Newcastle United will have two weeks after Saturdayâ€™s game at Villa Park, to prepare for the late afternoon game on Saturday 23rd February, against Manchester United.
Keegan – looking forward to 2 weeks of interrupted training with the squad
The KO time is 5:15 PM for the Red Devils and it should be a tough game for us.
But Keegan seems pleased to have this time with his players and plans to work with them in Newcastle and not take them away anywhere to a sunny climate. The weekend of February 16th is the 5th round of the FA Cup, and of course we were knocked out by Arsenal at the Emirates in the 4th round.
The Newcastle manager spoke to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI am not going to take the players away anywhere because I think the things we need to do, we can do at our training ground.”
“The only reason I would take them away was if the weather got really bad.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve hardly been able to train because of the wind and snow that weâ€™ve had, but everything that we need to do, we can do among ourselves.â€
This will also allow Keegan to become acquainted with his 4 African stars, Geremi, Faye, Beye and Martins, who have been off playing the African Cup of nations, and all of whom are decent players.
For this Saturdayâ€™s game at Villa Park it turns out that Keegan has a great management record in the Midlands. The Chronicle reports that in games as manager of Newcastle, Fulham and Manchester City, Keeganâ€™s record is 10 victories, two draws and a single defeat. Not bad at all.
We donâ€™t really expect anything out of Saturdayâ€™s game against Villa, so a draw would be good and a win would be great.