Bolton Manager Gary Megson has been talking about the game today with Newcastle United, and about the return of Kevin Keegan to Tyneside.
Gary Megson – very aware of what to expect today at St. James’ Park
Keegan of course made a sensational return to Newcastle after an 11-year absence and it looks like it should be a memorable day on Tyneside as the Newcastle Faithful welcome back the Messiah.
An all out attacking performance is expected from Newcastle, which has almost been promised by Keegan. But Bolton want to cause an upset at St James’ Park to claim their first away win of the season.
Bolton Manager Gary Megson said yesterday:
“I’m sure it’ll be a carnival atmosphere,” “I don’t think too many Geordies will realize who they’re actually playing against because it’s all going to be about Newcastle and Kevin, and you accept that.â€
“I think the fact that Kevin’s come back makes it a harder game for us. A new manager’s come in but not just any new manager to the Newcastle faithful, it’s Kevin Keegan.â€
“I think there’ll be a big party and what we’ve got to do is try to go and spoil the party. We’re going to face a team that’s up and at us so we’ve got to stop that momentum gathering from the word go.â€
“We’ve got to ignore the hype and go about an away game in a much more resolute fashion.”
Megson was not surprised when Keegan was offered the job, following the departure of former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce, and Gary believes Kevin’s return will be a success.
“Every time the job has come up the first name they all want is Kevin,” “He was out of work and saying he wasn’t coming back into football but this is Newcastle.â€
“The chairman would have put together a blueprint for the kind of manager he wanted and you could put KK on top of it.â€ “He’s got a great record, he’s a good guy and a good manager, and they just seem to go together – when he was a player there and as a manager.â€
“He said it’s nice to be home and yet he’s from Yorkshire. He regards Newcastle as his home and they regard him as their manager, so I’m sure it’ll be a good partnership and with the money and the ambition that the new owner’s got, you can see Newcastle being right up there in a year or two and the big four becoming the big five.”
However, Newcastle are only four places above Bolton in 11th place with just 26 points, and just 6 points separate the two sides. Megson believes lots of clubs could still be involved in a relegation dog-fight this season as he continued:
“I don’t think there’s anybody in the bottom half of the table who can say they’re safe,”“
We’ve been down at the bottom from the start and what we’re trying to do is claw ourselves to a position of safety.”
“I think it’s going to go a long way and there’s a lot of us involved in it.”
Megson has completed the signings of versatile defensive duo Gretar Steinsson and Matt Taylor in midweek. Newcastle have been interested in both these players in the past and both are in contention to make their debut at Newcastle, this afternoon.
“The paperwork’s done and they’re fit enough to go in there,” he said.“Whether that’s the right thing to do this week we’ll see.”
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