Colin Calderwood has talked today about what it’s been like being at Newcastle since January of this year.
Colin – gets a laugh from Nile Ranger
Colin talked today about life at the Newcastle club this year:
“It was always going to be a good experience coming to Newcastle.” “What I’ve had here so far will hold me in good stead for the future.”
“I’m trying to take maximum advantage of that and learn from the situation we’re in.” “We’ve gone through almost every scenario you could have in football.”
“You learn about managing situations and things that happen.” “There are situations in football when you think ‘what would we do if this happened?’”
“But more or less everything HAS happened or we have seen it coming.” “We’ve gone through ups and downs and that will continue. It will happen all season – the spotlight will always be on us.”
“At any football club there are problems behind the scenes.” “They just aren’t as well publicised as they are here.”
Many fans have labeled these last 12 months as the worst ever in Newcastle’s long and proud history.
But Calderwood looks at it differently, and still thinks that football clubs will always be about the 11 players lucky enough to be on the field to represent their club each match day.
When asked if his experiences this year would give him some know-how on how to manage a crisis at a football club he said:
“I wouldn’t put that term on it.” “From a coaching point of view, you can see by the look on players’ faces whether they want to train and whether they have an appetite to play for this club.”
“That has always been there with this group of players.” “The situation last season didn’t end the way anybody wanted it to.”
“We can now only address what is ahead of us at the minute.” “As nice as the start has been (to this season), it’s the next batch of the games that’s important to us.”
“It’s very important for us to have the team spirit we’ve had and the work ethos. That’s been a big part of the club.” “The players trained unbelievably hard in pre-season to get themselves into the right shape to make sure we started well.”
“The difference, though, in this league is that if you reset the season and started again, any of the teams in the bottom eight could easily be in the top eight.”
“I think it can be quite a level and close division.” “The difference between playing Sheff Wed or Preston, or a team that is lower down, is minimal.”
“The level we’ve seen so far is the level we will see all season.” “Consistency will be the key for us.”
And Calderwood is really looking forward to the 3rd place versus 1st place game in the Championship on Sunday:
“I know the English aren’t very well liked in Wales!” “But seriously I know they are very passionate about their football.”
“Whenever I’ve been at a Cardiff game it’s been like that.” “Obviously we aren’t at Ninian Park, we are at a new stadium. But this is the perfect game for us.”
“It’s another high-level game and one where we are really testing ourselves against a team with an exemplary home record.”
As we all know, local lad Michael Chopra, who is a top striker in the Championship but for whatever reason cannot seem to cut the mustard in the Premier League, could be a big threat to Newcastle on Sunday.
“Michael has been left this club for quite a while now.” “He’s plied his trade at Cardiff and at Sunderland.”
“I’m sure this is his first club, though, and he’ll have some fond memories of the place.” “But he’ll be making sure that Cardiff win.”
“He’s in fine form and he’s a major factor for them.”
Another win on Sunday will keep the mood on Tyneside decidedly upbeat, and it could be further proof that we could indeed do it this season, and go straight back up.
Wouldn’t that be something!