Keegan is Symbol at Newcastle – Martins


Oba Martins played the first 79 minutes for Nigeria against the Ivory Coast, yesterday but a late great goal by Chelsea star Salomon Kalou, was enough to beat Nigeria 1-0.

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Oba Martins – excited about Kevin Keegan at Newcastle

The Evening Chronicle caught up with Oba today and managed to get an interview with him on all that had happened since Oba left for the African Cup of Nations – including Keegan being his new manager.

Oba said today:

“Keegan is a symbol in Newcastle.” “I do not know him as a coach although people in Newcastle have always spoken very highly of him.”

“The Allardyce sacking surprised me because I did not think that we were in a critical situation, but the decision was influenced by a string of bad results.”

“And when that happens it is the manager who pays for it with his job.” “Keegan knows the Premier League well so I think he is the right man for the job.”

“I have heard about the option of Alan Shearer returning, but the players do not have a say on this. It is up to the board. I just want what is best for the club.” “I believe Newcastle have the players to fight for a place in the UEFA Cup and not worry about relegation.”

“It is difficult for me not to be there at this tough time but I think people understand that it is important for me to play for my country.”

Martins will in action again for Nigeria against Mali again on Friday night. Maki beat Benin 1-0 last night.

We’re not sure if Kevin has been able to speak to Martins, Beye, Faye and Geremi, who are all participating in Africa, but we would have thought he’s had some contact with them by now.

We have all the games of our 4 players who are participating in the African Cup of Nations, on the top of the column to the far right, on our site.

Looks like Geremi’s Cameroon are losing 4-2 to Egypt at the time of writing.

Comments very welcome.


43 comments so far

  • Chris

    Jan 22, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Keegan has been in contact with Geremi. Hopefully to tell him not to come back!

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  • Leo*

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #2

    haha hi geremi please do not come back from king kev haha, would crease if i knew it was true

    cant wait for martins to come back

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  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Martins was terrible yesterday. The commentator said he often makes too many mistakes during a game.

    After he wasted a hatful of chances he was taken off. The first bid that comes in for Martins in the summer will be accepted.

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  • Phani Tikkala

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Keegan has pulled a master stroke by saying too the press he wanted to talk to Shearer and has indeed talked to Shearer.
    AS has been a spectre hanging over the last 2 managers and would have been for KK as well. The press love commenting on how bad NUFC are performing and talking to AS.
    Now KK has openly spoken to AS, you have to think did he really want to appoint him his no2 or was he just meeting him to be able to say to the press “look I talked to AS and he didn’t want to come”.
    Either way it is a master stroke, he gets the spectre of AS off him or he gets him in as an apprentice.
    AS needs to stop talking about being the manager of NUFC and either learn the ropes from the Messiah or go away and learn the ropes elsewhere, simple as that.
    You know I forgot how much I loved KK, the premier league has missed him so much as well.
    The press love him, we love him, the players love him and the neutrals love the football he is renowned for playing at NUFC. Forget his stint at Fulham, England and Man City this is the club he loves.
    “I would love it, love it” if he was the Man to bring a trophy back to SJP. He deserves it almost as much as the fans.

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Phani Tikkala – What more can you say, I agree with everything you said – KK for me any day over Shearer, I’m old enough to remember just what KK achieved as both a player and manager of Newcastle – Shearer will be manager one day but I’m pleased we have KK now!!!!

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  • Phani Tikkala

    Jan 22, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #6

    B&W Blood.
    Cheers.
    Can you imagine if AS winds his neck in and realises that he can learn a lot from the great man over a good few years what we would have?
    Continuity, something we have needed for a long, long time and he may even learn how KK gets players to play that beautiful, beautiful game we used to know under KK in the 90s.
    Wow!!!!!!!!!

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Phani Tikkala – Do you not think Shearer’s got too big of an ego – I think he believes he’s special and has a devine right to manager Newcastle – Wor Jackie was more of a hero and was never manager, Shearer scored far more goals from the sport- Don’t get me wrong Shearer is a Toon hero, but he’s not as special as he believes he is- Get on with it Shearer..!!

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Some goal for Spurs!!

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Jenas just scored for Suprs, 1-0 BTW :: JINX Black and White Blood 🙂

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #10

    God i hate Spurs, but also hate Arsenal.

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  • Tim

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Phanni Tikala

    I love that phrase “Wind his neck in”. It sums up exactly what we all want AS to do. I know its often the press inventing stories but he could learn far more as a No2 to KK than he could ever as a No1 at another club…

    Come on AS, have some Humility and join the revolution…

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  • Phani Tikkala

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Exactly B&W blood, he needs to get rid of that ego and either learn from the messiah or go away and learn somewhere else.
    Personally I would like him to learn from KK (quietly) so there is continuity of KKs brand of footy for the future.
    Like you say though, not sure if he can (swallow he ego that is).
    I think Keegans appointment has given Shearer a bit of a shock to his system like, he thought he could just walk in and get all the adulation that KK has recieved. He now knows that there is a more popular face at SJP than his.

