Colin Calderwood has given a long interview in today’s Evening Chronicle.
Colin Calderwood – crowd good for the players
Newcastle’s new team spirit and fight has been the talk of the town this season, following last season’s disastrous surrender.
But we’ve moved out Michael Owen and others who were just not suited to the Newcastle club.
We see that Michael said yesterday he’d rather be a bit player at a club (Manchester United) that wins trophies than playing week in and week out at another less successful PL club.
That has to prove there’s something wrong with the lad’s ambition, and surely he should be wanting to play every single week – but we guess not.
It seems he got used to getting paid big money at Newcastle for playing very few games because of all his injuries, and he seems to have continued that at the Red Devils.
Colin Calderwood talked about the new found team spirit on Tyneside, but warned it’s nothing lovey dovey:
“Yeah, there’s a terrific togetherness, but don’t run away with the idea it’s all lovey-dovey, that it’s one big love-in. It’s not and we wouldn’t want it to be.”
“We have strong characters in our dressing-room and we’re all prepared to have our say, either in the heat of battle on the training ground or in team discussions.”
“That was always the old-fashioned way in football and it’s healthy.” “You have got to be able to accept criticism in this game.”
“It may be that we don’t take the criticism from fans and the media as personal as we do from players, but we have to accept that we’re in a business where opinions are forever aired.”
“Actually it’s good in a way that Newcastle supporters have a history of being critical of their team on bad days because it keeps us all on our toes.”
“We know we have a full stadium, the envy of the Championship and beyond, and we know the fans want to see a player’s heart pumping out of his chest.”
“They demand effort and that’s all right. It’s fine, it’s the way it should be.” “Huge crowds at St James’ Park must lift the opposition but what it does for us is even greater.”
The Newcastle United fans want to see every single player put in a good shift in every game they play – because that’s what they do in their own jobs every day.
And we seem to have a lot of lads willing to step up to the plate for the club this year, and that’s got the Newcastle fans fully behind them.
Promotion this season will be the start of a comeback for the Newcastle United Football Club – or at least we hope it is.
Being able to right the wrongs of last season so quickly, will put this season’s squad on a pedestal that real guts and spirit is what’s needed for the players on Tyneside.
After all our success in years gone by had been built on that important commodity.
Howay The Lads!!