Steve Harper has been at Newcastle since 1993 and he thinks he could write a best-seller about goings-on during his time on Tyneside – we don’t doubt that one little bit.
Steve Harper – been at Newcastle 13 seasons
Steve’s had 18 different first team managers during his time at St James’ Park but is saying he will not be putting pen to paper yet.
Harper, who is now 34, said:
“I will resist the urge to write a book, although I think I would sell more copies than JK Rowling.” “It is a basket case of a club. Newcastle is either top of the mountain or bottom of the trenches. There is no middle ground.”
“We’re either going to win the Champions League or go into the Conference. That’s the way this place is. It’s been like this for a long time.”
“After 17 years I STILL haven’t got my head around the way it works – and I don’t think I ever will. This place is as mad as you want but I love being here.”
After perhaps the worst 12 months in the club’s history, at least as far as board room incompetence goes, (and that’s saying something), principally by owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek LLambias, both of whom are clueless – the good start to the season has given fans and players alike, some hope.
“The more you win the less you will hear of the bad side of the club. This club is an easy target and has been for a long time. It is up to us to change that.”
“We have a bunch of players who want to prove people wrong. We have been shot at and puked at that often and for that long that we now have a group who want to show what they can do.”
“The players want to shut the doubters up. There were people who made it clear they didn’t want to be here and play in this league. That’s up to them.”
“We don’t hold anything against them. It was important we knew as a group of players who wanted to be here and who was up for the challenge and the fight. You’ll see that.”
“If we add a couple of players then we can have a right go at getting back in the Premier League. If we don’t get any more then it will be very tough.”
The really worrying thing for progress this season, is that the dynamic duo are still here, and as long as that is the case, it is always possible they will dream something up – again – that gets in the way of the playing side of things.
Until Ashley sells the club and leaves Newcastle, we will always have that doubt that success is really going to be possible this season.
With top 6 challengers WBA, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Leicester City and Preston all having won yesterday, Newcastle are now 3rd top and will need to beat Cardiff today to remain top of the Championship.
We’ll have to wait and see if they can keep up their early good form.