The great Sir Bobby Robson, who is an inspiration to us to this day, once said that “Craig Bellamy is the only man I know who could start an argument with himself”, and Craig was certainly a challenge for one of the greatest managers England has ever produced.
These two will continue at Newcastle
A top six finish next season?
John Carver, now that Pardew has kept his job will remain the assistant manager at Newcastle, and he has talked some of Bobby Robson’s five year reign at the club, when he as also the assistant manager at that time.
And that was the last time Newcastle were in the top four, and Bobby achieved that twice in his last three season at Newcastle – what a manager this man was – and he was also simply a great man.
At a recent talk-in event, Carver talked of some of the things that happened behind the scenes at the then very successful Newcastle club:
“The reports said I threw a chair at him in the departure lounge that had been set aside for the players. That wasn’t entirely true.”
“I was angry and I threw a chair out of the way so I could go and argue with him. It nearly hit Shay Given, actually, but that was an accident.”
“A fight isn’t just fists. It is what it is. Whatever you can get hold of, you get hold of. If you lose your temper, anything goes. But this wasn’t a fight. This was just silly stuff. It was very childish from both of us.”
“I was yelling at him and he was yelling at me, but we were mates, basically, so were never going to start throwing punches at each other.”
“We ended up wrestling stupidly on the floor. I didn’t know at the time but Bobby was giving a press conference on the other side of the screens from where we were grappling and the press could hear that a kerfuffle was going on.”
Oh my – wrestling on the floor – and Bobby was talking to the press at the same time – and that’s when we were successful! 😀
We have taken the quote from the NUFC Fans web-site, which we must say is producing some excellent articles these days.
A young Craig Bellamy while at Newcastle
Newcastle United are going through a bad time at the moment, maybe a very bad time, maybe even a very very bad time, but it’s nothing that a good season and a top six finish next season wouldn’t put right very quickly.
We really hope he is successful for the good of what is still a great club, and don’t forget when we were in the top four we still had coaches wrestling with one of our top players on the floor. 😀
Such is a unique and famous football club in England – and still one of the best – despite all the negativity in the air at the moment on Tyneside.
And remember Jose Mourinho, who knew all about Newcastle from his time working as the right hand man of Bobby Robson, had this to say about Newcastle last season:
“It’s better to work at a crazy big club than a small club.”
It looks like Newcastle are a crazy club when we are doing well, and crazy when we are doing badly – which is the case at the moment.
It must be in the DNA.
What do you think?