Danny Simpson had been given leave by Alan Pardew to dash back from the United States for the birth of his daughter, but the baby was born before he arrived back in England.
Danny Simpson – looking forward to next season
Oh well, the baby was six weeks early, so she didn’t exactly cooperate with things, and what’s that saying about the plans of mice and men?
The baby was named Skye-Lorena, and Danny is getting to grips of what it means to be a father for the first time, and he talked today to the local Newcastle press corps:
“I was up in the sky when my daughter was born, so she’s called Skye-Lorena.” “We came up with the name the night I saw her.”
“She was six weeks early, and it was a nice surprise, but obviously I had to dash back from America. It was the longest eight-and-a-half-hour flight of my life!”
“But the focus is on both being a father and football now and looking ahead.”
Right now is not a particularly positive time for Newcastle fans, to be sure, and it looks like we may lose both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique before the weekend.
Who would have thought last January that in a short eight months we would lose arguably our best four players in Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique?
But even if that happens, which looks very likely now, life goes on and so does Newcastle United, and we have to hope that some of our current players can come through big time, and assume some leadership at the club.
And we have to remember that things were a lot worse two years ago at this time, and Newcastle still came though big time with players like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith stepping forward to assume the leadership in the squad.
So it can happen again next season.
Danny Simpson needs to continue improving next season, but he seems to have the right attitude and temperament to do just that, and he had a very decent season last year in the Premier League.
“There were a few errors from the lads, and they’ve held their hands up.” “You can look at it in a positive way as it’s better to do it now in a friendly, even though you don’t want to lose any game, whether it’s in the Premier League or not.”
“Hopefully, we won’t do it on the big stage. We’ve been trying to work on quick passing and movement on and off the ball, but a lot of the lads are still new.” “Yohan was in Amsterdam and I’ve missed a bit as well.”
“We’re still learning each other’s games, and there’s Demba Ba as well.” “We’ve got a couple of weeks until it kicks off, and there’s a lot of hard work still to be done.”
“It’s not been anyone’s fault, but we’ve not been together.” “We’re all back together now, and we’ve got a full week before the next game.”
We have to hope that the spirit in the squad remains high, although with Joey Barton’s tweets and both Jose and Joey likely to leave the club soon, that could be difficult.
But that’s what manager Alan Pardew, new captain Fabricio Coloccini, and other senior players can put right.
We’re hoping some of our players will now step up to the plate, and of course a couple of wins against Fiorentina and Arsenal will do wonders to lift the spirits of both the Newcastle players and the Newcastle fans everywhere.
Howay The Lads!!