Newcastle Players Really Want To Play For The Magpies


During last summer the transfer market at Newcastle United seemed haphazard at best.

Kevin Nolan – players now want to be here

That was because Mike Ashley put the whole squad up for sale, and basically wanted to see who he could sell, to reduce the wage bill to get ready for life in the much lower revenues of the second division of English football.

As it turns out we sold Oba Martins, Sebastien Bassong, Habib Beye, Damien Duff,  and the club did not renew the contracts of Michael Owen and Mark Viduka, who were always injured during their time on Tyneside, but still picked up their massive unearned wages.

The team spirit last season was hopeless and it’s now a strength, so logic says some of those players were not good in the dressing room last season.

And we knew it would happen, with reporters now coming out and saying it was obvious Newcastle were too good for the Championship – those are the same reporters who were telling us last summer that the Magpies would be relegated to League One.

They don’t know what they are talking about.

Kevin Nolan said today:

“Everyone is now saying it is easy and we should have done it, but at the beginning of the season, we weren’t favourites to win this league, we weren’t favourites to even go up automatically, so it just shows what we have done.”

“There are a lot of ex-players who wrote us off, a lot of pundits who wrote us off, and we wanted to prove all that wrong, and a lot of  papers who did hammer us when we went down, and rightly so.”

“But we have found something now which hopefully can be the beginning of something which is going to be brilliant for Newcastle United.”

“And that’s a squad of players who want to play for Newcastle United and love this club as much as we do, and want to be back up there as much as the fans do.”

“We want to be back where we belong. We are back there – it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be relentless again, but we are going to give it our best shot and hopefully make sure we stay a Premier League club now for years to come.”

“This club doesn’t belong in this division, the fan-base, the stadium we have got.”  “A lot of mistakes have been made over the years and we have spoken about them, but now this is about learning from the mistakes and slowly building this fantastic club up into a great club.”

We so admire the attitude of Kevin Nolan, because he knows all about the Newcastle club, and while he couldn’t save us last season from relegation, he is the one of the players who has endeared themselves to the Newcastle fans this time around, for his great play and fantastic spirit.

Every time I hear Kevin talk I look for my football boots – but my wife has them well hidden these days – for my own protection.

Newcastle fans are wary of getting carried away about next season, but we are quietly confident that the side, suitably strengthened over the summer, will do quite well next season, and should be able to survive the season.

We hope so anyway.

Comments welcome.


4 comments so far

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    There is a lot to be said for a less individually talented group of players who have a good team mentality and play for eachother, this season especially in the premier league.

    Examples:

    Just look at Fulham, Stoke and Birmingham. All sitting from 9th to 11th (about the postioning we should be aiming for next season), above the supposedly higher paid and more talented squads of say Sunderland and West Ham.

    Or even Everton, who for years have consistently punched above their weight, with a very hard working, but relatively small squad, who go about their job as if they love playing for Everton and do very well.

    I think if Newcastle keep the same nucleus of players who have bonded so well this year and bring in some more hungry, like minded players, as we did in January, we will do alright.

    But as soon as we start compromising and bringing in “Big Names” who are on 50k+ wages who have made their name elsewhere and are the wrong side of 26, we’re in trouble.

    I would honestly rather have players who will get better, than ones who have reached their peak at another club:

    Sign:
    Driver, Gunter, Bradley and Lallana.

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  • Paul P

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #2

    i would like to think that promotion back to the premier league has been dedicated to one man, one man who is proud to be a black and white, one man is a well dignified, legend of a man. of course we all no who that man is, Sir Bobby Robson.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    My three candidates who would improve our squad dramatically if we two of them….

    Mohamed Diame from Wigan – Linked with Barca, Real, Arse early in his career but his French club (i think Lens) dropped him due to fears over a heart issue. It was cleared and he went and did his time in Spain’s second division to prove he’s fine. Any time i’ve seen Wigan play this season and see his cool, calm composure on the ball, I’m in awe as to why no one else has set their sights on him. A true DM in the mold of Essien, Makelele.

    And if we got one of these two, I’d be absolutely thrilled. Both 20 years old, both their clubs players of the season

    Gylfi Sigurdssen – Reading – he’s proved he can handle the english game and excel in the environment. Great talent. 15 odd goals from midfield.

    Adel Taarabt – QPR on load from Spurs. – No chance of getting in the spurs side with a ridiculous amount of CMs already….and on a side note, anyone could’ve done what ‘arry’s done at spurs with the amount of stupid money they’ve spent…and they just go after anyone whether they’ve got three backups in the position or not. just letting off some steam.

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  • Toontastico

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    He might not be Steven Gerard but he’s 100% commited, he’s had a phenomanal season and he’s a major reason we’ve achieved what we have done this year. For that he deserves all our respect and backing.

    Agreed Paul P, Sir Bob would be proud!

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