Keegan – Things Will Take Time

Newcastle United have not won in the league since December 15th and have not scored in four successive games against Premier League sides.


Kevin Keegan – needs a bit of time

After the 3-0 Arsenal defeat last night manager Kevin Keegan talked to the Newcastle Journal:

“It’s a little bit like Groundhog Day. It’s a tough place to come, but if you got points for being genuine, I think we had a genuine bunch of players here tonight who gave it everything they had,”

“We didn’t quite have enough quality at times, but that’s something I think the players have got, it just didn’t come up tonight. You don’t have to play Arsenal twice every week, and that’s probably a good thing. They’ve got the confidence we lack at the moment as they’ve had the results we haven’t.

“We will create more chances with the players we’ve got, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. But at the moment we’re not creating enough chances in the game. If I was playing up front, I’d probably be more vociferous than most.”

“I played there, and the only way you score goals is if people around you create chances. We didn’t create too much tonight and that’s pretty obvious. We probably got our three best chances late on when the game was over.”

“People with common sense, and most of our fans, have patience. They know it’s not going to happen overnight. We didn’t say it just so if we did well people thought, ‘That’s fantastic’, we said it because football has never been any different. Things take time.”

“Sometimes a new manager coming in does give a team a quick uplift and a surge, but that didn’t happen with us. Bolton at home was probably our best chance, but we didn’t play particularly well and got what we deserved, 0-0.”

“Two games at Arsenal were always going to be tough. We could have come and played a lot better and still got beat. I think 3-0 was a bit harsh.”

Keegan does not seem too confident of bringing anybody in during the January transfer window, but thinks that Giles Barnes from Derby County would have been a good capture for the club.

Keegan added:

“I don’t think it’ll happen. If we’d got two players in, which was the original intention, someone like him would have been perfect to slide in as one for the future.”

“I don’t think we’ll do it in this transfer window, but we might do three or four of those types of signings in the summer. That’s what this new set-up is all about.”

Bur after 3 games in charge and nothing seeming to be too much different, at least with the results, we think there’ll be a greater urge to bring in new players. If we were betting people, we’d say we’d get both Giles Barnes and Alvaro in before the midnight deadline tomorrow night.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Leo*

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    i think we will have scored a hatful if the linesman wasnt a cnut. well maybe im being over jelous

  • wayne

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    although we have had slight improvement under kk we haven’t had much luck with match officials

  • James

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #3

    With better passing Owen would’ve scored at least two goals. Maybe the team on Sunday might favour Owen a bit better :

    Carr Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Emre Barton Nzogbia
    Owen Viduka

    Subs : Harper, Rozenhal, Duff, Butt, Smith, Alvaro, and Giles Barnes

  • John

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    ive always wrote off these 2 games against Arsenal .. Very difficult place to go to try and get a results, never mind 2 in a row..

    Against bolton they may asweel stuck everyone on the goal line . Showed no ambition in coming out playing .

    I think against the smoggies on the weekend we’ll see a good win.. Think they will show a little more ambition in trying to win the game , and with them dioing that our quality will shine through .

    I reckon 2-1 toon , or 2-0 maybe

  • Edd Case

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    7 subs James?

    I agree though.

    I think we’ll win on Sunday and then go on a bit of a run. We’ve tough games coming up but a fair few ones which are very winnable.

    Hope we sign Barnes – we’ve seen at first hand what he can do and very much a great player for the future – and better than Milner for sure.

    Alvaro, heard nothing much about him – but I imagine he’s half decent if he’s the suggestion of the new bloke – wouldn’t want to stuff up your own reputation that early on would you?

  • Jim

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Milner was weak down the right and Duff was, well, duff down the left. The attacking midfield was non existent and only Butt kept things further from our net.

    Newcastle need some invention in the centre if they’re going to do better than 3-0 against. And I don’t think Barton’s the guy to rely on. Emre’s OK and N’Zogbia’s learning but we need an equivalent to Gerrard, Lampard, Fabregas and Ronaldo. (I know Ronaldo’s a RW, but you get the point).

