Steve Harper has given a lot of interviews in the press today, before he plays in his testimonial tonight, when a Newcastlke United eleven will play an AC Milan eleven for charity, and it looks like the attendance will be over 40,000 for the game.
Steve Harper – some open wounds last season
Steve has talked about what it takes for a player to be successful at Newcastle, and one thing is for them always give 100% effort, which is what the fans expect:
“I’ve said to an infinite amount of players when they signed, just make sure you give everything you’ve got,” “It doesn’t matter which country you’re from, what color your skin is, they want you to be committed to the shirt.”
“That’s the minimum they ask for, but you also have to have a certain character to succeed.” “I think a few players got a shock last season. It’s not only British players who get this club.”
“It’s not a case of ‘you’re foreign and don’t understand’.” “Look at Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, they get it the same way Kevin Nolan did.” “Last year was a struggle and whenever you lose home games 3-0 to Sunderland and 6-0 to Liverpool, it’s going to open a few wounds.”
“And it did. It made a few people realise what’s needed to play here. It made a few players realise the size and the scale of the football club, as well as the situation we were in.”
“I think it was a huge wake up call for some people. Like others before them, it’s now up to the players who have come in over the last couple of years to show they can handle the weight of the shirt.”
“When you’re here, you have to give 100% to Newcastle United, not worry about whether you are going to get a move elsewhere.”
All the Newcastle players will hopefully have benefitted from what happened last season, because they will have seen how things are when things go well on Tyneside, they’re great, but also how things can quickly deteriorate when things go badly.
Hopefully one thing they will have learned is that it’s much better when things go well – and will bear that in mind on Saturday afternoon – when a win at Villa Park will definitely lift the spirits of the Newcastle fans.
A win is exactly what the doctor ordered on Saturday – and hopefully we can get all 3 points.
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