Kevin Nolan – We Need New Players At Newcastle

Newcastle are now starting to sell some of their players and we’ve lost six of the squad since we were relegated on May 24th.


Kevin Nolan – emerging leader at Newcastle

So it’s maybe not a surprise to common sense people that we may need to start signing some new players to replace them.

We have no idea if that thought has entered the heads of the dynamic duo in charge of the club right now – Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias but Kevin Nolan has spoken up today in the Newcastle Journal.

Of course without a full time manager in place who’s to decide which players are brought in, and also time is quickly running out in the transfer season.

Thank goodness some of the players, like Kevin Nolan, are speaking up and taking a leadership position, because that’s what the club needs right now – in the absence of a full time manager.

In fact Kevin believes signing new players should be an even higher priority than appointing a permanent manager at Newcastle United.

This is what Kevin told the Newcastle Journal today:

“You can never ever take away what Chris Hughton, and Colin Calderwood, his assistant have done,” “The lads are more than happy to take this.

“But one thing we may have to do if things stay the way it is, is bring a couple of new faces in to freshen things up and strengthen in places where we need strengthening.”

“It’s major, big decision time for people upstairs and that’s up to them. We’re just getting on with things on the pitch and they’re doing their thing.”

“We’re not here to ask for anything, just produce on the pitch.”

There is real uncertainty surrounding our club, and it seems Mike Ashley is even more incompetent in football ownership than we once thought.

And yes, there could be a real possibility this man will be the club owner through Christmas at least, and then what we do as a club is anybody’s guess.

But certainly the club needs the fans more than ever, and bless their hearts, they have been magnificent in pre-season.

Kevin continued and thinks the Newcastle club will still be a big draw for players:

“No one will find it difficult to come to this club because of the fans and its great history,”  “You saw how many fans we had in Dundee (in Sunday’s final pre-season friendly) and it’s like that every week.”

“I don’t think if Newcastle United come calling for anyone – albeit that we’re in the Championship now – I don’t think many people will put the phone down.”

“All the lads who are here at the moment have said that they want to stick with us and give 110%  for Newcastle, but if a club comes in and offers a ridiculous price for someone that could all change, we don’t know. But that happens at any club.”

“We’re all 110 percent behind Colin, Chris and their support staff and I think they’re 110 percent behind us. We’ve just got to stick together and hopefully try and get through to September without losing any players and hopefully bringing a couple in.”

Good solid thinking and excellent words from Kevin, and as we pointed out yesterday he could take a major leadership role at the club, and if indeed Habib Beye and Nicky Butt move on Kevin could become the Newcastle captain, and that would be just fine with us on the blog.

Right now we need as many leaders at Newcastle as we can get, both on and off the field, to see us through this ridiculous position the owner had put the club in.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • batty

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    yeah your right fatty so why dont u fck off

  • Stuart79

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    No fatty, we need a fckin owner you mong!

  • Prince Bassong

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    If we are going to sign anyone half-decent then a manager needs to be appointed soon or we’ll not be able to get in those players that remain available.

    There’s the likes of Jerome Thomas, who could add some pace to the wings, still free agents.

    We could spend a little bit of money here and there, perhaps James Morrison from West Brom and Morgan Schneirderlin from Southampton to bolster the midfield.

    But we continue to be hamstrung by the continuing lack of a takeover and so we could be left with just 3 emergency loans to keep us going and being completely dependent on our younsters being successful and quickly.

    I just pray that Llambias was actually speaking the God’s honest truth last week and the club’s sale is imminent.

  • Stuart79

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Prince Bassong // Aug 4, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    When has Llambias EVER said anything that has been true?

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    No Sh*t Kevin son!!

