Beating Newcastle Is Better Than Being In Champions League

Kevin Nolan has quickly become a leader on Tyneside this season, and he is working closely with manager Chris Hughton, as are other players, to ensure Newcastle have a tremendous team spirit this season, which contrasts with last season, to be sure.


Kevin Nolan – all teams want to beat us this season

Nolan is Newcastle’s top scorer with 6 goals so far, and he talked today to the Evening Chronicle how every Championship side would just love to beat Newcastle this season:

“We know we’re up against it in every game we play.”

“I heard Ian Holloway saying after Blackpool became the only team to beat us this season, that beating Newcastle was better than being in the Champions League!”

“I find that sort of thing astounding. But that’s what we’re up against.” “People want to beat us and when people do or even get a draw you can see by the way they celebrate what it means to them.”

Yet Nolan feels that this season that Newcastle have characters in the dressing room to be able to be successful after last season’s disaster of relegation, and the lads seem absolutely committed to getting the club back to the Premier League by next May.

Kevin continued:

“There are a lot of experienced lads here.” “They’ve played in the Premier League and they know that each team will give their all against us.”

“Teams won’t hide against us they will come and try to make a name for themselves.”

However, Nolan knows that any side can give Newcastle a difficult game in the Championship, and there’s just no way the players can become over-confident with any side this season, however well we are doing.

Nolan continued:

““So far we’ve done fantastically well.” I’ve said it before, and probably sound like a broken record, but we can’t get carried away.”

“We need to keep plugging away up until Christmas and see where we are from there.”

And Nolan has today added his voice to the many Newcastle players who are calling for Chris Hughton to get the Newcastle job full time, as he continued:

“There’s a tight-knit group here and everybody supports each other.”

“We’re all enjoying the football and we are trying to get the fans what they want, which is results.

“Hopefully, once it all settles down we can also add some fluidity to our play as well.”

But in reality this is probably not a good time to appoint anybody as permanent manager, as long as there is a possibility the Newcastle club could be sold in the near future – as we are being led to believe.

But if three or four weeks pass by with nothing on the sale front,. we can rest assured that Mike will keep the club, and if that is the case he should have the decency to take the club off the market,  so Chris and the fans, as well as the players, know exactly what the situation is.

And we can still get promoted – no matter what!

6 comments so far

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Oct 14, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Good words from Nolan, he is turning into a class act and I feel him and Smudger should be our constant midfield pairing

  • AlanSmith.

    Oct 14, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    nufc 0809..

    i agree

    smith dm.. nolan am

  • premier

    Oct 14, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Blackpool nee where near Champs league!!

  • UTD111

    Oct 14, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets not get too excited folks!

    We’ve found some teams we have been able to beat more regularly than when we were in the Prem (apart from when Sir Kevin was in charge of course!!)

    But the season is only a quarter of the way through – and our squad is paper-thin…….

  • Sav

    Oct 15, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Now that the Chronic is reporting there’s no money for Chris Hughton to spend in January are all those who celebrated KK only getting 2 million out of Ashley ‘Because its the club that pays, not Ashley’ – are you still celebrating?

    Fat Ash was never going to cough up any more than he is forced to on a club he seems to despise. When will you learn that the ‘club insider’ is just Llambias laughing up his sleeve? He seems to operate on the basis that, the more bare-faced a lie it is, the less likely people will disbelieve it. He’s done it to us umpteen times before and its yet another ‘Gotcha!’ for Derek.

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 15, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m so excited!..


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