Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Wednesday July 15 2009
In the second round of player chunter, even more of the players have come out and hammered the club management. This time old heads Nicky Butt and Steve Harper, as well as Jose Enrique.
'I don't know what to say about the managerial situation. The sooner it is resolved, the better - but we have been saying that since mid-January and we are still here, so we will see.
It's difficult for some players because they don't know where their future lies. I think that's a difficult one. But for pre-season, it's just a case of keeping everyone fit and injury-free, and Chris Hughton is doing a good job of that.
The season is going to be a tough one. It's a very difficult league we are in now. Things won't be as easy as maybe some people think they will be in the Championship. It's going to be a massive challenge for us, but hopefully it's one that we are going to be able to match.'
I think the job needs to be (given to) someone of Alan's stature.I do feel Alan is favoured by a lot of people, and I do feel that he would do a very good job. It's well documented that the club needs a bit more strength in depth, but it's frustrating because time is running out to bring in players.
It's ideal to get players in early doors so that you can bond with them, but it's frustrating when you are still waiting and almost falling behind other teams.'
"My opinion is that everything seems difficult at this club. We haven`t signed any players this season so far and we don`t have a manager. Chris Hughton is a very good person, but he is not a manager. We need a manager. The things going on inside are not good - that can`t be good for the supporters either.
It is the same as at the end of last season. Nothing has changed. The owner wants to sell the club. It would be good to see somebody come in and give us something fresh. If we start signing players soon we can go up first time, but we can`t wait much longer.
I have a contract here, but it is difficult to play in the Championship - nobody likes to play there. It`s my fault that we are in this division and all the players should feel like that. If an offer came in I would have to study it. Being disillusioned makes me want to return to Spain. I have a good contract in England, but I would be resigned to losing money if I went back to Spain."
'What happened last season was desperately disappointing but just when you think there`s an opportunity for this club to put itself right, build and get straight back up, the opposite happens. We want it to be resolved so we know where we are and where we`re going because at this moment the football club is dying a slow, painful death. For five or six years now it`s been a gradual, slow implosion.
We`ve got to soldier on but the sooner the better for everyone concerned - but most importantly for Newcastle United. A lot of fans have come up to me and said ''In two or three years, it might be a blessing that relegation happened'. Obviously everyone is very disappointed that it happened but if something good comes out of it and the club rebuilds then maybe I can see that point.
But at the moment the club isn't rebuilding — it`s in a state of limbo and it's no good for anyone. We just want to get this club going back in the right direction and the situation is very, very frustrating for all of us. To be fair to Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and the lads, we have made the best of what is a dreadful situation.
We can`t do anything about it as players but it is awful and the sooner it`s resolved, the better for everyone because we can start again.
All we keep hearing is "next few days, next few days, next few days". 'Everybody - fans, players, staff - want it resolved so we can rebuild this football club because we're in an awful state at the moment.
Everybody is in limbo — fans, players, staff. The players don`t know what`s happening, staff don`t know what`s happening, the fans don`t.'
Date:Wednesday July 15 2009
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