In a good story today in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, new boy Danny Simpson has told of how good a friend and mentor the new England captain, Rio Ferdinand, has been to him, during his still short career.
Rio Ferdinand – acted as mentor to young Danny Simpson
Danny Simpson told the Evening Chronicle today about Rio’s positive influence on him:
“To be brought up through the ranks of a club like Manchester United can only benefit a young player, and that was the case for me at Old Trafford.”
“I have also become friends with Rio and I am still in touch with him now.” “Rio has always been there to give me advice and is a good friend.”
“He told me coming to Newcastle was a good move for me, and you can only appreciate his advice.” “It is not just him – I can always turn to players like Ryan Giggs for a bit of advice when needed too.”
“However, to have a player of Rio’s magnitude there for you is a major plus.”
Good advice from Rio to tell Danny to sign for Newcastle – in fact very good advice indeed – we always knew Rio was a good guy. 😀
It’s great that players like Ferdinand look after the younger players, and Danny’s words reflect well on the new England captain.
Rio of course has just served a 4 match ban for elbowing Hull City’s Craig Fagan, in what was found to be violent conduct.
It was originally just a 3 game ban but Manchester United appealed the decision, and a Football Association disciplinary panel ruled Ferdinand was indeed guilty of violent conduct and dismissed his appeal as “frivolous”.
And in short that means a 4 match ban rather than a 3 match ban.
Ferdinand was even willing to appeal further, but once he was handed the England captaincy, to his credit – he decided not to appeal again.
There had been enough nonsense surrounding the England captaincy with the diabolical off field antics of one John Terry – enough said.
We look to Danny, when he becomes more experienced, to take some of Newcastle’s younger players under his wing, and we’re certain he will do just that.
Simpson had another good game on Saturday against Preston, and we think Danny can continue to improve as he gets more first team games under his belt.
That’s especially true when he’s exactly where he wants to be, and a regular starter for the famous Tyneside club – there’s nothing quite like a happy player at a club.
Newcastle on Saturday won back-to-back games for the first time since last December, after beating Coventry City and Preston by a combined score of 7-1.
Simpson is looking forward to the trip to Watford come Saturday, as he added:
“Consistency is what this league is all about.” “We are going into Watford on the back of solid form.”0
“We are aware we have not won away for some time despite our good home form.”
“We just want to address that with a good performance at Vicarage Road.”
A win on Saturday would be fabulous, and since it’s 7 away games in which we haven’t had a single win – at least we’re due one.
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