Steve Harper To Continue To Help Tim Krul

36-year-old Steve Harper was back-up to Shay Given during Shay’s long spell at the club of 12 years.

Steve Harper – a top professional at Newcastle

Then when Shay was transferred to Manchester City in January of 2009, Steve got his well deserved run in the first team for two and a half seasons.

But that run seems to be over now, and top Dutchman Tim Krul seems to be the new number one goalkeeper at Newcastle.

Certainly  Tim’s displays this season have been first class, and of course the goalkeeper will only improve as he gets more games at the top level and gets older.

Harper has been at the club since 1993, when he was signed by Kevin Keegan,  and he has now made 191 first team appearances for Newcastle in his career, and is a first class professional, who has always supported the Newcastle cause 100%.

This is what Steve told the local Newcastle press today:.

“The club made the decision to start with Tim at the start of the season and he has been outstanding,”  “You can’t take that away from him.:

“Some games he has been quiet but against Fulham, the cup game against Forest, and Wolves he was outstanding.”  “He has played a big part in the start to the season and I will continue to help him.”

“He is a big player for the future and if I can help get the best out of him then it will only benefit the club.”  “The manager has been first class. I read somewhere we have had a fall-out. We haven’t had a fall-out.”

“I’ve had several discussions with him and every one of them has been amicable.”  “We have come out very positive and I fully endorse what he is doing regarding the bench. I have no problem with the rota system.”

“Everybody knows I have a million T-shirts for sitting on the bench.”  “It is good for Rob and it’s good for the club to get him involved and immersed.”

The attitude of the players on Tyneside reflects well on the man-management of Alan Pardew, and Alan is very good at talking to the players offline and letting them know exactly what’s happening.

When he does that,  the players understand why he makes certain decisions, and it keeps the spirit in the club high, which it has been all season.

It’s a lesson that Mike Ashley could learn regarding his relationship with Newcastle fans, that communication is always a very good thing for relationships.

It looks like Steve Harper will only alternate the substitute duties to Tim Krul, with 25 year-old Rob Elliot, who could also be one for the future at Newcastle.

Shay Given and Steve Harper always had a great working relationship,  and the same has been true of Steve Harper and Tim Krul, and when Tim gets older it’s almost a certainty that he will have good relationships with his fellow goalkeepers – that’s the way these things tend to work.

We’ve always known Steve Harper was a first class professional, very mature and a really good guy, and it would be great for him to coach at Newcastle somewhere down the line.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far


    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Yawn . 1st


    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Fantastic man and a great player

    And I fully believe he will be a great GK coach when he retires from the game


    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #3

    good words by S.Harper.
    He can b the gk coach


    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #4


    I like harper.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Santon played 74 minutes for under 21s looks like he played right back though,anybody read any reports


    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #6

    I would be amazed if anyone doesnt like Harper mate he is a true gent

  • niafron

    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #7

    I got this about the game, but they say almost nothing concerning Santon.

  • cyprus

    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #8

    You get a t-shirt for sitting on the bench?

  • niafron

    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Cabaye will probably play tomorow.

    Here’s the french expected line up:

    Debuchy, Rami, Kaboul, Evra
    M’Vila, Cabaye, Nasri, Malouda
    Rémy, Gomis.

  • foggonridiculous

    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Top man and a true professional. Luke Edwards did a good piece about his attitude when he turned out for the reserves against Bolton.

    Would like to see him on the coaching staff at some point.

    Best wishes too you Ed with your treatment.



    Oct 6, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #11

    New kit every game mate, even for subs

    Isnt Nasri expected to play on the wing? I read that today somewhere

  • Spike

    Oct 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Got to feel a bit disappointed for Steve Harper. Waiting all that time to get the No1 jersey. Has it just over two years and then becomes backup again.

    I think if he had shown a little more ambition earlier in his career and moved on he could have England No1.

    Still, he seems happy enough.

  • ChicagoToon

    Oct 6, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Isn’t that kind of a waste of money to keep giving new shirts if they arent used? I know some get auctioned and I’m sure several are donated, but still. I would think MA of all people would cut costs there haha


    Oct 6, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Haha aye but it cost pence to make a NUFC shirt mate and less to stick a name and number on…dont worry fatty isnt missing out on any pies over it 😉

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 6, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #16

    what is it with harper a good geeper who for me with some ambition could most definatleyget himself guarenteed first team key player status at an top side and poss an england call i know who id rather in nets harper or green ,id take harper all day but he s the unfashionable choice mind you so is green ,i just wish hed kick off and say fook you pardew give me back my shirt n stick ya t shirt up the ardew ,and ya couldnt blame him he s never ever let a single soul who belongs to the toon down but when he finishes his career and his son asked him why was he happy to sit on the bench his whole career i just hope he can look him in the eye because yav gotta wonder

  • Mr.T...iote

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #17

    “Some games he has been quiet but against Fulham, the cup game against Forest, and Wolves he was outstanding.”
    Didn’t Rob Elliot play against Forest?

  • Alberts_tash

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #18

    That was the longest sentence I’ve ever read mate.

  • beddersmag

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Doubt harper will be coach at town mind. My pals a coach there and apparently he is suffering from being in the barton/nolan clique. Thats why hes dropped down to third choice. Shame hes a great guy and loves the club but defo lack of ambition. Then again he did enought over last few years since shay left to get into england squad for me anyway. Does capello ever wach us?

  • magpiebop

    Oct 7, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Krul is easily no.1. It’s right that there is a fight on to be 2nd choice keeper between Harper, Elliot and Soderberg!

  • Klatoon

    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Santon’s last 3 games for Italy have been at RB,hope by the end of January he’s our RB with a new LB (Pieters maybe).

  • BigKirky

    Oct 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s rubbish when it’s international week cos there’s no toon game.

    Hopefully we can get at Tottenham, put in a good performance and get the three points.

    A Cabaye goal is due, so I want to see it smashed passed Spurs and a couple of other goals to boot by Demba 🙂

  • markmac

    Oct 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23

    its all about the future, i dont think AP would have dared to start Harper as no’ 1 in case he upset krul enuff to want to leave and has he is the future i dont think that was goin to happen! anyway harper still is no 1…..officially lol


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