Kevin Nolan’s Fighting Talk About Newcastle’s Squad


Some good words today from our midfielder Kevin Nolan, about what he’s found life like as a Newcastle Player these last 8 months.

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Kevin Nolan – cut out to be a Newcastle player

Insisting that Newcastle were indeed more than just united as a squad, and we have to admit it certainly looked like that yesterday, Nolan addressed the Newcastle club’s many critics.

“Ever since I’ve come to this club I’ve realised a lot of people are out to get us,”

“If there is anything strange or bad that happens at this club it seems to go everywhere. That doesn’t happen at other clubs. Some of the things said and written have been hard to take.”

“We’ve shown with this display that we have a real togetherness and a respect for Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood.”

The two Newcastle coaches, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, are trying to do the very best job they can in ridiculously difficult circumstances, and on the evidence of yesterday, both Chris and Colin can be well satisfied with the performance of the team.

What was missing for far too many games last season was not missing yesterday, as the lads came back in the second half and attacked and looked a really decent team. They showed good fighting spirit and that was great to see.

Certainly the Newcastle fans , who were again magnificent in their support of the team yesterday, can have no complaints about the effort of the team, and every player played hard and put in the effort in the second half.

Chris Hughton said:

“If this squad stays together, whoever is in charge would have a good enough group to challenge for promotion,”

While that may be true, we have no idea what the squad will look like in 3 weeks time, because the club cannot afford the current wage bill of around £55M, unless Mike Ashley is willing to pay around £20M to make ends meet for the season.

Maybe he will announce he will do just that this week, as we do expect Mike to announce either he is selling the club, or that he will keep it another year, and it’s more likely to be the latter case.

We are also short of players, especially at full back and in attack, and the squad is even more unbalanced right now than it was last season.

Nolan added:

“We also have so much respect for each other as a group of lads now. You’ve got to stay strong through adversity.”

“Other people might have crumbled or tried to hide, but we haven’t done that. We’ve been stronger than that.”

“We’re professional footballers and we accept we deserve a bit of flak when we don’t produce, but it’s about sticking together.”

“The fans have stuck by us and they were absolutely brilliant against West Brom.”

“The main thing is to get this club back into the Premier League where it belongs.”

We have to hope that what Kevin says is true, because that could help turn things around for the Tyneside club, even if Mike Ashley elects to stay around as the owner.

We need a new manager next week, whoever that may be, and we’ll need to get behind whoever that is, in the hope that this disaster can be turned around into even some success this season.

If it’s up to the Newcastle fans, who were there in full voice yesterday once again, then we have to have every confidence that anything is possible this season – even some success,  as unlikely as that may seem after this incredibly bad summer.

Here’s hoping.

Howay The Lads!!

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74 comments so far

  • Doocey

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Good attitude.
    Decent player.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Doocey

    You have typed in decent instead of shite silly.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Not bad player, in the CCC he’ll come handy. It’s good we’re not in the Premiership these days, imaging facing Chelsea and Arsenal with the squad we have today…

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  • Doocey

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s not that bad, and you’ll see that as the season progresses.
    We badly need new players though.

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  • Mac

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #5

    We desperately need to get rid of Coliccini. I hate looking at him. He was so out of his depth yesterday. What a load of long haired shite

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Get used to the Championship we’ll be in it for a good few years yet especially if the radio reports this evening are correct about Ashley staying. If this is true Ashley has done something whcih I never though possible after 61 years I don’t give aflying f*ck about Newcastle United I hope they get relegated. If I saw Sshley in the street I’d rip his f*cking head off and p*ss down his bleeding neck the f*cking c**t.

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  • Alex

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #7

    he is a midfielder that can score , when was the last time we had one ? second half yesterday he showed what he can do , if we use him properly and play him to his strengths he will create and score goals . He just needs to be told to get into the box , even Shearer said that at halftime in the studio .

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  • Fostino

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #8

    do we really need a nolan, smith, geremi, barton, butt and guthrie at the club…all earning top wages (guthrie apart), no we dont, we need to offload half them and replace three of them with one creative mid

    let me do the math ashley

    sell geremi, butt, nolan to the first bids they get (thats nearly 100,ooo grand a week) and repace with a 30,000 (max) creative midfielder

    70,000 a week saved, thats nearly 5 million saved on wages in a year ( i think)

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes collo the clown has to go also from what i understand collo is on quite a good wage too, which could be put to better use by lowering the cost of the outgoings so that we can get a new owner in or buy ashley a pie on his way out of the door

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  • Fostino

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    colo prob the best paid at the club at this stage, i remember this time last year we were all talking about ashley supposed ‘wow’ signing…………colo defently ended up being that ‘wow’ signing for all the wrong reasons

