Ruud Gullit, managed Newcastle United for about a season from September, 1998 (after Kenny Dalglish was sacked) until Bobby Robson took over in September, 1999 and tuned the team around, and cleaned up the mess, after Gullit had us as relegation favorites after 7 games.
Ruud Gullit – now Beckham’s coach at the Los Angeles Galaxy
Now Gullit is saying the expectations of Newcastle and their fans are just unrealistic and Keegan will not be successful this time around.
Ruud Gullit, commenting on the current situation at Newcastle, where Kevin Keegan has just taken over for his 3rd stint at the club said today:
â€œI think the expectations at Newcastle are so incredibly high that maybe they are not realistic for the people who go to work there,”
“Newcastle is such a big club and I think they have had great coaches and some big names – Sam Allardyce, Glen Roeder, Graeme Souness, Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish – and therefore it is not about the coaches, it is much more complex than that.â€
“With Sam Allardyce it was incredible – once he was talked of with the national team and now nothing, and I think again they haven’t been realistic there with him. It is not possible there, just not possible.â€
“Also you have the local press, who have big expectations and big ambitions, and it is not realistic what they ask.â€ “The most difficult part is that they have to compete with teams who are much more attractive than Newcastle are.â€
“Most big players and promising young players go to Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.â€ “It means that none of the biggest players want to go there (Newcastle) which is a major a difficulty that you have to deal with.”
Gullit has also ruled out the prospect of a dramatic upturn in Newcastle’s league form despite the return of Keegan.
“No, he won’t do it. It is not realistic to expect that,”
“For the simple reason that the other clubs have a huge advantage because they have the best youngsters and the best players in all these other teams. So it is going to be difficult and it is not realistic.”
“A realistic goal is that he needs to have the time to build a team and maybe then in the future they can compete in the league.”
We’re sure if Kevin Keegan reads what Ruud has said – that he doesn’t think Kevin can do it again, we’re sure it will only make Kevin even more determined to succeed.
This, by the way, coming from a manager who has the worst win ratio of any manager at Newcastle, since Keegan left in January, 1997.
Not sure his word has any validity in Newcastle – in fact we’re sure it hasn’t.