Kevin Keegan In Key Training Sessions For Newcastle

Kevin Keegan and his coaches are starting some intensive coaching and training today, which will end up with a game a week on Saturday against second placed Manchester United at St. James’ Park, where the aim is to give a good performance and show things are improving.


Kevin Keegan – a lot of hard work to do in next 2 weeks

Kevin said today to the Official Newcastle United Web Site:

“We’ll not be taking them away for a break, we’ll be doing the work up in Newcastle on our training ground,” “We’ll give them a couple of days to freshen up but we’ve got a long time to work on things.”

“We’ll be looking at how we can get more out of the players we have. We’ll look at different ways of how we can play, things we can do that will improve us as a Premier League side.”

“The reason I came to this club was because there were problems here and things weren’t right for whatever reason. Everyone has an opinion on what those reasons were and I’m not going to add to that.”

“It’s mine now to solve and it’s a big challenge. I said to Terry McDermott – and I’d only been here a week – it’s a big challenge, it really is.” “You have to be ready for any blows in football. It’s not killing me, I’m still very much alive. It’s a challenge – not just for myself. I can’t solve the challenge that’s here at the club. I can help along with the players and staff.”

“I think we need to get a club back at Newcastle United – that’s my honest opinion. The spirit, the togetherness, things like that through no one’s fault, possibly, or through a lot of people’s fault, have got a little bit fragmented.”

“That’s the job to put back a football club and get a spirit back there and get it back to realizing what the important things are at a football club and that is winning football matches.”

Kevin and his staff have to improve the performances of the team and now is a good time to start, after Saturday’s surrender in the second half at Villa Park. Most of these players will be around next year and so it’s makes a lot of sense to get these well trained in the Keegan ways of playing football.

It works two ways, Kevin hopefully can improve our performances in these 12 games, so we are not dragged down to a relegation fight. That in itself will be a relief to Newcastle in a season which has been disastrous to say the least.

Kevin can also assess the players he has inherited, to see who he should keep in the summer. In the game against Manchester United we may not get any points, but the team must show they are in for the fight, and show the skill they are being paid huge wages for.

Newcastle fans may need to be patient because the teams we can beat, and beat well, are down the road and wins against Blackburn, Fulham, Sunderland and Reading at home, are good probabilities if the team can start playing well and with confidence.

The players are fighting for their careers at Newcastle, but you wouldn’t have thought that the way some of them played on Saturday afternoon. That second half performance was both a mystery and just hopeless.

So Kevin will also need to find out why this set of players keeps playing like absolute novices, particularly in defense, seemingly at any time. It is something that Sam could never solve, and paid the price for it.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

52 comments so far

  • greek toon

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I think a lot of the present squad will not be with us next season and neither should they be. How about making an audacious bid for Jon “the beast” Parkin from Stoke. He should scare a few defences!

  • big pea ov the weab

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    i fear the manager and his merry men have 1 hell of a mountain to climb the way i see it is like this derby GONE so that just leaves fulham birmingham bolton mackams toon reading i think only the fact that there are some realy crap teams that we might just stay up but i think this is going to b a season were low points keeps us in

  • Eric

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    We need some skill next season as well as passionate loyalty. Agree we will have to dump a load – shite players that is! And please get rid of the present awful shirt and return to some proper striped designs. What with diva players and diva shirts I am not suprised we are where we are at present. Next game? We will not win so lets give a run to those young ones who will try and play their socks off for us. Use Zog in the middle – show him how much he is needed. We have to face up to the fact that we cannot shout down a coalmine anymore.

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed… Its fair enough that u recycle news from other sites using newsnow. I have never complained, but dont lure people to the site with false headlines… There is nothing KEY about those training sessions, that word isnt even mentioned by KK himself in that interview which btw have appeared on about 20 sites before yours… Next you’ll throw an EXCLUSIVE on that headline just for the heck of it?… No hard feelings, i like allot about this site, im just not sure whether this has become a question of how many hits you can score rather than a down to earth fan site for NUFC supporters.

  • dougnufc

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    valle, Ed did not make any false headlines, go to the official NUFC website or click here:,,10278~1239325,00.html

  • Lucretius

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    It seems to me that too many players either don’t want to be at Newcastle or they have no ambition at club level, just being happy to take the money and play in the Premiership. then, even the so called creative players can’t create much.
    So, a lack of passion and a lack of creativity. On top of that we are sponsored by Northern Crock. Perhaps our luck will change when that mess is sorted out.

  • Atrocious_Footwear

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Indeed Valle.

