Danny Guthrie admits he has never been happier at Newcastle United.
Two happy Newcastle players
And that may sound strange given the ridiculous and incompetent actions of the Newcastle owner over the summer, but it seems like even Mike can’t stop the passion and support of the Newcastle supporters, and the obvious steely resolve of the players to make up for the disaster which was last season.
Guthrie is of course very aware of Newcastle’s continuing problems off the pitch, with the club still up for sale and Chris Hughton still operating as only a caretaker manager. Wonder if a caretaker manager has ever got a club promoted over a full season?
But of course the old adage is – if you cannot affect that then it’s not worth worrying about or spending any energy on it – and that’s what the players have done since the summer under the guidance of Chris Hughton, after a similar facade last season with Ashley.
Danny, like the rest of us is pleased the team has made such a good start to the season and are currently top of the league.
Danny said today:
“It’s seems a funny thing to say given everything that has happened, but this is probably the happiest I’ve been at Newcastle United,”
“It’s always a happy place when a football team is winning and that is what we’re doing at the moment. I know things have not been ideal, but the dressing room has a completely different atmosphere to last year. We’ve all pulled together and it’s a good place to be.
“It’s been a good start to the season. From day one we’ve said we can’t do anything about what is happening upstairs in the boardroom.” “We have pulled close together as a group and I think that has shown on the pitch. It was another good win over Leicester and another deserved one as well.
“It was a really tough game and we were delighted to get the three points because it meant we can go into the international break top of the league, which is a good achievement given everything that has happened.”
The 22-year-old former Liverpool and Manchester United youngster is more than thrilled that so many supporters have decided to stay with the team, even though the presence of Mike Ashley at the home games is now getting too bizarre for words.
We wonder what Mike is really tying to do at Newcastle, and we don’t trust him as far as we can throw him, and that’s not very far.
Let’s just say that Ashley has totally lost credibility with the Newcastle fans and probably the players too, although they are wise not to say anything (sorry for the pun).
“We have found strength in adversity as a football club and I have to say the fans have been brilliant. They have made it really tough for sides to come up here and they have turned up in their thousands. It’s definitely had a big impact on the players.”
“When we came back for the start of pre-season, with all the turmoil, I didn’t think there would be many coming to watch us this season. We didn’t know how the fans were going to react.”
“But it was predicted that they’d stay away in their droves. But they have been fantastic and as long as we keep putting in performances they will be happy.”
“They just want to see players giving everything to the team and they are getting that with this bunch of lads.”
Newcastle have now gone six games unbeaten this season, with five wins and four clean sheets, so on the playing side the lads have been little short of magnificent, and have also shown immense courage. Yes- it’s all very different form last season.
But we need new players and we have failed miserably to do that in the summer. Unfortunately that’s Mike Ashley’s responsibility, so we can hardly expect much from the owner – and we probably shouldn’t.
And come to think of it that could be a good strategy this season – just ignore him as much as possible as he does all his shenanigans to sell the club for his own advantage – and only concentrate on supporting the side to get as many wins as possible..
But there’s no getting away from the fact that he’s been a complete and utter disaster for the Newcastle United Club. Not sure how we can say that any stronger.
But the players and the fans have gone through sheer hell for 12 months, which reminds us of an appropriate quote from Winston Churchill
If you find you’re going through hell, keep going.
Seems to us that’s exactly what the players and the fans are doing this season. 😀