Newcastle Players Must Take Responsibility On The Pitch

It’s good today to hear 21 year-old fit again Danny Guthrie speak some truth and take some responsibility for Newcastle’s plight this season.


Danny Guthrie – players’ responsibility for Newcastle plight

Danny Guthrie has today insisted that it’s Newcastle’s players – and not the management or coaching staff –  who must take the responsibility for the club’s plight right now.

Danny is a good young lad, and an excellent prospect,  and he is set to return from injury for the game against Chelsea on Saturday, April 4th. Danny says that it must be the players on the field, who can get Newcastle out of their relegation quandary.

Guthrie has already played under three managers since joining the Tyneside club only last summer, and he firmly believes the players can pull Newcastle to safety, if  only they apply themselves in the right way.

Danny said today:

“It’s the players who go out there on a match day, whatever anyone says,” “For me, what was going on behind the scenes didn’t affect me. We went out there as fit and as well-prepared as if nothing had happened.”

“So I think it is up to the players to take responsibility for results on the pitch.” “There’s eight games left and a lot of points to play for, but it doesn’t look good when you look at the table. We’ve got a lot of hard games as well.”

“But we’re more than capable of getting ourselves out of it – and it’s about time we got out there and do it.” “No one’s heads have gone down.”

“It hurts when you lose games, and the hardest thing to do is to pick yourselves up, but that’s what we’ve got to do and get ready for the Chelsea game.”

“We’ve got a lot of experienced players in the dressing room, which helps. You can turn to them and they have been there, seen it and done it.”

Guthrie joined Newcastle from Liverpool last summer for just £2M, and has turned out to be a bargain for the Tyneside club, as he’s already more than a good player.

Of course with Danny’s former team-mate at Bolton Wanderers, Kevin Nolan, joining Newcastle in January, there is now considerable competition for places in Newcastle’s central midfield.

Guthrie continued:

“I feel fine. There are no problems with the injury. I need to get sharpness back, but I’ll do that with training and matches.”

“There is a reserve game (against Manchester United at St James’ Park on Monday) that I’ll play in, and hopefully I can pick up where I left off.”

It’s really good to hear one of our younger, less experienced players come out and say what really is the truth. Because it has to be the play of our footballers on the pitch that will save our season, if anything is to save it.

And that type of play has to start against Chelsea, and we don’t care how good they may be, we must go for the win – and go all out for it too.

That’s the only way we can do it – fortune favors the brave.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far


    Mar 27, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks to me like Gutrhie-Nolan could be a good engineering room for the time till Barton is back…unfortunately we have hughton and kinnear who constantly pick butt 🙁

    Oh, and what about that JJB-fella? Why does he slam ashley in public? Is Bruce joining us??

  • big boomer

    Mar 27, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #2

    agree with the above guthrie barton nolan and spidey are our best midfielders by a country mile. what hughton sees in others baffles me every week. butt and geremi should have been shown the door yesterday not lua lua

  • Kash

    Mar 27, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d stick Guthrie on the right, as we don’t have anyone who’s effective enough down that flank. at least he’d be able to play simple passes and not concede possession.

  • RichY

    Mar 27, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    good player,

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 27, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Ive missed the lad. Hope he has a good run out with the ressie on Monday and to see him against Chelski.

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 27, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    the first player to admit that its the players that have been sh*t.

  • clinta

    Mar 27, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    guthrie- nolan or whoever, we really need some creativity in the middle of the park somewhere…

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 27, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont care how we do it but we have to start winning games. Any one have magic


    Mar 27, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Guthrie on the right flank? Naa, won’t work…rather play Duff or when he’s injured Gutièrez there and on the left side then Lovenkrands. Even Geremi would be better on the right flank!!

    Players in positions they’re not used to play is one reason why we are in such troubles…

  • roscoe

    Mar 27, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #10

    cant polay people out of position now!
    team for spurs…

    ..taylor taylor bass jose
    loven nolan barton jonas
    …..owen martins

  • bennytoon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #11

    team for doomed barcodes


    Oh dear. Looks like you will be on the end of a right spanking.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12


  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Bennytoon – I cant say that team is impressive apart from Palacios, Lennon and sometimes Woodgate.

    As for Guthrie, I’d play him ASAP. With Butt instead of Nolan, who has been nothing short of dire, fat and slow.

    Any idea hat Guthries injury was? I knwo it was a hamstring but he’s been out for like 3 months? A torn hamstring is like 4-6 weeks. Whats worse than that?

