Two pieces of news today, the first of which is a positive message from manager Kevin Keegan in that he thinks the players we have at the club now will not let the team drop into the relegation zone.
Kevin Keegan – has confidence in players to avoid relegation concerns
Kevin said today when it was put to him that this time at Newcastle was similar to 1992, when he was first appointed manager, when the team at that time was in danger of being relegated from the Second Division – he said today:
“That was totally different, as the team were in danger of relegation to the Third Division. The players weren’t up to the standard that we’ve got today.“
“I’m much more confident with the players we’ve got today at this football club.” “As I said from day one, it’s one thing having good players, but we’ve got to get them playing better and believing and trusting each other a bit more.â€
“It’s sounds simple, but when you’re on a bad run like us, they’re major issues.”
We’re pleased that Kevin has that confidence in the players because we really hope we’re not dragged into a relegation battle. But the time for talking is running out, and the players will soon have to produce where it matters – on the pitch.
The second piece of news is rather surprising, and it comes from the Youth Manager at Atalanta in the Italian League. He’s now complaining about Newcastle taking Fabio Zamblera from Atalanta, in last month’s transfer window.
Fabio Zamblera – Newcastle’s 17 year-old 6’3″ Italian Striker
The Atalanta youth manager Mino Favini said today:
“I don’t like having to comment on this because we have been powerless to prevent it happening,” “I feel demoralized by the actions of these foreign clubs who come here and harvest our crop of young players.”
“I’m convinced that rules exist that could be applied to prevent this from happening.”
“But at the moment, unfortunately, young players are being attracted by the God of money.”
That’s a strange comment from Favini, and must only reflect his own views since the club must have been willing to sell their youngster. Of course Mino’s job is to bring through the youngsters at the club, and he’s obviously disappointed at losing his best youngsters. But if Atalanta didn’t want to sell they could have done a number of things about it to keep the youngster.
It sounds more of a complaint about the higher ups in his own club, than a criticism of Newcastle United, who are perfectly in their rights to scout, assess and bring in top youngsters to the Tyne-side club.
You can hardly blame Newcastle for that, but it’s probably good news from our point of view, because obviously Favini rated the youngster very highly, otherwise he wouldn’t be so upset. Well that’s life, and good players, including the youngsters – move on, that’s the way it works.
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