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  • jarrageordie

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #13

    i just think martens wasent playing so well this season coz of BSA w4nkey tactics i think martins will flurish under kk’s tactics be like the old tino 😀

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  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #14

    nooooo arsenal dont let spurs win i hate them u wont ere the last of it spurs fans think they are so much better than they are they think huddlestone should play for engalnd they think dawson is better than terry and if you asked a spurs fan who are a bigger club spurs or newcastle ? they would say spurs and generally believe it

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  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #15

    martins andowen should play up front together under keegan

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  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #16

    2-0 way arsenal

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Love to see Martins blossom under Keegan, I think he is a Keegan type player as well.

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  • I Shy Ty

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Stop picking on Al. He’s in Africa at the moment, visiting some politician who sent him an email because he is trying to get money out of his country. He needs Al’s bank account details so that he can transfer in 43 million pounds. Al gets a 10% cut so you can’t blame the bloke for going over there. Best to deliver your bank details by hand because you can’t trust this interweb thingy, can you?

    Btw. I don’t see KK as a symbol. I see him more of a big bass drum.

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  • carl

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #19

    i hope arsenals confidence drops,we got them twice soon.

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  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #20

    any1 no if the arsenal v toon fa cup game on saturday will be televised?

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  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #21

    few arsenal injuries/suspentions would go down a treat with me 2nyt! denilson got injured early on i hear??

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  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #22

    s*it 2 o tottenham guys if u no any tottenham fans u aint gonna here the last of this there gonna go on about this for years i dont realy like arsenal but i hate spurs with a passion almost as much as mackems

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  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Keegan’s team for the rest of the season with ? for areas that he will buy replacements for this month. And if he does replace the question marks with top class players, then we can push for a top 6 finish this season.

    Given
    Beye Taylor ? ?
    ? ? Nzogbia Duff
    Owen Martins

    Subs : Harper, Enrique, Carr, Faye, Cacapa, Rozenhal, Milner, Butt, Smith, Viduka

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  • Howie

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #24

    will be on internet as its a big 3pm game. not on bbc or skysports

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  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #25

    sentanta? how do u get it on the net??

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  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #26

    sorry james even if we get carrick quaresma riise and micah richards we aint gonna finish in the top 6 15 points is just to much to catch up from we might get a top ten finish at the most we aint gonna be anywere near europe not even the intertoto sor for been pesimistic but its reality

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  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #27

    how do u get intertoto then??

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  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Nothing is impossible. Difficult yes. But not impossible. Blackburn were once 8th at Christmas and went on a run that took them to the title.

    We are only half way in the season. Lots of football to be played and points to be had.

    Personally I reckon we will finish 8th. But Let’s finish 8th by having a go for 6th.

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  • I Shy Ty

    Jan 22, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Anyone know what Terry Mac’s job is?

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  • Victor Meldrew

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Phani Tikkala – I reckon you’ve got the AS situation well sussed! I can’t see him working with KK now. He needs some way of saving face. God knows how.

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Im afraid that KK will get caught up in the anti geordie backlash – they all hate us for wanting immediate success ( immediate?) – and hate us even more for appointing KK as a sentimental crowd pleasing gesture . they will hate KK for taking the job as well.

    Well f*ck em – f*ck em all – hes the right man for us, and Ive had a spring in my step all week because of him.
    TOOKKOKKWASASWIAKW

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  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #32

    RESERVES WIN 5-0 OVER MIDDLESBOURGH! although lualua got injured 🙁 but andy carrol hatrick!

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  • tdt

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #33

    3-0 spurrs!

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  • Howie

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #34

    type in myp2p on google and you will see it there. might need to download something tvu is pretty reliable for quality. setanta dont do cup

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Shit 4-0 to Spurs!!!

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  • Obafan

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Martins lacks confidence ATM; because of a few reasons;
    1. always being pressured by SA; a few mistakse and he always was substituted (others could do what they want, eg Smith, …)
    2. playing out of position (winger)
    3. bad service from our weak midfield
    4. working very hard => tired to finish the chances
    5. missing chances => confidence gets down

    He will fire under KK, I’m 200% sure of that.

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  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #37

    james we aint gonna finish 8th unless theres a miracle in the transfer window like carrick arshevin bridge

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Obafan – yes spot on analysis!!!!

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  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #39

    i agree obafan martins is a player with special ability there aint many players that are special but he is hes different to other strikers he just has something about him

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  • Obafan

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Thanks scott and black and white blood 😉

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