The Great Gary Speed Plotting Newcastle Downfall Tonight

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!

Gary continued:

“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.

9 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 2, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1

    A great servant to the Toon, I would love to see him coaching there some day. Given his intelegent reading of the game, and his excellent timing to pop up in the right spot at the right time I always thought one day Speedo would make a great manager in his own right.

  • premier

    Nov 2, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Speed could show more class in 5 minutes than both these teams will manage in 90 tonite

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 2, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #3

    What a pro Gary Speed is and a great role model.
    Not many like him in football.

  • Mags

    Nov 2, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh to have the calibre of Speedo in our team again.

  • UTD111

    Nov 2, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    “great” isn’t a word I would use about wor Gary like…..

    He was a competent player – but “great”? naw….

  • chuck

    Nov 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #6

    UTD 111,
    Beg to differ pal, Speed was a great player.
    Not in the sense of the more flamboyant players like Best, Ronaldo, etc. who were primarily entertainers.
    Speed was an all round old style inside forward , who fetched and carried, played well in the defensive role and was a very good passer (set up ) also got his share of goals both in the air and on the ground.
    Just dont understand how some people can show there ignorance on these blogs.
    Constantly knocking great former players like Speed and Givens and Bellamy, yes Bellamy !

  • UTD111

    Nov 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    No need for the personal insult pal.
    Its not “ignorance” if someone has a different opinion to you…’s called “opinion….
    And in my opinion, no way was Gary Speed a “great” player….

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 3, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Represented his country and has 85 caps, he held the record for most appearances in the English Premier League until 14 February 2009 when he was overtaken by David James a goalkeeper for an outfield player his record is unequalled. 284 first team games for the toon, 831 first class career games those are not the stats of “a competent” player.

    When you listen to his managers he was one of the first names to go on any team sheet and all you can say is competent, well isn’t it a good job almost to a man all the players and managers he has had all disagree with you as they call him a great player and great professional. So sorry to insult but I have to agree with chuck you are a tit.

    By the way when you post your comments into the public domain as you did, then you are asking to be judged on those comments, and you have been judged and been found wanting the verdict is you are a tit and a crass one at that to try and knock a great servant of the club with your pathetic views.

    Over 8 comments you are the only one to disagree so the general consensus is you are a tit.

  • UTD111

    Nov 4, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Cupid – you’re just showing yourself up to be just as bad.
    Disagree with me by all means, but my opinion is just as valid as yours.
    I think the word “great has been devalued and is abused and over-used these days.
    I’ve seen some of the truly great players who have played for United – Wyn Davies, Malcolm MacDonald, Bobby Moncur, Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Tony Green, Jimmy Smith
    Sorry but Speed is not in that league.


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