Itâ€™s generally thought that Kevin Keegan is not a good coach in the tactical sense.
Kevin Keegan – tactics way over-rated in modern game
But we think this tactical thing has grown out of all proportion in football these days. Kevin got a hammering during the Europe 2000 championships when England were eliminated 3-2 by Romania at the group stages, which is a big disappointment.
And the general word form the â€œexpertsâ€ in the press was that Keegan had been outmaneuvered tactically by other national coaches. While tactics are important itâ€™s only one piece of the game and not everything.
When you look at some of the great British managers of the past and present like Brian Clough, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Alex Ferguson, Bobby Robson, Jock Stein and the like they all had one great ability.
They had that ability to inspire their players to play great football, and do anything necessary to win games.
Yes tactics come into it â€“ but thereâ€™s no reason why Kevin Keegan cannot make Newcastle into a top 4 team before tactics has anything much to do with anything.
Brian Cough was one of the most successful English managers ever, and this is what he said after Europe 2000, when Kevin was then England manager and they had just been eliminated from the tournament and Kevin was getting hammered for his tactics:
“Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. There’s a long long way for Newcastle United to go before tactics becomes an important issue, other than having the tactics of attacking the opposition, and attempting to play entertaining football.
That’s enough tactics for the moment for Kevin, we’re sure of that. His goal will be to get the very best out of the players in the Newcastle squad, and we think he can do that, sooner rather than later.
What do you think?