Nicky Butt Talks – Is This His Last Season In Football?


Nicky Butt hasn’t been heard from for a while, since he’s been out injured for almost  two months, after injuring his thigh at Leicester City on 30th January.

Nicky Butt – played the full 90 minutes last night

After the game, the former Manchester United star talked to Newcastle United TV:

“It was a massive win and we knew that it would be difficult coming here.”  “They’re a very good footballing team and showed that in the first half.”

“We found it tough against the wind but we limited them to just a couple of chances.”  “We know they’re a good passing side but we kept them in front of our back four and midfield and played on the counter-attack.”

“But the name of the game at this time of the season is to pick up points and it was smash and grab really.”  “We did that really well in the second half and I thought Wayne Routledge and Jonas Gutierrez were especially effective on the wings.”

“We soaked up the pressure and used that counter-attack and we’re more than happy to come away from home, sit tight and nick a win.”

“We got the goal thanks to Andy (Carroll) and he is playing really well at the moment. He’s holding up play, leading the line and scoring goals.”

And since Andy Carroll was mentioned, the interviewer took the chance to ask Nicky about the reported confrontation with Steven Taylor on Sunday morning, but Nicky would not be drawn as he answered:

“That’s nothing to do with the football side – we have no comment on that.”

“We knew we had to come here and do the best we could.” “We’ve got a massive team spirit in our dressing room – we show that every time we go out.”

“Even more so last week.” “Every time we go out, we look around the changing room, and we know we’ve got quality next to us. I’d take that squad above any other in the Championship.”

“It might be an obvious thing to say, but as individuals and personalities, we’ve got a lot of winners and strong lads in there.”

So Nicky stuck to the party line which is of course what Chris Hughton has instructed them to do – not to discuss it with the press.

Nicky is still the official Newcastle captain, but hasn’t played too many times in the first team this season and in fact last night was only his 13th start of the season, in which he now has just 18 appearances.

But the Gorton, Manchester born player has been a senior figure behind the scenes, and is one of the mature players who have been of huge assistance to Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood this season.

Competition mainly from Alan Smith in defensive midfield,  has been the reason why Butt has not played too much this campaign, but also Danny Guthrie has  been pushing hard to start in midfield recently, during Alan Smith’s absence with his ankle injury.

And of course Joey Barton returned last night, when he replaced Danny after 74 minutes, and the Liverpudlian looked lively in the center of the park and helped the lads claim the victory.

Nicky Butt will have a big decision to make this summer and that’s whether he should continue playing, but we don’t think Newcastle will offer him another one year option. But other clubs, maybe expecting a relegation battle could offer him a contract, because of his vast experience.

Nicky turned 35 on January 21st, and has a massive 564 first class games to his name with 32 goals.

Nicky’s appeared 171 times for Newcastle with 5 goals, 29 times while on loan at Birmingham with 3 goals, and the rest of course for the Red Devils – which we make 344 appearances with 24 goals.

If Nicky does decide to retire, we would hope that he could join the coaching staff at Newcastle, since he now seems to have a good understanding of what the Newcastle United club is all about, having been on Tyneside since the great Bobby Robson signed him in the summer of 2004.

Comments always welcome.


27 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 24, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #1

    some info on the Taylor Carroll situation,

    Now this is an email i have received although i was not the 1st to be shown it, it comes originally from a highly reliable source and i’ve just looked and found it on the footymad website

    Just spoke to my fooball agent mate who knocks about with Smith and Nolan…..Taylor was texting Carrols lass who has Andy’s bairn, while the Toon were at Swansea and he was in Newcastle, asking her to come round…Taylor used to shag her before carroll.

    Taylor is despised at the club by all, very arrogant and done his best to move to Everton last summer which pissed the lads off. His Fatha, has gone to the press and spinning loads of ****e on the back of Carrolls bother in the Bigg market….Here’s the depth of feeling in the squad….Harper, Nolan, Smudge, Butt and Shola all went in and told Hughton yesterday to sell Taylor because of his selfish attitude.

    Carroll is apparantly thick as mince but a good honest lad and easily wound up.. They were in the treatment room after training when Carroll went up to Taylor and said ‘One chance to admit it as i’ve seen the texts’ and Taylor just laughed at him and went to walk away and Carroll dropped him.

