Arthur Cox and Keegan Will Steady Newcastle Ship


Arthur Cox has returned to Newcastle United to help out Kevin Keegan, but we’re not sure how long his stay will be, but long enough we hope to help Kevin sort out the club and point it in the right direction for success.

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Arthur Cox managed Newcastle from 1980 to 1984

Cox managed Newcastle United from 1980 to 1984 and was the manager who first had the vision to bring Keegan to the club in 1982. Before that, Cox managed Chesterfield and then he went on to manage Derby County to some success from 1984 until 1993.

Years           Club

1976–1980       Chesterfield
1980–1984       Newcastle United
1984–1993 	Derby County

Arthur did very well at Newcastle from September, 1980 until May, 1984 and had a 45% winning percentage which compares well with Bobby Robson – 46.7% and of course Kevin had a whopping 55% winning percentage. Here is Cox’s record while managing the Newcastle club.

Played Won Draw Lost Win %

 169    76   42   51  45

Arthur managed Newcastle to promotion to the first division at the end of the 1983-84 season, and was famous for bringing in flair players, such as Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley. After that of course he joined up again when Kevin Keegan managed Newcastle United and has been with Keegan almost ever since as Keegan managed Fulham, England and Manchester City. He has been assistant manager at Man City, Fulham and even Sunderland.

He famously brought Kevin Keegan into the Newcastle squad in 1982 He has also had spells managing Chesterfield and Derby County, the latter of whom he led to two successive promotions.

Cox is now content to work behind the scenes, and at 68 years old he may be acting as Assistant manager until Shearer can come on board, but we still expect Kevin to employ Cox as at least an adviser to the club, and he would be worth every penny we pay him.

One thing that is really disturbing with the Newcastle players we have this season, is that they keep imploding. Once we concede a goal the defense seems to almost give up, and that has happened in dramatic form lately at Manchester United and Aston Villa. In the second half of those games we have conceded 10 goals in total – disastrous to say the least.

Kevin and Arthur will be looking at the players, and if they can’t hack it mentally in the Premier League, then took for them to be shipped out in the summer, and replaced with new imports.

As we’ve said before, we don’t have enough leadership on the field, and that is one area Keegan and Cox will try to solve in the summer, by bringing in a couple of proven leaders on the playing side.

It’s great to have Arthur back at the club, and we know he’s going to do another solid job for the Tyne-side club. He’s a no-nonsense man who we badly need to sort things out right now, and he will.

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10 comments so far

  • Leo*

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #1

    i am quite suprised that keegan had a 55% win record quite amazing when you think about it. shame i was a bairn at the time and can only remember bits and pieces, it was good stuff i remembered though.

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  • Leo*

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #2

    just thought to myself where have i heard that name, isnt it david craig who is the ssn newcastle corrispondent?

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  • Tippo

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Good to bring back some memories. I am hoping that the partnership will work alright.

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  • CRAIGG

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Sunderland remaining fixtures:

    Pompey A
    Derby A
    Everton H
    Chelsea H
    Villa A
    West ham H
    Fulham A
    Man city H
    Newcastle A
    Boro H
    Bolton A
    Arsenal H

    I’d say six points: 3 off derby , 1 off West ham, 1 off Fulham and 1 off boro and if they dont win at derby… theyre in worse shit than us but have spent the last month looking at ours and taking the piss out of our league position
    what do you lot think?

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  • CRAIGG

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle remaining fixtures:

    Man utd H
    Blackburn H
    Liverpool A
    Birmingham A
    Fulham H
    Spurs A
    Reading H
    Pompey A
    Sunderland H
    West Ham A
    Chelsea H
    Everton A

    I’d say 15 points: 3 off Blackburn, Fulham, Reading and Mackams at home , 1 off Brummies and West ham away and believe it or not 1 off chelsea as they usually play us at the end of the season with nothing left to play for so push out the reserves and we usually take something out of this fixture at home.

    what do you lot think?

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  • Zx

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Craigg, I’m not as optimistic as you. Teams like Blackburn, Fulham, Reading and Mackams are not going to roll over and die. It won’t be easy three points just because we are playing home.

    It doesn’t matter how many points, all we need is to beat the drop.

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  • daiv

    Feb 17, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #7

    We never beat the teams we predict we should. 15 points seems generous. We have not beaten Boro, Bolton, Derby at home recently so why should be beat Reading, Fulham mackems? I suppose because if we don’t we are going down

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  • Geordie Joe

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    we are not going to get relegated. I just dont see any side that is below us finishing above us. let alone 5 of them finishing above us. (I Hope)

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Feb 17, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #9

    THIS IS A TOATAL DIFERENT WORLD OV FOOTY SINCE THESE MEN WERE INVOLVED WHY O WHY WONT ANYBODY SEE THAT KEEGAN IS A MISTAKE MARK MY WORDS HE WILL NOT LAST TILL END OFF NEXT SEASON

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  • CJ

    Feb 17, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Fook off pea head.

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