Nicky Butt is the Newcastle club captain and will be the player who will collect the Coca Cola Championship trophy after the game on Saturday afternoon against Ipswich Town.
Nicky Butt – will lift the trophy tomorrow
Of course Nicky has not been able to get a starting place for most of the season, but we think few fans would object to Nicky leading the lads up the stairs to get the trophy tomorrow, as almost his last act as a Newcastle player.
Butt will leave the club in the summer after 6 years on Tyneside, after Bobby Robson brought him in during August, 2004, just before Bobby was sacked.
Chris Hughton believes the former Manchester United and England midfielder deserves the honor, since Nicky has been highly influential off the field for the Newcastle club this season.
Chris said today:
“If I look at the period of time I’ve been here, Nicky Butt has been a wonderful ambassador,”
“I knew of him before of course, and his achievements at Manchester United with Nicky being one of that group of young, quality players that came through.”
“And what I’ve seen of him in my time here is exactly that, someone with the grandeur that he had at Manchester United. He’s someone that trains well every day.”
“He’s 35 now, he trains well. When we’ve needed performances from him we’ve got them.” “He’s been a hard player to leave out because he’s a good player.”
“Of course with the squad we’ve got he wouldn’t have got the amount of minutes on the pitch that someone of his competitive nature would have liked.”
We’ve often speculated whether Nicky will stay on at Newcastle to take a coaching position, but it doesn’t look like it.
Nicky Butt played wonderfully well for England in the 2002 World Cup and the great, incomparable Pele nominated him as the best player at the 2002 World Cup.
Nicky apparently is taking his coaching badges right now, and is still considering what he will do when he leaves the playing staff at Newcastle United.
Chris continued and talked about the possibility that Chris will move into coaching:
“At this moment I don’t think he’s officially said that he will, but I know it’s something that’s an option,”
“It will be his decision whether to go into coaching. He certainly has great experience and knowledge of the game.”
“You can have all that, but the drive has to be from within yourself.” “He has characteristics to be a coach or a manager but that’s up to him.”
“A coaching position here is not something we’ve spoken about.”
So Chris has not spoken to Nicky about a coaching position at Newcastle.
That suprises us, although we know he still has a home near Manchester and may want to settle there with his family.
Anyway, Nicky has always been a real professional at Newcastle, and he went through some rough spots after he first arrived, but he’s shown he’s got real guts and we’re appreciative of the job he’s done at Newcastle this season, even if for the most part it’s been off the field of play.
Nicky has appeared 182 times for the Newcastle club with 4 goals.