  • chuck

    Mar 27, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Danny Guthrie eh!
    Been here for five minutes but knows exactly what the problem is.
    Danny concentrate on learning to play football, cause you gotta long way to go and leave the politics to the pro`s.

  • chuck

    Mar 27, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #15

    There you go again, listen Butt and his old legs are still preferable to Guthrie, dont know why we ever bought him in the first place, guys awfull.

  • Ashley Hole

    Mar 27, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #16


  • Ashley Hole

    Mar 27, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #17


  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Chuck – You have no idea what you are talking about. Guthrie is our best central midfielder after Barton.

  • Doocey

    Mar 27, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Agreed Tom_Toon.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Nolan is fat and slow, its not hard to be better than him.

  • ObaMartins

    Mar 27, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Its not only the players who need to take Responsibility, but also Ashley,Wise,llambias,kinnear!!!! these 4 are to blame more than most

  • workyticket

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #22

    ELFER // Mar 27, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    “Oh, and what about that JJB-fella? Why does he slam ashley in public?”

    Beacause Ashley once reported him for price fixing Elfer. He’s been out for revenge ever since.

  • workyticket

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom_Toon // Mar 27, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    “Chuck – You have no idea what you are talking about. Guthrie is our best central midfielder after Barton.”

    Best central midfielder for what Tom_Toon? You need different kinds of players for different kinds of situations.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #24

    All our central midfielders excep from Butt are the same.

    All box-to-box except Nolan s so fat he cant get box-to-box.

  • batty

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #25


  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh no, not this again 🙂

  • batty

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #27

    sorry tom see what you have done to me soz kid

  • batty

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #28


  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #29



  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #30

    Guthrie is a very good signing and would be my first choice CM alongside Barton when he’s fit. He has bags of potential and has a good eye for passing and the goal.

    I think the critisism on Nicky Butt is unfair as he hasn’t had the opportunity to be rested and he does give 100%, you still have to play with what you’ve got and I have no complaints.

    Nolan needs to get fit, hes’s a good player but he’ll struggle to get his place unless he gets back to his best when both Barton and Guthrie are fit.

    If we manages to stay up, (fingers crossed), we’ll need at least two wingers, a DM and a striker to cover those leaving and that will leave us with a smaller sqad than we have now, assuming that Lovenkrands will stay.

    Ashley needs to realise that he will have to invest a substantial amount, to ensure that we don’t have the same problems next term and that way the club will be a more attractive proposition to anybody interested in buying should he wish to sell.

  • Natureboy95

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #31

    i agree PM, spot on

  • Sav

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree with that, too. I’ve not seen Nolan out-performing Butt yet and he’s giving away 10 year.
    Ridiculous to me to see now the fans are having potshots at Duff (he’s always had his critics and his injury problems) and lately, some have seen past Spidey’s mask and realised he may not be the complete wide man because he rarely delivers anything worth getting on the end of.
    Yet in the past 8 month we’ve had Zog and Milner, two of the leagues most promising young, injury-free wide midfielders, one left and one right-footed, with years ahead of them and sold them to clubs who we only wish we could call rivals, but they are too far ahead.

    You can say, like over KK, This is history – Move on. But the result of such bad management continues to drag us deeper into the mire. A plan to build the club on youth – don’t make me laugh. A need to bring the club’s wage structure into line – does anyone suppose either Zog or Milner are on vastly more money at Villa or Wigan than they were getting from us?

    We aren’t trying to build on youth and we aren’t trying to just build a stable wage structure. I don’t believe the owner is trying to build at all. He seems chiefly concerned to cash in his assets and scrape by on the cheap. And is daft enough and unstable enough to risk losing millions in relegation in gambling on survival of the cheapest. Which is why I am almost ambivalent about relegation – because I don’t see us getting anywhere under this bloke with no affiliations and little gift for strategic planning.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #33


  • Rodzilla

    Mar 29, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #34


  • Rodzilla

    Mar 29, 2009 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #35


    …take that disgusting hyperlink off, you utter fool. Advocating death ain’t ever gona be funny, mate. Sh1t-worms like yourself should really think twice before winding the wrong people up.

    …what goes around……………..

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 29, 2009 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Tom_Toon // Mar 28, 2009 at 6:23 PM —33


    …EXACTLY Tom! I couldn’t have put it better myself mate.


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