Former Newcastle Star – Nothing Certain About Promotion

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.

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The vast majority of fans think we will the game tomorrow at home to Wigan.

Let’s hope they are right about that.

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30 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 31, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    “Saido Berahino has claimed he failed a drugs test earlier this season because his drink was spiked in a nightclub.”

    Oooh! Big fat porkie alert.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 31, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Get ya boots on Nobby lad! Could do with him in these last 8 games

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 31, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Loved Nobby.

    Before he signed I read a quote about Maradona calling him ‘The Little Maestro’ and he’d watch him taking free kicks in training and he said they’d keep hitting the back of the net. That got me excited so went to see his first reserve outing where he scored two goals and looked very classy.

    Great player for Newcastle, hugely talented technically and mentally.

  • Australian Pie

    Mar 31, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Team For tomorrow

    Anita Lascelles Hanley Dummett
    Ritchie Colback Shelvey gouffran

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 31, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    He’d captained Peru from right back numerous times before Sir Bobby realised he could play there. I think Bobby had him on the bench while David Edgar or similar played. I remember howling abuse at the TV for half a season. Sir Bobby, RIP, but bloody hell man.

  • martoon

    Mar 31, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    If the rumours are true he wasn’t called ‘Nobby’ for nothing! 🙂

  • martoon

    Mar 31, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Australian Pie @4 – I think I posted exactly the same team the other evening. The only positions of doubt are Gouffran or Atsu and Perez or Diame – all the others are nailed on I reckon. I think Hayden will be on the bench but I don’t think Rafa will start him so soon after return from injury.

  • magpie6699

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    My recollection of Nobby is that I’d never seen anybody bring a football under control so quickly and effortlessly,, no matter how it came to him on the wing.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Wigan have more or less give up. It will be a parked bus no doubt and they’re not bad defensively. Diame struggles in these games due to his first touch so I’d play Perez.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Wigan have more or less give up. It will be a parked bus no doubt and they’re not bad defensively. Diame struggles in these games due to his first touch so I’d play Perez.

  • martoon

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    The next Mike Williamson – You can say that again 😀

  • firebug666

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    I think Wigan will come looking for a scalp, Lets face it our home form, performances have not been great. and they will be thinking they can nick three points.

    Yes we have had two weeks to gather ourselves for the final push to promotion, but then everyone had those two weeks break.

    Won’t be an easy game, (none are) but even if they park the bus and we try to break them down, they have enough about them to break on us and sneak a goal.

    Still I recon we will (should) win this 2-0.


    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    The great thing about nobby which u dont see in modern wingers is a unselfishness…. Wasn’t about scoring goals for himself it was about creating chances for the team…..although he scored a few goals….his ability to cross at the right time or play the right ball to give the advantage to the attack was great…fantastic player.

  • martoon

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Springy – Aye, it would be interesting to see the stats on how many assists he had on Shearer’s goals.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    The amount of times Nobby would effortlessly and sublimely cushion a very high or long taking ball was a sight to behold.

    Also, don’t forget his outside of the boot crosses and shots.


    Hopefully we’ll get the win on the weekend. One last push from here. The sooner we can the maximum points on the board, the sooner the others may mentally start to crack by thinking their task is unachievable, thus dropping more points.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16


  • martoon

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    We should be able to beat Wigan but the crowd (including myself) will be nervous – it’s difficult not to be. An early goal to us would settle the nerves but is that wishful thinking?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    We seemed to have a thing about sending some of best players to Villa, bet it wouldn’t happen now.

    I really hope HT isn’t in the team for Saturday, Perez should on form be at No. 10

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19


    You say ”let’s win a match before thinking of going on a run.”

    I guess you missed the recent wins away at Brighton and Huddersfield and the 2 other long winning sequences earlier this season.

    You mustn’t keep letting your personal dislike of Rafa get in the way of the facts. Otherwise people might think you are some kind of an ignorant, cretinous blob. Oh wait . . . .

  • barkel

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    It’ll be interesting to see the squad tomorrow. 2 week break for most of the squad, no suspensions and most of the injuries cleared up. Almost 2 games every week until the end of the season. April is going to be an exciting month. 20pts needed right now, lets start with 3 tomorrow

  • Malta Mag

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #21

    While we’re all bleating on about the game against Wigan, I’m ashamed to say I missed the Ed’s medical update. Really sorry to hear and I, along with everyone who have enjoyed your blog from day 1, hope you can beat this and come out of the other side. Good luck and keep up the wonderful service you provide to fans of this great club.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Wigan for their position aren’t actually that bad on the road, Burton though are horrendous!
    Live near Pirelli, play footie on a Friday night with some albion season ticket holders and they reckon St James’ park pitch is too big for burton as their wingers are mid 30’s and knackered. Also say that their not suited to playing away as they’re actually set up to be an attacking side and fall apart when they try and sit deep and contain.
    Good for us wigan didn’t appoint a new man, rarely works out when teams struggling promote from within, factor in that rafas had a week on the training ground with the lads, Gayle will be fitter, shelvey more rested and I think we could hit them for 3 or 4.
    Gotta say, enjoyed Hanley’s passing range against Birmingham.. didn’t realise he had that element to his game, really softens the blow of losing Clark!

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #23

    “rarely works out when teams struggling promote from within”

    Jay…With John Carver being an obvious exception! 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #24

    gotta say aswell.. thank god proper football is back! No time for international football, England and Wembley have zero atmosphere and zero excitement! Feels like there are too many international games over the course of the season! I wouldn’t be adverse to them playing league games at the same time and just rearranging the games where teams are missing say 3 or 4 through international call ups!

  • jayphoto

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #25

    @Ibiza – Lee Charnley going from tea boy to the big boss under the bigger boss another successful except ion 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Barcelona ruin that whole not promoting from within thing in recent times. It has failed for nearly every team across the board in the last 20 years, asides from Pep and Tito…

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #27

    jay…Basically we’re the masters at it!

    Looking forward to these April fixtures. For all of our sanity I hope we really push on with the first few games and start to see the gap widen.

    It’d be nice to be somewhat relaxed as a fan base. Not that I can recall a time that’s ever been achieved.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Not sure we’ll open a gap when I look at the fixtures. Tomorrow be interesting as on paper, Newcastle, brighton and Huddersfield all at home to bottom 4 sides…
    Looking at the fixtures, I’ve got Brighton winning 4 of the next 8, Newcastle winning 5 and Huddersfield winning 6…
    Brighton bottling it last season might play on their mind, the Newcastle match was massive to them, gave 100% and still lost. I think if we win our next 4, sheff wed away especially, that will knock their confidence and get them looking behind them instead of in front..
    Whereas Huddersfield… lot easier when you’re chasing 2 sides to chasing one as more chance of a slip up, think they’ll have zero pressure and 100% confidence and motivation.
    Start of the season I had brighton to go up top, Newcastle second, Fulham in the play offs, if I was a gambler now I’d go Newcastle top, Huddersfield second, still fancy Fulham for the playoffs!

  • posada

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Remember a 1-0 home win against the Arsenal.
    Nobby scored the only goal of the game late on.
    Leaving the ground the atmosphere was brill.
    In front of me in the crowd was one of our well known supporters Cliffy Ahmed, God bless him.
    Followed along behind him in the crush all the way to the Strawberry corner.
    Every ten seconds or so he pointed to the sky and shouted, ” Nobby Solano”

  • lesh

    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #30


    So was Nobby’s mother’s name Clark?

    Jay, Ibiza

    Liverool’s Boot Room was the most successful internal promotion model.


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