Hughton Welcomes Back Big Personality – Kevin Nolan

Chris Hughton has today admited that Newcastle United have missed the significant positive influence of Kevin Nolan in the team, and has welcomed his return from his 3 game suspension.


Kevin Nolan – return welcomed by coach Hughton

The 26-year-old was given a three-game ban following his straight red card for a terrible tackle on Everton’s Victor Anichebe, which put the Everton striker out for the season.

But since that game Newcastle picked up a single point last Saturday at Hull, ion the 3 games Newcastle played without Nolan, and of course Kevin this morning just happened to mention Newcastle were unbeaten when he has started. It will be an unwelcome surprise to Newcastle fans, if Kevin doesn’t start the game tomorrow against The Gunners.

Caretaker manager Chris Hughton believes the experience and character of Liverpool-born Nolan will be invaluable to Newcastle in their relegation fight.

Chris told nufcTV today:

“Kevin is an honest lad and we all knew after the sending-off incident that he held his hand up,” “He knew he had caught the lad and it was a typical Kevin response straight afterwards to apologize.”

“It was a shame because we were able to see what he is capable of doing in a short period and we have missed him.” “He’s a big personality and a good character to have around.”

“He’s also a lad that’s been in this situation before and I’m sure there’ll be value in that for us.”  

We hope that upbeat assessment on Kevin means that Nolan will start the game tomorrow against Arsenal, because we need him in the team.

A win is what we need tomorrow, bu that will be very difficult, but we want the lads to start the game, and play the full game as though their lives depended on it.

For lots of  Newcastle fans, it’s just that important.

Howay The Lads – you can do it!!

26 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

    get ya money on super kevin nolan to open the scoring vs arsenal 😉

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Howay Kev, do we proud – ne stamping on Arsenal players – spitting yes – but not stamping 🙂

  • Ericles

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Would rather Guthrie alongside Nolan than Butt. Fingers crossed for Saturday because Hughton has got no imagination or flair whatsoever.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Ericles – we just got to sit back and see what happens.

    Was discussing tomorrows match with a thorough Man U fan and she thinks that arsenal may come with the attitude that we are sh*t and easy to beat – which I hoping they do and they sit back and we turn on the gas!

  • Monster

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    We don’t have that bad a record against the Arse really… Remember Nobby’s goal with the outside of his boot a few years back? Class.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Forgot to add – lets hope our subs are tactically used and bring something to the game – not the last 6 mins!

  • Stuart79

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon Graeme // Mar 20, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Ericles – we just got to sit back and see what happens.

    Was discussing tomorrows match with a thorough Man U fan and she thinks that arsenal may come with the attitude that we are sh*t and easy to beat

    We are! lol

    Although I do still live in hope

  • Monster

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    We are ridiculously easy to play against. We are however also capable of raising our game so who knows! I’ve decided to opt for optimism. Howay the Toon!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Stuart79 – Aye and there is always hope! 🙂

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Monster – Im with ya on that one.

    A couple of pints of liquid enthusiasm and nerve chiller before kick off and Im up for getting behind our lads.


  • 51times

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Monster – That was a great goal, our best that season I think.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Just had a look on NUFC website and if the picture are correct from today and the players in the orange tops are the team – Geremi is pictured in an orange top with Oba and Butt.

    Please god no!

  • Monster

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    TG surely not!!!

  • Stuart79

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon Greame

    It was right last week.

    Hughton wouldn’t suprise meif he names the same side as against Hull and has Nolan and Taylor on the bench!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #15,,10278~1596892,00.html

    Left of picture – back of his head!

  • Monster

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh no. Surely he can’t be that daft. Surely?

  • ACD

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17


    thats what the team will be….. butt, jonas, ryan taylor, bassong and s taylor

    NO geremi

  • ACD

    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    obv not those 5 players haha but they’ll be 5 out of the 11

  • Monster

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Looks like Lov’s got a bib on too

  • big boomer

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Lets hope Nolan gets a start. With guthrie back lets hope butt doesn’t plat. his head knows what to do but his legs are gone. We consistently have conceded goals this season our midfield does not track runners. For this game centre midfield guthrie and nolan wide left spidey and i am surprised by myself duff on the right. i just think he gets back better than loverboy.
    probably a waste of time cause we could pick a hundred teams on here and it will still be nowhere near the bizarre selections chris no personality i am boring chris hughton will come up with

  • Whumpie

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    It was a practice match – the teams mean nowt.

    We have a great track record against Arsenal, and if we can play as well as we did against Manure, we’ll get three points.

    Not sure we’ll keep them contained, mind – but I can see us putting a few past them. A point would be good, but I really don’t see a win as beyond us now we’ve got players back.

    Let’s not get too worked up, though – remember a lot of these players are only just back in training, so people like Beye may well be on the bench at most. Only Hughton and Calderwood know who’s ready for a match like this, so let’s not get on their backs if they don’t start all the returning players.

    Sounds like Nolan’s in there, though – good news.

  • spiderpig

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #22

    nice to see a bit of positive feeling around the fans

  • Whumpie

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    I am optimistic – and it seems I’m not alone – but I am also prepared for being 19th with 29 points when we go to Stoke. Any points from the next 2 matches will be a bonus, but we shouldn’t go apesh*t if we don’t get them.

  • sahota

    Mar 20, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #24

    We are very unpredictable, so can lose and can also win. I can not see draw in tomorrow’s match. As Arsenal will do best to try to win it. So we will also have good chance of scoring at other end.

  • Corinthian

    Mar 20, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Don’t know about you lads, but after a few weeks of anxiety and anger I have calmed down a lot in the last few days. Why? I don’t know. But there is a new tranquility, a feeling of being resigned to our fate or whatever.


    Mar 20, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Monster No 19

    Just incase he dribbles.


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