    Watch out for an alternative with a greater depth to its journalism to appear very soon, with a lot more besides. Mainly titties. *shrugs*

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    dougnufc… You mean the “the hard work start now” article?… Its tells about how KK is planning to look through his squad and try to get some work done to improve things… “KEY training” promises to be something out of the ordinay, something entirely new, perhaps using new technology… Otherwise u could call every freakin training session KEY… Furthermore, as i said in my first post, KEY is a word made up by Ed, it dosnt appear even once in KK’s own words.

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Atrocious_Footwear… Is that you own site your doing advertizement for?, this is hardly the place to promote your titties mate.

    Try to read my post again please, and use that lump of yours to find the phrase where i mention the fact that i want greater journalism?… As i recall, i promoted the days when this site where about a forum for fans of NUFC to speak and not a cash machine ticking in hits with made up headlines.

  • greek toon

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    valle, stop being such a damn pedant

  • Steeley

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Greek Toon – I agree with you regarding the players not being with us next season. I reckon:

    Given – will stay
    Harper – will stay
    Carr – will leave
    Taylor – will stay
    Cacapa – will stay, but will be squad player
    Rozenhal – will leave (prob perm move to Lazio)
    Faye – will stay
    Enrique – will stay
    Milner – will stay
    Geremi – will leave
    Smith – will stay (but as squad player)
    Emre – will leave
    Barton – will be in the clink, and therefore leave
    Duff – will stay
    N’Zogbia – will leave (hopefully not though!)
    Butt – will leave
    Ameobi – will leave
    Owen – will leave
    Martins – will stay (I think!)

    We need a massive overhaul as a lot of players obviously just didnt give a toss against Villa! It was our big chance to get back on track and we screwed it up big-style!
    I thought that Carr (never EVER play him on at LB again!), Barton (so lazy, and his passing was disgraceful) and Smith (I dont need to say anymore than what’s already on the site!!) were particularly terrible.
    What’s more worrying is that Keegan didnt start with Enrique and Emre, or at least bring them on at around 60 mins. The fact that Smith was on the pitch for so long was a catastrophe!

    All the players need a talking to, and they need to improve. I would like to say that a lot of them were playing for their careers at SJP, however, after the weekend performance I think a lot of them are already being lined up for the boot.

    Only major worry I have is, will players want to come to us in the summer if we’re ina relegation dog-fight this season!!!!!!?????

    We need points on the board – and quick!

  • Kash2

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Valle – Is it that time of the month?

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Greek toon… Stop commenting on my post if thats the most intelligent answer you can come of with.

  • paul p

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    I am just hoping for 4 wins. Thats all it needs, Yes it is hard to say where we are going to get them from, but these 2 weeks he has with the players is a big 2 weeks. Hopefully KK can get his idea’s accross to the players, build some confidence, look at different things, get some togetherness again, just until the end of the season. Hopefully by this point we will have got the points in the bag and then he can go out and spend big in the summer. After looking at the squad we need alot of new players to come in. I dont just mean 7 or 8, I mean double that figure. If we are to improve, then we need better quality and cover in all area’s.

  • Rich

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    If we stay up this season we will definitely still be able to attract players even if we finish 17th, we can offer a lot that other clubc cant. Plus look at Man City and West Ham near the bottom last season and turned it around and brough in some good players! Keegan will need to look at Man City and use them as a guide!

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    If Ed is at all able to self-critisize he would come out and give a constructive answer to the post instead of having people to the work for him… (Some of which just need an excuse to start a mud fight)

  • Steeley

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Valle – “KEY training” promises to be something out of the ordinay, something entirely new, perhaps using new technology…

    Where on earth do you get that definition for the word “key” – escpecially the bit about using new technology!?!? All ‘key’ means is that it’s very important to the cause, so it could be anything which is going to enhance/change the session. And yes, every training session IS key.

    OMG, I cant believe there’s an argument about the meaning of the word key, and that I’ve responded… back to work methinks!!

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Kash2… Its a federal offence to at all be critical of the way things are done on this site once in a while?

  • greek toon

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Valle, is this your very own thread / blog? What’s up with you…time of the month or something? The fact is that you are being a pedant and that is being polite about it, in the interests of keeping this a civilised blog.

    Ed, keep up the good work.

  • Kash2

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    I take that as a yes then!!!!!

  • Steeley

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Valle – didnt want to cause an argument with you in general by the way, as I agree in some ways that some of the articles on here are posted to gain hits (and/or advertising revenues), however, the argument you put forward over this particular article was slightly over the top, and it wasnt backed up by a great argument on your part.

