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Keegan – Still Lots To Play For This Season

9:37 am, Monday, January 28th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

The season is over for Newcastle United, in the sense that we cannot win anything this season, but there’s still a lot the players have to play for – their jobs at Newcastle for one.

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Kevin Keegan - still lots to play for

Kevin Keegan talked about what there was left to play for today, to the Newcastle Journal:

“There’s a lot to play for,” “We’re in the bottom half of the table. The biggest thing we’ve got to play for is pride and our first-half performance (against Arsenal) shows we’ve got a lot of pride.”

“The African Nations has taken four players out of a small squad so we’re asking a lot of these players (who remain),” “They gave it a good shift. It’s just the confidence went in the second half when the goal went in.”

“I’ve got to say, if it had gone on for another 10 minutes you could have seen them getting another two or three.”

What we’d all really like to see tomorrow night is Newcastle getting a result at the Emirates. We have to start turning this season around as soon as possible and there will be a lot of players coming in during the summer to boost the squad. So the players have an opportunity to show what they can do in the remaining league fixtures.

Keegan admitted coming to the club halfway through a mid-season transfer window was far from perfect.

“It’s not an ideal scenario,” “I said to Terry Mac (McDermott), it would have been nice if this was pre-season, but it’s not and I knew hat. I knew we were going to play Arsenal twice in four days.”

“We’ve got to come back (tomorrow in the league) and do it all again but better next time.”

To us it’s crucial that we finish this season going up the league with some positive momentum. Then next season we can really have a go. That surely is Kevin’s goal for the remaining 15 games left in the league, many of which we can win.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hanz-emre // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    we must play with pride & passion till the end of this season as we must show we’ll improve next season.

  • 2 indian toon // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    well a top half finish is what we hav to aim for. and strenghtrning our squad is the main task. we hav such a tiny squad whereas liverpool has ( or a champions league side) has 60+ players in their club. we need numbers and quality!!
    positives
    1) no freddy shephered.
    2) keegan and billionaire owners
    3) no big ssam and his boring long balls.
    4) a brand new hope. ( as usual hehe)
    5) club out of debt

  • 3 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Alot to play for this season????

    Oh ya course we do lets try and avoid relagation.

    Woodgate turns us down for me when he is fit one the best Defenders in the league……

    Kevin Keegan did great for us in the 90s but he is past his sell by the date.

    he is tactically inept…..

    Big Sam was is a great manager and maybe he wasnt the right person to take newcastle forward with his style of play

    but would of prefer Mark Hughes he is a progressive manager…

    When we get some exciting players great we mite see some exciting matches but Kevin Keegan will take us backwards not forwards.

    i prefer to win 1-0 than lose 4-3 anyday….

    You dont win anything with good football..

    we need a balance…..

    I hope he proves me wrong and does a great job at the club as i love newcastle but i think we will reget sacking Big Sam…..

    Lets face it he didnt have much cash to spend did he.

  • 4 Macas // Jan 28, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    We will be lucky to escape relegation if we dont sign at least 2 quality players, the remaining fixtures are horrendous. Waiting till middle of Jan to sack Allardyce was crazy, then appointing someone who has been out of the game for 3 years was even more ludicrous.

  • 5 AdamCF // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    C’mon guys.. let’s not turn on ourselves. The decision was made to remove BSA. I was obviously not intended to happen at this time, but necessary. We will not win any silverware this year. But, it seems that too many people seem to want things to happen yesterday. The reputation of this club had been dragged through the mud by the press because it seems there’s always something to write about.

    Now, we can either squabble about incorrect decisions or galvanise and understand that Rome wasn’t built in a day and that the programme of injecting youth into good football teams are the way forward.

    By not playing Barton this says to me that the powers that be are looking at the bigger picture and not the narrow minded now.

    Confidence needs to be instilled into the boys and by them reading ridiculous articles about whether or not the board made the right decision won’t help.

    So, all I can hope is that all NUFC supporters get behind the team and hopefully they can draw some confidence from this, after all they’re only 7 points from relegation.

  • 6 GM // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    In my opinion the appointment of assistant manager is as important as a new player, what we need is an experienced, tactically excellent coach, as i truely dont believe KK is tactically any good, man management yes, motivation yes, but tactics No.

    Especially if the reports are anything to go by (taken with a pinch of salt) regarding KKs team preparation/team talk for saturday Pass the ball better than Arsenal…..thats it chaps off you go !

