Kenny Dalglish signed Nobby Solano from Boca Juniors in the summer of 1998 for £2.5M, just before the former Liverpool and Blackburn manager was sacked and in came Ruud Gullit, who lasted only a year before Freddy Shepherd also fired the Dutchman.
Nobby played for us until 2004 before he left to join Aston Villa, but he returned to Newcastle two years later and played another couple of years for us.
In total Nobby played 314 total games for Newcastle with 48 goals in his two spells at the club.
Nobby Solano – while at Newcastle
The 42 year-old Peruvian has given an exclusive interview in the Chronicle and he has talked about Newcastle’s current position and how important it is that we get promoted this season.
But he says nothing is yet certain and Newcastle don’t know which division they will be in next season.
This is some of that Nobby said:
“It has to be focus, focus, focus on promotion.” “I still think Newcastle will get up automatically and won’t need the play-offs.”
“The Championship can be a tricky league but the standard is average compared to Premier League games.”
“For the players now it will be about the results of the next eight games, not where they will be next year.”
“The Managing Director (Lee Charnley) and Rafa Benitez will have an idea of what players they want next season.”
“And they won’t be thinking too much about that at the moment, although they will have to start getting things ready soon.”
“Once they get the results they need they will have some time to sit down and finalize their plans.”
“At the minute nobody can stand up and say what division they will be in.”
“You couldn’t offer a player a deal next season without assuring them of what league they’ll be playing in.”
“So it’s a bit complex.” “All you can do is get the wins you need and the rest will take it care of itself.”
Here’s how things stand in the league at the moment, so we are in a reasonable position if we can start winning games again.
The vast majority of fans think we will the game tomorrow at home to Wigan.
Let’s hope they are right about that.