Kevin Nolan Slays The Nay-Sayers – Good For Him!

One reason we would love to see Kevin Nolan as the new Newcastle captain is that he comes out and tells the truth about things – something very rare these days with the very spoiled professional football players.

Kevin Nolan – what a goal that was at St. James’ Park!

For example we have yet to hear from one England player about their pathetic displays in South Africa – and rather blame their manager – for everything – it would be nice for them to take some responsibility for the fact they were just hopeless. It’s not the fault completely of the Italian manage – although he has become too easy a target.

Kevin was reacting to criticism yesterday of the game against Carlisle United – we won 3-0 but there are still those negative people (they’ll never ever change – believe me) – who said it just wasn’t good enough.

Give us a break – please – but even better this is what Kevin said about those negative comments:

“I’m sick of hearing ex-professionals coming on and saying that we’re not good enough,”  “They were a bunch of nobodies when they first went into the Premier League, and they made names for themselves.”

“We have a squad here that have probably had more Premier games than a lot of those had at that time. We’re confident that once we get in there and mix it up with the other teams, we’re a lot better than a lot of them around us.”

‘‘Last year, people didn’t know who was staying and who was going, we didn’t know who the manager was going to be and people were predicting we would go straight back down again.”

“This year is more stable, but no matter what this club does, there’s a lot of people wanting to put it down.”

Great words from Kevin – and good for him – he’s showing a bit of good leadership there.

Kevin Nolan epitomizes the new spirit that is Newcastle United, and we have to expect another stellar season from this lad, who was monumental for Newcastle last year, when he scored an amazing 18 goals – and from midfield.

And the easiest thing in the world, as we all know,  is to be destructive and negative – it’s so easy we nearly all do it.

But it’s much harder, and takes a lot more effort and ability to be upbeat and positive,  and to make a difference for the better – especially at Newcastle, where those moaners always lie in wait for a poor performance- or anything else they can adversely criticize.

They must have been frustrated last season, since the ads were simply brilliant – and certainly were so much better than we had expected.

But good for them – we were wrong and the lads were simply magnificent.

Sorry to be so positive on an early Monday morning, but I’ve already had 3 coffees in the KFC (Free wireless network available) in KFC, down in the Plymouth City center,  and feeling just a wee bit up-beat this morning.

As I said I do apologize for this.

But we have to agree 100% with Kevin’s statement, and good for him.

Comments always welcome – positive comments particularly welcome for this article. 😀

Written from Plymouth, England.

16 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    I think for all their chest thumping and rhetoric, Nolan and Smith (when he played) found their level last season.

    Guthrie, Vuksic and dare I say even Barton look to be the way to go now.

    In a predictably packed midfield away from home, Smith will be a liability conceding free kicks and his inability to pass the ball, a La Butt and Nolan will simply get over- run as he’s not the fittest to play that role.

  • ginkoh

    Jul 19, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Every player have their job to do. For Smith, We need his professional and attitude in our team, even he cannot do much on the pitch. We will need him when we want to add extra defence tactic too.

    Try to believe in our own players more. What will happen next season, we don’t know but we have to live on with it. So don’t make it harder for them and yourself too.

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jul 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    good comment but the ex proportionals are also saying facts…can some one tell me ..with the exception of blackpool ,westbrom and wigan …what team isn’t better than us

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Ginkoh, I do believe in our better players, but sadly I don’t think Smith and Nolan, for the reasons outlined above are 2 of them.

    I think the likes of Routledge, Vuksic, Enrique, Kadar, Krul , Jonas, Colo and Ranger are excellent and will thrive given the opportunity.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 19, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    But it’s much harder, and takes a lot more effort and ability to be upbeat and positive, and to make a difference for the better – especially at Newcastle, where those moaners always lie in wait for a poor performance- or anything else they can adversely criticize


  • lewman

    Jul 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    i agree that smith may be on his way out but nolan should definatly be a decent premier league midfielder as he has proved before at bolton.

  • Alinufc

    Jul 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    @henok ethiopian toon

    If u look at all the teams playing pre-season at the moment from prem i would say from out of all of them I personally would say that newcastle have been able to find teh net the best but thats only my opinion

  • GeordieDan

    Jul 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8


    What a load of bollox u talk lad.

    What about Wolves, Blackburn, the Scumberland (maybe am a bit biased on that one but I’ll die I’ll b 6 foot under beofre I say they’re better than us).

    Then you’ve got Stoke who are very mediocre, West Ham who are all over the place, even Liverfools are in trouble this year.

    It’ll not be easy for us this season but we’ll b fine!

    Save your negative BS for people who care if ever you find any!


  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 19, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    @HET. Pessimism is one thing, anti-Toon propaganda is another. We have an OK squad and more importantly a top manager with a vision. Look at England, top names and no display. We’ll be OK this season as long as Mashley doesn’t start gambling again. We have a better squad than most teams up to and (arguably) including Fulham.

    RH – bang on. Although I hope Nolan finds an extra gear from somewhere, I suspect Smudger uses a fixed low gear these days bought secondhand from Butt.

  • MacToon

    Jul 19, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    It was definately a game of 2 halfs, the first being poor passing and little imagination, the second much better with Routledge, Guthrie and Barton standing out.

    Smith has lost it imo, giving free kicks away outside our penalty area will be punished in this league.

  • JohnNUFC

    Jul 19, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #11

    “Although I hope Nolan finds an extra gear from somewhere, I suspect Smudger uses a fixed low gear these days bought secondhand from Butt.”

    Funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 19, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Excellent captain beefheart !!! Great line

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Guthrie and Barton can be a class partnership, but Nolan is our talisman at the moment and got us so many important goals last season so cant see him being dropped. Ameobi seemed to score every chance he got, even being injured for parts of the season and never got a good run in the team and yet hes “found his level”. You havent found your level if you’re destroying everything at the level!!!!

    How come when a player shines in the championship hes “found his level”. Banging in 17 goals from midfield is punching above the level you’re in surely.

    Anyway, Nolan is clearly talking about the likes of Rob Lee who say we are not good enough, and fair play to him for sticking up.

  • G

    Jul 19, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #14

    With regard to Nolan’s abilities, a lot of people said the same thing about Gary Speed, who I think gave us fantastic service during his time with us. Those who say he (Nolan) is too slow and cannot turn should look at his positional sense and see just how often he is in the right place at the right time for us. I like to see a midfield with pace, but not at the sacrafice of ability.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 19, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Work hard!!! Go on

  • lewman

    Jul 19, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #16

    the guy has never really had pace and he is proven as a great midfielder in the pl so i find it hard to understand what all the negativity is about.


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