Newcastle Players Can Go From Zeroes To Heroes in One Year


Kevin Nolan has come out today and personally took some responsibility for Newcastle’s relegation last season.

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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!!



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19 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    fooldj 🙂

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  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    And Shola is leading the way! Congats to him…

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounding like a captain our Kevin….Good Lad!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree Ed…we had far too many Zero’s last season and we seem a tighter unit now.

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    The trick is can we keep hold of these players come the January transfer window.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Good question Bru…the fire sale is never over with Big Mike at the Helm.

    Everyone is still up for sale and I am sure Mike will continue to strip assets when decent offers come in.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    I meant to say Pig Mike not Big Mike…silly me 🙂

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    SJT cheers for your answer on the other thread, and Ed you left Smith out of the ( new players leadership )

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh my God No way!!
    The “Next Generation of Smileys”…what load of Gash.

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  • Alex

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Shot Bru that the only thing i am a bit worried about . If we are top of the table some top prem teams will be looking at the likes of Vukic , Ranger and Kadar . We must keep these players no matter what sort of bids come in for them . As for the senior players i think they would all stay anyhow . They are still on big contracts with us and it would be teams out side the top half that would be looking at them . So i do not think they would give up on promotion to join teams battling to avoid the drop .

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    No probs Dave !
    I don’t think any Gods or Celestial Beings ever venture into Mackem territory incase they get their Golden Chariots Hot wired.

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  • ArtyH

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Great article could it be a Phoenix thing????
    Hope so.

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  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 12, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Read the full article in the Journal and hats off to Kevin Nolan, what a refreshing change to hear a pro football with a sense of responsibility and appreciation of what the fans go through, my opinion of him has changed dramatically, top bloke.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #14

    The players have just though stuff this for a lark let’s play football and sod the owner who clearly has a screw loose!

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  • Jeff D

    Sep 12, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    You forgot Alan Smith in that band of players Ed. I think hes been fantastic this season so far. A proper inspirational captain. I cant see Nicky Butt getting this role back unless Alan gets puggied.

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  • chuck

    Sep 12, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah sure Ed.
    See where we are @ Christmas ?

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 12, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #17

    this is the attitude that made the man u kids. they were 70% skill and 30% total belief, that no one was good enough to beat them, they became so arrogant, because they found they were right & no one could beat them, if you can instill in your players that they are unbeatable, thing start to pan out that way. arsenal had a couple of teams like this too, but were forced to break them up to create funds. don’t think we are likely to see this again in the near future in the premiere, with the way city have chucked money to buy success. the only two i can watch winning is arsenal & man-u although the latter do get up my nose at times. but their is no reason why we cant take that attitude in the coca cola.

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  • Alex

    Sep 12, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Belief is the key dave , that is what KK instilled into the team when he took us into the premiership last time we where here . This time round we have a bunch of players that have the ability to take us up . i just hope after the first defeat we have , they will still belive in themselves and build on the run we are now having . The longer this run goes the more the other teams will start fearing us

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 12, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Some good words, I think I’m gonna cry!!!
    But the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
    Lets all hope the lads can keep the run going tomorrow. Looking forwards to the game, think we can win it. Probably the hardest game so far this season, so a real bench mark.
    Howay the lads.

    Incidentally, I think there is a lot of in-breeding going on in filthy makem land. How else to explain so many ugly people?
    SMB’s

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