A great interview by Kevin Nolan today in the local Shields Gazette in which he praises his wife and kids for helping with the Andy Carroll matter last week.
Kevin and Andy – giving the wife a break yesterday – at Celtic Rangers game
And Newcastle captain Nolan has praised his wife Hayley, whom he got engaged to in 2005, and married in 2008, for helping them through the tough times last week.
Nolan told the Shields Gazette today:
“To be honest I don’t want to give headlines to other people – I want to give it to the people who matter,” “Andy was fantastic, but I want to pay tribute to my wife and kids, who have handled the situation so well and been strong. Everybody read the papers, saw what happened, and knew what happened was wrong.”
“It’s been an emotional and upsetting week, but, as I say, the missus has been first class, and Andy’s attitude on the pitch was first class too.” “Football’s what we’re here for, and if we continue to perform like we did, we’ll be happy.” “We’re delighted – it was a big, big win for us considering the circumstances we’ve been under this last week.” “After the way we played, we deserved the win.
“It’s been a fantastic week of us pulling together. We’re all in it together, and we have been since that day at Villa when we got relegated.” “We can’t take our eye off the ball. What we want is to make sure we’re a Premier League side next season.”
Like all good husbands, Kevin is very smart in making sure he thanks his wife – because believe us – if Mama aint happy then nobody is happy. 😀
And don’t talk to us about woman being the weaker sex, in my time at IBM some of the best people I ever worked with were woman, and the only thing that was wrong is that sometimes they didn’t get the same appreciation for what they did as men – but that’s all changing these days thank goodness.
And for the record the Nolans have a daughter who turns four next month, and a son who was born last January.
Carroll’s goal on Saturday was his fifth league goal of the season and it was a fitting goal to win the game, when he headed the ball home in great style from a wonderful out swinging right wing cross form Joey Barton.
Andy and Kevin were seen in the crowd at Parkhead yesterday for the Celtic-Rangers game with young Fraser Forster in goal for Celtic, which Rangers won 3-1 after Celtic had taken the lead in that game.
“It’s always nice when we get goals, and we’re always having a bit of banter,” “I’d just got back on terms with him, and then he scored to go ahead of me! There’ll be a fair bit of banter at the house again this week.”
“We’ve been under a lot of strain. For a 21-year-old, he’s done so well.” “He’s been under a lot of strain, but I thank everybody for all the support, and all the fans were brilliant with us as well. The fans have been really good, and I thank them for that.”
It certainly looks like the Newcastle squad is like one big family, and they hold together in times of stress – and that’s what they all seemed to do last week, and then topped it all off with a fine fine win on Saturday.