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.
“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.