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Newcastle United could do with more like Danny Simpson

By Lee Ryder on Jan 21, 10 08:53 AM

When Joey Barton claimed that most footballers were "knobs" he certainly could not have been talking about Danny Simpson.

The old saying "never judge a book by its cover" could not be more appropriate when it comes to Simpson.

Usually most people who have played within the four walls at Old Trafford get brain washed by advisors within Manchester United into thinking that talking to the media (or many would say to the paying public via the media) is a bad thing.

It started with Sir Alex Ferguson putting the gag on a young Ryan Giggs and if you have read Lee Sharpe's book, there is a section that talks about how the young winger was lambasted for doing an interview after scoring a hat-trick against Arsenal at Highbury during a League Cup win in the early 1990s.

Gary Neville is also known to have snubbed many an interview during his visits at St James' Park while Nicky Butt has a chequered relationship with our own paper over something that happened before my time here.

Simpson has not turned up at Newcastle in Manchester United mode.

He's not only put in some fantastic displays on the pitch his attitude off it has been superb.

Not just with interviews but also attending community events and the fact that he accepts that his role at Newcastle is not only what happens on the pitch.

Simpson quickly realised the importance of the fans at Newcastle United and this has been reflected in his comments since joining the club.

When he first signed he claimed that the fans here were much better than those at his previous club Sunderland and LOUDER than at Old Trafford.

Many might think that he was saying that to win a move to Newcastle - but having only been there five minutes at that time, I'd say it was more to do with him being honest

And having watched football mercenaries come and go from St James' Park in the last 10 years, it's refreshing to see Newcastle sign somebody who is not only sweating blood for the cause - but also get's it when it comes to seeing what life in the Toon is all about.

He realises that in this city most people eat, sleep and breathe Newcastle United and he's prepared to take the time to take it all in.

7 Comments

TheBadger said:

I couldn't agree more with Lee here. He's a hard working lad and he genuinely wants to do well for NUFC. We've got him for a fraction of the price of some of the 'stars' we've bought before. We've neutured the likes of Steven Taylor into an all rounded centre half, why is it beyond the reach of the imagination that a good solid year at a club that is going to give him a chance won't do the same. I'm happy to accept the lad into the fold, and even happier that the Toon seem to have a coherent back four with players playing in their best position. Up the mags!

roy c said:

It's great to see someone at the club with Danny Simpson's attitude and hopefully iw ioll rub off o all of the squad and Danny will develop into a good player.
Shocked to read from TheBadger that Steve Taylor had been neutered - perhaps that's why he was a bit slow against the Baggies on Monday.

roy c said:

It's great to see someone at the club with Danny Simpson's attitude and hopefully it will rub off on all of the squad and Danny will develop into a good player.
Shocked to read from TheBadger that Steve Taylor had been neutered - perhaps that's why he was a bit slow against the Baggies on Monday.

Chris Gray said:

Did The Badger really mean to say “we’ve neutered the likes of Stephen Taylor into an all round centre half?” Is that what it takes? No wonder Boumsong, Marcelinho etc didn’t fancy it.

Anyway – Danny Simpson. Decent enough player, not obviously premiership quality but a reasonable signing. However, are there any cynics out there who like me fear that his commitment might diminish somewhat now that he’s won a three year contract? Hopefully Ashley and co have put together a sensible, incentivised contract that will keep him on his toes. Strange to say I am increasingly comfortable with NUFC’s transfer dealings – not so long ago we’d have just gone around signing blank cheques – look where that got us. With proper management this squad is now good enough to go up. If I ever hear “paper thin” again I’ll scream – we have far more decent players, and more strength in depth, than any other team in this league. Now that Kadar has come through, we even have cover for the Bull. Quite happy – things could be far, far, far worse. Hughton should take a lot of credit. As long as we all remain realistic we’ll be fine. And then when Mourinho arrives next season 
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bob harvey said:

Yes, there is a lot to say for having the right attitude, but he still managed to make Jerome Thomas look world class.

LIAM TURNER said:

yea plenty more like simmo INJURED! lol thing is were lucky simmo wanted to stay with us otherwise with the pay package he was offerd most players would of laughed guess why kilgallon didnt want to come

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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