Nolan – Newcastle Players Up For The Fight

Kevin Nolan came out yesterday and said he thought Newcastle were 100% certain to stay in the Premier league, and he has again come out today with a rallying call for the Newcastle cause.


Kevin Nolan congratulating Shola for scoring penalty against Sunderland
And Nolan seems to believe the Newcastle team has what it takes to achieve Premier League survival:

“There are no sirens going off here just yet,”    “The next two were always going to be tough games and we’ve got to pick ourselves up for Chelsea.”

“But I’d far rather be in the bottom three now than at the end of the season.”  “I think we’ve got enough in the locker and enough in the changing room to get us out of this in the next eight games.

“But the lads are up for the fight and certainly, I believe we have got enough in the changing room and I don’t believe we will go down.”

Kevin Nolan knows what it takes to get out of relegation trouble, as he had plenty of experience doing that for Bolton when Sam Allardyce was leading them when they first got back into the Premier league.

But Kevin is so right when he says Newcastle failed to take their chances in the first half, including a missed penalty, which we all knew did not auger well for us, when Oba missed t badly . You had a feeling when that didn’t go in – it was just not going to be Newcastle’s day. 🙁

And Nolan admits:

“Against Arsenal you have to take your chances and we had plenty in the first hour.”

“That’s why they are a class side because if you don’t punish them they’ll punish you.”

“But if we can produce what we did for in the first hour for 90 minutes then I’m sure we’ll get out of it.”

Here’s Kevins’ leadership abilities coming to the fore, and we’re so glad this lad’s back and battling for the Newcastle cause this season.

It’s not much of a surprise that 52% of our readers think he’s be the best choice for captain next season, and that poll and others are still open – you can still vote in our poll corner on the home page.

But it will take Nolan and lots of other Newcastle players, to show their courage, guts and form in the eight remaining games, if we are going to survive, because every game of the last five has seen us lurch deeper and deeper into relegation trouble.

The players and management have to wake up, before it’s just too late and tragedy overtakes the Tyneside club.

Comments welcome.

Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.

35 comments so far

  • ObaMartins

    Mar 23, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Played very well first half on Saturday, hope we can play like this the rest of the season

  • ObaMartins

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    We still need a manager to get us clear of this relegation battle

  • Sav

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Kevin needs to shut his gob and play better. thats what’ll get us out of this jam, if anything will.

    As for his being 100% certain we won’t go down, well….. what can I say? He wasn’t hired for his powers of foresight and soothsaying. Everyone should cut the BS and look at themselves. For now and for all of next season, wherever we spend it.

  • ObaMartins

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Venables would do till end of season

  • sahota

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Please stop talking all these encouraging words. I think players should just keep quite till they WIN against STOKE. And if they don’t do that then everyone can go on holidays. For GOD sake show us something on pitch not in new papers. We want you guys to perform and keep us up. It is very sad that after every match we listen same kind of words. I hop that stop NOW. Just do your job Nolan. Keep us up and give same message to everyone else with you in that LOCKER and CHANGING ROOM. Otherwise we are coming with a LONG STICK to see you all in your changing room. You won’t have place to run then. I am saying all this in anger, and don’t have anything against these players, but I really think they need BIG STICK so that if they don’t come back winning at STOKE they should be fired before entering Newcastle.

  • sahota

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Hey OBA are you serious. Will anybody come and join us NOW. I don’t think that possible. If it happens before Chelsea game, then I would say we are lucky. But not sure how this will help us.

  • Hugh de Payen

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    ObaMartins // Mar 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    I agree that we need a manager. I think it’s the only remaining option to help us avoid relegation.

    I doubt Ashley will splash the cash for it though.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Talk is cheap..the players can waffle all they like it won’t win matches.

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    ok here is the 1st of the fake warcries

    take note how the supposed captain(owen) never says anything encouraging all his thinking about is leaving

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope you guys will still be here with the same level of passion when Newcastle is relegated in May(maybe earlier).

    Players like Beye, Martins, Coloccini, Gutierrez will leave the club. And the rebuilding starts from there. I am optimistic that things will be better in the future once we take a step back. Our club will win more games in the Championships, will have more goals, and the whole region will be happier(possibly).

    Hopefully, with the right people in place and the new talents in our academy, we will be playing in the Europa League in the near future. The support for the club will critical towards the club’s future success. With a good attendance in championship games, the club will be able to earn enough revenue for future signings. Hopefully, this club can be the new Sevilla.

  • sahota

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    From whichever angle you see, I can not see MA going for new manager. In case MA wants to do this, he should not wait for long. As this is ideal time (in case) he thinks we can hire new manager. But in my opinion, I can not see us improving a lot even under new manager. As he will have his own methods and tactics , it might take time for players to respond or fit in with new methods.

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry Kevin, but if the alarm sirens aren’t going off yet you need to look around you. We’re in the relegation zone!

    I’m glad he’s being positive and I’m definitely glad he thinks we’re going to stay up, but unless we start getting some points my alarm siren is ringing 24/7!

  • toonarmyuk

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Just done one of those results predictor things and this is how my final league table looked:
    Team GD Pts
    Man Utd 47 92
    Liverpool 42 86
    Chelsea 42 81
    Arsenal 28 74
    Everton 16 67
    A.Villa 12 63
    Man City 11 51
    West Ham 0 50
    Spurs 1 47
    Wigan -4 42
    Fulham -7 42
    Bolton -14 42
    Blackburn -19 42
    Portsmouth -18 40
    Newcastle -12 39
    Hull -22 39
    Sunderland -18 37
    Stoke -22 37
    Boro -24 37
    W.Brom -39 25

    Fingers crossed eh?!

