Kevin Nolan has talked today about Newcastle’s return to the big time as part of the English Premier league.
Kevin Nolan – just wants Newcastle to do well and get results
The Newcastle’s return to the big time will be different – a lot different – to the Kevin Keegan side of 1993-1994, when the lads finished 3rd top behind Champions Manchester United (what a surprise), and Blackburn Rovers, and played such entertaining and attacking football. Arsenal were in 4th place and Liverpool 8th in that season.
Kevin Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“That’s why everybody loved watching Newcastle United, because there would be 10 people flying forward and it was brilliant to watch!” “You couldn’t take your eyes off the screen, could you?
“You can’t knock them for what they did back then and that’s why they were called the Entertainers because they would go from one end of the field to the other – it was like watching a tennis match go back and forward.”
The way the Newcastle side played in those days was great entertainment for the fans, and was one huge reason why the Newcastle United club gained such a world-wide following, which still exists to this day.
But whether any side will ever play in that all-out attacking style again in the Premier League is debatable, although Arsenal under Arsene Wenger move forward all the time and attack most of the time.
“Not many teams do that any more – not even Man United or Chelsea, and I’m certain Liverpool don’t.” “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking them – their ability is ridiculous and they’re all fantastic footballers.”
“But I think it’s only Arsenal that actually knock the ball around, start from the back and play that sort of stuff.”
We don’t expect Newcastle will play that type of football next season, and we got used to Newcastle last season grinding out some results, but even in those games, it was good to see the courage, pride and fight in our Newcastle players, something that was badly missing over the relegation season of course.
And even the top teams sometimes, when they just don’t play well, have to grind out the result – and the key is to get something out of the game, even when you are not at your best.
Of course Newcastle fans love to see the flowing attacking football that both Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson gave the Newcastle fans.
“You have to move with the times and hopefully we’ll play our good football when it’s needed.”
“But football is very much a results business and that’s what the Premier League is all about.”
“I’m sure we will rise to the occasion when we can and play some good football as well.”
Kevin is right there and the PL is now a huge global business, which will only get bigger next season, as so many of the World Cup stars play in the Premier League, and certainly over here is the U S, we expect the PL games to become even more popular than they were last season.