Nicky Butt will leave Newcastle in June when his contract runs out at the Tyneside club.
Nicky Butt – fell in love with Newcastle
And Nicky has said some good things about the club and the City after he announced he was leaving last Friday. In fact Nicky has waxed lyrical about everything Newcastle.
This is what Nicky said today about Saturday’s celebrations:
“The emotion of it grabbed me – anyone who doesn’t get a bit emotional in that situation would be a weirdo,”
“It was a great day and I am happy it has ended this way. To go out there at the end and get the trophy was up there alongside everything else I have done.”
“I have enjoyed everything I’ve done in my career but out there on Saturday, that could have been the Champions’ League. You have got to enjoy it.”
“Getting relegated was the lowest point of my career. Last year was really bad and it was always in the back of our minds this season, it was terrible and we wanted to put it right.”
“We have got the club where we want it to be – and it is a massive thing for us.”
Of course Nicky Butt’s career didn’t get off to a good start when he arrived in the summer of 2004, as Bobby Robson was sacked within weeks of Nicky arriving on Tyneside, and new manager Graeme Souness never seemed to rate Nicky.
Nicky went out on a season long loan to Birmingham in 2005-2006, and at that time they were managed by Steve Bruce, and they were relegated that season.
Indeed, a £2M fee had been agreed with Birmingham, and if Brum had survived in the Premier league that season, Nicky would have joined them.
But in the summer of 2006 Nicky came back to Newcastle, and it was Glenn Roeder who helped Nicky get his career back at Newcastle, and he’s really never looked back since then.
“This is a club in my heart, it grew that way,” “It is an amazing city – a tight place where everyone adores the club.”
“It is a one city club and it is almost unique in the way everyone wears the shirts. You come to the ground and see women, kids, the whole family with their shirts on.”
“It is a way of life here, in the fabric and something that makes the city tick.”
“We have see a lot of that this year because we have been winning games. We have been out for meals and got pats on the back and people shaking our hands. I will always look at the results and I’ve already fixed up my tickets to come back next year.”
“You can’t go up thinking top six or top eight – they have to improve on what we have done. But it is important they don’t get too carried away,”
We think the fans will not get carried away too much for next season.
We have to stabilize the club back at the highest levels, and to do that we need to bring some good players in during the summer.
We are quietly confident we will be able to survive next year, but we’re not thinking of being back in Europe anytime soon.