Newcastle’s Jose Enrique has branded Newcastle United fans as “the best in the land” today, and says he wants to stay to help the club back to the Premier League.
Jose Enrique – I’m going nowhere
The Spanish U21 defender is worried that if the Newcastle players continue to leave the club and suitable replacements aren’t found before Tuesday’s transfer deadline Newcastle will be in big trouble – and not even Jose Mourinho’s could make a difference.
Enrique said today:
“I think all the senior players here say the same: we need some new players.”
“I believe in Chris Hughton and have confidence in him
“But Mourinho could come here and would have the same problem, we don’t have many players.”
Enrique insists that he wants out of the Championship, and has said he wants to stay and repay the tremendous loyalty of the Newcastle fans, who are still turning up in their great numbers on Tyneside and at away grounds.
That’s in spite of the current owner not speaking to the Newcastle fans for months.
There were almost 44,000 fans who packed into St. James’ for the last home game, against Sheffield Wednesday, 10 days ago. That’s only 400 less than Liverpool’s capacity crowd at Anfield.
The crowd is likely to be even bigger tomorrow night when a draw against visiting Leicester will take Newcastle to the top of the league.
The home gates son Tyneside so far this season are the 4th highest in England – and Newcastle are in the second division of English football.
“Things at the club were crazy here last season, but I have to think it’s not my problem.”
“I just have to play, and play well. If all the team think like that and we sign some new players, we can get back to the Premier League.”
“The support at Newcastle is unbelievable. The fans here are incredible, the best in England.” “Would a team in the Spanish Second Division get 44,000 fans for a game? No way.”
“There is no chance of a team in the First Division in Spain getting 44,000, except Real Madrid and Barcelona.”
“When I signed for Newcastle there were many famous names here – Michael Owen, Oba Martins and others.” “I thought I would be playing Champions League football here, now I play in the Championship. It’s strange!”
“All the time I read in the papers that I will go here or there, but I’m happy here. I want to get this club back into the Premier League.”
“I listen to talk about a lot of players coming and going but I want to stay no matter who leaves.”
Good words from Jose, and truthful too.
We’re not sure why Jose seems so worried about lack of players.
We’ve lost 10 players over the summer, brought one in on loan, but there’s still a good 58 hours left before the transfer window closes.
And we’re sure Mike Ashley has a plan to get all the players in we need before Tuesday afternoon at 5:0 pm.