Kevin Nolan has done everything right since we heard the news a week ago that Chris Hughton had been sacked and total shock came over both the Newcastle fans the and the players.
Kevin Nolan – let’s move club forward
Nolan and the other senior players at the club have been straight up since the dismissal, and Kevin is unhappy a meeting with Llambias was portrayed as a players’ revolt.
And we are sorry about that because we relayed the story – which hardly helped anything – and it has since been shown to be completely false – it was a big mistake by this site – and I personally apologize for that – since I’m the site.
We were blasted by some of our readers – and in retrospect we deserved it.
This is what Kevin said about Chris’ dismissal and the subsequent events:
“It was very disappointing what happened. We had a few days to get over it, but life goes on and the show must go on,”
“What we have built with Chris is a massive changing room and that should not be allowed to change. The staff, the players, the fans all care, but we have to get over this quickly.”
“I spoke to Chris the day it happened. He was a very disappointed man.”
He (Chris) just said, ‘Thank you very much,’ and I thanked him. He gave me the captaincy so there is a lot of affection for him.” “But he is a big boy, he knows the game.”
“We all have our own opinions on what happened. The owners have the final say and we have to respect that. We wanted to make sure we put on a performance and showed what this club means to us.”
“I had spoken to Alan a number of times. He is trying to learn about us as quickly as possible. Any talk of revolt towards Alan is nonsense. He is our gaffer and we have to work under him.”
“It is a difficult situation for him. He wants to make sure we don’t resent him and we don’t. It has nothing to do with him.”
“We wanted answers when we spoke to Derek the other day. It was a private meeting and nothing was over-boiled. It was straight talking in the dressing room and Derek was good enough to explain the decision.”
“Now we have to get on with it.” “If he (Pardew) is successful he will be here a long time and that is all we want.” “We can’t say he will be here for five-and-a-half years but we have to do the best we can to make sure he is.”
“If he is, that means we are doing well and doing things right.”
Chris Hughton has a high profile right now, and we await his appointment at some other club, maybe even Sheffield United this week, since Gary Speed left.
But at least Chris got his chance at Newcastle, and took it magnificently – and as far as Newcastle fans are concerned he is a hero now, and will remain so for what he did for our club.
My son Neil and I talked about the situation yesterday, and if Chris takes over at some Championship club and gets them promoted, then his return back to Newcastle with his new club in the PL will be some day at St. James’ Park – that’s for sure!
It could have been a rocky few days for the club since the “not wanted” Alan Pardew arrived.
But both the players and Alan himself have done the club proud, and we have to hope that Newcastle can now push ahead – and not become a loony toon club – Nolan’s exact words – like we were two years ago after Kevin’s dismissal.
And at least – dare I say it – the news conferences will now be a bit more entertaining. 😀
If the Newcastle fans can stick by Kevin and the players – that will be good enough.
And if Newcastle can beat a very mediocre Birmingham side next Saturday at St. Andrew’s, then Alan Pardew may get a lot more fans behind him too.
All we want is Newcastle to become successful again, and in the four days since Alan arrives – we’ve been just delighted at the way the players have conducted themselves- as well as Alan himself.