Nicky Butt was signed by Sir Bobby Robson in the summer of 2004 from the Red Devils.
Nicky Butt – first start tonight
Nicky has since served under Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton, and he has one season at Birmingham under Steve Bruce on loan.
That makes 7 managers in 5 years and 6 of them at Newcastle.
Newcastle’s club captain thinks that manager Chris and his assistant Colin Calderwood should now be given the job for the season.
“They deserve the job,” “I wish somebody would come out and say to Chris, ‘You’re the manager’. It would put everything else to bed. We still haven’t got a manager, because he hasn’t been named. “
“Somebody should say to him it’s his job until told otherwise.”
“Everybody was upbeat when Alan Shearer came in – we thought it was a new era, but Colin and Chris have taken the mantle and probably deserve the job now.”
“We were all set up and we all thought it was going to roll into a new era under Alan – it was all worked out.”
“The training regimes for the summer were drawn up by Alan, and we were sent away with them by him and his staff, but when we came back, nothing was happening.
“Fair play to Chris and Colin, they adjusted very well at what was a late stage, and we still managed to get a good pre-season under our belts.
“The fitness is there, and the belief is there.” “We’re enjoying being top of the league, and looking forward to each game.” “Hopefully, we can kick on and get the results needed to make sure we stay there.”
A hand injury has prevented Butt from starting a league game this season. Butt partially dislocated his thumb against Darlington in pre-season and also suffered an ankle injury in the Carling Cup win over Huddersfield Town.
Butt is now keen to play his part at Bloomfield Road”
“It was a sticky start for me,” “It’s been stop-start, I got my fitness to where I want to be in pre-season, then broke my hand.”
“I couldn’t play or train because of the pot I had on, and it was frustrating.” “I came back in against Huddersfield and then did my ligaments, but the most important thing is that the results have been there for the team and the squad.”
“Now I’m looking forward to getting my own season going now.”
Mainly because of his huge experience, we think Nicky can do a good job for Newcastle this season, and he’ll get his first start tonight against Blackpool.
Let’s hope we can get all 3 points.