Jimmy Greaves was a great player in his time, but now he is in the journalist business and today gives his views on Keven Keegan’s chances of success at Newcastle, the second time around, and thinks (or is that “hopes”) it will be a nightmare.
Jimmy Greaves – in his playing days at Spurs
This is what Jimmy Greaves said in his Sun column this morning:
“Is it just me or has the second coming of Kevin Keegan at Newcastle got the look of disaster about it?”
“Some are already wondering whether Mike Ashley was hasty in sacking Sam Allardyce. I am convinced of it.”
Well, there’s nothing like launching a major attack on a manager after 5 games, is there?
“While Allardyce is a manager for the time Keegan is a manager behind the times – from a distant, if exciting, past,” “People only had to witness the way Keeganâ€™s Manchester City team played in his final season to realize the magic had gone.â€
“In the three years since he quietly departed Eastlands he claimed he had not watched a match. Hardly preparation for one of the high-pressured jobs in football.”
“Mere knowledge of what this special club and area was all about was enough, he claimed. So why did he allow the appointment of Dennis Wise?â€
There they go again. Letâ€™s get this straight. Everybody at Newcastle have admitted that when Keegan joined, he was fully informed of these appointments that were going to be made, and Chris Mort and both Keegan have both addressed this. In fact Kevin has said that was one of the positives about the job, that he would get big help in the recruitment area of the game.
Kevin was even told that Dennis Wise was one manager in the running for one of the jobs of Recruitment Executive. But the press continues to bring it up, as though itâ€™s some dark cloud over Keegan â€“ itâ€™s just utter nonsense.
“Allardyce proved at Bolton he was at the cutting edge of what was new in football. He used the latest technology and methods to get the best from his players.”
“He was trying to do the same and needed time for the team to adjust. But it wasnâ€™t the football of Keeganâ€™s era we were told so it wasnâ€™t good enough.”
“But this nonsense about preferring to lose 4-3 rather than win 1-0 is just that,” scoffed Greaves. “Iâ€™ve not met a Newcastle fan who came away from Anfield happy at having lost 4-3 in 1996.â€
â€œ I have met plenty of fans happy at having won a game 1-0. The point is (Keegan) was the right man for a certain time at St Jamesâ€™ but that time has gone.”
“Dreams are just that. This one is turning into a nightmare. Next game up is Manchester United at home. Good luck!”
Newcastle fans would like the team to play good football and win, and that’s it.
We cannot stop great players like Jimmy Greaves from make their living as sports journalists. But aren’t they a little worried they write nonsense most of the time? It doesn’t seem to faze them at all, but there again maybe we are just too old fashioned, in our older years. 😀
But as we’ve said before, the only way to answer these gossip journalists, who seem to be looking forward to another Newcastle failure, is to have Newcastle be successful again, that’s really the only way. We know that’s exactly what Kevin thinks too.
Jimmy Greaves was a great player for Chelsea, Tottenham and England. Maybe he should have left it at that.