Danny Simpson, one of Newcastle’s four new signings last month, has talked to the Daily Telegraph this morning and has said that Manchester United players are hoping Newcastle get promoted in May.
Danny Simpson – old friends at Man United want Newcastle promoted
Simpson told the Daily Telegraph today:
“I spoke to some of the lads from United’s first team on Monday night before the Milan game.” “I still speak to people like Jonny Evans, Rio (Ferdinand) and Wes (Brown) and we are always sending each other messages and wishing each other good luck.”
“It is great to keep in touch with then all and they have been watching quite a bit of Newcastle United this season and can tell how happy I am here, they think I am doing well and when players like that tell you that you are doing okay then it is great to hear.”
“They all want Newcastle back in the Premier league and Jonny has told me he can’t wait to play against me, so it would be nice to go back to Old Trafford next season and pull on a black and white shirt.”
Simpson, who only just turned 23 early last month, came through the Old Trafford Youth Academy and seems to see some likenesses between the two United clubs – but that cannot include winning trophies, surely. 😀
“In the Premier League even though there are lots of big clubs everyone still looks for Manchester United at home in the fixture list and everyone wants tickets,”
“That is what us has been like for us in this league and everywhere we got we seem to play in front of the home side’s biggest crowd of the season.”
“That tells you a lot about what other teams and other fans think of Newcastle United. It gives you confidence to think that everyone wants to come and watch us.”
“Everyone looks forward to playing Newcastle and we are aware of that. It can bring a bit of pressure but we can handle that and when you are top of the table you simply have to deal with it.”
“We are up there fighting for the biggest prize of all in this division and when we play at home we know that coming to St James’ Park make s big day for the visiting team. But knowing how good our fans are and how much they spur us on, our home record is second to none.”
Simpson has had many loan spells away from Manchester United, and one even at Sunderland, but his very last loan spell was with Newcastle, because the Magpies club was savvy enough to snap him up last month for just £500K.
Danny still has a lot to learn, and is hardly the finished article yet, but we think he can improve to become a very solid Premier League player.
And as soon as he arrived on Tyneside, Danny seemed to fall in love with the club, the City and the fans, and even smashed Sunderland – which immediately swayed the Geordie public behind him. 😀
Danny was only too pleased to stay on Tyneside long term.
Danny signed a three-and-a-half-year deal last month, and although he’s apparently one of the lowest paid players at the club, we have to think a wage increase is in the works, should the side be promoted come May.
Danny talked about signing his deal on Tyneside:
“Everyone knows that what I really wanted was to sign a permanent deal here,” “But the nearer we got to the end of the loan agreement things started to play on my mind a little bit and I thought here we go again.”
“What people have to remember is that I have been out of loan for the last few years of my career, so I really didn’t want to become the sort of player that is always unsettled and constantly here, there and everywhere. (a great Beatles song)”
“Thankfully it all got sorted. I am very settled here and I know where I am going for the next few years. I am away from Man United and I am just concentrating on getting us back in the Premier League.”
Newcastle did a fine job of strengthening the squad last month – probably the first time since Mike Ashley came on board that we’ve had a good transfer season.
The surprise was that we signed four players full time, but each on of those was a savvy buy, and Simpson, Wayne Routledge, Mike Williamson and Leon Best look like they can make the step up to the Premier League.
We have to hope so anyway.