Disillusioned Players – Snap Out Of It!

Kevin Keegan thinks it will be possible for him to lift the spirits of Newcastle’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 today’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 they’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 shouldn’t be up to Keegan to lift their spirits – 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:

“One of the things I’d like to think I can help them with is the spirit because I’ve always been like that as a player. It is difficult sometimes when players have taken a few blows.”

“They do start to feel sorry for themselves they do start to get hard on themselves, they do start to think ‘not again’. I’d like to think myself and all the staff can help them round that.”

“It’s not a case of just coming in waving a magic wand. There’s lots of things that I think have conspired against Newcastle United to make it the club where it is today and we’re trying to address some of those.”

“They 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 – we front it and we take it where we want it to go.”

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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • adam

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #1

    i think its time keegan started telling them the truth that if they carry on playing like they are and seemingly not giving a damn by giving up, we will get relegated. truth hurts but it needs to be said. they not little kids ( apart from barton) and can handle it

  • UTD111

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s got to play Faye at Centre half – he could be immense for us. Also Harps in goal – Given’s confidence is shot.

  • Graeme

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    But, win, loose or draw, they will still get their inflated salaries; it makes no difference to the players, does it!!!

    Its about honesty, integrity, passion and pride which the majority of our squad seem to have no concept at all. Can keegan change that in the few weeks left??? I would love to think so, but very much doubt it!!

  • Eric

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Well said Adam. Time for these dilettantes to grow up. Start earning their pay or get out of Toon. Some have got to go so why not give others a chance now? A bunch of has-beens and
    cannabees turned out for the second half on Saturday. Shameful, disloyal, anti-toon attitudes. Kick them into touch in May Kevin. You know the shirkers we are on about.

  • JT

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    I think the player should all be docked half there weeks wages for the Villa 2nd half performance. They play one half, they get paid for one half.
    Its good that we have 2 weeks til our next game, will give Keegan a chance to get to know his players and book Barton into a Nursery.
    Team for Man Utd, i would go with;
    Harper(if shay is injured)
    Beye, Taylor, Cacapa, Enrique
    Milner, Faye, Emre, N’Zogbia
    Owen, Martins
    Got to give the 2 little lads a chance, have Owen and Martins actually played together?

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #6

    We should play the kids. They have something to prove. We aren’t getting anywhere with this shower, so why not?
    Saturday also confirmed Keegan’s lack of tactical ability for me. O’Neil wasn’t happy with his players, so he changed it around, got the result. Keegan left Viduka on the bench, when it was clear to a blind man in Consett that Smith was playing badly. Barton was useless, but Emre was brought on too late.
    It’s easy to blame the players, but the blame must also lie with Keegan. Just giving them a morale boosting team talk is not enough. They need to be told how to play, otherwise they will just do what they want.
    We have no confidence in the team, bring on the kids and things will change.

  • MattyDread

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    UTD111 – I’m with you on Faye. Our back four should be Beye, Taylor, Faye, Enrique.

    Taylor only just edges it ahead of Cacapa for me.

    Carr should only ever play in dire emergencies. The same goes for Butt and Smith. It’s a shame about the latter two because Butt had started to come good last season and Smith’s a grafter; but neither deliver on the pitch.

    As far as Given is concerned you’re right in one respect: his confidence has gone, but only when it comes to kicking the ball. He’s played in front of a rubbish defence his whole career. His groin injury however makes him nervous when he has to kick, especially when under pressure from the opposition. It doesn’t help of course when our defenders (and midfielders) keep playing awful back passes to him…

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m sure they’d snap out of it more quickly if pay was performance related ! Shame that will never happen though 🙁

    No one has mentioned ( but the news has ) Barton’s tangle/spat again, last chance saloon for him and he still looks for a fight!

  • Dragoner

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Cacapa and Faye is our best cb pairing, cacapa for his positional sense and ability to read the game, and faye for strength and height, taylor has no reason to be in the team right now

  • Bill F

    Feb 11, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Pity we couldn’t swap Barton for Cassano, similar temprements but completly different end products.

    As for the term squad player, it helps if you have a squad like, Chelsea, ManU, Arsenal or even the Spurs now. But our “squad players” leave a lot to be desired. I would rather have the new young guns in the squad than your squad players like Carr, Smith Barton etc.

  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #11

    give me an axe and the access to the team room, leave butt smith and carr in there and i will give them a shock or two. make sure they get out their and do their job which they are paid an aweful lot of money for

  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #12

    i was just using the axe to chop their contracts up, because its worthless


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