    Who do you think could realistically take on that attacking midfielder role?

  • paul p

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    just shows how far we are really behind the top lot dont it. alot of the players at our club just are not good enough full stop. if they were, they would have put up a better fight and produced some quality and creativity which we have not got in our side. it needs an overhaul and quickly. we are going to be in a relegation scrap, surely the rebuilding has to start now, today. get some signings made, there are players out there in the premiership who we can get and are better than what have and will add quality to the squad. I just can’t understand it all at the min. I have never heard of this alvarrro guy at all. barnes yes one for the future. at the min, its about staying up and we need players with quality and who can create goalscoring chances and also put them away.

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    I think out of arsenal,chelsea,liverpool and man utd in the past seasons Arsenal has been the team we always play well against.It seems we have dropped down the pecking order behindo the likes of west ham,villa,porthsmouth,man city and have become at best a mid table team and points wise if we lose a couple more we cud be facing a relagation fight.

    We are a team in reform and i would like to see the straglers of our team let go. e.g. ameobi,carr etc.

    But with some of our young signings such as tozer,kadar and baheng along with upcoming talent like krul, carroll and troisi i see us hopefully improving next season.There is a good plan in place,lets call this season like it was last season… a write off and in the summer at least two huge signings along with few others.The future is bright and i am looking forward to seeing the toon play in europe not just for oursleves but for players like shay given,who IMO is so underated in europe and deserves to get european recognition just to name one.

  • paul p

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9

    lennon for the right side, downing for the left side, carrick, alonso, arteta, modric for the centre, bridge at left back, brown and upson centre halves, up front, ashton, they can get us out of the relegation scrap for sure.

  • Jim

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Paul… kind of disconcerting that your team doesn’t contain an existing squad member!

  • fpb

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    interesting stuff but i honestly feel KK might come under intense pressure by end of Feb if New U get sucked into the relegation mire. more thoughts back at the blog

  • paul p

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Jim – ad love there to be, but the simple fact is, they are not good enough like mate. u would like to think that they were, but i have watched newcastle since i was 7 year old and this is the worst team i have ever witnessed in 23 year mate. even worse than under the later days of willie mcfall, ossie ardiles, souness, dalglish, guillt etc. its just as well we got them points at the start of the season, or we would be donald ducked now. we will get through this season, maybe finish where we are now, but we have to get rid of alot of the players.

  • micepie

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    There’s an article in the Mail On Sunday starting “Sack Keegan now”! Er, thank you Mail On Sunday. We’ve just lost 3-0 to Arsenal twice, but in parts of both games we’ve actually looked like a team at last, with crisp passing and some flare.
    I hope that KK sees the value of Beye and Faye to the team when they get back, because they were ptobably BSA’s best signings.

  • SuperShearer

    Jan 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #14

    A lot of people pushing the panic button at the moment. Two defeats against a team who will fight Utd all the way to the title is nothing to be laughed at. Boro are a different matter, they are playing well but we have to go and beat them. We’re still missing key players and come the summer I see a large overhaul of players. For now let’s not forget that Sam was a disappointment, look back over our fixtures this season and it is unacceptable some of the results he got us. Kev is making the right noises for me and Mort and Ashley are clearly looking to the future. Don’t forget that Arsenal (the model we are trying to follow) are one of the richest clubs in the world because they invest heavily in youth. We’ll get better just not over night, and not at the Emirates.

