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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€ “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.â€
“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.â€
“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?
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