McDermott Has Full Confidence in Keegan

Terry McDermott is working closely with Kevin Keegan, as is Arthur Cox, as they try to bring about some resurgence in the performances of Newcastle United, which have been poor, to say the least, in the last 4 games.


Keegan and McDermott look on together

Terry McDermott is convinced that Keegan will transform the Newcastle United club once again.

Terry said:

“Confidence is not great at the moment,” “How can it be? Confidence comes from winning football games and we haven’t been doing that lately.”“It will come back though.”

“We are going through a sticky patch but Kevin Keegan is the best man for the job to turn this situation around. He knows what he wants and he will get it, but it will take time.”

“The fans, and I include myself amongst them, will need to show patience because the club needs to go sideways before it can go forward. We will do that together and we will start seeing results improve.”

“Kevin is very experienced at the job, he knows where the problems are and where things are going right and he will deliver. His track record as a manager is fantastic and he will bring a smile back on to people’s faces.”

But with two of the club’s next three fixtures against Manchester United and Liverpool, Newcastle fans will certainly need to be patient with Manchester United, Blackburn and Liverpool our next 3 games. Not one of those games will be easy.

McDermott however believes that Keegan is great at overcoming adversity. When he took over the first time we won our first game and then lost 5 times in a row before steadying th ship with 4points in our last 2 games and safety from the then 3rd Division. But things in football now are so different now, and going back 16 years is stretching things a bit, isn’t it?

Terry continued:

“There were some tough times in those early days,” “Kevin has always said the signing of Brian Kilcline in the back end of the 1991-2 season was the principal reason for us staying up, but it was very much touch and go.”

“What happened the following season is that Kevin chose his players carefully, brought in some high class footballers and the momentum started from there.”

“But what that first season in charge shows is that it takes time and patience to build a side.” Kevin has not even brought anyone in yet. What is the old phrase about Rome not being built in a day? Well, it is right.”

Kevin of course tried to do a similar thing in January by signing Jonathan Woodgate from Middlebrough, but it didn’t come off, and we ended up signing no senior players. And time is certainly not on our side, since we have collected just 3 points in the last 9 games. No points against the Red Devils and Liverpool will make things look a whole lot worse in a couple of weeks.

That’s why something out of Saturday’s game will go a long way to securing us safety this season – and then perhaps take-off next season?

But we’ll just have to wait and see, because there have been far too many disappointments with Newcastle over the years – just too many to have much confidence right now in our immediate future.

A great performance and a result on Saturday would go a long way to alleviating the gloom and doom on Tyne-side – that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Nomis_jade

    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    I am worried that with all this chat about the man u game, that its a must win and the lads are confident of getting points, that if we dont win it could be another confidence blow. We can hope to get soemthing out of the man u game but its the blackburns and fulhams we should be looking to beat. Lets hope for a good performance at least, and no butt or smith!

  • Graeme

    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Where does this “fantastic track record as a manager” come from? He has won nothing at any of the clubs he has managed although he was a great motivational force, his tactical skill was virtually nil.

    He failed at Man City and again with England. I so hope he manages to make a success at Newcastle, but I’m not convinced he’s the man for the job. Sorry.

  • broon ale

    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    graeme, if a measure of success is silverware you could argue that keegans track record isnt very good. However, he has managed to gain promotion at the 3 clubs he has managed. 2 successive promotions at man city. He also came within a whisker of winning the premier league with newcastle. It’s too easy to suggest keegan has no tactical awareness, its cliche and born out of the stigma that he simply motivates players to express themselves. as an ex player and twice european football of the year and full england international he would surely know a thing or two about how to win games. dont be seduced my the stigma that keegan simply puts smiles on faces and suddenly each one of them grows by 70 %.. the media wrote that, keegan never came out and said,, “tactically i am not the best but i make people smile” give him some credit! unless you have actually been in a dressing room and heard a team talk how do you know he is tacticaly poor?. Please dont give examples of defensive frailtys at newcastle. its a ignored fact that we had one of the best defensive records in the league the year we challenged for the title.

  • Black Caesar

    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    broon ale “NEARLY” doesnt count! Keegan is a crap manager, surely we all know that. With the team he had at NUFC when he famously came second to Man U, he should have won the league with 10 games to spare.

