Steve Harper has been at the Newcastle club for 17 years straight, and he has never experienced the team spirit like is was la season when Newcastle got the job done and won the Championship at their very first attempt.
Steve Harper – team spirit has never been so good in my 17 years
Local lad Steve is one of the leaders of this new Newcastle side, and there’s no doubt that team spirit can get this Newcastle side a number of extra points next season by their willingness to fight it out in the close games.
This is what Steve told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I have never known a dressing room which has been so good before and it was fantastic to be a part of that last season,” “The spirit was tremendous and that played a huge part in allowing us to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.”
“We get on well, on and off the pitch as a group, and it was a special thing to be a part of. I’ve been around a long time and it really was. It was the best time I’ve had as a Newcastle player in that respect.”
“We are going to need that mental strength and togetherness more than ever next season.” “We are going to lose a lot more often than we did last season and that is going to put everything and everyone to the test.”
“But I still feel the team spirit and the togetherness we have will stand us in good stead.” “If the supporters continue to get behind us and help us through the difficult times, I think we will be okay.”
Of course Steve has also called for new players in the summer, and if the news that Newcastle are really interested in Ranger’s striker Kris Boyd, that would be a good first acquisition for Newcastle, who will look to do most of their transfer business once the World Cup is finished.
But reports that Turkish club Kayserispor are said to have already offered the player £50K/week on a two year contract is not good news, and we wonder if Newcastle think he’s worth that amount of money – we think not.
And as we saw yesterday the over-rated, over-paid and over-pampered England players again let the country down – badly.
Whoever is the new England manager needs to bring new players a chance, since these guys just cannot hack it when it counts, and we would expect both Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor to be given a chance for England.