Keegan – Newcastle Not in Any Trouble

Bolton came yesterday determined not to concede a goal and that’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 Barton’s troubles.

But Kevin didn’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 yesterday’s game:

“People are saying this club is in trouble now, but it’s not,”

‘Trouble, real trouble, was when I first came here as manager and we were almost in the old Third Division.”

“ 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.”

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.

Comments always welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Mark@Toon

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Keegan is right, we’re not in trouble they just need some confidence, and if they cant be lifed by Keegan then come may hey can bugger off.

    Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Defoe, Ashton, Deco Van Buyten – All could be toon players next season, let the good times roll

  • steve c

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    The press would LOVE IT! JUST LOVE IT! if Kevin failed it would give them another excuse to have a go at the Toon.

  • mark

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Gutted that Ameobi played, I hate him, Id rather have played Kazenga or Carroll up there, at least they still have a chance to do something, unlike the soon to be 27 year old Ameobi, it says it all really that only Norwich want him, and Boro, but they signed Aliadiere which says it all really.

    Deco, and a great centre back would be nice. Then another addition,

  • steve c

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    What did you think of Rozenahl in midfield? I thought he showed enough to make me think he may and i stress may be able to fill that position that the great Albert shone so brightly for us.

  • adam

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    if we dont start beating these bad teams we will be in trouble. relegation trouble. and its big sams fault

  • Hadrian

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    wait till he’s had a few days in training with them and taught them how to bloody move after they have passed .
    team was so static , keegan would have been ripping his hair out .
    this seasons all about satying up anyway . and at a current ratio of less than a point per game , that wadnt to bad a start for kev .

  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    steve c: Apart from the fact that Albert played at centre half.

    Having said that for a centre half (albeit playing midfield yesterday). Rozenhal can ping the ball around a bit. He doesn’t look cut out for Centre half in the English game, maybe he;d be more settle in CM. On yesterdays perfromance I would give him the nod over the likes of Geremi / Smith; though I would prefer somebody better in there.

  • hanzemre

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    yea we’ll back KK to glory. just need some time maybe a month or 2 to rectify the damaged/depleted/etc in our squad. Last night without some CM/CAM players so clueless no creatity in moving the ball up to MO in 1st half hard to break Bolton who packed the centre.Then 2nd one moved a gear up and everything was better. Rozehnal was okay.If only Duff was at his best we could do much better. Ameobi was/is only best kept do some talking in post-match press conference.. hehe.

  • steve c

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Rob i know Albert was called a centre half but he never did much defending.
    I suppose i was trying to say he looks good on the ball and and seems to be able to pick the right pass. However it is a bit early yet and time will tell.

  • david bulman

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    too many fans moaning already,i taught team done well yesterday considering they were missing 8 players from squad and had to play a centre back in midfield.the players looked up for it and at least tried to pass and push forward,keegan has only had 3 days training team.the rest of season is about stabalising the team and in the summer can go after the players he wants and get ideas across.if we get good coaches and scouts in we will do well.woul like to try get dunne and brown in and would have a nice defence,brown,taylor,dunne,enrique.think enrique has alot of potential,wasnt given a chance under sam.and duff will be great under keegan

  • AdamCF

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Enrique still has a lot to learn though. There were a few noticible turnovers that he did, simple ones. But he’ll learn. Still a world class LB is necessary. But Enrique as back-up for the moment, not bad for the 19yo.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 20, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Tx Ed, African Cup of Nations 🙂 and not ANC.

    I thought it started today? any idea which uk channel is covering it and when 1st match is?

    Can’t wait to see how Oba does.

    KK has the rest of this season to assess the team and strengthen for next season but I’ve already seen improvements 🙂

    Enrique is only 19? Well well, he’s done very well imo and can only get better.

    Carr had a good game too.

    If anything our defence is the stronger part of the team atm and worked well as a unit with Shay a little more confident.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 20, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Obafan2, BBCi today at 4.50pm Ghana v Guniea

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 20, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Cheers Tom BBCi no wonder I missed it, when’s Nigeria’s first game?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 20, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #15

    porbs monday or tuesday, they are group two, all the schedules are on the bbc website.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 20, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    ok tx again.

  • nightfall

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #17

    enrique’s birthday: jan 23rd the math!!!


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