Keegan’s Tactical Ability Not Important

It’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 “experts” in the press was that Keegan had been outmaneuvered tactically by other national coaches. While tactics are important it’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 – but there’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?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Big Sam didn’t have any either……at least KK will have the fans on his side from day one….
    anybody heard if Pearson still has a job?

  • George

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Disagree Ed, his tactical ability has to be good.
    If KKs tactics turn round and make the players we have got in to good players and performing100 precenters, then that is good tactics. If KK can get these players to do the simple thing well, that is good tactics. Man management is not quite a tactic but an art, but KK could use it as a tactic.

  • Stantos

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    guys can anyone post a link so I can watch sky sports news, i’m on virgin please help !!!!!

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    The Massiahs tactics are spot on- “GO AND SCORE AS MANY GOALS AS YOU CAN, ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK!!!!!!! What could be better than that!

  • James

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Tactics only come into play when you are losing a game and need to change things to win it.

    If Keegan buys lots of players with quality and pace it hardly matters. Chelsea and Manure have lots of match winners. These days that is more important than tactics.

    We need match winners on the pitch and on the bench

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    SANTOS, go on setanta sports news channel 518, the women on there are a million times more beautiful than SKY!

  • Stantos

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #7

    its on setanta, lovely cheers fella

  • Hammy

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Ronaldeano…you’ve got to be kidding….

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Ney botha mate, while youre watching, check out Ali Webster, shes fookin lush mate!!!!

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Not kiddin Hammy, Gorgeous, THICK, but gorgeous!!!

  • J

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Looks like fulham have signed that player Big Sam was looking at??

    HOW GOOD COULD HE OF BEEN?,19528,11661_3057473,00.html

    Glad we didnt get him!

  • Hammy

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #12

    hmmmn…will have to check them out, thick birds are fun…..

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Il second that mate!!!

  • true

    Jan 18, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Shearer will provide all the tactical nouse we need.

  • Frankieboy

    Jan 18, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    least we know the team is gonna be facing the right way under KK ……… towards the opposition goal .not like under SA.
    If KK is considering a defensive coach then he should
    think about Phillipe Albert.

  • Leo*

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #16

    his tactics are attack attack attack, we all know that, and we all love that!

  • Bill f

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #17

    If you are comparing England managers for tactical nous then you are on an all round loser only decent one we had on that score was Alf sorrry Sir Alf.

  • CARL Johnson

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #18

    just seen we signed Kadar. Onyone Know if he any good

  • steve k

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Clough is the master tactician though. He used to micro manage everything on the pitch from who passed to who etc.

    I really enjoyed your article, and tactics are overrated, but Keegan’s lack of tactical ability (remember the loss against Blackburn away in THAT season?) has cost Newcastle in the past.

    Tactics are more important today than ever – but they’re not the be-all-and-end-all.

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #20

    If you want to know what tactics can do, just watch Mourinho and how he won the CL with Porto.

    Then ask Mr Keegan to do the same with the same Porto side and see how far he gets with his motivational abilities LOL

  • CARL Johnson

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #21

    ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK least the fans won’t have to tell the players to do it. KEEGAN will

  • Kash2

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #22

    I watched the press conference and it felt so good seeing KK back. It wasn’t like the provardo that BSA put across, but KK was talking with feeling. I believed what he said, he was honest and wasn’t putting spin on for the sake of the media. Very impressed again, glad he’s home.

    Don’t expect loads of signings though, I go the feeling he’s gonna see how well the current resources are working before he brings in other players!


  • Bottlodog

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Aye Kash, just watched it too – I’ve P*ssed mesel’ with excitment (oe is it just me age)
    Can’t wait for tomorrow – the Toon’ll be booncin’

  • Bottlodog

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #24

    They’re interviewin’ drunks in Shearers’ Bar now – hilarious

  • valle

    Jan 18, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Black Ceasar… Mourinho didnt want to come, get over it!

  • UTD111

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #26

    If anybody missed the 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


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