Keegan Knows Modern Football – As Much As Needed

Keegan has talked about his days when he was last at Newcastle and insists he is up to date with all the modern aspects of the game.


Kevin Keegan – up to date with the modern game

Kevin said today:

“We were a club then and we’re not quite a club now. There was something good about that and something bad about that, just as there is something good about us being detached out here in a big training complex and also something bad.”

“The first time I was here, my office was in St James’ Park and every day, you were rubbing shoulders with people who had been at the club for 30 to 40 years.”

Keegan was told that the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool put heart monitors on their players in training and use ProZone to measure and assess their every movement. But everybody, at least at Newcastle knows that Allardyce did that kind of thing more than most managers.

Keegan says:

“Do you think we don’t do that? I can tell you the best two performances in terms of work rate were both games against Arsenal. We almost matched them and nobody matches Arsenal.”

“You can go to Arsenal and ask them. They’ll have their stats and we’ve got ours. We all do that. Please don’t have people think that this is like an amateur club. This is a very professional club but we are just not getting the results they are getting.”

Keegan sometimes quite rightly gets sick of the negativity surrounding his return to Newcastle United, and he completely denies that story that his team talk before the FA Cup tie at Arsenal was one sentence long – “They are good passers of the ball so we’ll have to pass the ball well today”.   And by the way – we did, at least in the first half.

Kevin continued:

“I am the main man in the areas I need to be. If you are asking me, am I running the whole club and am I running the academy and asking if I want to, then the answer is no.”

“We only managed to get players like Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole because they saw what we were doing. Alan Shearer could have gone to Manchester United but he told me he wanted to come here and get on the end of the crosses our wingers were putting in.”

“That’s what gave him a buzz.”

We think Kevin is as much up to date with the modern game as he needs to be. But there’s just far to much made of this stuff, not to mention tactics. If you have a squad of good players and tell them to go out and enjoy their game, and play attacking football too, you will more than likely see a good display and a win.

As the great Brian Clough (Rome wasn’t built in a day – but I wasn’t on that particular job 😀 ),  pointed out after Kevin Keegan’s England had been eliminated from the European 2000 Championships, and Kevin was taking some flak for his tactics in the tournament:

“Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes”

Don’t believe people who insist the game is so complicated these days.

It’s a simple and beautiful game – and there’s no beauty in complexity.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • adam

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    all hail the king

  • dingo

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    wall cherry… damn missed

  • ToonKing

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Living in Keegan Wonderland!!

    PS: A little something to get the blood rushing and the banter going :

  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, there is alot of people saying that the game has changed too much in the last 11 years since keegan was last here, and that he’ll struggle with the changes but correct me if I’m wrong, we still play with a round ball, you cant use your hands and there is still 11 outfield players???????????

  • stjames

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #5

    I remember Big Sam releasing some Prozone data that was supposed to prove that he didn’t play a longball game. Well, – so much for Prozone.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    what do i do to unzip sopcast…help

  • scott9

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    after reading that toon king i really hope we murder them i also hope alves ends up a flop how can they go on about us like that when they are worse off then us i mean it when i say borough are possibly the most boring team in the premiership u look round there stadium when there playing teams like arsenal and a quarter maybe more of the stadium is empty .
    go the toon KEEGAN KEEGAN KEEGAN

  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    You’ll need to download winzip, extract and it should auto run the installation.

  • Hadrian

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #9

    if anything has moved on since he left , its the scale of the scouting systems needed , which now keegan has help with .
    footballs still the same old game , you get more goals than them and you win .

  • scott9

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #10

    well i cant wait for the game i am setting of to pub now so hopefully we will have a lot of positives to talk about after the game

  • scott9

    Feb 3, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #11

    do somes of you watch games on the internet how do u do that and how much does it cost

  • James

    Feb 3, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #12

    scott9 – use to download the media player and use to find the game. click on the link and the sopcast media player will play the game. its free

  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 3, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Yeah it’s free, you can’t get cheaper than that!!!
    Foriegn commentary mind.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 3, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Its not .com!

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Feb 3, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    how do i improve mystreaming of TV ants it keeps coming off and on

    any remedies?


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