Newcastle 35 year-old goalkeeper Steve Harper has come out today and praised the way the Newcastle coaching staff have created such a positive environment at the Tyneside club.
Steve Harper – compliments Newcastle coaches today
Harper, who was signed by the great Kevin Keegan back in 1993, told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron have done a great job.” “They’ve created a great working environment.”
“I’m sure they’ll keep us all ticking over in pre-season again.” “Last year, despite what people say, pre-season actually went well.”
“We only had one blip and that came at Leyton Orient.” “We came through from that and went on to have a really good season in the Championship.”
Newcastle have lined up pre-season friendly games with the likes of Carlisle United, Norwich City, PSV Eindhoven, Deportivo La Coruna and Glasgow Rangers this summer.
And Newcastle are also planning a return trip to Carlton House in Ireland for a week, and that’s the place the new team spirit at Newcastle was created at Newcastle, following a summer of utter turmoil.
Hughton returns to pre-season with the rest of the Newcastle squad next week and he was asked if he was looking forward to returning, and Steve said:
“When you’re 35 you don’t!” “But seriously, I will be looking forward to it, of course I will.”
“You have your summer break and your time off but once everybody is back around each other it’s great.”
“You’re then just working hard and I’m sure that everybody will be trying to be in tip top shape for the start of the season.”
And it seems that Steve thinks it’s just a great idea to return to Carlton House, just outside of Dublin, and we have to hope that some of our new players are on board by then, so they can get fully integrated into the Newcastle squad, and get infused with the great team spirit that has existed at the Newcastle club since last summer.
“It will be great to go back to Carton House again.” “They made us very welcome there last time and it was a great atmosphere amongst the players.”
“The coaching staff will have us going through our paces and it bodes well again.”
W are really looking forward to the first day of training next week, which we think is a week on Thursday, but in any case it will be great to see our players back again – and maybe even one or two new acquisitions shortly after that.