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