Habib Beye, probably Big Samâ€™s best signing for the club in the summer was off in Ghana for the African Cup of Nations tournament when the surprising news broke that Kevin Keegan had returned as manager of Newcastle United.
Habib Beye – Keegan a legend, looking forward to playing for him
Habib is now back at the club after Senegal were eliminated in their group play at the tournament, and he talked about the news yesterday:
“Kevin Keegan is a good man and a legend in football, not just in England but all over the world,” “I knew of him when I was growing up because of course he was a striker who scored goals.â€
“I was in Ghana (when the news broke of Keegan’s return) and everyone there was saying how famous he was in their country.â€ “We now have to work with him and try to improve things at the club and I’m looking forward to it.”
“I’ve been here for five months and have enjoyed my time very much. The people are friendly with me and I have worked hard on my English.â€ “Now I’m back the hard work starts again.â€
“I expect to be fully fit by the weekend for the game with Aston Villa and a win would be great for confidence.”
It must be great for a player like Habib to be playing for one of the legends of football. When Habib was born about 30 years ago (October, 1977), Keegan had already left Liverpool having played 230 times for them with 68 goals. He was in Europe playing for Hamburg, and when Kevin first took over as Newcastle manager in 1992, Habib would have been just 14 years old.
We really hope Habib goes straight back into the side for Stephen Carr tomorrow, because heâ€™s a much better player, even though Stephen has played quite well for Kevin in Habib’s absence.
But Beye is certainly one of the few successes in the team this season, and we think heâ€™s going to get even better under Kevin Keegan.
What do you think?
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