    He wont do nought at NUFC and he will once again walk away like a cry baby saying “i’m not good enough at this level”!


    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Graeme what is such a failiure about keegans time at man city??
    He took over when they were i div 1 took them up a champions with a record points and goals tally kept them up and got them back into europe.
    I dont undrstand why he is criticized by the press about his time there because city fans certainly appreciate what he did for them

  • Bosck

    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Graeme, i think most people will agree with you that kk’s time with england was not a success, but he brought us from the brink of relegation to the 3rd division to nearly winning the premiership title, and then brought manchester city from struggling in the then division 2 through 2 succesive promotions to securing a top half finish in their first season back in the premiership. thats quite a mark of success if you ask me.

    he may not have won silverware though we all now how close we came, but if there is one thing keagan is good at, it is taking a struggling, leaderless, directionless and lifeless team and turning them round which is exactly what we need right now.

  • broon ale

    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    black caesar, do you consider yourself a realist, or a pessimist! ?

    you have written keegan off before you have give him a chance, why would you do that? doesnt say much for you as a fan does it?


    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Black caesar what a complete wanker you are

  • Bosck

    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    black caeser, and who built that team that he had that season. yes thats right keegan did completely the entire side.

    what a stupid comment.


    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Not won anything 2 Division 1 titles and 1 Division 2 titles and succsessive runers up in the premier league.

    It says more about him that a player who had played at the top level virtually all his playing career can adapt after seven years away in spain to come back and learn so fast about the lower leagues save them from relegation get them promoted and have them fighting for the title within four years, Then leave a team in europe fighting for the prem to drop to div 2 with fulham and adapt yet again winning the title and promotion and then leave the england job and once again drop down the leagues and do what he did at city is amazing
    some of you dont understand football if you disagree

  • Graeme

    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Broon Ale, I agree with what you say, he did gain promotion 3 times, but had the best squad in the league, by miles, at the time. He was also psyched out of the title by fergie and lost the plot.

    He is mentally fragile and I dont think he will be strong enough to cope with NUFC at this time in his life. He was the one who said he just couldnt handle it, when he walked out of the england job.

    I love the bloke for what he did with Newcastle, it was an amazing experience to live through it. I just dont think he’s going to be able to repeat the trick this time around. Dont get me wrong, nothing would make me happier than to see Keegan take the title off Ferggie; unfortunately the game has changed beyond recognition and I just dont think he has what it takes to win the title today.

    Sorry, but its how I feel.


    Feb 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    graeme to enjoy watching and have pride in my team again would be enough.
    i dont think anyone expects us to win the league

  • Black Caesar

    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone can go out and buy a fantasy team! Even a 5 year old can do that. What is required to win a championship is coaching the players to gell as a team and win win win!

    Mr Keegan cant do that! And all of you morons will be back here at most in a few months time wingeing that Keegan is no good etc lol.

    His own words when a ran way from the England job: IM NOT GOOD ENOUGH AT THIS LEVEL!!!!!!!

    WAKE UP………..

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Whether we like it or not, we got the best available manager for NUFC.

    Not the best manager.
    Not the best available manager.
    We got the best available manager for NUFC.

    KK’s main fault is staying loyal to McClown.

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #15

    If KK is bringing smiles to people’s faces, WTF is McClown’s job?


    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Black ceasar “its easy to build a fantasy team” really well how come souness dalglish and gullit wasted more money than keegan yet got no where near his achievements.
    Ranieri spend £2oom at chelsea and won nothing yet mourinho walks in and cleans with up the trophies.
    And what part of fantasy are lads like rob lee, steve howey, barry venison, andy cole, warren barton, all relative unknowns careers going nowhere and thanks to keegan all played for england and a 32 year old peter beardsley,a 31 year old paul bracewell, a outcast in france called Ginola, a risky columbian loon called asprilla not to mention youth team local lads like stevie watson, lee clark and robbie elliott
    they were great days if anyone back then had the big money fantasy team it was roy evans and his liverpool side
    Why dont you wake up and give KK the respect he deserves

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Keegan deserves our patience after what he has done for this club and if souness and rodeor got two years then we should at least give him that.but he thinks like one of us and knows what football we want and thats enuf for me.The summer will reveal what the future holds for the toon.Kaka,messi and alves and il be happy. 🙂

  • broon ale

    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #18

    craigg, i agree! Come on black caesar. you cant write him off and simply assume that what he achieved in football was down to money and being a good motivator. Craigg has brought up some very valid points there. I think this argument is somewhat daft but what i would suggest is that before anyone starts debating the merits of kevin keegan we must give him time. a month in to his tenure and your already displaying the sort of negativity which has brought all of us a bad reputation amonsgt the media and fans of other clubs.

