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