Former Captain – It’s Going To Be Tough For Newcastle This Year

Kevin Nolan got an excellent reception from Newcastle fans on Sunday afternoon, when he made his first return to St. James’ Park after leaving for West Ham last year, and the Newcastle fans had not forgotten the fantastic job the former captain did while he was on Tyneside for a short 30 months, after being signed from Bolton for a measly £4M.

Kevin Nolan – after scoring the winner on Sunday

Newcastle are in 10th position on 14 points from our 11 league games, and that’s a full 11 points behind where we were last season at this time, when we held 3rd position in the league, and it seems our Europa League participation is having it’s effect on our league form.

This is what Kevin had to say in the local press in Newcastle today:

“Yeah, it’s going to be tough for Newcastle this year.” “They’ve had some massive players out like Coloccini and Tioté. They are probably two of their best and most influential players so it was important we tried to take advantage of that. But overall it’s been a good, solid start to the season.”

“After the Europa League, it is difficult when you haven’t got the massive squad you need, to be able to attack both competitions. It’s going to affect you.” “But Alan’s doing a great job here, managing the Europa League and the Premier League.”

“Where they are now is probably a fair reflection of what they’ve achieved but when they get everybody back, Cheick and Colo in particular, they will start rising in the league.” 

We think Kevin was expecting to be booed on Sunday, and in fact before the game he said he knew he would get a hot reception, but it turned out to be a great reception for our former captain, and given what he did for the club when we were down and out – he deserved it.

Although he’s now 30, we still wish he was at Newcastle because he’s a good player and a leader – and he can put that ball into the back of the net as he showed on Sunday.

It’s very good that our fans showed their class on Sunday to Mr. Kevin Nolan.

What do you think?

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4 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Nov 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Like Nolan, shows if you have a footballing brain you don’t need speed or agility, decent bloke for a footballer

  • ballerfan2

    Nov 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    He has lost some weight and generally looks fitter and slightly quicker (he is never going to be the quickest). Why is that? I still believe he over exaggerated his value to Newcastle and became a bit lazy with his training and personal fitness. It was taking him 20 minutes to get from one penalty area to another. He always was a crafty finisher though.

  • LargeSadMenace

    Nov 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Much better player than the overrated Cabaye

  • Crawfordladd17

    Nov 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #4

    How is that man not in the England squad, he is better than Osman and Shelvey. Also Wilshere hasnt played much because of his injury so he should be in for sure


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