  • 7 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Yes Newcastle need to give a Manager time….

    Kevin Keegan???

    He Wreck us up….

    He is tactically inept and he aint really shrewd in the transfer market…

    Brought Man City up and bought Anelka for like 16 million thats an anstonishing amount of money for a promoted team….

    Anelka is a class act but sounds to me he dont got a good eye for player for a bargain……

    Time has moved on when he was in charge of us teams were alot weaker and defences were weak..

    now most teams play counter attacking football ans there defences have big strong people from Africa and the likes of John Terry..

    He will take us backwards you watch……

    Ramos now thats what you call a manager he did great for Seville if they were going to sack Big Sam why didnt they do it at the start if they didnt really want his style of play…

    We might of got Ramos at the time before spurs did………

    Big Sam is alot better than Kevin Keegan….

    Big Sam remember needed to bring in alot of defenders in the summer as we had the likes of Bramble leaving he didnt have time to bring in flair players….

    We didnt give him a chance to put his authority on the squad

  • 8 Leo* // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    he is right, play for pride players…

  • 9 Black and White Blood // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    I’m not one to pick arguments on here, but my god I am amazed just how quick some have you have turned on KK – Get real, the guy has already made a hell of a difference. The Arsenal game was brilliant, out playing Arsenal in the st half – what did you expect, instant transformation – idiots. Give him a chance for fooks sake….. No wonder our supports have such a bad name with support from fans like Stephen!!!

  • 10 Ryan Syahril // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    I strongly believe KK will bring us to finish in the top 10 this season – WITH or WITHOUT NEW PLAYERS. Please keep my words!

  • 11 AdamCF // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Nicely optimistic there Ryan. Fingers crossed :)

  • 12 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Black and White Blood——-I am realistic i would love to have a manager to have loads of time and bring success to us we need stability….

    Big Sam ——-yes i would love if they give him time he sounded like he had a great plan for us but he didnt stand a chance with our fans always expecting exciting football……

    But everyone be lying if they supported Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder …

    Obviously we give them support but deep down we just knew they wernt good enough to take us forward..

    Thats exactly how i feel about Kevin Keegan he aint good enough for where we want to go…..

    Mark Hughes i would of given him time he is a good progressive manager who could improve us alot……….

    Kevin Keegan is past his sell by date as i keep saying.

    We will only regret it u watch……

  • 13 AdamCF // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    What is the point of your post Stephen? Is it that you are a passionate Geordie and feel that a mistake has been made? Or that you really don’t care about the team and are trying to unsettle true supporters?

  • 14 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    There has being a mistake made here…

    Like When Sir Bobby Robson got sacked we appointed Graeme Souness..

    We havent recovered since..

    I thought Big Sam was the man to try and give us much needed stability and improve us…

    Kevin Keegan aint the man to take us forward..

    Yet again heart goes over heart….

    We wont win anything without making sensible descions…

    Look at spurs and us..

    We have spent alot more money that them and there miles ahead of us….

    We go for the superstars signings in Owen for 17 million they buy the likes of Carrick for 2 million and sell him off for 17 million can you see the difference?

    We got no busniess sense atall.

  • 15 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    i meant heart over head

  • 16 ToonKing // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Steven, sod off. Let time judge KK. U have no right to flap your mouth this early.

  • 17 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    its nothing to do about how early it is..

    He aint good enough…

    We soon find out wont we

  • 18 AdamCF // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Steve.. what is the alternative? If you’re going to criticise, please tell everyone what they should do then.

  • 19 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Graeme Souness got a good abit of time..

    He turned a top 5 team into a mid table team..

    When a Manager is appointed you just know its right or wrong..

    You get the vibe straightaway…

    Glen Roeder you just knew he was a mouse he couldnt motivate anyone..

    Graeme Souness——-His way of commuincating with players is throwing them out if something goes wrong and he bought Boumsong do i need to say anymore?

    Big Sam——when he got appointed it felt very right he had a plan and he just needed time he would improve us most of the fans didnt want his defensive style..

    Well most fans have got there wishes

    ATTACKING FOOTBALL!!!

    but at a price of not being succesful……

    We will be mid-table for years to come now…..

    And i love newcastle it hurts only a about 4 years ago we were playing champions league football..

    Descions are crucial in football..

    We have made a terrible decsion

    i hope i am wrong though

  • 20 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    AdamCF——-Just giving my opnion like everyone should on this…….

    I have nothing against anyone on this nor do i have anything against Newcastle there my team and will always love them.

