It’s not very often that a player buys a house in Newcastle within a month of arriving on Tyneside.
Wayne Routledge – determined to settle at Newcastle
But that’s exactly what Wayne Routledge has done, and only yesterday closed on a house in Newcastle.
It seems that Wayne is determined to settle down, after playing for as many as 8 clubs these last few years, and Wayne thinks Newcastle is just the perfect place for him.
Wayne talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I just want to be settled,” “I’ve been a nomad over the last few years, constantly moving around and that isn’t good for any player. I want to put down roots, I think that is important here.”
“I want to settle down. I thought that would happen at QPR, but it didn’t because of a variety of reasons but now I’m at Newcastle I want to be here for years.”
“I’ve reached a point where I don’t want to be moving around the whole time, I want to be able to concentrate fully on my football – to do that I need to build a career at one club.”
“Hopefully that will bring out the best in me when I’m out on the pitch knowing I’m settled in my life.”
“Newcastle’s the perfect place for me to do that.”
Routledge has had a good start to his Newcastle career, and he has already looked a very good acquisition from QPR for just £1.5M.
Wayne gives Newcastle some pace down the right wing, and some creativity too, which has been sadly missing in the first part of the season at Newcastle.
“The manager has said he feels as though he’s got me at a good age and I’d agree with that,”
“When I worked with him at Tottenham I was very young and I made mistakes. I was still learning a lot, I mean I’m still learning now, but I lacked experience on and off the pitch.”
“I’ve been through quite a lot in my career already and it feels as though I’ve come to Newcastle a more mature person. I have still got progress to make, but I’m able to offer a lot more now than I did.”
Routledge’s former club, Queens Park Rangers are one of the few clubs in England that have gone through the turmoil that Newcastle have, since owner Mike Ashley bought the Tyneside club in the summer of 2007 – and at the time we thought that was good news. 😀
“There was a lot going on at QPR, off the pitch. There were so many outside influences there, which I don’t really want to go into. All the players wanted to do was play football, but it things that went on off the pitch started to have an impact.”
“Every club has periods of turmoil, everyone knows Newcastle are a Premier League club and should be in the Premiership.”
“Certain things happen at football clubs and in teams where it doesn’t click together, but that’s in the past. All we want to do is focus on getting this club into the Premier League.”
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, it was everything I hoped it would be. Everyone knows this is a massive club, probably the biggest club I’ve played for and it hasn’t disappointed me. I’m really enjoying myself on the pitch again.”
Certainly Wayne seems to be made to measure for Newcastle United, and he will make a great start to his career at Newcastle if he can provide the chances, from which our strikers can score those all important goals in the run-in.
And it helps that Chris Hughton worked with Routledge while he was a youngster at Spurs, and it seems that Hughton as manager at Newcastle, was one of the major reasons he jumped at the chance to travel north to Newcastle, when he got the offer.
“Chris has always had it in him. He always gets a lot of respect from players because he is a good coach and he knows what he is doing.”
“I’ve worked with him at Tottenham, I’ve not seen much of a change in that sense, but he has grown in stature. I think becoming a manager has done that to him. He has always been an authority when he speaks, he always commanded respect and he has that here.
“Sometimes in life you need something which brings out the best in you and that has happened to him. In turn, he has brought out the best in the team as a manager and that has been shown by the results.”
It’s been one of the surprises of the season that Chris Hughton has done so well at Newcastle, and has melded the players together, so they fight and show tremendous spirit.
Chris’ management credentials are being tested right now of course, as our promotion charge has gone off track, just a little bit.
But we think he will come good, with significant help from the playing staff, who seem to respect him both as a coach and a man.
Howay The Lads!!