  • stevep

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    @batty – @stuart79, what sthe point of those comments – I doubt Nolan reads this blog and you can hardly blame the players for not being good enough. The blame lies with the manager/director/owner who decided to splash a load of cash on these players in the first place – at least nolan et al have come out and said they want to try and get us promoted (however unlikely that seems at he moment)

    I doubt Ashley is going to reinvest the transfer fees on players, he’s far more likley to use it to pay off the overdraft / loan (his) in order to recoup some money

    Dark days ahead – starting on Sat at West Brom, I’ll be very surprised if we can pick up 3 points

  • joe

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    What we need is to get rid of donkeys like Nolan. We don’t want to be signing players who are good enough for the champioship unless we can get them on year long deals. I can see us, only just mind you, getting promoted with a squad that will not be good enough to survive in the premiership. We can’t be lumbered with players on five year contracts who won’t be up to the job in the top flight.

    What a frigging mess this is. Did anyone explain to Ashley the potential fallout from the gamble he took last year when he tried to run this club on the cheap?

  • 04jransomp

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Why are some of our fans so fickle. About half of premier league sides would take Nolan yet some of the fans seem to think he is not good enough and call him fat. We need to wake up and realise that we are not too good for players like this and players like ryan taylor. Why not get behind they players, you could be pleasently surprised?

  • Stuart79

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    04jransomp // Aug 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Why are some of our fans so fickle. About half of premier league sides would take Nolan yet some of the fans seem to think he is not good enough and call him fat. We need to wake up and realise that we are not too good for players like this and players like ryan taylor. Why not get behind they players, you could be pleasently surprised?

    If that’s the case why did Bolton let him go? They weren’t pulling up any trees were they.

    But if any clubs would take him I would glay pay for his plane ticket.

  • joe

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    @ Stuart79

    Didn’t he have a fight with Megson the day before he became available? He was cheap to buy and nothing more. Totally ineffective since he arrived, just like Barton, Guthrie and the rest of the midfield.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Kevin Nolan – Blah blah fkin blah……..

  • RyanToon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    What the f eck is Nolan on about, we dont ASK FOR ANYTHING?

    really Kevin, how about when YOU and OTHERS refused to get a coach not a BUS to dundee??? and wanted to get the plane???

    eff off nolan

  • bill

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Kevin Nolan had been very average at Bolton for quite some time and I was very surprised that Newcastle bought him.

    He will fight for the ball and had a history of scoring a few goals from midfield but he has never had any pace. He never had the class of previous Newcastle midfield players.

    To me he is a typical Bolton, Wigan, Hull, etc, type of player. I think that we must have bought him because he was a typical JFK type of player (Old Wimbledon style).

    When will all of this be over it’s driving me crazy?
    I just cannot fathom what is going on at all.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Agree with Bill…Nolan had not played well for Bolton in 18 months…I would put him in the same Bag as Ryan Taylor…Just very dull players.

    If Nolan scored as much as he waffled to the press we would be laughing.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Mike Ashley the George bush of football club owners

    (sorry George )

  • Wigaz

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16

    We should sign Kris Boyd from Rangers. He is just what we need a natural goalscorer. Give him the no9 & we’ll all be watchin the goals pour in. We should try & get Hamman in on a free too he would do that dm role very well especially if Butt does really want away. Volz would be go shout at rb too. Lovenkrans should be brought back too. We really should have made free transfers signing whilst all this shite was going on! We could have strengthed all this time.

  • Obafan

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    January was a very important transfer period, because we needed to add some quality to our average team.

    What did they buy?

    2 very average players;
    R. Taylor because he would not be able to score against us anymore (they forgot that Wigan was not an opponent anymore).

    K. Nolan once a half decent player and in the last couple of months worth nothing in an very average Bolton team.

    We were doomed to get relegated. But the worst part is that those type of players need to get us back into the EPL. I’ve got no hope at all.

  • Nick D

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes Nolan, to replace you.

    04jransomp – let those clubs take him then!!!

    Spot on Joe (comment 7)

    The last thing we need is landing ourselves with a bunch of journeymen on long term contracts.

  • batty

    Aug 4, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #19

    04jransomp hes a big fat cont take a look at him


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