Kevin Nolan has said exactly what we had hoped he would say – that it’s been a tough week for everybody connected with the Newcastle club, but the lads will now focus on the important game tomorrow.
Kevin Nolan – showing real leadership for the team
And there’s some information in the Evening Chronicle, that the reported bust up yesterday between LLambias and the senior players was fake – so that’s more good news.
This is a time for the players to stand up and be counted, and of course it should start with the Newcastle captain, and this is what the 28 year-old Liverpudlian said today:
“I speak for all of the players when I say we were disappointed to see Chris leave the club.”
“It’s no secret that everyone was saddened to see him go.” “I’m sure Chris will go on to be a success wherever he goes next.”
“We wish him all the very best for the future and thank him for everything he achieved here.”
Those are excellent word from Kevin, and exactly what he should be saying, and of course we will never ever forget Chris Hughton for the fantastic job he did for the Newcastle club.
But we’re also sure that Chris will land on his feet and we are looking forward to seeing which club he will end up at.
With Roy Keane on the brink at Ipswich – Chris would be a great manager for that fine little club, which would be perfect for Hughton too – and we’re sure the Ipswich fans would love to see Chris down there.
But of course Roy is still in the job and he could still turn things around – and we have to hope he does.
Kevin Nolan continued and talked about the future without Chris:
“Hopefully we can carry on the good work he put in during his time here.” “We simply have to stick together and rely on the great spirit that exists at this club.”
“We can’t deny it’s been a tough week.” “But we know have to put it behind us and, as players, we have to move on.”
“We’ve accepted what has happened and we’ll move on.” “As players, we are now concentrating on getting a good result against Liverpool.”
There’s nothing like a win to lift the spirits of both fans and players alike tomorrow – and it’s certain a win would do wonders tomorrow.
It’s Chris Hughton’s 52nd birthday too, so we hope the players dedicate this game to Chris – and maybe to their new manager too.
A win would be terrific, and a loss would be hard to take. We’d be happy with strong performance from the team, and after the terrible showing last week against West Brom, that could well happen.
But it will be a test of the character and professionalism of our players – and we hope they get the job done tomorrow.