In the current very worrying condition of the Newcastle club, we need every player to stand up and be a leader and one of these that is still at the club is our number one goalkeeper Steve Harper.
Steve Harper – Newcastle through and through
The sqaud we have is smaller that the very small squad we had least season, and we have have lost quality with the departures of Owen, Viduka, Bassong, Martins and Beye.
Steve talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I think we’re in the right frame of mind,” “Over the last five weeks or so this group of players has really bonded. We had a good week in Ireland, worked hard, and the longer this situation has gone on, the more it has united the players.”
“Hopefully we will hear that on Saturday evening. I think people have been brought together. And I don’t know what will have happened by Saturday player-wise, but what you will see at West Brom will be 11 or 14 players desperate to do well in a black-and-white or yellow shirt.”
“Initially, I don’t think it sank in. But it’s very much a reality now. You only have to look at the fixtures, there’s no getting away from where we are.”
“The time has come round now to do something about it. We’re in this division – so there’s nothing we can do about that except do everything we can to get back out of it as quickly as possible. It’s not a case of suddenly discovering something.”
“Given everything that’s happened or not happened, I just think the players are up for it. We haven’t got any new faces so all the players that are in there have been through it. I’m pretty certain that they’re raring to go.”
Steve seems glad that the first game is upon us, and at least it gives the players a chance to do something right, and put some points on the board, and they could even lift the spirits of the Newcastle faithful with some good results during our 5 league games in August.
“Maybe the rest of the country are revelling in this a bit,” “We’ve been an easy target for a while now, but the only way we can answer people back is by getting a result.”
“We’re a compact group in that dressing room now so it’s important we stick together. The more people help unite the dressing room the better, and I’ll certainly be at the forefront of trying to do that.”
“We were the ones who got this club relegated, so we’re the ones who are going to have to get ourselves out of this.” “The players in the dressing room are the only ones who can do something about it at the minute. That’s the way it is.”
“We can’t affect anything else, but we can go out and win football matches and try to get this club back into the Premier League. Once we cross the white line, it’s entirely up to us. We can’t change anything that’s happened in the past, but we can affect what happens in the future.”
“It will be a long season. Forty-six games will make it a long, difficult season. But it’s a great game to start.” “West Brom are another side who unfortunately suffered relegation. It’s a great opportunity to show a few people we mean business.”
We are really glad we’ve still got players like Harper at the club, who is Newcastle through and through, and starting his 19th consecutive season on Tyneside.
He tells the truth and tells things like they are, which is exactly what we need right now from the players, but the lads still have to remain upbeat and positive, because some good wins in August could see us on our way.
There is till a chance we could have a good August, and that’s what we have to hope for. 😀