Ruud Gullit Wisdom – Keegan Won’t Do It

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:

“I 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.”

“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.”

“Also you have the local press, who have big expectations and big ambitions, and it is not realistic what they ask.” “The most difficult part is that they have to compete with teams who are much more attractive than Newcastle are.”

“Most big players and promising young players go to Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.” “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.

Comments welcome.

202 comments so far

  • Toon Al

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #1

    what a tosser

  • Murvar

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Gullit lacks any credibility, not only in Newcastle, but in the UK as he has taken a non-job. The best retort would be to get Beckham to the Toon to a proper club. He may not get a game – Milner would see to that – but he would be good for the spirit, as is KK and as will be Big Al.

  • joshi

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #3

    what a tw@t, plus he is talkin about at present we r expecting sucess! wata muppet we kno its gna take time. all he has said is irrelavant.

  • carl

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #4

    blah blah blah, fcuk off gullit.pedigree tosser

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Ignorance !!!! I refer to previous thread post !!!!!

    He ain’t got a clue has he? Bitter if you ask me and I bet he would love it if he failed !
    If memory serves he was manager at Peter Pan’s testimonial? and refused to play, even Keegan played that night!

    Clueless loser !

  • UTD111

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Gullit was a fantastic footballer who was a joy to watch. Pity he’s never really understood management but I’m sure he’s got a bob or two so he’ll be ok :o)) !!
    If anybody missed the Kevin Keegan Press conference – I’ve put it on my You Tube channel – just click on the UTD111 above or use the address – I’ve had to split it into 4 files because of the limits YT puts on uploads but its all there.
    Cheers – Mick

  • tommyy

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #7

    He is on about us expecting immediate success, we as fans all expect it to take some time! SO WHAT WAS THE POINT IN SAYING ALL THAT!!??? what a chump.

  • foz

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #8

    he has not right at all to even comment on our club. i hate him

  • Leo*

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #9

    he has no right to comment on our manager situation, he is just bitter because he was crap and couldnt hack it. keegan will make you eat your words i think, egg and your face are in allignment mr ruud gullit

  • cooldj

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #10

    guys if you don’t have nice things to say then you shouldn’t say anything at all. We were blessed to have Ruud, he was right in the Shearer row and I really believe that if we’d given him an extra season or 3-which he deserved- then we would have won some silverware. A fantastic player. A fantastic manager. A fantastic person.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #11

    im black, his black, but im a toon, so he can

    F**K OFF

    forgive him like BS and Souness, he didnt understand ( poor Glen did, but he did nt have tha aura of a king)

    any ways lads im off to party do at work, and guess what theres a mackem at my new work place- im gonna tear him up and tell him that in the red and white world, even with Keane, they DONT STACK UP MACKEM, like they used to……………and of course


  • Gordon d

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #12

    can’t remember what he done for us, err nothing big gob shite

  • cooldj

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #13

    !!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 JOKES 🙂 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wish i could see your faces right now. Priceless.

  • Midd The Yid

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Spot on Gullit is dead right. You will only be mid table at best.

    In 3 months when you are close to relegation you all will be crying out for Shearer. Pathetic.

    Come on you Spurs.

  • Nick C

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #15

    I met Gullit once when he was our manager. I thought “what a c___”
    My thoughts have not changed since.
    Sublime player. Poor Manager. Tit of a Person.

  • RocKKy

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Same old Guillit, same old bitterness.

    One things for sure – Keegan will get Newcastle United playing sexy football, something the Dutch poser talked about a lot but never came close to achieving.

    Contrast and compare with the comments Kenny Dalglish came out with a few days ago. It didn’t really work for him on Tyneside but he never got the hump with anyone over it and still talks with affection about his stint and the people.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Midd – please check back with us in 3 months – thanks.
    BTW who do you support?

  • DaveToon

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #18

    “guys if you don’t have nice things to say then you shouldn’t say anything at all. ” If only Rude Gusset had heeded those words. I really believe that, given the time, we would have been in the same, if not an even worse, position than we find ourselves now. I cannot believe some of the so called fans on numerous sites with their negative comments. I am happy that, at last, we have a manger that can ACTUALLY enable the team to gel rather than fall to bleedin’ pieces!

  • valle

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #19

    There was properly a pretty good reason that Vialli and Zola backstapped him big time… And just what have he done in football since then?

