Top Pro Steve Harper So Supportive Of Tim Krul

Newcastle have some top professionals at Newcastle, who are at the club because they want to be.

Steve Harper – consummate professional at Newcastle

Steve Harper had a great relationship with Shay Given, his former team-mate,  and it seems he has forged great relationships with his two young competitors for the Newcastle jersey – Tim Krul and Fraser Forster.

And he knows full well that both goalkeepers are getting better all the time and getting closer to himself, and indeed one of them could take over from Steve, even  before he hangs up his gloves in say a couple of years time.

Harper is still number one right now, and this is what the Easington-born player had to say about the goalkeeper situation today:

“We’re virtually safe now and I had a chat with the manager last week. Tim Krul has done well in the last couple of games so the manager hinted he would like to take a look at Tim for the last few games,”

“I have no problems with that. He has deserved it. The manager already knows what I can do so it’s a good opportunity for Tim from now until the end of the season.”

“I’m sure Tim will have learned a lot from the spell he had earlier in the season and hopefully we’ll see the benefits of it in these last few games.”

Tim Krul will likely play the last four games for Newcastle, and there are few fans who will be against that, after the excellent displays  the Dutchman has given in the last couple of games, against Man United and Blackpool.

In fact Steve has been a great role model for both Newcastle’s young goalkeepers, and we have to think that Steve would be a great goalkeeping coach, or just a general coach in the future, for Newcastle.

Steve Harper has earned a social sciences degree on-line, and he’s also a fully qualified FA approved referee, so whether he plans to take up refereeing after he retires from playing, is a good question.

Steve talked about the young pretenders:.

“They are snapping at my heels and getting closer all the time,” “I know being number one won’t last forever. It’s up to me to retain that position.”

“Every pre-season when I have come back the manager has brought us in as goalkeepers and said ‘We start the season with a clean slate’.” “I’m sure it will the same this season.”

“Fraser has really benefited from what he did at Norwich last season and is doing very well up at Celtic as well,” Tim, as I said, earlier in the season was a fantastic learning curve for him. He’s done very well over the last two games.”

“It is a big one for the manager but those are the decisions he’s paid to make.”

When you have a local lad, and a consummate professional like Steve Harper at Newcastle, we cannot go too far wrong – at least not in the goalkeeping department.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far


    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Top NUFC player…nothing more needs to be said


    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Fair play to Harper he had to wait a very long time to claim the number one spot and yet he is still happy for the youngsters below him to try and take it of him. This is a man looking out for Newcastle United and not himself. Harper deserves alot of respect for his loyalty to this club and for what he has done for us.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Harper is the example of loyalty, he rather be no 2 at NUFC than no 1 at other club

  • thepict

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Well said Brutooon, pity some of the other players didn’t show the same loyalty.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Birmingham and Newcastle are heading the chase for Victor Wanyama.
    The £1m-rated midfielder, 19, has been one of the best performers in the Belgian league this season with Germinal Beerschot.

  • GeordieRob

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    “We’re virtually safe now and I had a chat with the manager last week. Tim Krul has done well in the last couple of games so the manager hinted he would like to take a look at Tim for the last few games,”

    And whenever someone had that conversation with Shay Given about Harps, Given sulked. Harps is a class act.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    harper is a great professional FOOTBALLER and will be remembered in NUFC history but its time to look bt the future and give KRUL a chance harper has nothing to prove

  • TimToon9

    Apr 29, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    you gotta love this man.. What a person!

  • dave 1961

    Apr 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Someone I know asked Harper why he had showed so much loyalty to the club, and he said that what other job would I have become a wealthy man warming a bench. It just shows the class of the bloke that he’s happy with what hand he’s been dealt, maybe it’s a lesson for some of the younger players to learn. I would say to these players the fan’s of Newcastle united football club have made you millionaires. gratitude or greed take your pick.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    You can ask ALL Premierleague manager and i can bet that all 20 clubs would LOVE a backup like Steve Harper.

    Oxford and Cambridge are planning to add to their dictionary that :

    Harper = Good Backup

  • Nolan96

    Apr 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11

    what about the other ´keeper Ole soderberg. Is he any good? He´s been on the bench a lot.

  • BillMarson

    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Tim, if you read this, go to w w w.lumosity.c o m to play the brain game. I have tried it for a few days, and it has absolutely improved my reaction.
    Hope you see this and go there. Just play the free game first.

    From a Toon fan who sincerely hoping Tim Krul to be the number One keeper for Newcastle United next season.

    Bill Marsono
    Jakarta, Indonesia


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