The Newcastle captain Nicky Butt, who was born in Gorton, Manchester, is reaching the end of a tremendous football career.
Nicky Butt – a good player and a good guy
During that career, Nicky played for many years at one of the world’s top clubs Manchester United, before Bobby Robson brought him to Tyneside in the summer of 2004.
And Nicky didn’t find it easy at Newcastle initially, and was sent on loan to Birmingham, City during the 2005-2006 season, when Birmingham, who were then managed by Geordie Steve Bruce, were relegated.
Graeme Souness had come in to manage Newcastle, and he didn’t seem to fancy Nicky too much, but then he was eventually fired in February 2006, after just17 months at the club.
Then in the summer of 2006 new Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder did a lot to bring Nicky back into the fold at the club, and the player has been good at Newcastle ever since, and done a good job for the Tyneside club.
Nicky talked to the Newcastle official site today:
“When you get to my age I accept that I won’t be playing every week,” “I’ve also had various niggles which haven’t helped and the win at Doncaster was my first game since the end of January.”
“But the lads have done brilliantly this season and I’ve been more than happy to play the role I have.” “I love the gritty away games such as Doncaster and I’ve played in quite a few good games like that this season.”
“It’s been good to come in for those matches and it’s those sorts of games which have helped to put us where we are.” “Our home form has been outstanding but picking up points away from home has been the difference and that’s why we’re top.
“We’ve had to show character because every team wants to beat us on their home patch, we’ve enjoyed a few good battles and I’m delighted to have played a part in a lot of them.”
Nicky came in at Doncaster Rovers for one of his first starts for a while, and played very well, but he’s been out of the side ever since with the terrific competition for places in the starting line-up.
We like Nicky, and think he’s a good man, and as we’ve said before, we do expect Nicky to hang up his boots at the end of this season, but we really hope he gets offered a coaching position at the club.
We think Nicky is just the type of experienced and respected player that we need to keep at Newcastle United – and if we can keep him as a coach next season, we think that would be great.
For the record Nicky played 387 times for the Red Devils with 26 goals, 29 times for Birmingham with 3 goals, and 171 times for the Magpies with 7 goals.
That’s a total of 587 first class appearances with 36 goals – and as we said – he’s had a tremendous football career.