It seems that Newcastle’s senior player committee of Steve Harper, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan have played a massive role in helping to bring the playing side of the club together since last July.
Chris Hughton – mmm
The senior players wanted to help Chris Hughton get the club back on track following the disastrous 6-1 defeat at Leyton Orient in July, and since that time the club has been on a definite upward trajectory.
But Chris says while those four have been a big help other players have also particiapted in the new Newcastle United.
Chris said today:
“I am very happy – and it wouldn’t just be those four players.”
“We have a lot of experience in that changing room and what happens when you have a lot of experience is you have to use that experience, you have to make them feel part of the process.”
“It’s something we have done to great value this season. They have not only been big players on the pitch, they have been big players off the pitch.”
“It is not only those four, it is all the senior players we have.” “It’s the right part of what I believe is good management to use the strengths you have, and certainly the experience we have in that changing room is a big strength for us.”
Surprisingly enough we think Joey Barton may stat to play a bigger role at the club next season, even though he’s had more of his fair share of problems off the pitch – Joey still remains a leader, and is apparently a big talker in the dressing room.
Remember he was captain of Manchester City, before his anger problems came to the surface and he went off course in his career, and continued his wayward ways at Newcastle.
If Joey can also start making a bigger contribution on the pitch next season, then he could become a big player and another leader for the club, as he still tries to beat his demons.
We hope Joey is successful in doing that next season – and he may even take the place of the departing Nicky Butt in that senior player committee.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens this summer.