Kevin Keegan Has Massive Management Experience


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.

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Kevin Keegan – massively experienced in world football

Kevin talked on Radio 5 Newcastle last night:

“The one word we didn’t use last time when we came up was that we’ve got to consolidate, but that’s a bit different this time,” “First of all we have to get enough points to be safe, that’s the first priority and we’ve got tough fixtures, I knew that when I took over.”

“We’re just on the edge of it and we’ve got to make sure we don’t get to sucked into it.” “We should be fifth or sixth in the Premier League if you look at crowds and finance, it’s us and Tottenham, but it’s about much more than that in football,”

“We’ve got most of the things that other football clubs only dream about, the stadium, the fans, and that annoys people, but it’s not a level playing field anymore.

“Some of those clubs have really kicked on to the detriment of the others. Consider Tottenham, look at their spending and the number of players they’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.”

“But he (Ashley) will be the best owner in the world if we can convince him we’re going down the right track and we need something to take us to the next stage.”

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.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • JP from Gibraltar

    Feb 8, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    I like is comments but it must be said that Thierry Henry at Newcastle now would be a mistake. Henry is past it and Arsene Wenger knew what he was doing when he sold him. At Barcelona he has been terrible and for France the other day he missed a sitter in front of goal that even Ameobi would put in the net. It is worring to hear King Kev say that he would break the bank to sign him. We should be looking at players near the prime not at the end of their careers when they are mere shadows of their former self. Why not sign that promising Russian or other up and coming stars. Many times we have signed big name players with no success. That statement was evidence of Keegan not watching football for 3 years as in that time Thierry Henry´s skill, techinque and abilty seem to have disappeared. We should be much more ambitous as I believe Henry wouldn´t be too hard a capture as he probably knows his days are numbered.

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  • KevinHann

    Feb 8, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    JP I was under the illusion that Kevin would like to bring in the Thierry Henry of world football, using the name as a way to describe the magnitude of the signings he would like to make.
    But it is just me, lamishly thinking I could find subtle meanings in words :S

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  • JP from Gibraltar

    Feb 8, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    KevinHann- I hope your right mate. If that is the sort of quality we´re after and if he meant the Henry that once was then I am all for it. That is ambitious and exactly the type of talent we should bring to Newcastle. I can´t wait for us to start signing in the summer, very interesting times ahead thats for sure 🙂

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  • Graeme

    Feb 8, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    If the Terry Henry, that played for the Arse, is the type of player he is setting his sights on, FANTASTIC!!!!

    If its todays version, he’s past it, and KK must know its not even a good signing, let alone a great one!!!! The Eto’o’s of this world is where he needs to be looking and I’m sure he is!!! I hope.

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  • Leo*

    Feb 8, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #5

    i really think that henry wouldnt come, further to that i dont think keegan wants him in particular, he was just trying to make a statement of intent

    i hope

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  • mitch

    Feb 8, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #6

    KK was fantastic last night he spoke with honesty which is rare today he really has our club at his heart and wants the best players he can bring

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