We always thought that Kevin Nolan was a great captain of Newcastle when he was at the club, and the former Bolton captain arrived at Newcastle In January of 2009, and found it very difficult to settle down immediately – much like some our new French recruits today – and Kevin was in and out of the side in the final few games of that season – which saw us relegated in May, 2009.
Kevin Nolan – we need this kind of spirit right now
But along with other players like Nicky Butt and local lad Andy Carroll, he was paramount in getting Newcastle promoted at the first attempt and we were promoted in May of 2010, and we owe something to players like Kevin Nolan.
But Kevin will be against us tomorrow, and if we lose at Upton Park tomorrow, the nightmare that seems to be happening in front of our eyes will only continue.
This is what Kevin told the Shields Gazette today:
“I can’t believe they’re in the situation they’re in,” Nolan told the Gazette. “I certainly wouldn’t want to be in that situation, and I certainly don’t like seeing Newcastle there.
“They’ve got to make sure they stick together. I’m sure they’ll have enough to stay up, and then they can reassess in the summer.” “I’ve got memories of really great times at Newcastle – I loved my time there,”
“The way I left wasn’t great, but I’ve still got respect for everyone up there. It’s a great club, and it was good to be part of it. I hope they get out of it, but we want to win.”
“I can’t wait for it. Going back up to Newcastle was a massive thing for me, and I’m looking forward to this game.” “A lot of people are saying it’s about the foreign players, I don’t believe that.”
“But it’s always important to have a British core to your squad, three or four lads in your ranks who can step up.”
Kevin was a leader both on and off the field for Newcastle, and it’s something we don’t see too much of at the club right now – and we need some leaders to help us get out of the mess we are in.
And it would be more than ironic – cruel may be a better word – if Andy and Kevin have anything to do tomorrow if Newcastle lose the game.
What’s happened in the last three weeks is hard enough for fans to take, and to have the irony of two of our former best players possibly put another nail in our coffin would be very hard to deal with.
Of course on the other side of the coin we could even win tomorrow, but we are not too confident – based on our last two performances at home and seeing the Hammers play extremely well last week at Manchester City.
We’re hoping for the best – there’s not much else we can do.
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