Danny Guthrie Has Never Been Happier At Newcastle

Danny Guthrie admits he has never been happier at Newcastle United.

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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).

Danny continued:

“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. 😀

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • premier

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Found his Level which is making him happy

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    thats right back the lads an ignore ashley but still tel chant about him in games as he may get the message sooner or later. i wonder why he gets the helicopter everywhere he goes is it coz he’s scared that eel get run of the road and hav the possobilty of gettin his hed caved in? haway tha lads!!!

  • G

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    So far he has been an outstanding performer in this division, as has Enrique, as has R.Taylor. All players who last season looked out of their depth in the Prem.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    premier – ouch!

  • Macas35

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    G – Enrique didn’t look out of his depth last season

  • paoulo

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    does it matter that danny guthrie is ‘happy’

    it really doesnt, he is an ok footballer

    but I dont give a toss about how he feels, if we werent paying him he wouldnt be here.

    the only thing that matters is getting ashley out, I feel like dreyfuss in a padded cell, but instead of writing ‘kill clouseau’ on the walls of my padded cell its ‘Ashley out, ashley out’ dont the fools realise that bu being ‘the loyalest supporters the world has ever seen is our biggest fault, the fat man knows we will keep turning up and giving him money to watch any bunch of monkeys in black and white shirts..or yellow and orange … run around the pitch.

    but if we stop going then he will sharp be off, selling at a much reducuced price to some one with business accumen that isnt going to take the pss put of us.

    stop attending games, they are rubbish playing against rubbish and we dont even look good, despite what danny guff says.

    atop attending games we must act as one and not drift back in dribs and drabs

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Premier- Wrong!!

    He was class last season- but i agree many have found their level these include Ameobi, R Taylor and a few others..

  • stevep

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    @paoulo – “stop attending games”
    how is that going to help, it just means that newcastle will be an even worse proposition to any potential investors meaning Ashley will have no choice but to stay and slowly run the club into administration.
    Much as I dislike Ashley putting spending constraints in place and trying to sort out finances is something that should have been done a long time ago.
    We need to be realistic as a fan base and realise that we can’t go out and compete with the likes of Man U / Chelsea.
    Wage structures are something thats been badly missing and we’ve paid well over the odds in the past to get players to move to the toon over London etc – better to try and bring youth through the system and buy players on reasonable wages that actualy want to play for the toon than money grabbers who are simply there for the cash (i.e. Barton/Geremi etc).

  • Eaststander

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh dear! There are some real depressed Geordies on here at the minute. We got relagated and yes it hurts and we all know whos fault it is but the club is still on the market. Finally we are up for sale permanently at what i think is a bloody good price. We have a manager finding his feet at this level and players finding their feet at this level. The only way back to the premier is through these people. Why people are whinging so much about the likes of Lovenkrands and Harewood joining are completely deluding themselves. These footballers will get us out of this leauge we don’t need more crazy signings. Just look at the quality that we have come up against so far its laughable, they all die after 60mins on the pitch. All we need to do now is get behind this team and hope that Ashley sells up to someone that can take us back into the premier and challenge. That is the hard part.

  • showstopper666

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    No disrespect mate, but your views are absolute rubbish. They are far from a crap side. We’ve weeded out most of the mercenaries who failed to perform, barring butt & geremi. The bunch of lads we have as of now appears to perform week in week out. & if they’re happy, I don’t think we have any right to slate them. As for guthrie, he’s one to watch out for. Definitely one of my favourites. Personally, I agree with KK about him being the next Rob Lee.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Just been looking at some stats from previous ccc seasons and stoke gained automatic promotion on 79 points, not important but i thought if we perhaps had a target we could look at and say if we reach that then weve had a gd season. personally im not bothered if we get promotion this season aslong as were up there and winning games consistenly with a little class ill b happy. o and not all of our players were out of there depth last season, i do believe that a consistent change of managers had a little something to do with relegation along with the crap training jk made them do. this is the most stable weve been for a while and aslong as fat mike doesnt promote CH or get another manager and leaves that upto the new owners well b f9.

  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    You seen Lil Fuccilo out chief scout has left, out of Ashley’s little crew the only one that is left is Jeff Vetere!

  • lesh

    Sep 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Paulo, of course it matters that Danny Guthrie’s happy as his attitude and behaviours seem to be symptomatic of the players’ morale.

    That surely is down to Hughton and the rest of the coaching staff and there’s one thing for certain and that morale and performances seem to be a lot more positive than last season.

    Boycotting will serve no real purpse other than to affect the palayers on the park and stoke up the uncertainties of last season.’

    Get behind the lads ‘cos we’re stuck with Ashley for the immediate future so learn to live with it and provided he doesn’t interfere too much,, things can only get better.

  • devonshier-mag

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    paoulo-thats dumb not turning up 2 games and il tell u y.
    1.if ashley wanted to sell he would easily right now cos potential buyers no we got loyal backing,but if we dont turn up thats going to put them straight off.
    2.if we want any chance of promotion this season we need our fans behind our team as 40+ thousand geordies could make a small away team very vey nervous.
    3.it would be great if newcastle got the 3rd highest home ticket sells and that is still possible even if we did get a little lower then expected vs leicster.and tbh i think beating the makems home attendence this season would be a massive point to have over all of the mackems.

    im from plymouth and im travelling up for the plymouth vs toon game on the 19th….im also hoping to attend the game vs boro and ipswich too…so in all 3 of those game i would of travelled 2400 miles there and back =0

  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry to be pedantic Ed but did you mean “debacle” rather than “facade” in paragraph three.

    As to the article the only fly in our ointment at the moment is a big fat one!!

  • ginkoh

    Sep 3, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #16

    If someone don’t want to support Newcastle Utd, go to find another team to see. It’s just simple and no problem for you at all.

    err ” Newcastle Utd ” don’t mean ” Ashley ” you know ?

  • lesh

    Sep 3, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Well put ginkoh!

  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18



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