Nolan – We Now Have A Decent Bunch Of Lads At Newcastle

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.

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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.

13 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Fooldj 🙂

  • Shot Bru

    Sep 12, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    What a job Chris Hughton has done along with Calderwood, in managing to bring the squad together and creating what now seems like excellent team spirit and togetherness. That’s half the battle for a club that is pushing for promotion.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I could never see Owen doing well at Man U and I cross my fingers every week that he gets injured or has a dire game.

    I don’t miss The Duke or Martins either as one was always injured and the other was doing nothing but run fast now and again.

    It proves big ego’s and star names don’t win games and the team seems to have a much better work ethic now and togetherness now the “stars” are gone.

    I would prefer a fit LovenKrands over Owen,The Duke and Martins any day of the week.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree ShotBru…just a shame Ashley is to greedy and shortsighted to not add any additions to assist in the fight back to the premiership.

    Every transfer window he seems to have mislaid his cheque book…or hidden it 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    I also think the best is yet to come from Barton and I am expecting Smudger to burst the net very soon and once he does BANG!! More will follow for sure.

  • stevep

    Sep 12, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Sounds like Nolan and the players delegation are running the club and just letting get on with coaching – tbh I dont care as long as we’re doing well

    bring on cardiff – looking forward to it

  • stevep

    Sep 12, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    errrrmm – letting hughton get on with coaching

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Sep 12, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    The original article was actually called “Kevin Nolan determined to get Newcastle United back in the Premier League”, so the title here is a bit mis-leading..

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    stevep // Sep 12, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Sounds like Nolan and the players delegation are running the club


    The was a piece on Krul at skysports and it pretty much said what you’re saying here in a roundabout way..

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Krul said Houghton panders to the more senior players…suppose most managers would want to keep the seniors on his side.

  • ArtyH

    Sep 12, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Seems the players are getting it right just a pity the owner is still making a mess of things.
    For the remaining players I just pray they do get it right and get us promoted, they will be amply rewarded by the fans and go down in the history books, deservedly so, if it happens.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Things have been so bad under the Ashley regime it is hard to understand how he could not transfer his obvious business acumen to football..I mean some basic perm signings in this window would have been a start and plenty free agents could have been brought in to bolster the team and push for promotion first time of asking?

    Maybe he has just taken all the wrong advice from his advisors,he clearly has no idea on how to run a football club and he clearly does not give a stuff about NUFC.

    Just glad we have some people at the club like Nolan who are prepared to stand up and set some sort of Normality amidst the off field Chaos.

  • Jeff D

    Sep 12, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    You hit the nail on the head there, when you say hes taken bad advice of the people within the Ashley circle.
    Now it dosent matter how genuine his plans were. the fact that its all gone tits up lies at his door.
    I do think he will get some credit after hes gone for some of the youth signings, Vuckic, Ranger, and erm…. Oh well maybe he wont.


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