  • tony

    Jan 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    newdastle need wingers who can get to the by line and get crosses in , and a play maker in midfield who can thread balls through and we also need a good powerful forward who can score goals a good solid centre back who can pass the ball and two attacking wing backs good luck kev in the summer bet on a top 4

  • JP from Gibraltar

    Jan 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #16

    We have only lost to the best team in the league twice! All of a sudden everyone is getting worried. TAKE A CHILL PILL GUYS!! We ARE doing much better under Keegan than we did under Allardyce. We look more positive on the ball, and show flashes of the Newcastle of old. Only flashes though and we need more creativity in midfield to really start playing again. We are nearly there and the future does look bright with exciting youngsters joining us from every corner of the world. Again it´s more time and patience but the improvement signs are there to see. Duff is fianlly starting to play like we know he can, lets see him get a long run of games and goals will follow. Hope we sign that Czech as he is exactly what we need!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 30, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #17

    GET A GRIP!..We lost to arsenal (Best team in the Premiership right now!)…All this super annuated pessimism SUCKS!!!..Yea, it certainly ain’t fun losing, but have a word with yerselves…After following NUFC since the 70’s, this is DEFO NOT the worst team we’ve had, that is utter BOLLOX!..LISTEN: THERE WILL BE NO OVERNIGHT FIX, GET USED TO IT!..

  • Die hard toon

    Jan 30, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle United is getting better we got beat by the best team in the Premiership but i do think we would beat most teams the way the team is looking under kk

  • wayne

    Jan 30, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #19

    well said punk skunk lets not forget the teams of the 80s as well they wernt all full of kk pb etc if you were their you would know

  • Die hard toon

    Jan 30, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #20

    My team for sunday is

    Carr Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Troisi Emre Barton Duff
    Owen Milner

    yeah i know Troisi to start, i think he would be good on the right. yeah & millner up front no goals in 4 games against Premiership teams so i say give him a try he is a forward at heart no zog in my team because he has 5 yellows only reason.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 30, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Zog is only banned for Villa not Boro.

    Team for Boro:

    Carr Taylor Capaca Enrique
    Troisi Emre Barton N’Zogbia
    Owen Carroll

    Subs: Harper, Rozenal, Duff, Milner, Ameobi

  • Shane Coghlan

    Jan 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Troisi wont play as he is in Australia getting ready for the World Cup qualifier we are playing on the 6th of Feb

  • nufctj

    Jan 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #23

    The fact of the matter is we are a team that is fighting to stay out of the relegation zone. I know it hard for us to acknowledge that, but we are a mid to lower table squad, lets accept that and let’s realize that we will have to be patient to change that. Even if we had signed Woodgate, or any other player in this window, we would still be a team fighting to get to safety. Yes, it would have been nice to get a little shot in the arm, so to speak, but the fact of the matter is we should look for some improvement by the end of this season, a little more next year, and a push for Europe in 2009-10. Also, keep in mind that when we get our Africans back, KK will have many more options and it will almost be like we signed 2-3 new players! As for Alvaro, if the lad wants to come here, and the price is right bring him in. With his skills he could very well play in the DCM spot as well as CB.

    BTW, I though Barton looked the best he has for us yesterday. He was seeing the field well and making some nice passes.

  • ChrisL

    Jan 30, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    We need pace up front. Owen has none, Smith has none, Ameobi has none, Viduka has none.

    Martins & N’Zogbia are the only two quick players in the team. Everyone else in either slow or normal at best.

  • Reb

    Jan 30, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Everyone states that Owen has no pace, as if it were fact. Yet Shay Given just listed him as one of the quickest on the team (on Soccer AM not four days ago) — and Given would have a better view of it in training, etc. than any of us have got. I thought Owen did a lot of running yesterday, and was looking quick and lively until the very end of the match. All but one time Newcastle was attacking, Owen was in the right places, looking for a ball that never came. His runs are intelligent and threatening (Wenger himself said this after the match).

    And for all Martins pace…he lacks the spatial awareness and intelligence of Owen. I’m oddly hopeful of seeing both on the pitch together once the ACN is over. Touch wood, Owen’s been fit six games on the fly, so it could actually happen.

  • Alan

    Jan 30, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #26

    our Africans back will be the shot in the arm we need. keep in mind, we still haven’t seen Oba, Beye, or Faye playing under Keegan…that’s enough to excite me for the rest of this season.

    Yesterday was easily the best Barton’s looked all season. of course, it helped that he finally touched the ball instead of being skipped for long balls the whole time.


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