Kevin Keegan will have another busy day today as he takes his first full training session of his second spell as Newcastle United manager this morning.
King Kev being welcomed by Newcastle fans of all ages
King Kev will then participate in the press conference that officially introduces Kevin as our new manager.
We do of course also have the small matter of playing Bolton Wanderers tomorrow, with a 5:15 pm KO, when St. Jamesâ€™ Park will be packed to the rafters to welcome back Kevin. But we also really need those 3 points tomorrow.
Kevin’s first move will probably be to start reducing the size of the back-room staff at Newcastle that Sam Allardyce brought in. It doesnâ€™t look too good for assistant manager Nigel Pearson and first team coach Steve Round, who will probably not survive under Kevin, as he looks to bring his own men in.
But Kevin has also been realistic and asked the Newcastle fans to be patient. Nobody can change things around in an instant and we shouldnâ€™t put any ambitions for this season on Kevin.
If Kevin can build the squad a little in January, start getting the best out of the players, play attacking football, and get ready for the summer transfer window â€“ that would be just fine through May.
If we can start picking up a few wins, and score a few goals that would also be good. Our goal difference now is a terrible -12, so hopefully we can improve on that. And just for the record we’ve gone 22 games for 26 points before Kevin came in – so we’ll just have to wait to see how things progress. Kevin will have 16 league games left in the season and of course we’re still in the FA Cup, but face Arsenal at the Emirates in the next round. That should be some game to watch.
Next season we should be ready to be a top six team.Â After negotiations with Chris Mort yesterday, we understand the board are willing to back Kevin in the January transfer window, and get in as many players as we can in the next couple of weeks.
Rome wasnâ€™t built in a day so weâ€™ll just have to be patient. But whenever we hear that statement, we always think of Brian Clough saying
â€œBut I wasnâ€™t on that particular job.â€
Neither was Kevin Keegan, and the workers didnâ€™t have the backing of the Toon army either.Â Â Â 😀 😀