    Just think we have made a bad choice thats all

  • 21 AdamCF // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    You haven’t provided the alternative, Steve.

  • 22 AdamCF // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    The negative comments aren’t necessary.. Steve, that’s all. They are counter productive to what is ‘meant’ to be happening here.

  • 23 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Well maybe most people on this are in denial……

    We are not good enough to compete for top 6….

    Kevin Keegan is past his sell by date..

    Big Sam was the man to take us forward…

    Time will tell i suppose.

  • 24 LoonyToon // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Only time will tell Steven…what I would point out is that if you “love the toon” as you have stated, then you MUST give KK time to build a side…it is not going to happen overnight however cast your mind back to 1992. It took the man 3 years to mold a side to enable us to challenge for the title…just sit back and enjoy the ride…if its anything like the last time “you will love it”

  • 25 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Maybe Negative but its the truth……

  • 26 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    LoonyToon———–Exactly it needs time to build a team so why didnt they give a much better manager Big Sam time????

    You dont know what your talking about….

    Newcastle should be looking to the future not the past.

  • 27 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Most toon fans wouldnt give Big Sam chance because they didnt like his stlye and the way he does stuff………

    Well i dont like the way Kevin Keegan Manages and people now think thats a problem????

    Just because he plays attacking football dont mean anything……

  • 28 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    If you people keep saying support and give time to the manager….

    Why was he most of you on this against Big Sam and he only managed us for lik 24 games??

    DO you think thats time 24 games???

    hypocrites

  • 29 LoonyToon // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    To Say Allardyce is a better manager than Keegan is slightly wide of the mark kidda…From going to the games for the past 20 years I would like to think that I do know what I am talking about..I have seen McFaul, Smith, Ossie, Keegan, Kenny, Gullit, Robson, Souness, Roeder and Big Sam(thats Wille McFaul, Jim Smith and Ossie Ardiles kidda just incase u are wondering who they are…late 80’s early 90’s..when football was watched by people who knew what they are talking about! ) and I must say that Big Samuels style of football was the poorest of the lot (and there is sum sh*te amongst that lot..) maybe given time he may have turned it around however one thinks Mr Ashley didnt want to take a chance by giving him a lot of coin…the kind of coin that is needed to enable us to bring the players in that will take this club forward…now jog on down the ticket office and buy a season ticket before they run out

  • 30 LoonyToon // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    oh and the hypocrite piece….I take it you are wanting Keegan out after 2 games…one thinks that is 22 games less than Big Sam was given….outrageous

  • 31 The Leazers // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Stephen – “Its all gone quite over there”

  • 32 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Big Sam delivers winning football maybe not pretty on the eye who cares???well i dont anyways as long as we are winning….

    Lets make it clear he lost Solano and Dyer our 2 most attacking players during the summer he didnt want to sell them they wanted to go to london.

    He didnt have time nor cash to bring in attacking players and if newcastle before he came in were into europe we would of got the likes of Heinz and brown and distin into the club instead of rozenhal and capapa his second choice defenders………

    He got no cash really portsmouth got like 20 million more than him do i need to say anymore on that???

    Big Sam got Bolton into the top 8 for a good few seasons on limited funds……

    How can he be a bad manager after 24 games???

    Kevin Keegan is only good for one thing and thats attacking football…

    Premiership football is all about defensive tactics now and usually play a 4-4-1-1…

    Kevin Keegan will find it really hard to get around these things….

    He only has a plan a he has no plan b….

    watch it go terribley wrong

  • 33 LoonyToon // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Toon 0 – Man City 2
    Chelsea 2 – 1 Toon
    Wigan 1 – Toon 0
    Toon 2 – Derby 2
    Derby 1 – Toon 0
    Toon 1 – Arsenal 1
    Toon 0 – Liverpool 3
    Toon 1 – Pompy 4

    I quote “Big Sam delivers winning football” Stephen 12:33 28/1/08…aka under the influence

  • 34 Stephen // Jan 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    I blame the players for most of them horrific shows especially against Derby……

    Within time Big Sam would of sorted it out if the players didnt perform he would get rid……..

    Its always Big Sams fault ever blame the players???

    I dont think Big Sam tells them to not pass the ball to eachother and in most of the games they couldnt pass and i also dont think Big Sam tells them to make school boy errors with most of them goals being errors from the back..

    You only can work so hard on the training ground when you go on to the pitch its up to the players and they have failed us




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