Rob Elliot – ‘Tim Krul Has Always Been Linked To Big Clubs’
I was looking through some headlines and saw an interview that Newcastle United reserve keeper Rob Elliot had done whilst away this summer on international duty with Ireland.
It rang a bell, because when I started reading it, the new interview made me think back to an article that was on here around two months ago.
The overall theme of the piece was that Rob Elliot wouldn’t have a word said against Alan Pardew, blamed Hatem Ben Arfa for much of what was wrong at Newcastle, and one of the standout points was that he thought Newcastle fans should accept that their place is eighth or ninth, rather than having aspirations/expectations.
The article provoked a lot of interest, with most believing it was credible but one or two people questioning whether Rob Elliot had actually said what was claimed.
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Interesting then to see what Elliot says in this interview with the Irish Mirror.
I can understand up to a point the reserve keeper talking up his hopes of Tim Krul leaving from a selfish point of view, but talking about the Dutch keeper being always linked with ‘big clubs’, simply rubber stamps that original article back in April and where he sees Newcastle United’s natural place, in other words – not a big club.
Here is what Rob Elliot has had to say this week;
“Tim (Krul) has always been linked to big clubs and the fact that he is the Holland World cup squad is probably going to enhance his credibility even more.
“He’s a top class keeper but whether or not he will actually go somewhere else, I don’t know.
“I’ve had some opportunities and think I’ve done well and would like to think if Tim did go and there was an opportunity to claim that number one jersey, I would be first in line.
“I think it was being at Newcastle that helped me get the recognition by Ireland and be part of the (international) set-up.
“Obviously I want to play more games but sometimes as a goalkeeper you have to bide your time.”
Below is part of the article Chris Ward did in April; (click [intlink id=”41789″ type=”post”]HERE[/intlink] to read the full original article)
‘I told him (Rob Elliot) that I believe Pardew to be a charlatan that’s scared to play football and he’s ruined the best squad we’ve had in 10 years. I said a real manager with attacking intent would get the best out of our players. Somebody like, Keegan.
He then proceeded to tell me that Keegan is a worse manager than Pardew and had no respect from the players. I raged at this point and had to push him on the fact that Keegan made the Newcastle fans BELIEVE in ourselves and showed us how great Newcastle United can truly be.
His argument was that the Newcastle fans think they deserve to be in the Champions League by rights and we need to know our level. I disagreed.
‘Where should we be then?’ he asked.
I replied that just a bit of fight, belief and trying to play games with attacking intent could secure a higher PL finish than we’ll ever achieve with cowardly football and tactics.
‘Na’, he says. ‘8th or 9th is our level.’
There you have it. Newcastle should be happy with our lot. If you seriously think we’re going to kick on under this manager and this regime. Think again.’
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