Kevin Keegan thinks it will be possible for him to lift the spirits of Newcastleâ€™s disillusioned players, before our important home game with Manchester United a week on Saturday.
Kevin Keegan – had to be surprised by the second half performance
But the players also have to take responsibility for themselves, and it seems to us that todayâ€™s players are wrapped too much in cotton wool. They need to get out in the real world and see how other people make a living in this world.
What theyâ€™ll they will find out is their life as a professional football is one in which they get huge wages for having little or no responsibility for anything. It shouldnâ€™t be up to Keegan to lift their spirits â€“ they should be big enough to do it themselves, and start earning the huge wages Newcastle pays each and every one of them.
Kevin Keegan told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œOne of the things Iâ€™d like to think I can help them with is the spirit because Iâ€™ve always been like that as a player. It is difficult sometimes when players have taken a few blows.â€
â€œThey do start to feel sorry for themselves they do start to get hard on themselves, they do start to think â€˜not againâ€™. Iâ€™d like to think myself and all the staff can help them round that.â€
â€œItâ€™s not a case of just coming in waving a magic wand. Thereâ€™s lots of things that I think have conspired against Newcastle United to make it the club where it is today and weâ€™re trying to address some of those.â€
â€œThey are not all about players and performances but the one that can lead it and the one that must lead the club is the players and us â€“ we front it and we take it where we want it to go.â€
There’s no doubt that Kevin has a huge task in his hands this season, and he has to get through this and keep Newcastle afloat and in the Premier league, if we are to splash out in the summer and bring in 5 top players to ignite us for take-off up the league – hopefully.
But none of that can happen if we, heaven forgive, get relegated this season. We don’t think we will, but performances like the second half on Saturday is just what we need if we are to be relegated. Please, no more performances like we saw on Saturday afternoon – please.