Kevin Nolan Plea To Fans To Stick By Newcastle Players

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan says that over the next five years the famous Newcastle United club must regain its place among the Premier League top clubs, and qualify for European  competition.

Kevin Nolan – fans must stick with the team

That’s a good goal to aim for, but some of us are still a little shocked at the way we were torn apart just a couple of nights ago in Manchester,  but of course you always have to look forward – it’s got to be onward and upward.

It’s always good to be positive, but it has to be wrapped in reality, and we were miles behind the Red Devils on Monday night.

Kevin has admitted that Newcastle underperformed against Manchester United, but thinks that some  aspects of the 3-0 defeat are things the players can take heart from.

This is another interview Kevin has given this morning, as he tries to bring the side together and keep the fans behind the lads:

“We have to keep moving forward together and that will take time, but this club has to get back to where it belongs, amongst all these big clubs in the Premier League,”“We are not talking Champions League maybe, but in the next five years we have to be back in contention, in the Europa League and working to get ourselves back where we belong for a club of this size and stature.”

“We can’t get too carried away with what happened last year and we realise this is a whole new challenge.”  “I don’t think we have been on a level with Man Utd for many, many years, so we have to bear that in mind.”  “It was always going to be a tough day and we knew that before kick-off but I felt for half an hour we played well and had the best chance.”  “It wasn’t to be and we have got to take the good bits on to Sunday (against Aston Villa).”

“We certainly won’t play a better team this year, so we are reasonably happy.” “There are 38 games this season and this was probably the toughest we will have.”   “Although some players under-performed we have got plenty of time to put that right.”  “The fans have to stay with us and be patient. Together as a united Newcastle we will achieve what we need to achieve this season.”

We expect Kevin to be a leader of the club this year, and he’s certainly a real captain, unlike the one we had when we were relegated – Michael Owen – who is saying some daft things now at Manchester United- and almost seems to have become his own biggest fan.

Reality and a positive outlook is what we need, and from the comments on this site since the Red Devils defeat, it would appear that most fans know where the club are right now, and improvements need to be made, and that’s also tempered with some patience.

But as always, the Newcastle fans are still right behind the players.

That’s something that can only help the team as they enter one of their toughest seasons, back in the top English league, and the top football league in the world.

We have to look forward to improvements on Sunday, and a win in that game would be fantastic.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Of course the fans will be behind the players and CH. It goes without saying. We are also aware that the team needs strengthening in certain positions. We the fans have other awarenesses too. We respect CH for his playing his cards close to his chest and for his public demeanour when it comes to gossip etc. A very reposnible attitude in my view. Howver, we also know that when Ashley is dealing the cards there is not only not a full pack but also the fat man is dealing from the bottom at the same time. Howay Kevin – we do know what we have got to do, want to do, and always have done. You can rely on us the fans through thick and thin. We do know who is to blame. Not the fans, not the manager, and not the players. Look around – he is too fat to miss!!!! After all the recent hype there will be no Ben Arfa now if the media is right after all.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope the fans continue that way, because I know there a quite a number that are so narrow minded that they will turn on players, CH and Ashley in an instant.

    We have been there lads and it achieved nowt but relegation and misery, now we need to support our team to the hilt.

    In order to stay in this league we need to be that all important twelfth man.

    I dont mind who Hoots fields in his starting line up, I support all 11 players on that pitch as if they were a team of world superstars, that is the only we you can be as a true fan.

    I have respect for Hoots, and I also apreciate the job that Ashley is doing in trying to patch up all of the financial leaks at the club, if he had not come in, then I really feel we could have been like Portsmouth now lads – if not worse.

    Toon 4 Life!

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    OM have just sealed a deal to bring in Gignac, so that could be the trigger to release Ben Arfa.

    As for this article, Nolan knows we have stood by the club. filling SJP in the championship proved that, we will continue to do this too.

    Its easy to become disheartened after the united game. Its not easy going from winning every week to being battered for an hour. But we are newcastle, we are united and the fans are this clubs biggest asset and draw.

    If anyone can fire our players into victory and pushing that extra mile its us so…


  • Spoonz13

    Aug 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Totally agree with you both ‘NUFC_Richyg01’ and Magpietillidie22. It’s about supporting the players that are on the pitch, especially at SJP. We’re the teams biggest strength at home but quite often, especially during the relegation season we were in danger of turning into it’s biggest weakness. Let’s forget about the fat man in his office and concentrate instead on getting behind the lads!!

  • chuck

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    It`s hard to get behind a crap team and thats exactly what Newcastle are, theres not one top quality player on the side unfortunately.
    Hopefully Campbell can bring some organization to a shakey back four.
    This is one of the worst sides i have seen at St. James`s, just awfull!
    Unless the owner puts his hand in his pocket , it`s going to be a long hard season, without much joy.
    The reality became apparent watching Man. U. stroll through a 3-0 win against what looked like a second tier team (and basically it`s just that)
    Most ex players and pundits have us for relegation, more importantly so do the the bookies.
    It would be criminal not to strengthen the side following a successful season + promotion, with relegation a possibility it`s time to invest in order to stay where the money is.
    But it appears our owner knows better, he obviously thinks this bunch of plodders can survive, we will see .

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    And there you go, Chuck, opitomising the fickle fan!

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Chuck –

    Clearly your not a true fan.

    How about all the leeds fans? The Portsmouth fans? The southampton fans? The forest fans? Think they should find it hard to see their demise ESPECIALLY leeds and forest, but they still go and they still sing and they still get behind their teams.

