Bolton came yesterday determined not to concede a goal and thatâ€™s all they seemed to be interested in. In the program notes, Keegan also made sure everybody didn’t believe press reports that this club is in trouble.
Kevin Keegan – trouble – this is not trouble
So it was difficult in the game yesterday, and to be fair to the lads and Kevin himself, we had an awful lot of players out through injury (1), suspension (3), the African Cup of Nations (4) and Joey Bartonâ€™s troubles.
But Kevin didnâ€™t use that as an excuse, and the lads pushed forward the entire second half, and with any luck could have had all 3 points.
Kevin said this in his program notes for yesterdayâ€™s game:
â€œPeople are saying this club is in trouble now, but it’s not,â€
‘Trouble, real trouble, was when I first came here as manager and we were almost in the old Third Division.â€
â€œ There might be people who think our success then can’t be repeated. We have to convince them over the next three-and-a-half years that it can be.â€
Of course Keegan’s right. We have to use the rest of the season to get up the league, but the next few games may be a little tricky. We are hoping we can get at least 3 good players in during January, and then have Faye, Beye, Martins and Geremi return sometime in the first half of February, and things will pick up.
And of course the summer is going to be so interesting and exciting, as Kevin wheels and deals in the transfer market. The current batch of players will now be playing to stay at Newcastle United during the new Keegan era – that should be incentive enough for them to play much better. Michael Owen has already stated his intention to be around in the future.
Don’t believe the press, who are as mischievous as ever, and really don’t understand the club or its fans, as Kevin so rightly pointed out during his press conference on Friday. They’d like nothing better than for Kevin to fail, let’s be honest.
Upward and onward.
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