James Milner, who will pick up his 36th cap for the England Under-21 side tonight against Ireland, is very pleased that Keegan is now Newcastles’s manager, because he’ll get more attacking opportunities under Kevin.
James Milner – more attacking play under Keegan
James talked about Kevin Keegan today to the Newcastle Journal:
â€œIâ€™ve certainly been very impressed with his outlook and weâ€™re going to be a more attacking team now,â€ â€œFor someone like me thatâ€™s great to hear because Iâ€™m a winger and I want to attack defenders.â€
â€œThings havenâ€™t quite gone for us so far, but I think you can see that the team is trying to play a more expansive game than we were. Iâ€™m all for that. I think we have had some positives to take out of every game since Kevin Keegan came in as manager, even the two 3-0 defeats at Arsenal.â€
â€œ Itâ€™s about keeping going and things will turn round for us. We just need that little bit of luck to spark things off and get us moving in the right direction again. Iâ€™m certain thatâ€™s going to happen under the new regime.â€
Milner also said it was hard for the players to adapt in mid season to another way of playing in one season.
â€œEven though things have not really been going for us in games in terms of decisions and the rub of the green, he is just one of those managers who is always capable of giving players a lift.â€
â€œ I think confidence has been a problem because weâ€™ve been on a bad run. Itâ€™s going to take him time, which is something we seem to have been saying all season.â€
â€œ You canâ€™t turn a club round quickly, especially when weâ€™ve got a small squad. Weâ€™ve been playing one way under Sam, which we had to change to, and then another new manager has come in and weâ€™ve had to change again. Thatâ€™s not easy.”
“Itâ€™s not an excuse, itâ€™s just reality.â€
Milner looked full of running when he cam on as a substitute in the second half against Middlesbrough, and by our reckoning he’s now appeared for Newcastle United 132 times with 96 starts. James is a very mature young man and only just turned 22 years old last month.
He’s a great young boy to have at the club with a wonderful attitude, and we expect him to improve under Kevin Keegan. The bait for James is to hold down one of those winger spots, which are so important in the way Keegan has his teams play football.
If he doesn’t achieve that, it will not be for the want of trying, that’s for sure.
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