Newcastle Players Astonishingly Not Close In January


Kevin Nolan has raised the lid on his shock, when he arrived form Bolton in January of this year.

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Kevin Nolan – no closeness at Newcastle when he arrived

At Bolton he was used to having the players be very close, and support each other, but he saw none of that at Newcastle when he first arrived.

Kevin, who is all revved up for the visit to Cardiff on Sunday, said today:

“When I first came to this club I found it quite astonishing that lads weren’t as close as they were at Bolton, where it was based on lads being there for each other every game.”

“We’ve got that here now.” “We have plenty of discussion and it’s all about sticking together, and doing the right things.”  “We’re 110% behind each other.”

Newcastle fans were often shocked last season, when in away games they could only rely on a few players giving 100% effort.

And when some of the club’s big (that’s not to say good)  players, now gladly not at the club, would leave the pitch without even showing any gratitude to the most loyal fans in the land.

That’s one area that Shearer immediately tried to change in April, as he mandated the players to express their gratitude to the fans, as he did himself at the end of the games.

However, the new-look and completely rejuvenated Newcastle side will certainly show their appreciation to the 2,000 Toon fans making the long journey to Wales on Sunday, win or lose.

And Kevin, one of the new leaders on Tyneside, is hoping that the players and fans will be  celebrating together some the final whistle – with another league win:

“That’s what we want to be. If there’s one thing the fans deserve, it’s the players giving 110%.”  “That’s what we spoke about more than anything. You need that, especially in this league.”

“You have to have that every time you go on the field. That’s what we wanted, and we’re showing that.”  “Hopefully that continues at Cardiff and we can give our fans what we all want.”

The new spirit in the Newcastle team, there to be seen by all, is being rewarded already by much bigger than expected home crowds, averaging 40,000 right now, higher than most Premier league clubs.

And if the lads keep winning they will have seen nothing yet from the Newcastle fan base!

If  it’s one thing  the Geordie fans demand from their players it’s guts, passion  and fighting spirit, and the lads still at the club are giving the fans that in spades this season, and it’s heart-warming to watch.

And most away games seem to be sold out, which is true in our next two away games at Cardiff on Sunday and Blackpool, who we play on Wednesday.



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18 comments so far

  • dave 1961

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    just what i was saying before shearer came they were unfit and a bunch of individuals, so what ever shearer may have added & Chris Hughton has definatly added to should get a stern test in the next few weeks, lets hope chris is getting his next awward at the end of the month.

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  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    And who, may I ask, was interim manager when he signed?

    Yup, none other than that great motivator JFK!

    There’s yet another message for Ashley – keep him well away from SJP!

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  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    And wasnt Hughton first team coach when Nolan arrived?
    Maybe Chris has carried on Shearers groundwork and methods and thats why we are seeing a change, sad indictment on JFK and also Ashley who wanted him back.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Bigbadbob Ch has done a fine job but i think the senior players have more to do with it than CH

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  • Jonas18

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5

    aye no wonder we were so poor last season. A divided squad is never going to survive in the Prem.

    We need them to fight for eachother, push each other hard, and give 100+% every game.

    I can only see a win coming for us at Cardiff with this new found work ethic and team camaraderie.

    btw, Jonas is the man, does so much for the team it’s unbelievable. Watch and enjoy….

    http://www.zshare.net/video/6539581049fe4f0a/

    OH GUTIERREZ!

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  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Dave, cant fault Chris as he has done a brilliant job in the circumstances but i dont think he is cut out to be a full time manager, my point was that a coach will stick rigidly to any managers instructions and he has obviously turned the team around by not using JFK’s methods.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    BBBob-JK Never had any methods.

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  • chuck

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #8

    It`s Shearer this, its Shearer that, fact is Shearer won one out of eight, a total flop as a manager .
    So enough of the accolades, sure he was a great player and yes there`s a continual search for a Geordie messiah, but lets get real folks and discuss facts here.
    And stop looking for scapegoats, the southern press, the cockney mafia, JFK, D. Wise , etc.
    It`s all very provincial and boring.

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  • premier

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Erm Shearers groundwork was 1 win in 8 games!! Was that a better ratio than the other “managers” last season?

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  • milburn

    Sep 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Copied from last thread.

    For all “premier” haters- Sunderland will never be a bigger club than the toon regardless of what league we are in. When any mackem travels abroad on holiday (apart from when caravaning in Crimdon Dean) the have to fly from “Newcastle International Airport”. When anyone else from england asks you where youre from whilst abroad- you reply Sunderland they reply “is that near Newcastle ?”. Even Sunderland players live in Newcastle. So stay on your own cheesy chips websites and rattle your keys somewhere else !!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 11, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Chuck & Premier crawl back under your stones & get back to the Mackems web site

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Stop feeding the Trolls 🙂
    Ignore and they miraculously vanish.

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  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Hahawaoyawnnnnnnnnn….. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    chuck // Sep 11, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    It`s Shearer this, its Shearer that, fact is Shearer won one out of eight, a total flop as a manager .
    So enough of the accolades, sure he was a great player and yes there`s a continual search for a Geordie messiah, but lets get real folks and discuss facts here.
    And stop looking for scapegoats, the southern press, the cockney mafia, JFK, D. Wise , etc.
    It`s all very provincial and boring.

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  • OHurley

    Sep 11, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah, chuck is pretty much an idiot. That’s what we should expect though. It’s not his “fault” he was born a Mackem, but he can always choose to become something better.

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  • workyticket

    Sep 11, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #15

    OHurley // Sep 11, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    “Yeah, chuck is pretty much an idiot.”

    He’s probably forgotten more about football than you’ll ever know, OHurley. Cheeky b*st//d!

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  • workyticket

    Sep 11, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #16

    And OHurley, WTF do you know about the North East that gives you the right to decide who is a ‘Geordie’ and who is a ‘Mackem’?

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 11, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Er!..
    … managers/coaches in a year had more to do with it!..
    …Lack of continuity = no continuity, strangely!..
    …I think you’ll find…

    …Amazin’ how the Geordie hatin’ rags can still drag up an ancient non-story like this, even when there’s nowt goin’ wrong, for a change!..
    …Tells y’everythin’ y’need to know really, does it not?..

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 11, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #18

    *4…etc, etc

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