  • Leo*

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    stop the petiness and stop downing the site. if you think you can do better try… if not, enjoy reading the articles and make a constructive critism not just a critism.

    these training sessions are going to be key to helping the toon avoid relegation, i am sure if the work is done it will come good eventually.

    not good as in the ‘apparnt’ geordie perception of what a good newcastle team is, good for this season would be to not be relegated, next year we must come back much stronger with lots of young players who want to improve and do well for the team

  • greek toon

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #23

    and by the way valle, a pedant is not a kiddy fiddler….

  • dsr

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24

    i’m going to ignore the bout of handbags you lot seem to be indulging in..
    just commenting on the game/team, is it just me or was the most worrying thing that kk didnt do anything to turn around the game when it was within his power? he had faye on the bench, and could have put him one as soon as he saw carew was muscling his way through our back 4. he could see we (especially barton) was passing appallingly, so could have put emre on earlier, and he certainly could have had viduka on once smith started to vanish. Why couldnt he see what was staring all of us in the face?
    And i know i have whinged about this before but seriously – what does nicky butt do? what is the point of him? he has to be the most useless waste of space in the league. his passing is embarassing, and his attempts at goal are just baffling. its like he woke up one day this season and decided that hed morphed into roberto carlos. someone needs to give him a good slap.

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Steeley… I have been using this site long enough to see the differences that are showing (to long perhaps), Some of the people that commented on that post are new users and i guess they dont know better, but some again are reluctant to accept that this site could use some critisism from time to time… Being led onto a site with a headline that is in only a small part connected to the actual article (in this case the word training) stinks of cash flow and when thats the case then this site have moved from the small community of fans that used it as a forum to a machine made to wheel in more people to increase its number of hits.

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #26

    All in all, i guess my argument is that this site was ten times better last summer, and surely something has gone wrong along the way. I dont think i was unfair to Ed in any way, but as a user i feel that i have the right to put forward my opinion.

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    greek toon… I must confess, that i didnt know the meaning of that word (Being Danish) and that i took it offensive… If it wasnt i apologize

  • paul p

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Players who will be sold or told they have no future at newcastle

    carr, no future
    enrique – sold
    cacapa – no future
    rozenhal – sold
    barton – in the nick
    butt – no future
    emre – sold
    nzogbia – sold
    viduka – sold
    ameobi – sold

    potential players in

    hettinga rb – ajax
    onuoha rb – man city
    bridge lb – chelsea
    shorey lb – reading
    emanuelson lb – ajax
    wheater cb – middlesboro
    barzogli cb – palermo
    garey cb – racing santander
    wright phillips rm – chelsea
    diego cm – werder bremer
    carrick cm – man u
    bullard cm – fulham
    downing lm – middlesboro
    barnes rm/lm – derby
    turan lm/rm – galatassary
    de zeeuw cm – az alkmar
    kaloude cm – fc brno
    sobis cf – real betis
    ashton cf – west ham
    eto-o cf – barcelona
    villa cf – valencia

    put this lot with the remaining ones left of the squad and I think we would finish round about the european places and that would be a start. its is going to cost us 100 million before we can even get anywhere near the top 4. but i would like to definately see some of these players at our club.

  • Steeley

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #29

    valle – fair enough. I tried to put across a similar argument in the run-up to FSA being sacked as there were some (loads of!) ridiculous articles being published for publishings sake, and some which were written as though it was actually Sam typing it himself, however it never let up so I gave up the fight. I guess I had to accept that unfortunately money is the driving factor here, and there’s nothing that interrupts a good business model more than flashing pound (dollar) signs.

    Ed, note – some of the articles on this site are brilliant and this is indeed the best site for fans to debate on, I have no doubt about that. My main argument was (and still is) that there are too many ‘filler’ articles here, when sometimes the best thing to do with smaller stories would be to perhaps store them for a round-up article. It then gives us all a good platform for a prolonged debate which cant happen when people stop looking at old articles as the new ones are published.

    Just a suggestion….

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #30

    kash2… Im a 28 old man and father from Denmark. I still stand by my post and i think this site have moved to the worse, and imo its better to put forward ones opinion first, rather than just leave… But then again, im guessing you was trying to provoke me with that kindergarden attitude of “if i dont agree and i cant argue, ill just throw mud”

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Leo… Thats hardly a constructive input to this discussion is it?… “if you dont like, go and try to make something better yourself”… Attitude like that hinders progress my man…

  • Steeley

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Paul P – I think it’s way too quick to think that Enrique will be sold.