  • DaveToon

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Midd. I only hope we never end up like theTottenhams. That would be awful but thanks for reminding us that would be the worse scenario.

  • cooldj

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #21

    midd the skid mark.

  • DaveToon

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #22

    “There was properly a pretty good reason that Vialli and Zola backstapped him big time… And just what have he done in football since then?” I think, properly, that there may have been. I mean, where did the ‘backstapping’ come from. I’m sorry if I appear a little sesitive but I am sick of taking grief around Keegans return. Any fan who can remebers those days can only believe these can only be good times. We may lose 3-4 but we lose 3-4 BEAUTIFULLY!

  • johng

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Just goes to confirm why he didn’t last long in Newcastle…all those negative waves man.

  • trotter

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #24

    quality! every opportunity he gets he has a go at us. The problem is no one actually cares what he says anymore. all the good young talent would rather go to spuds than toon??? i think he wants to find a nice quiet corner and have a word with himself.

  • Midd The Yid

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #25

    The mighty Spurs.

    You lot are really sad. I remember when big Sam got the job he was the best thing since slice bread and now so is Keegan.

    He ain’t good enough, his words not mine, when he threw the dummy out the pram when he left the England job.

    You make me laugh. No decent players go to Newcastle only players who have no ambition and players who want there last big pay cheque. Plus life is dire on the toon. Wey hey.

  • trotter

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #26

    team full of world beaters spurs have got n al isn’t it?? thats why your below us in the league. you are and always will be a much smaller club than newcastle. the same could be said for you lot what happened to Martin jol the greatest manager ever?

  • Chris F

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #27

    lol a spurs fan slagging us off for being unrealistic.

    where’s yer big 5 team this season?

    oh aye thats right. BELOW US AND WE’RE SHITE!

    despite what the london media might try and portray, newcastle fans aren’t all a bunch of overoptimistic nutters.

    in fact, most of us are a right bunch of pessimistic bastards, cos we’ve had to suffer through some godawful teams and managers at our club in recent times.

    away back and skulk in Arsenal’s shadow.

    what a joke.

  • cooldj

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #28

    shearer? whose the best player you ever had? Rebrov?

  • Chris F

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #29

    nah, dj.

    chris armstrong.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Spurs watch out cos Berbatov wants out. We could afford him m8y but he probably aint gonna be good enough for kk’s team.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #31

    he loves to talk trash about newcastle hey, bitter old git. Fantastic player but what an absolute muppet off the pitch. Enjoy the expectations of the LA Galaxy you might just be able to match theirs. F-OFF

  • Midd The Yid

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #32

    All joking aside what have you actually won, nothing.

    What have you got going for you, nice part of the country? loyal supporters? team full of hungry players? biggest club in south scotland?


    stinky cold horrid part of the country, most of you are ex sunderland supporters, a dumping ground for players other teams don’t want, and sunderland are bigger than you are they are small compared to spurs. You went for big M J but I hear he turned you down.

    You are real losers

  • lewdavies

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Keegan’s right- them suferners just dont understand Newcastle. At last we have a manager back who does. Gullit is a bitter and twisted joke and not worth listening too. He is also a crap coach. period.
    I predict 3-1 to the Toon tomorrow.

  • cooldj

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #34

    to be honest tottenham is the biggest shithole in london so you can’t exactly speak

  • Leo*

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #35

    not a nice part of the country? atleast i can walk through the streets knowing i wont get mugged or shot, lovely london isnt.

    go and live in arsenals shaddow you mug

  • cooldj

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #36

    oi midd congrats for almost making it into the champions league a couple of seasons back. I can tell you FROM PAST EXPERIENCE that champions league matches are great to watch when your own clubs playing.

  • lewdavies

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Interesting how Hotspur was a geordie, 🙂 totenham has always been infatuated with the real hotbed of football. Ha ha ha!!!!!!
    now its past your bedtime midd night night.

  • Midd The Yid

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t see them putting the olympics in newcastle? even manchester got the commonwealth games.

    Seriously how many newcastle players would get in the spurs team? None and you know it. You want defoe and he can’t make our bench.

    Sad really sad.

  • Midd The Yid

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Its all gone quiet.

    What did you electric keys run out or has they penny dropped?

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 18, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #40

    No the press wants us to have Defoe for some reason, get it right.

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