New Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has come out today and said it will be an absolute honor to lead out the famous Newcastle United tonight at Old Trafford against one of the best club sides in the world.
Kevin Nolan – honor to lead out Newcastle United tonight
Kevin was appointed captain a couple of days ago, although he was always a heavy favorite to get the captaincy, once Nicky Butt left the Tyneside club in May.
Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s an absolute honour to take it, and to be captaining the team against Manchester United in the first game is brilliant.”
“We’ve got a load of captains at this club and lads who’ll make sure we’re doing the right things.”“What’s it’s all about is making sure that, as a group, we’re all going in the same direction, and we’re all together.”
Nolan got the vote of confidence from Chris Hughton before training on Saturday morning, but Newcastle today have lots of leaders in the squad in the form of Steve Harper, Alan Smith, Fabricio Coloccini and Joey Barton, and they all will now help Kevin drive the Newcastle club forward.
Kevin believes it was between him and former Manchester United player Alan Smith for the Newcastle captaincy, as he told the Chronicle today:
“I think it was between me and Smudger.” “Whoever got it, there was always going to be a big pat on the back from the other.”
“We’re all so close here – that’s the way it is.” “I was just looking forward to a decision being made, as it put all this speculation to bed so we could focus on Man United.”
Nolan is looking forward to the massive game against Manchester United tonight, and he seems ready to perform in a really important first game for Newcastle, although few see other than an easy Red Devils win tonight.
“I love playing. Every time I pull the black and white shirt on, it’s an absolute honor.” “Who couldn’t love playing when you’ve got fans like ours?”
“As long as I’m playing, I’m a happy man, and if I’m not, I’ll be working my socks off to try and get back in the team.” “That’s the way I am – I’ll always give 110 per cent.” “That’s going to be no different this year.”
“If we can keep together and stick together – and I don’t just mean the players, I mean the fans, staff, management and the whole club – this club will go places, and go places quicker than what’s expected.
“It’s going to be a slow process, but I think it can go quicker than it would otherwise.”
This season we’ll see what it’s like to have players who will give their all in every game for the Tyneside club this season.
That’s different from our last season in the top English league, when we had too many players more worried about themselves than the club – and that is just not the case this season.
Kevin epitomizes the spirit that is the new Newcastle United, and we’re so pleased he finally has been given the Newcastle captaincy – as he deserves it for the fantastic form he showed last season, when he scored a phenomenal 18 goals from midfield.
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