It seems that with egotistical characters like Joey Barton, and to a lesser extent Kevin Nolan, now gone from the Newcastle dressing room, the team spirit is even better than it was at Newcastle.
Kevin Nolan – now captain of West Ham
Under Chris Hughton Newcastle formed a team committee when Newcastle were relegated in the summer of 2009, and it consisted of players like Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Steve Harper and others.
But now those players are no longer starters at Newcastle and most have left the club, and it appears the team spirit is even better than it used to be, and there is now a single voice in the dressing room – that of manager Alan Pardew.
Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan both left in the summer, and some of us thought that would be detrimental to the team spirit, but it hasn’t turned out that way, and the lads can fight it out on the field with the best of them.
Ryan Taylor spoke yesterday at the Newburn Leisure Center, and he was there to launch a series of free football fun days for local kids in the city, and this is some of what he had to say:.
“There’s no one in the dressing room on the scale of Kevin and Joey,” “They were quite vocal, but I think as a team for some reason it just seems to work better.”
“The manager has taken over from the likes of Kevin and Joey and that’s how it should be.”He’s your manager and, if things aren’t going well, he’s the man you want to pull you aside.”
“It’s always nice when he is giving you compliments, but you have to take some criticism as well.” “You’ve got to give people time.”
” Cisse has played totally different football to what the Premier League is, but I’m sure his quality will come through.”
There was nothing much wrong with the team committee, and it seemed to do its job, when we were promoted at the very first attempt, and that was a massive achievement for the Tyneside club.
Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson and Tim Krul are players who have become more involved in things both on and off the field, and they were probably drowned out when Joey Barton and Kevin were running things from a players’ viewpoint.
The players that came in during the summer such as Yohan Cabaye, Gabby Obertan have been quickly assimilated into the squad, and the same is happening now with Papiss Cisse, as players, manager and coaches are making sure the Senegal striker settles in quickly at the club.
We have absolutely no complaints about the Newcastle team spirit this season, and certainly the new players Newcastle have brought in over the last eighteen months or so seem fine characters, and they want to to be at Newcastle, and that’s so important.