It’s really hard not to have impressed with both the play and the character and commitment of 22 year-old right-back Danny Simpson, who is on loan from Manchester United, until January 1st.
Danny Simpson – made to measure for Newcastle
Danny talked today about Newcastle’s coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood:
“Chris and Colin Calderwood have fed us all of the information we need about each player and what they will try to do to us.”
“That’s what we have been doing all season.” “We’ve been taking the information on board and, coupled with the ability we have already, it has been enough to get some excellent results.”
“Now we aim to keep it up at Blackpool.”
The Seasiders Manager Holloway, who has vast management experience at Bristol Rovers, QPR, Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and now Blackpool, has the ability to get everything out of his players, which is always the sign of a very good coach, and Blackpool go into the game hungry for points.
“We won’t give up our place at the top without a fight.” “We knew going into Cardiff that the likes of West Brom and Middlesbrough have picked up wins.”
“We had to come out and get the three points, and it’s the same for Blackpool.” “We’re not going let anybody beat us and we will not roll over for anybody.”
“The only people who can beat us are ourselves.” “Every game we have our team meetings and we talk to each other – nothing is allowed to bubble away beneath the surface.”
“We do not want teams to beat us, it is not a nice feeling.” “While we have the momentum we aim to keep it.”
If everything goes well through the end of the year, and we can maintain a good promotion push, and a decent and committed new owner comes in, it may be possible to start thinking a wee bit longer term.
One of those moves would be to bring Danny to the club on a permanent basis come January.
Not only has the lad showed he can become a class player, and has helped us forget that we lost a great right back in the very impressiveve Habib Beye (who surprisingly lost his place at right back at Aston Villa to former Newcastle target and Rangers’ player Carlos Ceullar), who just got fed up, like the great Shay Given before him, of the stupid antics of the owner.
Danny is also personally a class act – and he has made it abundantly clear he wants to stay at Newcastle, who seems to treat fans and players alike like serfs.
These are the players we now need at the club and in the future, and it has been proven beyond any doubt this season, if you want fight and passion in the team, these are the players you need, and nobody else.