Keegan Has Busy Friday Ahead Of Him

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. James’ 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 doesn’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 shouldn’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 – 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.  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 wasn’t built in a day so we’ll just have to be patient. But whenever we hear that statement, we always think of Brian Clough saying

“But I wasn’t on that particular job.”

Neither was Kevin Keegan, and the workers didn’t have the backing of the Toon army either.    😀 😀

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Grambo

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    don’t put the pressure on yet… top 6 next season?????

    That would be a dream!!

  • Positivetoon

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Still Think i’m dreaming everytime I hear King Kev’s name in a newcastle story I can’t help but smile.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Well, I’m 100% behind Kev and I wish him all the best for Friday, and every single day after that.

    I just pray that we get a decent result against Bolton tomorrow because if we dont, all the negative people will start the doom and gloom crap

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    sure man city thought they wouldn’t be in the top six this season.
    if they don’t finish in there it would be classed as a failure now.

  • ourman

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    People always talk about fans putting too much pressure on a team. All we want is progress – that’s all.

  • tdt

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    aye top six next season then take it from there. i hope we get in2 a uefa cup stop or swt this year but that wud be a bonus 2 b honest! no pressure shud b put on king kev coz we ol no e aint the best wi pressure! 5-0 2moro easy!!! 🙂

  • Greg B

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    It would be nice to see a few new faces on the pitch before the end of the window but we dont want to get stuck with a massive squad and so Im hoping Keegan can shift a bit of dead wood too. He hasnt got long so Im betting maybe a couple out (Ameobi, Carr, etc) and at least one or 2 decent signings and a couple in on loan (cover for ACN).
    I think if Keegan has a good look at what he has, manages to steady the ship and then have a good clear out in the summer and bring his own style of player in.
    I think his biggest problem at the moment aside from getting the lads ready for our next match, is picking apart all the backroom staff Allardyce brough in and getting his own team in.
    First big decision (behind picking the team for tomorrow) – assistant manager.

  • tdt

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    shearer in! surely?

  • tdt

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    not a great fan of loan spells 2 b honest, they probly wont give there ol for the club bcoz they no they are simply a stop-gap til the boys are back from africa. buy a cuple good players then get settled up til the summer, then really go shoppin!

  • Bill f

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m expecting one big signing as a statement of intent from A&M and KK but agree that there won’t be many other changes till the Summer. With a good run in we could still be top six which I think will be the aim of A&M and KK.

  • Toon Al

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    megson has said on sky sports that next season we will make the big 4 a big 5!!


  • maggpie

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #12

    tdt – rdn yu txt stl wrds iz ard wrk m8!!

    Speak English man!

  • tdt

    Jan 18, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    haha sorry was typing very quickly you see and it just seems to occur naturally!

  • Stamford Toon

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Nigel Pearson said that he hoped the background work done by BS would not be thrown out. I suspect that that includes ‘the backroom staff’ that people assume the KK wil get rid of. The work done by those guys, particularly on the health side is important to keeping the players up to scratch, and keeping a fitter side than we have had in past seasons. I hope KK will not undo the work done by Sam. Because this has gone on behind the scenes and not something seen by the supporters and critics does not mean that it is not of value to the club.

  • Greg B

    Jan 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree Stamford Toon, there needs to be some sort of continuity with the health programs in place at the club since Allardyce came in, the only proble that I see is that once Allardyce gets another job they will all up and leave as they did with Bolton.
    Keegan would be better getting his own medical, physio and nutrition experts in (although this particular job may be more suited to Mort).
    Hopefully Keegan can focus most of his attention on the playing staff rather than worry about cardio vascular rates and the price of Lucozade Sport (or other energy drinks!).

    On the players front I also agree with tdt, loan signing are not ideal, however if you get a couple in who are trying to prove a point, fighting for a new contract etc I think its better to get a couple in as cover rather than have to rely on reserves coming in.
    However, saying that, I would expect Keegan to give LuaLua, Edgar and Carroll a chance to impress aswell.

  • Ant

    Jan 18, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think Carroll has a chance of playin under the King. Lualua has a chance and Edgar, as we all saw, played well under Roeder but whether he can replace proven European successes is unlikely. With the ACN players away, Keegan having 50m to spend and Cacapa playing with a niggle this may be the only chance the young lads get at a crack in defence.

    I think the Bolton game could be a huge game for the King, expect the town to be FULL inside the ground and out. Keegan lost games 4-3 and won 7-1, but Bolton without Anelka have nothing to offer up front. They will come to defend and I do think KK might stick Lualua in CM Zog AM Duff LM Milner RM and stick with Viduka and Owen up front. He must see Bolton as a blank canvass…They CAN’T attack and aren’t terrible at defending but if you’ve got 6 lads going at them it could be another Spurs/Man U/ thrashing.

    Best of luck to the toon boys and best of luck to the young players. I’ll see you all in the gallowgate.



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