Alan Shearer, not for the first time, has come out and praised the attitutude of former Bolton battler, Kevin Nolan.
Kevin Nolan – great against Middlesbrough – even better against Villa?
Shearer told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I left Kevin out, and he was disappointed, and rightly so.” “I think it says a lot about him and his character, and the measure of the man, that he could have gone away and sulked and had the huff, but he didn’t.”
“He went away, knuckled down and got his head down, and proved he wanted to play a big part in Newcastle United’s survival.” “He certainly played his part against Middlesbrough. I thought he was magnificent.”
“I’ll be looking for him to do exactly the same against Villa.”
We had no doubts about Kevin, when we signed him in January, and he’s the type of player who can have a huge game for us Sunday, which we’ll need if we are to survive this season. He’s an emotional player, and those have fared best since Alan Shearer arrived, and it looks like Alan has huge motivational abilities.
Other player like Kevin who have played well under Shearer are local lad, Steven Taylor, and Oba Martins – two players who always give 100%.
The Evening Chronicle still believes Shearer will stay on long term at the club, even if we get relegated on Sunday, which now looks more than likely.
And they point to the fact that two of our youngsters, local lad Mark Doninger and James Marwood, have been told that their contracts would not be renewed.
But we don’t really think that’s a sign of Shearer staying at all, since that decision would be made by Richard Money – the Academy manager, or certainly he would have a huge say in it. But we think the Evening Chronicle is hoping, like the rest of us, that Alan will stay in charge – no matter what.
If we go down, we expect the club to announce what’s going on next Monday, which is Memorial Day over here, and then we can all see what the plan is to make Newcastle great again.
If Alan is appointed long term, that’s the first and most important piece of news we could hear.