Olivier Bernard was brought to Newcastle during Bobby Robson’s reign at the club.
Olivier Bernard during his Newcastle career
And the Frenchman was a very good left back for Newcastle, before injuries prematurely ended his career at age 27.
Olivier is still only 32 and does good work as a patron the Show Racism the Red Card campaign, which we fully support on this web-site, and he’s even a some time translator for nufcTV.
But it seems the former left back, who was born in Paris , France in 1979 and played for Lyon before he joined Newcastle in 2000, is getting a little worried.
Bernard formed a strong left side of the field partnership with fellow Frenchman Laurent Robert, but he is worried that the outcry over the re-naming of St. James’ Park to Sports Direct Arena will get in the way of Newcastle doing really well in the last 13 games of the season.
We have to pinch ourselves sometimes that Newcastle are still only one point behind Chelsea and Arsenal in the league, and we are currently in 6th position in the Premier League and 3 points ahead of Liverpool.
And that’s even though we have conceded five goals in London in two of our last four league games.
The Newcastle fans are far from happy over the removal last Thursday of the signs at St James’ Park, and it’s been in the headlines for a couple of days.
But Olivier Bernard wants to put the issue to one side and concentrate on supporting the lads:
“I know fans are not happy with the new name of the stadium,” “I understand their feelings. They have every right to be unhappy.”
“But right now, Newcastle has a great opportunity to get into Europe, and they need the fans behind them.” “This is not the time to be talking about the signs and the name.
“It has been a wonderful season, and it could be even better. But it needs everyone pulling together, and that’s what they must do.”
We’re sure the fans will support Newcastle big time in the last 13 games of the season, and that starts with Wolves next Saturday.
And during the promotion season Newcastle fans got used to supporting the manager and the players, and did a decent job of ignoring what the owner was doing – and that seemed to work well.
And it appears that Wolves only want a manager to replace the sacked Mick McCarthy through the end of the season, and then review the situation.
Alan Curbishley has already turned down the job, and former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce may be about to do the same thing with reports today he has already turned the job down.
So it could be that Wolves don’t have a manager when they visit Newcastle in six days time.
3 points is the goal next Saturday, and then we’ll be at the very least in 6th place in the Premier League table, and hopefully Olivier will be happy enough.