When Chris Hughton was fired, a lot of us were more than a little concerned in case Bedlam again reigned supreme at the club, and that it could affect our staying in the Premier League as it did two years ago when Kevin Keegan left the club.
Kevin Nolan – huge positive influence at Newcastle United club
And Danny Simpson is saying today in the Sunday Sun that senior players Kevin Nolan the captain, Joey Barton, Steve Harper and Alan Smith assembled the squad in a crisis meeting at the Benton Training headquarters.
The four most senior players on Tyneside told the squad in no uncertain terms, there would be no excuses for a repeat of the 2008 collapse that followed Kevin Keegan’s resignation.
We are delighted to hear that’s what happened, and of course what we keep hearing is the players have too much influence – and that’s just pure tripe.
The players have influence and that has to be taken in the positive sense – because that’s why the team spirit is so sky high on Tyneside – and doesn’t seem to have been diminished in the least since Chris left and Alan Pardew arrived.
But our concern is that’s what Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias still think – and if it’s coming from them – it shows again how clueless the two of them really are about football matters.
We have lost total confidence in Mike Ashley, after what he did in firing Chris Hughotn, but we will continue to support the players and the manager 100% – and try to forget that Ashley even exists.
This is what Danny Simpson revealed today:
“I think it’s a good thing to have players like that who are willing to stand up and show a bit of pride in the shirt,” “What happened after Chris was sacked showed that. We sat round as a group and some of the senior players like Kevin, Joey, Alan and Steve Harper said that we have to get on with things. We can’t let this ruin our season.”
“That was the message that they gave out. It could have been very easy to go out and not perform and blame it on other people and use it as an excuse for why we had lost.” “But this group of players don’t use excuses – simple as that. They got up and reminded the younger players of that and I think you saw that in our response.”
“If anything I would say adversity pulls us together as a group,” Simpson said. When things happen and people try to knock us down we tend to go out there and really perform. If we’ve had a bad result, we usually come back and win the next game or prove a point with a good performance.”
“I’m really happy that we won the Liverpool game because it answered a lot of the things people had been saying about us.” “If we were really rebelling against the new gaffer would we have gone out and played like that?”
This shows great maturity from those four players and the squad in general, and of course the fantastic 3-1 win against Liverpool was there for all to see – that the lads really were still together.
We’re delighted to hear this news today – because it means the terrific team spirit at Newcastle will indeed survive the senseless sacking of Chris Hughton. Now we need to wallop Man City next Sunday afternoon – and if ever a side deserved to be walloped it’s those many pampered spoiled brats that play for the Eastlands club. 😀
It’s not all of their players of course- but you know who we mean – and the breaking news is that most of the Man City players will be wearing snoods for next Sunday, because it’s just so cold in the North East.
The inside news we have recently received suggests Carlos Tevez will be wearing his overcoat.
Howay The Lads!!