One of the big changes in the Newcastle side that started in the Championship 17 months ago, was the tremendous team spirit that had been generated, after the club was on it’s knees following relegation.
Kevin Nolan – player committee a good thing
That team spirit was there for all to see last season, and this season too, as the lads already have some famous wins under their belt.
And of course something that’s good is always there to be shot down, and as soon as things go wrong at all – the gossip press was always quick to criticize the player committee, a small group of senior players who had helped rescue the club, when all seemed lost.
They had far too much power were the reports.
And the gossip press did their very best, as usual, to bring havoc to the Newcastle club, by reporting the players had far too much power, and were even the reason that Chris Hughton lost his job, almost three weeks ago.
Nothing like being really mischievous is there?
And some reports even went so far as saying the player committee helped to pick the team, but Kevin put that story in perspective – it’s simply not true.
This is what Kevin Nolan said today:
“I would like to put all of that to bed really,” “When it first happened, the players’ committee, it was a great thing.”
“People were saying: ‘It’s brilliant, they’ve taken over the dressing room, they want the best for the club’, but as soon as something starts going wrong they are the lads that get pin-pointed.”
“Now I can honestly look anyone in the eye and say that Chris Hughton ran our dressing room.”
“Whatever he wanted, he got. It will be the same with Alan Pardew.” “I don’t know where it came from or how it has been portrayed, but it’s nonsense.”
“Chris ran the club from top to bottom and he ran that dressing room too.” “But there is nothing better for a manager than when a dressing room manages itself and they can deal with little things without him having to worry about them.”
One of the things that has helped the change over in management over the last few weeks, after the initial shock of Chris being fired, is the maturity of both the senior players and of Alan Pardew himself.
We couldn’t have wished for a smoother transition, after the complete and utter mess that happened after Kevin Keegan left the club a short 28 months ago.
All we need now is another win this afternoon against rich boys Manchester City, and things will really be looking up on Tyneside.