  • Bill F

    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #19

    A vote of confidence from Terry Mac, I’m even more depressed now. Pass the meths someone.


    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Broon ale there isnt an argument full stop he deserves as long as he wants when next season comes round and weve brought in quality and kicked out dead wood.
    People like black ceasar will be saying what an amazing appointment KK was and wankers like andy dunn (self appointed football writer of the year in the poo of the world) and Jimmy Greaves will crawl up their own arses but never admit their wrong.


    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #21

    KK understands this football club and its fans better than any one thats why the first player we bid on this summer will be michael carrick and we will probably get him as united are on the verge of signing Veloso from sporting lisbon

  • broon ale

    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #22

    craigg. andy dunn is annoying. in the past i have emailed mick dennis and alan oliver (on several occasions) with regards to their (lack of ) jornalism. Mick dennis has at least replied, Anal never does.. andy dunn deserves some abuse for what he writes. how do you know we will bid for carrick? is that just a hunch you have?

  • Black Caesar

    Feb 21, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #23

    CRAIGG on this I know I wont be wrong. I’m sorry and it hurts me to say this but Keegan wont take us anywhere.

    Even if he’s given 100 million next summer he’ll still finish outside the top 6, because he hasnt got what is required. If you think otherwise, you are setting yourself up for a big fall!!!

  • Leo*

    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #24

    maybe mcdermott’s job is to be a clown, hence the name mclown

    he doesnt seem to do anything, when i look from my seat down at the dugout he is either making a joke or he is looking stoney faced at the match, like a spectator.

    he is either a deep thinker of he just doesnt have a clue

    i think the latter


    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #25

    I dont care about top 6 next year it could take 3 years to get there but KK will have my full support every step of the way he will never be booed or criticized by me or members of my family and shouldnt by any toon fan because he has done to much good for this football club to ever be criticized by any one who was a regular at SJP between 92 & 97 those years were to special and enjoyable to forget and also members of my family still talk about the impact he had on this club as a player his time with nufc will never be diminshed in my opinion.

  • Black Caesar

    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #26

    CRAIGG KK wont get us into top 6 in 3 years, try NEVER mate lol.


    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Broon ale its a hunch but keegan thinks like us fans, he will want local lads. We had loads of north east born and bread players the first time round Clark, Watson, Elliott, Thompson, Howey, Beardsley, Venison, Kitson, Shearer, Harper etc.
    He also tried to sign Chris Armstrong and Colin Cooper during his first time at the club if im not mistaken

    I think that was more appealing about woodgate not only is he an outstanding defender but he is from boro and KK will want a north east core to his squad.

  • Rich

    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #28

    CRAIGG -Well said, he will always have my support, he is one of us he wants to succeed more than anything for this club and i hope he proves everyone wrong that doubts him! To come back here shows hes got courage when people say hes a coward thats utter crap!C,mon Kev we can do it!


    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Black Caeser why do people ike you enjoy taking the piss out of people who have helped this club about 3 quarters of the people who come on this blog would not be newcastle fans if it wasnt for keegan

  • Black Caesar

    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #30

    CRAIGG the past is the past and of course we should be grateful for those times, but should we put our current and future prosperity on the line because of what KK has done for us in the past?? HELL NO!!!!!


    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #31

    This will be in my opinion the squad for next season:


    Beye/Brown Taylor/Cacapa Faye/Ramage/Edgar Bridge/Enrique

    Wright-Phillips/Milner Carrick/Butt Emre/Barton N’Zogbia/Duff

    Owen/Martins Ashton/Carroll/Smith

    I think KK will want to keep Butt, Barton, Smith, Ramage and Cacapa despite what people think and the players i have added are all players i think KK will want to buy if possible Brown, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Carrick and Ashton if N’Zogbia leaves i think KK will go all out to sign Downing


    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Black ceasar do you feel our future was in better hands under Allardyce, Roeder, Souness, Dalglish, Gullit or Ardiles

  • Black Caesar

    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #33

    CRAIGG no i did not and i do not, but KK isnt any better either!

