Senior Newcastle Players Must Show Leadership This Week

The Newcastle players seem to be upset at the crazy goings on at the Newcastle club yesterday.

Kevin Nolan – must show leadership this week

But they cannot remain in that frame of mind for too long this week, otherwise we may as well not turn up against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, and fly the white flag of surrender over St. James’ Park.

We just cannot go into a tail-dive like we did just over two years ago, after Kevin Keegan left the club and we ended up relegated, and we have to hope the players will continue to show the same grit and fight they showed under Chris Hughton.

Yes, we know it;s a very difficult situation for them – at leats until a new manager is appointed – but we have to hope one is appointed before Satiurday, so even if the new man is not in charge for the Liverpool games – he;ll be sitting in the stands.

We have no idea who that new manager will be, but whoever it is we’ll support him and hope he can become a very successful Newcastle manager, but it will also help if Mike Ashley picks a good manger with the skills needed to make the Newcastle United team a success.

The Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has come out today and talked about his disappointment at yesterday’s events – and this is what he told The Sun:

“We are all upset that Chris is going. He helped a lot of the lads here with their careers when he was a coach and then as manager.”

“We will never forget our promotion from the Championship last season and we have to do what he told us. Stick together, make sure we keep the unity Chris has built up and get through this difficult period.”

“It goes without saying we were shocked by the announcement.” “Chris was gutted about what had happened. You could see that,”

“But it said so much about him that, even though he was obviously disappointed to be going, he was still telling me and Joey Barton that we had to make sure we had a good season.

“There was such dignity about the way he left, which is how he conducted himself while he was the manager.”

As soon as this mess is sorted out, then Kevin Nolan and the other senior players at Newcastle have a big job to do – and show real leadership in a time of adversity at the club.

And even now they have to set the example to the younger players at the club, who will be dismayed by yesterday’s events.

We have so many youngsters at the Newcastle club now, who will be looking for direction this week, and it’s up to Kevin, and other older players at Newcastle, to give them that direction, especially until a new manager is appointed – hopefully later this week.

The very last thing we want is for the team to go whizzing down the league, like we did when Keegan left the club just over two years ago.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Our nick name should be Crazy Gang ?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #2

    “As soon as this mess is sorted out, then Kevin Nolan and the other senior players at Newcastle have a big job to do – and show real leadership in a time of adversity at the club”.

    No Ed. That leadership has to start now… !

  • bentoon

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Strange. I thought the players didnt know that Hughton was leaving? So how could Nolan and Barton have spoke in person to him about it before he left. Nice little conspiracy theory right there as to why Joey didnt play on sunday :p

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Gonna get a tonking from L’pool on sat.
    And if Partpoo is announced b4 the game then I wont be there.
    Newcastles loss will be Gateshead FC’s gain.
    Partpoo will be the last straw.
    What a f’ing disgrace.
    Enough is enough.

  • milburn 77

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #5

    it may be off the mark but a lot of the rumors coming out of the club for the last couple of weeks have been saying that its the senior player “leadership” that got chris the sack in the first place.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #6

    bentoon, According to “The Sun” they were at SJP to be told about Hoots dismissal and met coincidently in the corridor.

  • bentoon

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Ah right thanks for clearing that up. I really feel for Hoots, hes been shat on by Jabba the Hut and that creature that lives in his bellybutton (Llambias).

  • cartoonie

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #8

    The players definiatly didnt know about the sacking they found out like we all did. There has never been a falling out with any of the players and CH. Will be interesting to see what happens when nolan gets back in the country and speaks with the other senior players

  • Toonkistan

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    and right after he got sacked he told Joey and Nolan that they should continue to have a strong season …such a decent man a true pro and gentleman…they dont make like him any more…LEGEND

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Toonkistan, “continue to have a strong season”. Bit over the top saying that.

  • Whitecap

    Dec 7, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11

    GeordieGerman, would you argue that Barton and Nolan aren’t having strong seasons? I would say Nolan and Barton are having their strongest seasons as footballers. I don’t think many would disagree with that notion.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 7, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry Whitecap, took it in the team context.

  • danf98

    Dec 7, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    geordie german, “took it in the team context”????
    starting to sound like the cashley. pretty sure our expectations were to stay up. if this being the case, carlo ancelotti should be gone, cause they’ve picked up pretty much same amount of points as us.


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