A good article in the Shields Gazette today, with Nicky Butt starting to put some respect back into the Newcastle club, by saying he has absolutely no regrets of joining Newcastle, from the phenomenally successful Manchester United in the summer of 2004.
Nicky Butt – no regrets at all about joining Newcastle
Nicky Butt is said to have some regrets (don’t we all) about his very successful football career – but he insists joining Newcastle United is not one of them – good for him.
The midfielder , for the second time in his Newcastle career suffered for the second time relegation – he was in Steve Bruce’s Birmingham side on loan when they were relegated a few seasons back.
That will become a good trick question – how many times did Nicky Butt suffer relegation while a Newcastle player?
The 34-year-old, who could become a vital cog in our midfield for Newcastle next season, when Shearer (hopefully) will have everybody super-fit before the start of the season in early August, is quite clear he does not regret joining Newcastle.
“I’ve got plenty of regrets, like I regret I haven’t performed to the highest level all the time, but you can say that about every player that comes to the club,” “But I’m happy I signed here – I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.”
“You can’t have regrets like ‘I should have done this, I should have done that’. I came here to play for a massive club, and I’ve done that. Hopefully, we can move on and rebuild.”
That quote will do no harm to our recruitment drive in the summer, and maybe he could persuade Paul Scholes to spend a year on Tyneside – he would be phenomenal for us in midfield in the Championship, and he wants more playing time next year – and will not get that at the Red Devils. But we admit that would b a hard sell to Paul.
It’s a good job that Nicky didn’t mention he has worked under 7 managers at Newcastle in the 5 years he has been here, plus Chris Hughton (that makes 8 really) for a while during the past season.
Nicky Butt recently signed a new one-year contract, and not surprisingly Alan Shearer – should he become permanent manager – sees him as a vital player for our drive towards promotion next season.