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.
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