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.â€
â€œThe 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.
“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”. Â And by the way – we did, at least in the first half.
“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.â€
“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 😀 ),Â 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.