Nicky Butt was born in Gorton, Manchester and he a straight talker, but sometimes he tells things like they are – maybe just a little too straight. 😀
Nicky Butt – blunt to the extreme- but true nonetheless
And that is the case this morning as Nicky seems less than positive that Newcastle can get out of their relegation difficulties any time soon.
In fact he thinks it may have to go right down to the wire, and could be decided on the last day of the season – how’s that for some uplifting news before our game with Arsenal this afternoon?
Butt takes no prisoners as he talks bluntly, about the terrible and embarrassing position Newcastle find themselves in today:
“As with any team down there, one or two results and you are out if it,” “One or two bad ones and you are straight back in it. It will definitely go to the last day for many teams, including us.”
“We hope not, we hope to be safe by then, but there will be four or five teams on the last day who won’t be out of it. We are in trouble and we need to get out if it. It’s as blunt as that really.”
The 34-year-old seems a little fed up of discussing the Newcastle position, because you can talk about it all you want but you can to, but you can only do something about it on the field by getting results, and the lads have not been able to do that recently.
“Everyone knows how important it is,” “We have had numerous chats about the importance of getting away from this.”
“There’s no point saying that because Newcastle is a big club with a massive fan base we will just get out of it. We have to stick together and hopefully our ability will shine through and we will get the points we need.”
“If you write our team down and put it up against any other team we are as good as anyone outside the top four. But names don’t count for anything and you have to go out there and perform. We all know that.”
Names don’t count for anything, we agree with Nicky on that, which is one reason the Newcastle players need to look at themselves in the mirror and ask whether they are individually playing anywhere near their potential – and if they are, they probably shouldn’t be at the club.
“If you are going to be realistic and honest, a draw with Arsenal and Chelsea or Manchester United would be a good point,”
“But we have put ourselves into a position where it’s maybe not enough now. If you went round the changing room and asked the lads, if they were honest they would be happy with a point.”
“When I was at (Manchester) United, whenever I watched Newcastle play Arsenal they were always massive games.” “They were good spectacles with good players. If we perform like we can do, we can bring those days back.”
“This is a game against a team on a high at the moment, getting a few injured players back. It’s getting bigger and bigger every game.”
You can only play well when you are contented and not anxious about things, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with Nicky, who has come out and said he doesn’t like playing these games one little bit. Of course before he arrives Newcastle in 200,m he was winning trophies with Manchester United – but this is not Manchester United – it’s Newcastle United, and we’ve been just completley hopeless these last several seasons.
“Nobody enjoys the massive pressure. A single mistake can cost you the game. As a footballer, you play to enjoy it. The games just fly by if you are playing well.”
“If they are not going right they seem to last six hours.” “This Premier League gets stronger every year, this year especially.”
It helps to be positive with most things, but only if you are also realistic about it, and not just a Pollyanna – where everything is great all the time – because it’s not.
Other players come out and say what they think fans want to hear, whether they believe it or not. We hear an awful that of that kind of stuff, so Nicky is certainly different.
And being blunt like this, could well be the way Nicky is, and there’s hardly anything wrong with that approach.
If Nicky comes out this afternoon and fights like crazy for the Newcastle cause, we’ll know this is his individual way of standing up to the pressure, which nobody likes, but all people get in life.
We hope Nicky goes all out this afternoon, and maybe we’ll get that win, and if we do, we’re sure Nicky will be a little bit more positive after the game – but only because that will be the updated reality.