Bobby Robson is an admired football manager, and what he says is usually very close to the truth. And he thinks it’s going to be a real tough slog for Kevin Keegan at Newcastle in the foreseeable future.
Bobby Robson at the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award
with one of his former players Gary Lineker
Bobby has been talking to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and he pulls no punches by stating that the current Newcastle squad is just not good enough. Well that sounds close to the truth.
But some of the current squad will have to be moved out in the summer too.
Bobby told the Evening Chronicle:
“Kevin has a mammoth job all right, a really difficult job because his squad is not good enough,”
“That is the harsh fact of the matter. He has to make do and mend until the summer.â€œHe can then put together his own team. That will mean retaining some, but definitely getting rid of others.â€
â€œThey will not win anything this season, but equally, won’t go down. I am convinced of that. However, it is not going to be pretty.â€
â€œIt is going to be a tough slog.”
It will be interesting to see who Kevin thinks is not good enough in the current squad. We would think Carr, Ameobi and Rozehnal are almost certainties to go, but there may also be one or two shocks.
Of course Charles N’Zogbia may also go, but that would be his choice, and we really hope he stays.
If we were to be pressed as to who else could leave in the summer we’d go for Alan Smith, if we can get our Â£6M. Alan hasn’t really looked the part for Newcastle this season, and we believe there are better players out there who could come in and do a better job for the team. Alan could be a good squad player but we’re not sure he would want that.
We’re also not sure what will happen with Peter Ramage, whose contract runs out in June, and he hasn’t played for Newcastle, since suffering that Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury at the start of the season. Not sure if he’ll even have a chance to prove to Kevin what he can do.
What do you think?