Kevin Nolan has spoken again on Saturday, about the problems at Newcastle, but he does it in a responsible and fairly positive way – but Kevin still thinks that the French players in the squad had not expected things being so tough in England’s Premier League.
Kevin Nolan – captains West Ham now
Newcastle have 10 French players in the squad at the moment, with five having been brought in for a massive £31M in January, and that inflated transfer figure is according to recent reports.
Both Alan Pardew and Kevin Llambias have denied the team spirit at the club has been affected and there are problems in the dressing room, but there’s no doubt Newcastle are currently in crisis, with only three games to play, and only one point from the last three games – and we’ve looked completely hopeless in our last two home games..
Nolan was relegated in 2009 with Newcastle, just four months after joining the Magpies in January of 2009 for £4M from Bolton Wanderers.
However Kevin was one of Newcastle’s best players when they came storming back the next season, thanks in the main to the brilliant leadership and management of Chris Hughton, who was then ruthlessly sacked in December of 2010 and Alan Pardew brought in.
This is what Kevin Nolan said in the Daily Mirror on Saturday about Newcastle’s problems:
“I’ve been in relegation battles for a lot of my career and that’s always the massive worry because people start going: ‘it’s his fault, not mine. I’ve done alright.’”
“You don’t want that. You want to be able to look the other lads in the eye and be able to say that no matter what happens today, this is us, this is what we’re about and we’re going to give it a good go.”
“It’s about time now for them all to stand up and stick together and not point the finger. When the chips are down, the luck’s not going your way, it’s going to be tough.”
“But it’s about them now sticking together. They have got to make sure that when the little cliques come then they have to stick together as a team, as a whole, as a group.”
“You can’t get away from the fact they had a scouting system there in France, it got praised so much last year and now people are starting to question it because it’s the other side,”
“When we first came up with Newcastle we had 12 British lads in our squad. You only have to look at our squad now at West Ham, we’ve got a lot of British-based lads.”
“It certainly helps in that respect because we know what it’s all about. We’ve lived the Premier League all our lives and those lads have always wanted to be in the Premier League. “
“We know how much it means to the city. I’m not saying that foreigners don’t, that’s so far from the truth, all I’m saying is that they’ve had all their good press, it’s about time they’ve got to stand up now and make sure they do right for Newcastle.”
“I’m certainly hoping that they do that. I’ve got a lot of friends, a good relationship with the club, I’m hoping they don’t go down.” “The core group at any club have got to be strong – with ethics. That’s one thing Sam Allardyce does.”
“He’s very good in that respect. He has his core group and when he brings people in if they don’t buy into it then they’re not here for long.” “You only have to look at the best, and the best are Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson.”
“He has his characters and his main men in the squad, we know who they all are and we don’t have to say.”
Newcastle must come out and fight like hell against West Ham today, who are a team in top form.
It’s also obvious that when Kevin Nolan hangs up his boots – he could become a top manager.
Maybe at Newcastle eventually?
We need to get something out of the game today, and another defeat would not be good, in fact it would be terrible, and only add to the doom and gloom currently surrounding the Tyneside club.
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