Kevin Nolan has been talking before the next league game at Cardiff tomorrow, and you can never accuse Kevin of not being completely truthful and down to earth.
Kevin Nolan – dedicated to Newcastle
Kevin Nolan talked to the Times yesterday:
“From the first day we got back in training, Chris didn’t know what was going on and he brought us together and told us that. He said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll be here next week and neither do you. Half the lads in this room could be gone’. You’ve got to take your hat off to the man for saying that,” “He is just one huge, genuine fella.”
“What we are is a decent bunch of lads who are trying our best and the fans have taken to us,” “We are getting some respect back and if we can get back into the Barclays Premier League, we have such a good core of lads that you’d only have to bring in five or six players and you could continue to build.”
“No disrespect, but we could end up like a Leeds [United], Charlton [Athletic], or Southampton unless we get things right. The club has been at the top for a long time, but it doesn’t mean if you spend a lot of money on the best players, you have a divine right to be in the Premier League. We proved that last year. Now it’s about us making sure we get back up there.”
“I’ve been a part of some great dressing rooms at Bolton, and most of the time that gets you results. You can come away from a Manchester United or a Liverpool with a 0-0 draw. When I first came here, I thought ‘we never, ever get scrappy 0-0s away from home, or win 1-0 at home despite playing badly’. That never happened. That’s what I’ve found in the last six months.”
“After we went down, we all sat around a table and asked ourselves, ‘where do we want to go?’ We all agreed that while we are here, we have to give 110 per cent. We said, ‘anyone who wants to leave, tell us now and you can go’. But everyone stuck their hand up and said ‘no – we want to be a part of this’. It has brought us tighter together.”
“We have even had Championship managers who have never been in the Premier League slating us. It’s been laughable. So every time we play against those teams it will be in the back of our heads. We’ve just say to ourselves, ‘let’s prove them wrong’.”
“I still can’t believe that Newcastle are in the Championship, but we are. When we lost against Aston Villa and were relegated, I went out with my dad on the Monday and had a few pints. We had a talk and I said, ‘I still can’t believe it’. All the players were devastated.”
The team spirit at the club when Kevin arrived in late January hardly says much for then manager Joe Kinnear.
There were also rumors there was little discipline in the side at that time, with players turning up late for training.
Since training starts at 10:00am at Benton, you should be able to assume these players, earning millions a year, can at least be on time.
And the fact we ended up relegated says much about the leadership of captain Michael Owen, who was just hopeless.
And he is probably the wosrt captain this club has ever had, but he’s on a downward spiral at Manchester United, and with the incredible display by England on Wednesday, in taking Croatia apart, for a second time, this time 5-1, it would appear his career in the England team could be over.
Let’s just say Michael has not been missed by Capello’s team, which has to be one of the favorites to win the whole thing next summer.
We hope all of this poor stuff about Newcastle earlier this year is now in the past, and the lads can continue their reinvigorated desire and form they have shown everybody this season.
They can do that with a win at Cardiff tomorrow.