Gary Speed, the former great Newcastle midfielder, is now assistant manager to Kevin Blackwell at Sheffield United.
Gary Speed – assistant manager at the Blades
Gary will be planning the downfall of Newcastle United, his former club, tonight – and we have to hope he will not be successful.
Gary, who is best friends of course with a certain Alan Shearer, told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Like a lot of ex-Newcastle players, I was devastated when they were relegated.”
“You remember those games against Juventus and Inter Milan, and the UEFA Cup semi-final, when we played Marseille and just missed out on the final.”
“They’re great memories, and I was lucky to be involved in those games.”
Well Gary, the rest of us are still devastated too.
Gary played a total of 284 games with 40 goals for Newcastle United from 2007 through 2004, when he left for Bolton Wanderers.
And he played an amazing 831 first class games with 133 goals in his career, in which he played for Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and finally Sheffield United.
What a player!
“If the game was at St James’s Park, I’d probably be missing playing in this game, and that’s no disrespect to Sheffield United.”
“I was lucky enough to go back there a couple of times with Bolton.”
“There’s not too many left in terms of players who were there when I left – Harps, Shola and Tayls, that’s it.” “I enjoyed playing and living up there.”
“Whenever you ran out at St James’s Park, it was a great feeling.”
And Speed, who will be hot favorite to join Alan Shearer, when Alan finally takes over at Newcastle – and that’s a when and not an if – seems to be enjoying his new role on the coaching side at the famous Sheffield United club:
“I’m really enjoying it – the fact I’m not missing playing says it all really.”
“Fortunately, we’ve got a great set of lads here. They want to learn and improve, and that makes it easier.”
“What helps from a Newcastle point of view is that Chris Hughton and the players have got themselves in good shape, and they’re making a good go of it.”
“It’s one division where you can go through a bad spell, and if you learn from it, you can come out the other side and get a run of results.
“But we know we’ll be in for a tough battle tonight.”
And we cannot talk about Gary Speed without remembering the Newcastle legendary manager Bobby Robson, and his quote about the great speed he had in his Newcastle team:
“We’ve got great speed in the team, not just Gary Speed, but great speed!”
Now you know why we call Gary the great Gary Speed. 😀
Tonight will be a tough test for Newcastle, but if we are going to get promoted these are the games we just have to win.
We’ll have a better idea at 10:00 tonight if the lads are up to the task of promotion this year.
We certainly hope so.