football…

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #20

    No i dont 🙂

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  • komfort

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    whumpie , bit harsh…

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #22

    batty

    is that realy offensive perhaps im wrong but the equivelent to that would be if some 1 (non british) had said to me stick to drinking tea as comedy isnt youre thing

    i dont think i would be offended

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  • batty

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    yeah thats wot i thought beye

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    It’s not harsh! Look at this pathetic thread!

    23 comments, of which FIVE are anything to do with the article! And you wonder why people are deserting this site?

    Pisses me off.

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  • batty

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #25

    when dus beye come back beye ha

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  • Sav

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Talk about clutching straws. Nolan has been at the bottom before so he’ll be a big help…..? And, oh, yeah, he’s not playing anyway – you might as well write:
    ‘Newcastle in with a chance at Hull as perennial struggler Nolan misses match!’

    The disgrace is, we are where we are at all -All so unnecessary.

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    batty

    dunno not long hopefully though s.taylor is doing a good job for now

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  • Macas35

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    Nolan has used his great experience so far – to get stupidly sent off when we had some of our most crucial games as far as survival goes.

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  • batty

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29

    beye i like s taylor think he will come good m8 watched him play against stoke under 16 fa cup we won 1 0 he looked realy good m8

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  • komfort

    Mar 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #30

    whumpie , feel free to join in….

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  • Craigg

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Ronaldeano is spot on because the Cockney scum papers along with Stelling and his mutual masterbaters keep banging on about our desperate situation yet mighty Spurs still have to play Chelsea and Man City at home along with easy trips to Man Utd, Liverpool, Everton and Villa and not a word about them.

    On an important note i still believe we will scrape enough points and as everyone keeps on about getting 38 and if we cant get to that at the very least than we deserve to go down.

    We will finish on 42 points:

    Hull (a) 3
    Stoke (a) 1
    Spurs (a) 1
    Pompey (h) 3
    Fulham (h) 3
    Boro (h) 3

    42 POINTS= Safety

    (Unless fluke like West ham under Roeder)

    P.S. Nobody should totally write us off against Arsenal and Chelsea because we should have a virtually full squad to pick from and our recent home record against them is better than most.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Whumpie – agreed – a lot of thread are non entities even though eds put a load of effort in – same pathetic rubbish every day. I imagine even Bennytoon is bored of them its so droll.

    When there are only 1 or 2 items of quality its hard to be bothered to post.

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  • komfort

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #33

    stardust , is that directed at me ?

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  • workyticket

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Comments aren’t posting.

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  • workyticket

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Except when I write “comments aren’t posting”

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  • sahota

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #36

    This baby fool oh I mean bennytoon , just takes the stick and then runs away. Com’on benny start supporting Newcastle otherwise next time you need to fight relegation with spurs ….

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  • workyticket

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #37

    beyethegreat // Mar 12, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    “batty

    is that realy offensive perhaps im wrong but the equivelent to that would be if some 1 (non british) had said to me stick to drinking tea as comedy isnt youre thing

    i dont think i would be offended”

    Yes it is offensive, I have had several Turkish friends who have been successful in various fields, yet most of them have been told at some stage to “get back to the kebab shop you stupid Turk”. It’s a bit like telling a Geordie that he’s a feckless idiot who should get back to the jobcentre, it isn’t very nice at all.

    Benny also told someone with a Punjabi name, and perfectly acceptable English

    “sahota- until you have a better grasp of the english language can you please disappear.” in the same article.

    He’s a bigot.

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  • workyticket

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Ed, you really need to get your ‘back-end’ sorted out!

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  • workyticket

    Mar 12, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #39

    beyethegreat // Mar 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    “workyticket

    anti turkish comments provide a link”

    Beye, I tried to post a reply, but it wouldn’t post.

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  • Macas35

    Mar 12, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #40

    I think people are being a bit harsh about the so called anti turkish comments, I didnt see anything overly offensive about what he said.

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