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  • OHurley

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #2

    LMAO, in the Wild West, that’s perfectly acceptable (and honestly, if that’s true, I’d side with Big Andy), but for a professional footballer, probably not the best way to handle it.

    I’ve always thought Tayls was a good guy. If this is true (which I find VERY dubious), then it changes my perspective of Tayls quite a bit. Can’t say he didn’t deserve gettin’ his block knocked off. Still, Big Andy shoulda known better like…

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  • Shot Bru

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Quality Turkish lol, a scene which wouldn’t be amiss from footballers wives. I dig the end bit too…and Carroll dropped him LOL.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree with both you guys, i beleive Andy Carroll was in the wrong concerning his proffesional status but tbh hu wudn’t?

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #5

    #hu wudn’t to the same

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  • OHurley

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, I love how the email ends. …and Carroll dropped him.

    Now that’s just awesome.

    I’d actually like to see how that happened. I bet it was a hit to match the calibre of the UFC haha!

    I can see the headlines:

    “Andy Carroll drops Steven Taylor in Brock Lesner-esque right hook”

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  • OHurley

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Wait, better yet:

    “Andy Carroll Goes Brock Lesner on Steven Taylor”

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  • OHurley

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #8

    For those of you unfamiliar with Brock Lesnar, here ya go:

    http://iconvsicon.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/brock_lesnar_2.jpg

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  • Shot Bru

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Hey OHurley, how about putting Carroll and Barton in a cage after a coupla crates of strong beer and see who comes out on top. Ashley could organise pay per view on nufctv and make a bit of money to clear some of the clubs overdraft 🙂

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  • Shot Bru

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Jokes aside and returning to the subject of nicky butt. I am led to believe he is a pretty good coach, possibility of him making the step up and joining Hughton’s coaching staff. It would make sense and provide a bit of continuity.

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  • DevonMag

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #11

    O’Hurley Brock Lesner looks like a right batty.

    And shot bru I reckon Joey would absolutely batter Carrol if they went toe to toe.

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  • OHurley

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Shot Bru-

    I think that idea is MINT, m8!! I’d pay good money to see it!! My money is still on Barton. Lower center of gravity and more of a scrapper.

    Devon- Yeah, Brock is a BEAST. Would NOT wanna p!ss him off like.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #13

    You see i think Carroll would win

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  • OHurley

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Turkish Mag-

    Really? Why’s that, m8?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #15

    I wouldnt mind Butt to be our Reserve Coach and Thompson to come to the first team and then add Carver to the picture.

    CH, CC, Thompson and Carver.

    Butt deals with the kids.

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  • OHurley

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah, Butty has to have some wisdom to impart. Chiefly when NOT to excersise the bicycle kick.

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  • Shot Bru

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #17

    wdftta- that’s quite a good team of coaches for working with the players, a good mixture of ex players and people who understand the club.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #18

    caroll cant handle Barton. ther is something called experience. Barton put Dabo to the ground.

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  • Shot Bru

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #19

    LOL wdftta, Barton has more experience and knockouts

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #20

    OHurley- I think Carroll has the Height and even Strength advantage

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  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 24, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #21

    I dont see the reason why we signed Best. We had Xisco to come back and Nolan to play forward but I really didnt get looked like a desperate move

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  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #22

    wba up 1-0 at half

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  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #23

    bull that pompey get to sell their stars

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  • OHurley

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Hey everyone – I have a girlfriend now! 🙂

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 24, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Ur not steven Taylor are u OHurley?

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  • Tramp

    Mar 24, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Lads, i know it’s a bit off topic…

    But has anybody else noticed that a fair few of our recently departed players, have all lost a bit of weight and look much fitter players for it.

    I noticed it with Shay a couple months back, looks like he’s lost a bit of chunk, just noticed it with Duffy boy tonight too, looking very trim.

    What were we feeding them!?
    My guess is all that Newcy Brown!

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  • costello91

    Mar 24, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #27

    lads van aanholt got a run tonight with chelsea and set up the 4th goal for drogba!! the mans a genius!! 🙂

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