  • toonarmyuk

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Format didnt quite work out there (why are spaces removed?) but you get the drift…

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    toonarmyuk – I just used the predictor thing too (and I wasn’t kind on the toon) and we still stayed up with 40 points in mine, so I’m still hopeful!

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    bringing in a new manager at this stage of the season is very difficult not to even mention the position we are in, I can’t see any top quality managers coming in for just 2weeks to prepare for the chelsea game than make way for joe kinear wen he gets back, not only that if they try to keep the new manager say if he gets a result at chelsea, than we have to deal with kinear’s contract, and not only that negotiating with a manager to come in takes weeks of negotiation, so by the time he agrees joe will be back,

    Bottom line if we bring in a new manager most likely it will be just another mickey mouse, we have plenty of that in the team both on the pitch and upstairs

  • hitman

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    taylor and bassong both out for chelski.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Hitman – any link mate?

  • sahota

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Lets see what happens guys. I really hope we survive and then hope MA bothers to improve squad. If he doesn’t then whats benefit of staying up. We will again be discussing on this blog about relegation rather than promotion 🙂

    How I can make a smiley ? Its real down time for everyone.
    1. We are losing jobs
    2. Week ends are crap as we gets defeat every week end

    Bad thing is , it is happening in a loop. After we defeat we think, OH next match is must win bla bla bla bla…. then we think oh even if we draw its fine. But then we get defeat. BACK again ….for few days we discuss previous match and CRY and then again predict for next match. Sometime it just makes me feel like crying.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Cheers hitman.

    Sounds like Taylor will be missing in action for a while and the dread on No Bassong at the back.

    Strength in depth eh.

    Geremi (ne pace) Beye Colo Enrique

    sounds the best as a line up for the back 4 (someone else posted on another thread).

    Cascapa can just f’off after his last performance at Fulham.

    Fcukin hell.

  • Sav

    Mar 23, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #23

    Ed, as Clint Eastwood says says to Gene Hackman in the appropriately named ‘UNFORGIVEN’ –

    “Deserves got nothing to do with it.”

    I disagree about an interim manager for our interim manager. It really is down to the players we have now. The transfer window was our last opportunity to rectify our shortcomings and we cut a profit instead of investing.
    Ryan Taylor was a threat to no-one but us. Kevin Nolan was 18 months past his best. Neither Wigan nor Bolton fans were up in arms about either of them.
    Only Lovenkrands has lived up to expectations, which were never very high in his case in all honesty.
    Ashley has trusted the wrong people and failed to show real courage of his convictions and real long term commitment. Nobody believes he wants to be here or that he wouldn’t sell up and ride on tomorrow if he could and that has permeated the club like a bad smell since August. Even more than Keegan leaving, Ashley’s reaction to it has done untold damage and he has failed to convince otherwise when he’s had the chance.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #24

    The players are not premiership quality and can’t play as a team…the football has been shocking for many seasons now..toothless.

    Every transfer window since Ashley took over has been lame and the squad has not moved forwards since Mike took over,quite the opposite.

    We desperately needed some quality and depth in January but instead we witnessed more blatant asset stripping to an already crippled squad.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #25


    Dont forget to add we aint received a penny for Given or Milner yet. Be a nice kitty for the championship. Cant even believe i would think that.

  • Macas35

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Wiser than wise – Owen came out and made positive comments just the other week

  • sahota

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #27

    I think we all need some rest guys. We are getting mad by talking same things again and again. Players and Chris come out and say all that crap, we react and it goes on and on. I am really fed up of these shitty players, what the F88K are you doing on pitch man. Atleast PLAY for the money you are paid if you can not get enough motivation form us supporters. I am sure there are some player who must be laughing at us. This COLO stupid, have ya seen him going to ground too easily. A Primary School guys even don’t play like him. He is terrible. What can we do if we have people like him in our defense. I think give some guys break like COLO, and let them watch game from outside.

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Beye – Edgar – Colo – Enrique
    Løven – Guthrie – Nolan – Jonas
    ———–Owen – Martins ——-

    That’s not a poor side in my opinion, and it’s the best we’ve got probobly, if Bassong and S.Taylor is out.

    I’d rather have Edgar in the central defence then Beye.. You see he’s not a CD, 2 goals could’ve been avoided if he had positioning skills in CD on saturday.

    And i’d rather have R.Taylor then Geremi..

    Just passed 200 members!


    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Colo doesnt speak English-never communicates with anyone and was the infamous Wow signing according to Llambias. He went down at Hull like a big baby in a very dangerous position for us. Is he any better than Faye who cost us 2m.

  • Macas35

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Colo has been poor of late, and made plenty mistakes throughout the season. Against Arsenal he did his usual trick of put his hand in the air instead of waiting for a whistle and chasing a player. Even though Ryan Taylor gifted Man U their winner, for me the worst part of that goal was the way Colo jogged back, put his hand in the air, and only then tried to block Berbatov, by which time it was too late.

  • chuck

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Dont look good !

  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Sick to death of the players talking. SHUT UP. The team is going down. Its all talk and no walk.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #33

    It’s all waffle…no commitment…it’s like being back in the 80’s.

    Normally our home record saved us but they are even GASH at home this season.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Anybody know who confronted Ashley on Sat?

    Apparently a figure who is well known to the players past and present!!!!

    He got thrown out anyway!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 24, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #35

    How 52% want a player, who isn’t good enough to start in our dire fully fit squad, as captain is beyond belief.


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