Nolan Looking Forward To Newcastle Challenge Next Season

What we need at Newcastle next season are many more leaders on the field, as well as off it.

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Kevin Nolan – could be valuable player for Newcastle next season

Kevin Nolan, Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor all came into the club in January, for around £5M at most, and you can excuse them for finding it one of the hardest five months in their football careers.

But we think these three are all keepers, and could do more than a little to get us straight back out of the Championship. Of the three only Peter Lovenkrands truly showed what he was capable of, with 3 good goals, and apparently he is very popular in the dressing room.

However, we also think the two Scousers, Taylor and Nolan can do a great job for us next season, although one question is whether we can afford the wages we are paying Kevin, which could well be over £60K/week.

However, after hearing news stories a few weeks back saying Kevin was desperate to leave Newcastle, it looks like those were simply more made-up garbage and today his agent, Mark Curtis, has talked to the Evening Chronicle today about what Kevin wants to do:

“Kevin is fully committed to Newcastle next season.”

“He is looking forward to going back to training and helping the club challenge.”

“He’s aware of the fixtures and up for the challenge.”

Leaders are those who don’t wait for others before making their announcements and intentions known, and often go out on a limb – that’s why they are called leaders.

And we saw a great example of leadership from our own local lad Steven Taylor, in the first week following relegation, when he said he was not going to leave the Newcastle club, and was determined to help the side get straight back to the Premier League.

Of course Steven has been linked in the popular press this summer with Arsenal, Spurs and other sides, but when did they ever let actual facts get in the way of their stories?

It’s good to hear this about Kevin today, because the club has taken an awful beating over the last four weeks since being relegated, and we hope we can keep a select few, who we will need in any case once we are promoted, whenever that turns out to be.

But that will largely depend on unloading those players we really don’t want, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    great news!!!!!!!


  • RyanToon

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2




    GET ON IT! AROUND 11/4 😉

  • Nick D

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #3

    In other words, no one else is going to pay me 50k a week, I am a fat has been with no ambition.

  • shrews mag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    not good news …. no-one wants him so we are stuck with him … inflated wages and an average player … let’s hope that some manager sees this as a sign of committment and loyalty and buys him on that basis …

  • geordie deb

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Agree not good news at all. He has shown nothing so far and doubt he will. I’m sure he does want to stay if someone has been daft enough to pay him £60K per week!!! What were these people smoking when they came up with that figure. Wouldn’t even pay him £20k per week. Definite bargain basement buy

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Good news in my opinion

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7


    agreed surely he is good enough for the championship

  • Tom

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    If he lost the weight had has gained, and found some of his hunger for the game again, he could be a huge asset for us this season, and also whenever we get back into the premiership.

  • geordie deb

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Do you guys honestly think he’s worth £60k per week?

  • Nick D

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Geordie deb, – sadly we have that great stonking idiot Shepherd to thank for no salary cap being put in place. To put it in perspective, Adebayor is on 35k a week. Shearer had to have the highest earner at the club clause, which got passed on to his pal Owen.

    the famous story h\s it that Luque walked in to
    the office and Shepherd said how much do you want. Luque thought it was Christmas and said 80 K a week. Shepherd agreed, like he did to all the other stupid wages. It was all unsustainable and we were probably days away from going in to administration. That’s why it does my head in when people say they would have shepherd back!!!!!!!!!

  • andyglostoon

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #11

    None of these comments surpirse me, when Deco was linked with us last season people didn’t think he was good enough for us!We are in the championship now lads !

  • geordie deb

    Jun 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Nick D

    Agree it would be catastrophic if the scrapman came back again. He would definetley finish us off

  • giimps

    Jun 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #13

    trouble is, he was bought to do a job (the same job he did at bolton) but we dont play that way an dont have the players to support his style of play.
    Like buying a piece of lego for a meccano set, If we play 1 up front next season and have 2 or 3 advanced midfielders (like bolton used to play) he will be very good in the championship, but as a 1 of 4 midfield , he is like a fish on a bike.
    Whatever happens before the season starts/window closes, we need creativity and desire,(something that has been missing all season), if that meams using young hungry talent …so be it, we have proved under roeder+shearer, the youngsters/reserves can try harder and give more, which we will need all this season (and possibly next if we dont make it straight back up).
    The most important thing to remember is that although we are no longer in the prem league, we will be able to sustain prem league status when we get back up there under the new regime, Cashley has just failed to keep us in the league (with no investment at all in playing staff) so anyone with any footballing nouse who comes in, will thrive at the toon with the possible resources available.
    Things may not be as bad as first glance suggests, we just need to hit the ground running now, (assuming there is work going on behind the scenes with player sales and aquisitions) and prey the new ownere either know the football game or get someone in who can advise correctly (ashleys biggest f*ckup).
    Cheer up lads & lasses, normality will resume within a couple of seasons……HOPEFULLY?

  • jimiley

    Jun 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #14

    MA will not sell this club because he will lose too much money. Its all show at the moment.
    We should all accept that MA is here to stay in the near future. As a matter of fact, he has a lot of good ideas. Getting rid of the fat cats for example and bringing in a youth team. Instead of slagging the guy off ( he saved the club from administration), maybe we should all recognize the good work he has done. He has saved us from oblivion.

  • belza09

    Jun 20, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #15

    jimiley // Jun 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    MA will not sell this club because he will lose too much money. Its all show at the moment.
    We should all accept that MA is here to stay in the near future. As a matter of fact, he has a lot of good ideas. Getting rid of the fat cats for example and bringing in a youth team. Instead of slagging the guy off ( he saved the club from administration), maybe we should all recognize the good work he has done. He has saved us from oblivion.
    <<<<<< I see your point but if this is the case surely he should appoint manager, start agreeing sales/buy ins and get on with it……in business you cannot afford to mess around or you will be left behind!!!!!!!

  • belza09

    Jun 20, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #16

    also – I still think Bolton knew what they were doing selling nolan to us…….he’s never played to the ability or passion he did it Bolton IMO

  • DomMan

    Jun 20, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Nolan is a clown and didn’t help our cause last season. His lacklustre play and the fact that no sooner did we sign him than he got himself banned for 3 games for his stupid horror tackle in the Everton match, mean that I will not be cheered by hearing of his intention to stay.

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Jun 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #18

    brought in to help in a relegation battle…without a relegation clause that would decrease his salary if we went down. Just another example of the incredible lack of logic used by these fools in charge.

    And he’s crap and one of the reasons we went down. Get shot Kevin Nolan!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 20, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Kevin is plop I was disappointed when we signed him and Ryan Taylor.
    Can’t really see what impact they made since joining…bargain basement Junk like what Ashley sells.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Hope he dont stay. I honestly think he is in the top 3 worsts players at the club, and thats saying something!


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