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Colo is on 50,000 a week i think, I seem to remember when we signed him it was said his 25,000 a week wage was doubled. He is obviously struggling at centre back so why not play him right back, he’s played there many times before and cant be any worse than Ryan Taylor and Geremi there.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #12

    toon factor

    good call, id rather r.b. to c.b., i just wish we could offload him

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  • Alex

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Toon Factor
    Are you sure he has played at right back before . At depor he allways played CB or DM and for Argentina too . If your right then give him a game at RB at least he would not be leaving a massive hole in the middle

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  • TERRYHIBBETONTHEWING

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Coloccini out the door ASAP along with a few others.In Sol Campbell and Matthew Kilgannon.Full Back positions are a problem R Taylor and Enrique looked suspect yesterday.A half decent bid comes in for Enrique and he’ll be gone.£6.5 million,Big Sam was having a laugh!!.Creativity non existent and how long have we been saying that.Ameobi-not good enough,Cox was an option,Beckford maybe or Lambert at Bristol Rovers.Three weeks to go ’til transfer deadline and we need some bodies in.Are you sticking or twisting Mr Ashley,time to get your finger out!!!!

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Alex

    Yes im sure, he played defensive mid mainly in his 3rd season for Depor but has played right back a bit too, ive seen him play at left back for Argentina too.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #16

    TERRYHIBBETONTHEWING

    Your not our manager.

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  • The Original Todd

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Toonmania (8) >>or buy ashley a pie on his way out of the door<<

    That had me laughing out loud. Nice one!

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  • onepeterb

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #18

    According to the Guardian offer to O’leary a load of s h1te

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/aug/09/newcastle-deny-david-oleary-reports

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  • TERRYHIBBETONTHEWING

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #19

    TOON FACTOR.
    True,but I did play for the N’s alongside Alan Kennedy 1970.So perhaps I qualify (LOL)!!

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  • komfort

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #20

    if colo was paid thrupence ha’penny a week i would still consider giving him a pay cut !

    he’d make a good street artist tho, the ones all painted up and dont move for hours.. you normally see the tit’s when your on holiday down the local high street.

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #21

    why paint him up, he would look fine as he is we need collo out now i cannot think of one good display of football from that guy, and if the argies thinks that much of him they are welcome to have him back, international player my ass no wonder the argies are so crap at the moment if thats what they call class.
    anyway on a slightly better note just been reading we should find out in the next 48 hrs if the club is sold to moat or if the pie man is staying (hope it’s choice A) your time was up ashley 2 years ago leave us now and invest in spurs (they could do with your help!!) 😉

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  • batty

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #22

    ive seen quicker tortoises than colo the clown

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  • Early doors

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #23

    good grief. Toon Factup and Toon Maniac are actually taling sense. well oil beef oct.

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  • Early doors

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #24

    * talking

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Even Kevin Scott was better than Colo, im fact so was Darren Peacock!

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  • Early doors

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #26

    batty i bet youve never even seen a tortois

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Cant believe we have 3 players out on international FRIENDLIES this week.
    Andy Carrol
    Jonas Gutrot
    Demon Duff.

    Hope none come back injured. Thats all we need, with our first home game on sat. Bliddy bad timing. Hope they all on bench for 60 mins or so!!!!!

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Upon reflection, it seems as if either ashley is incapable of making a decision or he has some premeditated plan that might just surprise us all.

    I always live in hope that tomorow will bring us good news and one day I’ll be right!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Tino11: Keven Scott has an “educated left foot” according to the pundits. Unfortunately his right foot was as fcuking thick as a bull’s lug.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #30

    …. and Darren’s goal against Manure will never be forgotten

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  • mylestoon

    Aug 9, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Ashley needs to go, he wont learn from his mistakes!

    We need moat if he can supply the goods. Shearer would be nice to have, so would beckford and mark beevers, maybe even andrew driver or joe ledley. just need some new players and new owners and most impotantly a manager!

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #32

    Isaac Hunt // Aug 9, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    …. and Darren’s goal against Manure will never be forgotten

    Fantastic game, Albert’s goal at the end was the icing on the cake for me.

    Memories, eh….

    I remember when Newcastle were in the old second division, we had a piss poor team then but I don’t recall these two playing……..

    http://www.britishblogs.co.uk/images/539661.JPG

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #33

    sbr4eva: I recognise Hilda’s old man, but who’s the other one?

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #34

    is it Hilda?

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #35

    I think it’s Collocini

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #36

    I’m gonna turn mesell into a cartoon

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #37

    I reckon Mr Swinley was giving Emily Nugent one before she got wed!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #38

    Ena Sharples, Martha Longhurst and Minnie Caldwell – great midfield like

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  • SBR4EVA

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #39

    Annie, Annie Walker.
    Annie Walker on the wing….

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #40

    ahhh…. Ken Barlow’s brother …. ahhh

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