There was a lot of support for the announcement of Kevin Keegan, as the new Newcastle United Manager, last night.
Kevin Keegan – when manager of Manchester City
Managers and players were quick to weigh in with their opinions, and most were happy with the announcement.
Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson has welcomed the return of Kevin Keegan to the Newcastle manager position:
“I think he’s a good choice. He’s been there before,” “He’s a great man, a big man all over the world â€“ especially in Newcastle he’s very, very big.”
“Kevin Keegan back in football, in the Premier League, is fantastic.”
Steve Watson, who played for Kevin Keegan last time around said:
“Keegan is a motivator, but he likes to give his teams the license to play football and all of his philosophies are based around passing the ball and playing good, attacking football.”
“He has got a lot of big players, but he has players there that he has managed before – Joey Barton at Man City as well as Michael Owen, Alan Smith and Nicky Butt from his time with the England set-up.”
Les Ferdinand, one of the greats in Kevin’s last reign at the club said:
“He’s the people’s choice. The supporters want him there and it’s great to see him back there. They will be queueing up for Saturday’s game just to see Kevin Keegan back this weekend.”
“Kevin came very close last time around and left for matters unrelated to football so it’s unfinished business for him.”
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley:
“Nothing surprises me any more. Kevin may have had no intention of coming back until this job arose.”
“Newcastle have brought a manager in who is perhaps not going to have the pressure others have had to put up with.”
Sir Bobby Robson wasn’t too enthusiastic and we think he wanted Alan Shearer at the helm of the club.
“Mike Ashley and Chris Mort have done what they think is right – they run the club and they are the people who have made this decision.”
“I just hope that it is a successful appointment.”
Warren Barton, who was brought to Newcastle United by Keegan:
“It’s a season to remember already – he’s come back. A UEFA Cup spot is a possibility. If I was in the dressing room and he walked in, that would give me a lift.”
“The players have got to respond – there is quality in that team.”
Oh, it’s so exciting today, especially as Kevin already seems to have lifted the players by his very presence at the game last night.
The team played their best football at home this season against Stoke last night and blew them away. Charles N’Zogbia was just outstanding in central midfield. What a waste to have played Charles at left back and in fact Charles may be played in midfield from now on. Certainly again on Saturday against Bolton Wanderers where we’ll be short of Barton, Butt, Smith. Emre, Geremi and Faye in midfield.