Nicky Butt is nothing if not brutally honest, and he also has the reaction to Newcastle dismal position that we’d like to see from a lot more Newcastle players – shame and embarrassment.
Nicky Butt – furious at the situation on Tyneside
One of Newcastle’s most experienced players, who came to Newcastle after experiencing so much success at Manchester United, Newcastle’s Nicky Butt has talked today about the collective responsibility the Newcastle players must now take for their 3rd bottom position in the Premier League.
Nicky spoke to the News Of The World today:
“I am a player. I am part of why we are where we are,” “It’s p****d me off. We have 20- odd lads who are p****d off. We will all have different reasons as to why it has gone wrong.”
“It’s definitely in our heads. We think we’re too good to be working as hard as a Hull or a Bolton. We HAVE to work as hard as them and then our ability will kick in.”
“Maybe we think we don’t need to do that, that we’re too good. We think: ‘We’ve got Michael Owen, we’ve got Oba Martins, we’ve got Gutierrez, we’ve got Damien Duff – we’ve got all these great players, so we don’t need to work as hard. But the fact is we do.”
“I’m part of it. We’re all in it together. We’re going out for games and we have the thing in our head that we are much better than him, the person we’re playing against.”
“We think: ‘I’m a much better player and I can take it easy today.’ Everyone is part of that and we have to get rid of it.”
“It’s not work ethic, to be fair. They are all good lads who work hard in training and give their all. It’s something inside your head. I’m no different. You think: ‘I’m playing against this lad today, and I’m better.’ You might think once or twice a season: ‘I can take it a bit easy today’ – but you can’t.”
Newcastle are now even likely to be relegated, if anything, given the team has just 7 points from the last 36 points we’ve competed for. That’s not a misprint – Newcastle have just one win and 4 draws in our last 12 league games, and if that’s not pathetic, we don’t know what is.
There was the whole Kevin Keegan business, whoever was responsible for that debacle, that got the season off on the wrong foot, and the team has never really recovered from that initial shock of losing Kevin.
“It was all a bit of a distraction but it’s not an excuse for the players. It’s easy to blame the situation or someone else. Sooner or later you have to look at yourself in the mirror.”
“You have to say: ‘Hold on, mate. It’s not his fault. It’s me who’s not performing.”
“We all have to do that and try to turn it around for the last eight games. I hope the players are coming round to that way of thinking.”
We have said that we don’t really expect much out of the Chelsea game, and that’s because the lads have let us down so much this season, and last season, and the season before that.
They’ve let the fans down ever since the great Bobby Robson was sacked – yes sacked – which is really pathetic, given where we’ve been since Bobby left the club.
We need a spirited and gutsy performance against Chelsea, and we’d like only Newcastle players who have those qualities to bother turning up for the game.