28-year-old Kevin Nolan has been an outstanding success on Tyneside, since he signed for Newcastle just over two years ago from Bolton, for only £4M – what a buy!!
Kevin Nolan – Newcastle’s Sports Personality Of the Year
And last night, as we reported earlier today, Kevin was honored as the Sports Personality of the Year in the Sports Newcastle awards, given out last night.
Kevin Nolan talked about the Newcastle club and the fans, and how the mood of the fans is governed by the last result of their club.
Kevin said this today to BBC Newcastle:
“This is only the beginning,” “Hopefully I’ll get a few goals between now and the end of the season and we’ll finish in a respectable position.” “I’ve had a great 2010 but I want to have a better 2011, and an even better 2012.”
“We’ve got a fan-base and a team of players that have a bond with this club,” “We’re up and down because when we lose this whole city feels as though it’s not smiling, but when we win it feels like it’s sunny everyday and we’re smiling, and it’s that way because we live and breathe football.”
“We’re trying to keep a level head, put it on an even keel, and then make it the top club that it is. “We’re looking at one thing, and one thing only and that is to get to 40 points as quickly as possible.”
Kevin is so right about the way the fans feel when Newcastle lose – it’s always a crisis if not a disaster.
We were not happy about the loss on Saturday, to a side beneath us in the league and at home too, but of course we always tend to overplay the situation – both when we win and when we lose.
When Newcastle lose and are in a poor run, as we are right now, with just 1 point from 2 home games, then relegation beckons, or it may be just around the corner. If you don’t believe me then just look at the comments on our match report, after the defeat on Saturday.
And of course when we go on a good streak, and we win -and forget about it if we get say two wins in a row – then it’s Europe here we come and all that good stuff. 😀
But one way to look at things at Newcastle, is that when the side lose we’re never quite as bad as we may think we are.
And on the other hand when Newcastle win, we’re never quite as good as we think we are either.
But right now it’s still 11 days to go until the next game comes around, and since we lost last time out last Saturday, things are not too good.
If we had won, we would have been talking about getting into 6th position ahead of Liverpool, and all that good stuff.
Such is the way Newcastle fans think – and always have done as far back as we can remember – which is quite a ways back.
But in the cold light of day, 9th place in the league right now and 6 points above a relegation place, and 6 points out of 6th place and perhaps a European place is not a bad position to be in after 29 games played.
We couldn’t be much more evenly placed in the league, and where we end up depends completely on our final 9 league games of the season, when we entertain three relegation sides at home in Wolves, Birmingham and WBA.
We expect to do quite well when the end of May comes along – even though we got only a single point from our last two home games.
Howay The Lads!!