Keegan talked last night in the Radio 5 talk-in with Newcastle fans, about how the club has to be consolidated and where Newcastle should be in the league.
Kevin Keegan – massively experienced in world football
Kevin talked on Radio 5 Newcastle last night:
â€œThe one word we didnâ€™t use last time when we came up was that weâ€™ve got to consolidate, but thatâ€™s a bit different this time,â€ â€œFirst of all we have to get enough points to be safe, thatâ€™s the first priority and weâ€™ve got tough fixtures, I knew that when I took over.â€
â€œWeâ€™re just on the edge of it and weâ€™ve got to make sure we donâ€™t get to sucked into it.â€ â€œWe should be fifth or sixth in the Premier League if you look at crowds and finance, itâ€™s us and Tottenham, but itâ€™s about much more than that in football,â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got most of the things that other football clubs only dream about, the stadium, the fans, and that annoys people, but itâ€™s not a level playing field anymore.
â€œSome of those clubs have really kicked on to the detriment of the others. Consider Tottenham, look at their spending and the number of players theyâ€™ve brought in and shipped out to try and bridge that gap (with the big four) and it tells you something about where we have to go.â€
â€œBut he (Ashley) will be the best owner in the world if we can convince him weâ€™re going down the right track and we need something to take us to the next stage.â€
Wise words from Kevin Keegan. One thing that struck us during the call in, apart from the way Kevin seems to empathize with Newcastle fans, was his vast experience. It’s a strange thing sometimes, because you can only get real experience by doing it. You don’t get it by writing about it or reading books, but by actually doing the real job. That’s a general statement. Kevin of course has lots of experience having managed Fulham, Manchester City and England, since leaving Newcastle United the first time.
Amd while some of those tenures could not all be termed fantastically successful, it’s very clear that Kevin has learned something from each of the endeavors, and he seems so experienced now, having faced lots of football management challenges in the past. It was actually a joy to listen to his answers yesterday, as they were sprinkled with real events, confidence and the down to earth personality that is Kevin Keegan. He’s a real expert in what he does – that’s for sure.
So while he isn’t particularly old at 57, he’s got massive experience both as a world class player, and dare we say it – a world class manager.
One last word – if Kevin cannot be rightly tagged as a world class manager right now – we hope he can be, by the end of his second time around at Newcastle United Football Club. 😀
Then we’ll all be ecstatic – again.