    I understand fans having a rant after and before games, its part and parcel. I do it. But i cannot understand how a “fan” fins it hard to get behind their team on game day, when it matters. Disgrace.

  • Spoonz13

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #8

    I think cynic would be a better term than fan. A Fan is someone who gets behind the team not belittles it on the basis of one game against the best team in the division in their own back yard. Chuck if you want to watch a good team P*** off to Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford. If you are a Newcastle fan act like one!

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Here is a brill photo of Carroll. Pity it’s copyrighted and you can’t down load it would be a great wallpaper.

    Oh and some of the comments from Man U. and other club supporters are decent.

  • dave 1961

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    if you want the picture just press print screen then paste it into a photo editor and crop it

  • Sav

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Forget the opening line and Chuck makes a lot of sense. Sure we’ll stay with the team, but we also want it to improve, do well, win a few matches and stay up.
    The fans have our part to play in that and so does the owner, ‘Lucky no.17’ Mike Ashley.

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Thanks dave 1961. Got it.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    @ Sav

    I am not disagreeing with Chuck’s desire for the team to be strengthened, I know we all feel the same on that point, but the whole article is about fan support for the team – which he summed up his non-support in that first line!

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #15

    FFS Magpietillidie22 – Please dont turn this article into another Ben Arfa Debate, he is everywhere, but not in toon!

  • Sav

    Aug 18, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    A point well made Richy. But thew issue is we have all season to stick by the team and I’ve no doubt we will. But Ashley and Hughton have just 2 WEEKS to tool the team up for a long season, and other than 1 million for Perch, they haven’t done that where it matters.
    There’ll be time enough for ‘get behind the lads’ and not talking the team down. They must act and fast or we WILL go down. That is my honest opinion and I don’t think it makes me a bad supporter.
    You can argue that there may be 3 worse teams and might be right. But Ashley needs to spend something, if only to give the lads a morale-booster himself.

    Hughton says he will. But I’ll believe it when I see them in a toon shirt.

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Correct me if I’m wrong. But isn’t CH meant to have between 10 and 15 million to spend and as Sav says he has only spent 1 million. Why don’t we just buy…

    … You know who I mean?

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 18, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #18

    lol geordiegerman –

    dont let richy scare you, you can talk about benny arfa as long and as often as you like

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Yes we need to strengthen, yes we only have 2 weeks remaining.

    No your not a bad supporter for wanting the team strengthened – I fully agree with you on the need for strengthening.

    Also remember, there is another transfer window in January, so the team we have in 2 weeks is not the be all and end all for the season.

    Lets take Perch as an example, on Monday night he had a brilliant game, when you consider he was having a torrid time agains Nani, in his first game in the PL, get behind that lad and he will improve, get on his back and he will be sitting on the bench because he has lost it.

    If Arfa comes, we will forget the whole saga leading up to his arrival, and support him.
    but if Joey or Smudge get in the team and Arfa is sat on the bench, we will support them exactly the same.

    We just need more positivity from the fans, I thought 3-0 was a bloody good result vs. Manure when you consider:
    – How they took Chelsea apart,
    – Chelsea’s massive result on saturday,
    – Our first away match back in the PL,
    – We have not won at Old Trafford away since Bob Moncur was captain,

    I fully expected a pasting similar to the Chelsea game.
    I was encouraged by some of the performances, and by the fact that in that first 20-30 min spell, we played, we didnt just sit back and try to defend, we tried to make chances and we attacked. In my eyes that is encouraging, for both the fans and the players.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #20

    @ GeordieGerman

    Nah, dont be scared of me mate!

    I mentioned Arfa in my last post, its just getting very long and drawn out now!

    The only worry with buying him is that we end up in a similar situation to what OM are in with him now, and that cannot be good for team spirit/moralle. Can it?

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #21

    NUFC_Richyg01, true, true. Think it’s just this transfer window seems to be dragging on and getting me down. :´-(

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Yes sure its dragging, I think we all expected big things with us coming back up, and there was a flurry of activity getting three players in a short space of time, then nowt.

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 18, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed? just a suggestion. Why don’t you put a next/last page link at the bottom of the page? I’m getting fed up of scrolling all the way back to the top of the page to go to the next/last page. Especially when there are lots of comments.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Good Call GeordieGerman, I have thought the same my self, just dunno if WordPress allows this

  • Mr Books

    Aug 19, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #26

    “Moncur says that past transfer coups such as Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer sparked a major upturn in fortunes.”

    Fair do’s if Ronaldo, Iniesta or Mueller sign. But if you look at the “big signings” of the last decade rather than the only two good examples from the 80’s and 90’s (we’ll forget Rush, Barnes, Hamilton – Beardlsey was a great signing, shame we gave the best years to Merseyside etc.) I dont think we have a good track record.

    2009 – dont be daft!
    2008 – Collocini
    2007 – Smudger
    2006 – Duff/Martins
    2005 – Owen/Luque (£27M 🙁 )
    2004 – Kluivert / Butt
    2003 – Bowyer (if you want to remove rose tinted spectacles of the european years under Robson – this was a free transfer and the only transfer of the summer)
    2002 – Bramble / Vianna (keep the specs off – these are the only two summer signings of that year as well!)
    2001 – Bellamy/Robert (ok feel free to put the rose tinteds back on now)
    2000 – Cort

    So while splashing a bit of cash or buying in a reputation might have a feel good factor – I can’t see it actually acheiving anything.


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