Here are the full comments from the Press conference that took place today at St. James’ Park to welcome Kevin Keegan back to Newcastle United Football Club.
Kevin Keegan – back home at Newcastle United
Keegan said today:
â€œI had the first contact last Thursday and decided then I would like to meet the owner.â€ â€œThe owner was abroad and I was waiting for him.â€
â€œI drove down from Glasgow and met them on Wednesday morning.â€ â€œIf you think about this club, take away the top four, this is as big as any. It is difficult to get into that group.â€
â€œThe challenge is there, but having met Mike I know what his ambitions are.” â€œHe now knows mine.â€ â€œIt was an easy deal for everybody.â€
â€œI know this club inside out.â€ â€œI know it as a player and a manager.â€ â€œI know what the fans want.â€
â€œSome of the guys in for the job who donâ€™t have the experience would have had to find that.â€ â€œThis is a special area and people outside the area donâ€™t understand that.â€
â€œI have been here on two occasions and I think I am the best qualified person to do this job.â€
Keegan also spoke of his shock decision to come back into management.
â€œEvery time the job came up there was a bit of envy there.â€ â€œLast time I left because of circumstances.â€
â€œIt was an easy decision to go, because the club wasnâ€™t going the way I wanted it to go.” â€œNow if you look round it is.â€
Keegan admitted this is the only job he wanted.
â€œThe job doesnâ€™t scare me,â€ â€œThere are a lot of questions that need answering in the first few months.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got Michael Owen and Mark Viduka who are capable.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got internationals and people who have played for Man United, plus people like Shay Given and Damien Duff.â€
â€œThey came here to play for a big club â€“ it doesnâ€™t faze them.â€ â€œNow it will be a different club to what they joined â€“ they havenâ€™t seen it at its best.â€
On the critics, he said:
â€œYou would think Iâ€™d been out of the game 100 years. I have been out three years and it has done me good.â€
On Shearer being installed as his No 2 he said:
â€œI have only concentrated on the match against Bolton.”
“I will talk to Alan, and if there is a role he wants, we will talk, if it is right for him.â€
Keegan also spoke about Joey Bartonâ€™s future.
â€œI will support Joey 100%.
â€œHe openly said he needs help. We can provide that â€“ he is an excellent player.â€
Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort revealed his excitement at getting Keegan.
â€œMike Ashley is very excited about what is ahead.â€
â€œYou will see that when the first goal goes in against Bolton.â€ 😀
â€œAs Kevin said we want to win something, but we wonâ€™t come out and say where we will finish.â€
Keegan also spoke of his wish for silverware:
â€œI want to win something.â€ â€œIt is possible to win a Carling Cup or break into the top four.â€
â€œPeople laughed when I said last time we were after the title for Sir Alex Ferguson.â€
â€œBut we all know we nearly achieved that.â€
And on the transfer front he finally said:
â€œWeâ€™ve got to try to get two or three players in.â€
â€œI can handle the weight of expectation of the fans.â€
This was a good chance to see Kevin Keegan in action for the younger fans. What came across was his absolute confidence in himself and that he can get the job done at Newcastle, and bring success back to the City.
That confidence will no doubt be passed onto the players tomorrow, and we expect them to be up for the game. And we’re just waiting to celebrate the first goal when it goes in tomorrow – along with Mike Ashley.
The King is back – long live the King.