Steve Harper Wants Stability At Newcastle – Don’t We All

Steve Harper has admitted today that the stuff, some call it a soap opera, which continues to hang over St James’ Park is doing nobody any favors at the club.


Steve Harper – stability long overdue at Newcastle

And in fact Steve has come out and strongly suggested this morning that the club should get their house in order sooner rathere than later.and has called on the club to get their house in order as quickly as possible.

When asked if he was looking forward to some stability at Newcastle United, Steve told the Daily Telegraph this morning:

“Well, it’s long overdue,” “We’ve had far too high a turnover of managers. Anyone can see that.”

“Look at David Moyes and Everton. Why can’t we be like them? We should be where they are and where Aston Villa are, where we were a few years ago under Sir Bobby Robson.”

“We’re only going to get that by giving a manger time.”

Harper has recently established himself as Newcastle’s No. 1, once Shay Given decided he had enough of all the shenanigans going on at the club in January, and joined Manchester City.

But Steve has also admitted there have been times over the last 16 years when he wondered whether he would ever get his chance.

He was always in the shadow of Given at Newcastle, who played 458 times for the club, although there is little between the two goalkeepers.

Steve continued:

“I went to see the manger saying I wanted to play, asking to give me an opportunity or to let me go on loan, but it just didn’t happen,”

“In hindsight, should I have kicked up a fuss and done something about it? Possibly. When I’m finished I might regret those years.”

“It seems to be the people who don’t care much get the moves. If you are a bit more selfish you get the rewards. It’s like nice guys finish last in football.”

“After 16 years here I could probably write a book that would outsell JK Rowling. I’ve seen good players with bad attitudes and bad players with good attitudes – the full spectrum.”

“We’ve spent a lot of money over that time but let’s just say some of it wasn’t spent particularly well.”

Rather than feeling any regret about what’s gone by, since you can’t do too much about it, in fact you can do nothing about it, we think Steve will concentrate on being a top goalkeeper at Newcastle, for at least the next three years.

We have no doubt Steve can do just that, and while his chance has come late, it’s a chance nonetheless that we feel he can, and will, grab with both hands.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Clean Sheet Today-3 points.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2


    i hope youre right

    does any 1 think that our side doesnt know how to win

    it seems like we can keep a clean sheet but then we cant score or we can score loads but then concede loads we need to get the balance right

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    think we will win 2-1 owen and martins to score

  • JoshNufc91

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4



    lua lua



  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    All Ashley needs to do at the end of the seasons is

    1. Hire a good, proper Manager
    2. Keep wise scouting young players
    3. Give about 20mil of his money every season

    How hard is that????????

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6


  • JoshNufc91

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    and keep players who are out of contract or want to leave
    ie. basically everyone

  • JoshNufc91

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #8

    anyone got a link to the match??
    not sure if iraq goals has it on today like

  • lacedaemonian

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Tis on channel4 on Iraqgoals I believe.

  • clinta

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve always wondered why harps has stayed the course at nufc, he could of gone on and done much better somewhere else years ago just like Given finally has now.

    I guess the players at times also suffer from the underachievement of the club and the fact that’we should turn the corner this year right?’ mentality.

    Glad you’ve kept the faith though harps as your needed more than ever, hjust not sure why you have for all this time.

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11


    Ive just been to Sunderlands training ground to watch the young-un’s play.

    The under 16’s and the under 18’s

    What a player Arron Spear is! He is brilliant, definately a superstar in the making

    Also Harris Vucic is a very good player, his vision is superb

    They should fly Spear down to Hull NOW and start him as an attacking Midfielder. The lad has got it, theres no doubt about it!

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    The under 16’s were beaten 2-1 (Spear scored) and they definately should have got at least a draw

    The under 18’s were getting beat 3-1 when i left about 5 mins before the end (it was too windy!) and nufc done realy well although the scoreline indicates otherwise.

    Soderberg had a bit of a nightmare

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Fly him to Hull…c’mon mate this is mike Ashley we are talking about…day return national express kidsaver ticket : )

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Lol sirjason!!! :p

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Fair play to Harper..really admire him staying and fighting for the cause..Good luck today Mr Harper !!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #16

    : )

    That Spear sounds good tell us more?
    Strength?Speed? Etc

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Wish they showed the youngsters games on the net,give us something to look forward to.

  • workyticket

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #18

    JoshNufc91 // Mar 14, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    “anyone got a link to the match??
    not sure if iraq goals has it on today like”

    Channel 3 on TVAnts and Iraq goals on media player by the looks of things. ‘Veetle’ is best though if it’s on that and you can find it somewhere. Don’t think it is though.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #19


    All these players have the ability to play for the first team in a couple of years.

  • nomis7

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Whats the Link please anyone?

    Should be a good win for us today. We have played them 3 times and not won so this is our time. Big players need to step up and be counted, we should put these muppets down. 10 games to go and 30 points!!!!!


  • ronaldeano

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #21

    He takes all set pieces and has BAGS of skill. His first touch is also quality.

    You can just tell that this kid has a big future by the way he plays football, he is a very skilfull player

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #22


    Look forward to watching

    Ngo Baheng
    And another kid i dont know his name , but he was playing on the left. He is very quick and skilfull and he hit the bar from 25 yards today

  • nomis7

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #23

    They talk SHITE on sky sports about us…………..

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 14, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Spear was moved to Attacking Mid in the second half, his passing and vision is 10/10 imo. His goal was a right foot low strike from just outside the 18 yard box. H had a few more chances like that but couldent put them away, the wind was a nuicence.

    I cant wait for this kid to break into the first team

  • dougnufc

    Mar 14, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #25


    how was Inman? I heard he is the next Kaka

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 14, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Nomis7 – Didvnt worry about SS and what they say about the toon. The bollox they talk isnt worth listening too. Like when Loven broke Van Der Saars record – all the next day was how it was 1 in 1000 mistakes for VDS and Loven is not normally that hot is position. Anyway to take the emphasis of anything we can do.

    Looks like the pool are kicking backside – stuck at work so cant see for real but will catch later today.

    Lets slaughter Hull 1- 4 and get game of the day on SS1 tonight!!!!

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 14, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27


    I think the closest to Kaka is Vucic, he was excelent today, his vision is quality. He is a big lad and he dosent take any shit!

    He got fould and the ref gave nothing, he got his revenge with a bone crunching tackle on the little mackem! He got a good telling off by the ref for it! 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Cheers Ronaldeano !

  • Craigg

    Mar 14, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29


    I was just thinking the same thing Charlie Nicholas has incredibly just claimed that Newcastle will need 43-44 points to stay up!!

    So in his expert opinion all but two of Stoke, Boro, Pompey, WBA, Hull, Bolton, Blackburn, Mackems, Spurs and Fulham will get to 42 points.

    He is a clown, He is the most embarassing thing to come out of Scotland since Colin and Justin.

    Anyway 2-0 today Oba and Owen.

    A win could spark our season and with Nolan, Guthrie, Beye and Duff back for the Arsenal game things could look a hell of a lot better in a week or two.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #30


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