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.
“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.
““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!