Kevin Nolan has come out today and personally took some responsibility for Newcastle’s relegation last season.
Kevin Nolan – no egos at Newcastle after relegation
Kevin said today:
“You can’t have an ego if you’ve just been relegated from the Premier League,” “No one can blame anyone else, because we’ve all been a part of that team.”
“Some people say, ‘You’re not to blame,’ but I was the one that got sent off against Everton and I played ten games or so after I came here in January. So I was a major part of what happened last season.”
“This year is all about trying to prove I am a Premier League player and that I deserve to be there. The only time I can say I deserve to be a Premier League player again is when we get back there. Nobody thinks they deserve to be in the Premier League in our dressing room right now.”
“They need to prove it. I’ve told the players we will always be remembered as the players that took Newcastle out of the Premier League. After we had come back after the summer, I said to them, ‘Now, we can be remembered as the players that took the club back’.”
“Massive mistakes have been made, whether upstairs, on the park, the manager or whatever. We have to eradicate those mistakes, get back as soon as possible and start rebuilding. This could have been one of the best things that has happened to the club.”
Great words from Kevin, who with this attitude, must be fancied as becoming a top coach, once he hangs up his boots.
But there’s no doubt that Kevin, along with Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, and yes Joey Barton, have formed the new player leadership at Newcastle.
That small group has had terrific support from all of the playing squad, including the emergence of some potentially top youngsters in 18 year-old Nile Ranger, 17 year-old Haris Vuckic and 19 year-old Tamas Kadar, and it’s all starting to show big time on the pitch.
Even Argentinians Coloccini and Gutierrez have shown up well so far this season, and we’ve panned these two probably far too much over the summer – but hey, we’ll support them 100% with this new attitude and commitment.
With this rejuvenated player commitment to Newcastle United, and with the undying and unbelievable fan support from the Toon Army – anything is possible this season.
And you know for sure that if the club can gain promotion next May Newcastle will once again be buzzing – big time.
And the players will have gone from zeroes to heroes – in 12 months – and that’s just fine with us. 😀
Howay The Lads!!