    hettinga rb – ajax AGREE
    onuoha rb – man city AGREE (somewhat)
    bridge lb – chelsea DISAGREE
    shorey lb – reading AGREE
    emanuelson lb – ajax AGREE
    wheater cb – middlesboro DISAGREE
    barzogli cb – palermo UNSURE
    garey cb – racing santander UNSURE
    wright phillips rm – chelsea AGREE – DEFINITELY!!!
    diego cm – werder bremer AGREE
    carrick cm – man u AGREE – DEFINTELY!!
    bullard cm – fulham DISAGREE
    downing lm – middlesboro AGREE
    barnes rm/lm – derby AGREE
    turan lm/rm – galatassary UNSURE
    de zeeuw cm – az alkmar AGREE
    kaloude cm – fc brno AGREE
    sobis cf – real betis UNSURE
    ashton cf – west ham UNSURE – I THINK I AGREE
    eto-o cf – barcelona AGREE – BUT WILL NEVER HAPPEN
    villa cf – valencia AGREE _ BUT WILL NEVER HAPPEN

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Steeley – thanks.
    I may put some of the smaller articles on the web site itself – like Milner’s comments yesterday in the columns to the right – seems to work OK. We combined 2 stories yesterday one on Fabio Zamblera and the other was Keegan’s comments.
    Trying to get a good balance between allowing comments with the articles but picking the right stories – trying to gauge this – readers have commented on this in the past. We’;ll see what we can do.

  • Leo*

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #34

    well its just anoying how alot of people seem to complain about how this or that is done and i think its unfair, ed put alot of hard work into the site and is where it is today only because of his hard work, after all i dont think there is a site quite like it where people can effiecently get their point across.

    i for one like the fact that he puts alot of articles out its good to read peoples comments on different topics in their respective article

    if it was decided by the big man that he was going to have less articles i would not complain!

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 12, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    We welcome constructive criticism – as you know – so don’t worry about that. Anybody who starts a web site has to be prepared for adverse criticisn – it’s life.
    But let’s get one thing very clear – we earn almost nothing with the adverts on this site – about $200 – $300 a month – if that.
    And we have to pay for the hosting – and it’s about 4-6 hours at least a day I spend on the site – my wife says it’s a lot more. 😀
    We should probably be making more money from the hits we get – but we didn’t start this for the money and are trying to keep the adverts fairly low key – we ‘d really like 2-3 sponsors and not have any adverts at all.
    Anyway – if it was for the money I’d end this site today.

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Leo… I think its great that your happy with how things are… Good for you. I dont care how many articles Ed put out, i just want to recognize the ones i have already read on other sites by the headline, but when headlines are made that have very little in common with the actual article i feel like i was cheated onto the site by false pretends… Thats dosnt take a big deal out of me, but its still annoying and something that i should be able to put forward to Ed without all this mud casting ever entering the picture… On another note, i think this discussion has outlived itself and it was never meant to cause a debate, i think we should all get back to the football matters since i beleive Ed has gotten my point and that was the whole idea.

  • paul p

    Feb 12, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Ed – Keep up the good work. I will tell you that there is nothing wrong or there will never be anything wrong with the site. The site just proves how dedicated we are to our football club. Onwards and upwards.

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 12, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Valle – for “key” in the article I meant “important” or “crucial” since Kevin has to get the best out of the squad now – in case we keep losing games and get pulled into a relegation fight.
    As far as recycling news from Newsnow – that is the news about Newcastle – I don’t make the news up and don’t make news – I try to reflect on the news from a Newcastle fan viewpoint.
    We don’t have paid reporters to do our own interviews. This is a one man site and will remain that until I get fed up with it.
    But have really enjoyed doing it these last 9 months – I’d be spending 2-3 hours reading the stuff in any case – even if I didn’t have a web site.
    If people don’t like the site they have every right not to come here – that’s life and that’s the choice we all have.

  • valle

    Feb 12, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Ed… great to hear from ou mate… Listen, its not that i cant spare you a little earnings of all the hard work you do, heck i think you should earn 10 times that ammount if it was possible without ruining the site… No my point was that i feel the number of hits has become a personal ambition for you, and thats great as long as it dosnt involve the headline tinkering that is so common on the net. I dont know if it was intentional on your part, and i was never meaning to cause such a debate on the site, i just wanted to forward my opinion on that specific matter.

  • Steeley

    Feb 12, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Leo* – I agree that there isnt a site like this – as said in my previous post I think it’s the best one out there (it must be, otherwise I wouldnt keep coming back). However, I disagree about people commenting within the context of the article, as it seems that no matter what the article refers to there are random comments about a whole host of different subjects.

    I have no idea how to get over the problem, but it needs to be highlighted so the owner of the site can look at possible changes to keep his loyal readers happy.


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