Steve Harper has come out today and said again what a great atmosphere Newcastle have in the dressing room this season, which is a far cry from last season, to be sure.
Steve Harper – dressing room is very special
Steve talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about Newcastle’s great team spirit:
“It does feel like a special atmosphere in the dressing room,”
“I think the trip to Ireland did us the world of good. It really brought us closer together as a squad, we got some really good training in and we got our heads around the situation we were in and what we could do about it. We have bonded really well and we are a strong group.”
“In the past – and I’m not just talking about recent history here – there have been some complex characters in the dressing room who could be very difficult and that can affect the mood.”
“When they had good days they were great, but when they had a bad day it was a problem for everyone else. What we have now is a small, tight-knit group who are all pulling in the same direction.”
“It is an enjoyable environment to work in and I think we are seeing the benefits of that out on the pitch.” “We just couldn’t carry people like that this season. We had to move forward and we have a squad now which wants to do that together.”
“There have been plenty of distractions, but we have been protected from them and you have to say Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood, Peter Barron and all the staff have been fantastic.”
So who are the difficult characters Steve refers to?
Let’s have your ideas in the comments, just the recent ones, so we can compare notes – so to speak. 😀
But we think bringing players in like Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands, Danny Simpson, Zurab Khizanishvili and others has done nothing but bring some great lads into the cliub.
For one reason or another these players want to be at Newcastle, and they have often talked about how great they think the club is, despite the many recent difficulties we have had with Mike Ashley.
This season has been almost a complete surprise, but a pleasant one so far, and if only the lads can keep up their good form, and stay in the top two, we’ll be in great shape, and restore to some level the good name of Newcastle.
It’s a very tough schedule and we’ll have our ups and downs of course, but every game we play we have to go for all 3 points.
And if indeed the lads can keep it up, then the Newcastle fans will support them more than ever, and we would expect some sellout home crowds next year, as we fight for our rightful place back in the Premier League.
The average home league attendance is already over 40,000 – not too bad at all.
We remember that Kevin Nolan said he was surprised at the lack of spirit in the team had when he arrived in January, and contrasted it to the team spirit at Bolton.
That doesn’t say good things about Joe Kinnear, but we will not criticize Joe too much, because he gave his all for the club – and nearly his life last February.
Team spirit is now a strength the team has, and certainly they’ve shown they are now more than willing to scrap it out when the going gets tough – again unlike last season when teams like Hull, Bolton and Stoke just out-fought us.
Let’s hope the lads can keep going – because if they can – they will all be heroes come next May.
Howay The Lads!!