Robbie Elliott had two spells at Newcastle, the first one under Kevin Keegan from 1991 through 1997, and then he was brought back on a free transfer from Bolton in the summer of 2001, when Bobby Robson was the manager, so Robbie was fortunate enough to have played under two of the most successful Newcastle managers in recent times.
Robbie Elliot – born and bred in Gosforth
And the 39 year-old has given a long interview in the Chronicle today, and he’s as shocked as the rest of us, about how the transfer business was conducted this summer.
Newcastle – make that Joe Kinnear – didn’t seem to have much of a clue at all, as to how to get our top targets through the door, and we ended up with only Loic Remy on loan for the season.
This is some of what Robbie had to say today:
“Funny how times change. I used to look forward to deadline day with excitement and anticipation. Now it just makes me sad and annoyed.”
“I don’t know what to believe any more in terms of what comes out of the club.” “In fact it’s getting to the stage where I don’t believe anything that’s said.”
“It’s like the boy that cried wolf. They say one thing, such as they are going to sign players, and it doesn’t happen.” “We were told all summer that players would arrive, but you do start to wonder whether that was ever the plan.”
“It’s just so disappointing.” “The only thing that kept me going on deadline day was the Geordie humour.” “I think they had to find a funny side to it all or they would have rioted.”
“We are strong all over the pitch, but we just needed strengthened. I can’t believe the same mistakes are being made.” “There is a difference between wanting your club to buy just for the sake of it and knowing they need to buy – and that was us.”
“I am still a massive Newcastle fan. That won’t change.” “There is not another club I can think of that experiences so many highs and low.” “But I suppose that’s why we love it so much.”
If we had signed three or four good players this summer we could have taken the side from fairly good to very good, and even had a chance of making the top six again – but no – it wasn’t to be, and money, or more accurately – the unwillingness of the owner to spend it – got in the way again.
Robbie was born in Gosforth, and in July of 2008, he returned to Newcastle for a third spell at the club as the new assistant Fitness and Conditioning coach, when Kevin Keegan was manager, but he finally left the following summer when we were relegated after a tumultuous season, and Newcastle were in complete and utter turmoil.
We remember it well, and my arm started to hurt just thinking about it. 🙁
Since he left Newcastle, Robbie Elliott has done very well working in America with the US Soccer Federation, as the Youth National Team Performance Expert.
It’s good to hear from Robbie again.
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