….in tonights Ronnie:
“I only have one regret about my time at Newcastle United, and that is I did not help give the fans the trophy they deserve. I have to say the Newcastle supporters were great to me, and I can honestly say I always tried my very best for them.”
“The only reason I wanted to leave was because of my family, and they all seemed to understand this. I know I am a professional footballer, but my family is very important to me. While my daughter Luana was born in Birmingham during my time at Aston Villa, my son Madias was born and bred in Newcastle and he is a real Geordie boy. They are in London and that is the only reason I wanted to go down there.”
“Yet on Friday morning I had changed my mind, and I was convinced I would be staying – and I was happy with that. Looking at the great squad Newcastle have, I accepted I would not play that many matches this season. So for that reason and for my family, I thought it was best to go when West Ham came back in for me.”
“While we did not win a trophy, I am going with a lot of great memories. The best came in the Champions League with Sir Bobby Robson. From a personal point of view, I did not score a better goal than the one against 1860 Munich in the Olympic Stadium in the InterToto Cup in 2001. The goal which gave me the greatest pleasure, though, was probably the winner at Elland Road over Christmas that same year, when Kieron Dyer and myself created havoc against Leeds United.”
When asking about the upcoming fixture with WHU at SJP, Nobby said “It will be great to come back so soon because everything happened so fast on Friday I did not have much time to say many goodbyes.”
“You never know, I might be back permanently one day as manager of Newcastle United. Or as a coach if Alan Shearer is looking for one in years to come!”
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