Kevin Nolan Loving Every Minute At Newcastle

Like a number of players at Newcastle this season, Kevin Nolan is coming into his own.

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Kevin Nolan – in Inter-Milan like new 3rd strip

Of course we are now a step down from the Premier League, so some of our players who we pay big money to, and have big transfer fees for, should look good.

It will also allow some of our youngsters, and we have some very good ones, to get some experience in the first team.

Kevin said yesterday he has no regrets about joining Newcastle United – despite experiencing the agony of relegation at St James’s Park and 8 months of turmoil on Tyneside.

The midfielder was a target of former club Bolton Wanderers, and they apparently bid for Kevin on Tuesday and we  knocked them back – good.

We are very pleased to see Kevin stay, because nobody ever questioned his fighting spirit, and he will be a key player for the club this season, especially as he’s getting on the goals train again.

Kevin cost is about £4.5M from Bolton last January and said yesterday:

“People say to me all the time do I regret coming to Newcastle, and I tell them every time I don’t regret it for one second,”  “This is a new chapter in my life, and I’m loving every minute of it.

“We had 43,000 in for a midweek game (against Sheffield Wednesday), and that was the fourth highest crowd in the country.

“Those fans deserve success, whether it be promotion or winning the Championship, and this is just the start for us.”

Nolan has shown he can also play as a withdrawn striker up front this season, and recently held the captain’s armband, and that is just further proof he’s now one of the leaders of the Tyneside club.

Having fighters like Alan Smith, Steven Taylor, Enrique and Nolan in one team must be frightening for the opposition – gand that’s great.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Irish Toon

    Sep 4, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Kevin Nolan is exactly what we need this season,
    I’m looking forward to this new chapter for us, one step back two steps forward n all that! If we can get rid of ashley we’ll be a much better team next season in the prem, think of who we have lost all over paid under performers. I believe we should never buy big names with big wages again its time to start bringing in players who will play for the club and not their fat pay checks!

  • Kevin Nichol

    Sep 4, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Credit where credit is due; not just to Nolan, but also the likes of Smith, Harper, Ryan Taylor and Shola! All of which were deemed “notgood enough” by most of us! To me it seems that some of these lads are almost embarassed about playing championship football and want to put that right straight away! They have stayed with us; regardless of their big salaries; they could have still picked up hefty pay packets elsewhere so the current squad will have my full backing all season!

    Special praise must good to jose Enrique for me! Around this time last year i was convinced he was not good enough; convinced! However i have tipped him to be our player of the season this year; yes sometimes his passing distribution is extremely poor! but his defending and compusre on the ball have come on a ton!

    With two loan signings we should be able to compete. We all need to be realistic; we will not bring in any more than 2 players on loan (although i would like perhaps another 3 or 4). In all likelehood a forward and a defender.

    It looks like its going to be;

    Forward – Harewood/King (both of whom will be a cut above most in the ccc)

    Defender; Cathcart

    In an ideal world i would love to bring in Gareth Bale but i think his wages will mean he is not a realistic target for us.

  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    There’s a worrying article in the Journal and although its main topic is loan moves, it moves on to the club remaining under Ashley’s control and….. heaven forbid, the possibility of JFK getting the manager’s job!

    If that happens, then that’ll be yet another lesson from Ashley’s management guide – how to undo any good-will that’s developed of late!

  • premier

    Sep 4, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    indeed, last seasons failures have found their level–but will the bubble burst when they lose their hunger with number of games to play.

  • Toonmania

    Sep 4, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    so kevin nolan should be happy at NUFC he has the best supporters……………………………………………………………………. IN THE WORLD (J Clarkson)

  • bro56

    Sep 4, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    as long as this squad remains intact we should flirt with promotion this season. As long as players like Nolan, R Taylor, Butt etc demand big salaries that the likes of Wolves, Hull, Wigan etc can’t afford, these players will remain with us, because no big team will buy them, we find ourselves in a fortunate position, for once. These players deemed not good enough are too good for this division. I bet Ashley would of sold most of them had a team come in for them. a combination of poor prem players on high wages might be the perfect tonic for this league..

  • Whumpie

    Sep 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I get the impression that Nolan is a down-to-earth bloke who doesn’t give a fish’s tit which league he’s in as long as there’s good spirit and good support (and probably a good salary, to be fair.)

    Like Ed says – he’s the type we need, and now there’s some momentum hopefully we’ll continue to see the real form of some of these players.

    Hey – Shola’s scoring for fun, and Jonas has put in some killer crosses. Who knows what’s next?

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    i think all we should look for in an owner is to run the club responsibly weather Ashley or someone else, although we are doing well i still expect Mike Ashley will make a balls of things and bring Kinnear back, then we will see a slide again, & all the hard work Chris & Colin. have put in will be wasted. every time under Ashley we just start to feel like we are heading in the right direction up pops Ashley and messes things up. i just pray the feeling are wrong, and we carry on moving forward

  • Stardust

    Sep 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    He looks like a new player this year – his composure, touch and positioning is a mile ahed of last year – one or two swallows dont make a summer – he needs to find another 41 before he has a flock.


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