    If Spurs can find someone like Ramos why cant we???


    Feb 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Do you think spurs will ever challenge for the title under ramos?

    PS what did the mighty ramos achieve with
    Barcelona B
    Rayo Vallecano
    Answer f**k all flukily gets to sevilla loads of money to spend and lots of good players at his disposal wahey trophies over rated cheque book manager if i ever saw one

    He even quit betis after 5 games 1 draw & 4 defeats didnt last longer than one season at 8 out of his 11 clubs but we all forget this because sevilla won probably the 2 easiest UEFA cups ever including boro and espanyol in the finals and takes spurs £200m squad to a cup final which they will lose and he now is f***king Brian Cloughs ifeminate love child, give me a break


  • willowtoon

    Feb 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Broon Ale & Craig. You are spot on with your discussion threads and have backed black ceaser into a position of having no where to go to reason his point.

    I posted before that Kevin is here for 3 years and that role is to get NUFC to a position where we can attract any coach we wnat – who will deliver.

    The foundations at the club behind the scenes are setting us up professionally for the long term. This is why I don’t believe Ash will sell for quite a few years.

    We as fans go to games to be entertained and forget about the week at work. Then spend the next week discussing things. Only a handful of clubs actually win things (except promotion). We want to be one of those but not being one does not make you a failure.

    KK has the bottle and integrity to walk away – Without a pay off – When things are not going correctly.

    The England job he admitted he was not enjoying it and maybe he is tactitically out of his debth at this level. He said this as he new the papers were saying it. I wish to hell Mclaren had had the guts to walk away before we did not qualify as Kevin did.

    He has lived his life by a strict code and by doing so has achieved miles more than most.

    I am a huge supporter of his and will back him all the way.

    He will deliver and I will enjoy the journey

    Black Ceaser you are the sort of person who appears to analyse the position and highlight the negatives. Whereever we are when Kev leaves you will highlight a pessimistic view.

    The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that whatever the situation the optimist will have a better time.

    Come on the TOON…………..

  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 21, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Well said Craigg, post 16…About time someone put the record straight about KK’s last time here…He built that team out of geordie kids, misfits & unknowns…It’s pure BS that he bought a team with big bucks!..He manufactured a great team starting with deeply unfashionable players!..Then trained them into shape with passion & commitment!..So ball off all you detractors & get y’facts correct before you post MEDIA BS!..Go & lend your ‘Lack of support’ to some other team…PLEASE!..
    …Howay the Lads!..

  • AlextheLegend

    Feb 21, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Black Caesar you are exactly the type of newcastle supporter i hate! I am a geordie through and through and I love king kev to bits, stop being so negative and start showing some SUPPORT!

    How is anyone goin to achieve anything without support, its never happy and always critical “supporters” like you that are giving us a bad name.

    SUPPORT your manager! Its Kevin Keegan man, if you can’t even find some support fot the man that took us from the brink of liquidation to nearly winning the title then maybe you should support some1 else, I certainly don’t want to sit near people like you at St James.


    Feb 21, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #38

    The news papers are so quick to point out Keegans apparent failiure at Man City and England.

    What about Wank day Ramos 8 Clubs out of 11 he has left after the first year and f***ed many times more often then not but the journos love the guy he is taking spurs to the top apparently wouldnt be because he is foreign for any chance??? The journos honastly beleive that english managers cant do a top job anyone can with the money and players available well keegan will do just that and Jimmy Greaves can go and drink (and Eat) himself into an early grave the bastard.

  • broon ale

    Feb 21, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #39

    willowtoon and craigg, it’s nice to see some common sense! it really beggars belief that we already have so called newcastle fans calling into question the merits of kevin keegan as our manager. just remember he has inheritted some crushingly average players. he needs the chance to put his own stamp on the team with out people writing him off. fairweather newcastle fans seem to be the hardest to please!

  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 21, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Nice one broonale for backing him up bro’!..


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