The Liverpool-born midfielder, Kevin Nolan, has often waxed lyrical about the City of Newcastle, the Newcastle United club and the Geordie fans, and he’s come out again today and said some complimentary things about the all three.
Kevin Nolan – waxes lyrical about Newcastle again
Kevin keeps talking about what he wants Newcastle to be when he leaves the club, but we have to hope that’s not for a good few years yet, as Newcastle still have a long way to go to get back to the glory days of the past, and Kevin is one man to lead us there.
Kevin is obviously loving every minute of his time at Newcastle, as this is what he said today:
“It’s just a fantastic city and an unbelievable place to live,” “I’m just delighted I’m able to play here week in, week out and hopefully I’ll be able to do it for a few years.” “I’ve heard people call it a goldfish bowl, they can’t do this and they can’t do that. But the fact is, they only accept what they want, and what they want is nothing short of giving 110 per cent and trying their best week in, week out.”
“Liverpool and Everton are exactly the same as Newcastle in my eyes in that respect. They’re great fans in a great city and all they do is live and die by football.” “With the way they support our team they deserve nothing less than 110 per cent. Now we’ve got a team that are genuinely giving them that and will hopefully get better over the seasons.”
“We’re in an okay position, but we want to get better. We want to get to good, then very good, then excellent,” “Hopefully in the coming years we will get there. By the time I retire Newcastle will hopefully be where it belongs.”
“Without a shadow of a doubt the fans recognize this is a team that really cares, and they appreciate that. In the dreaded year when we got relegated we still had 40-odd thousand at the first game of the next season at St James’. It was unbelievable.
“All the so-called experts and pundits were saying we were going to get relegated or we were going to struggle and we’ve proved them wrong up to now, although we’ve still got a long way to go.” “We feel we’ve got such an affinity with the fans that we do feel stronger.” “We can achieve it and hopefully we’ll get back to where they belong and where this fantastic club does.” “We’re trying to build, not a legacy, but a platform for people to come in.”
“Hopefully once I’ve moved on – I hope that won’t be for five or six years but it might be three or four – the person who comes in is better and does a better job and we can build. I hope they come here because they know what it’s about and they can embrace everything Newcastle’s about.”
Maybe the road to success lies in putting in a strong finish to the season and getting into the top half of the table by the end of May.
Then is the summer we’ll be able to attract more good players to the club, and hopefully with four or five top players coming in, and by keeping Jose, Joey and Cheick at the club the Newcastle squad should then be a lot stronger for next season.
Next season’s goal would then be to try to gain a European place somehow, and we shouldn’t rule out the Carling Cup, and should play a strong side in that competition.
We should be able to do that with a bigger squad, and if Birmingham City can win the cup, then there’s absolutely no reason why Newcastle United cannot do the same thing next season. or at least have a good try.
That would be one way to get into the Europa League, and the other way of course is to finish in the top 6 (or 7) in the Premier League.
With some good buys in the summer, and by keeping the good players we already have at the club, then we can really bring the good times back on Tyneside – and that’s just exactly what we are looking forward to next season.
But first things first, and we still have 9 games left this season and 27 points to play for, starting hopefully with a win next Saturday at the Britannia Stadium, when we face Stoke City.