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Keegan – We’ll Bring In Top Players and Youngsters

8:33 pm, Sunday, February 24th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

A really good interview with Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan in the Sunday Sun today, where he admits Newcastle want to follow the Arsenal blueprint for success.


Chris and Kevin – seem to be on the same wavelength

Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has laid some foundations for this already at the club. We think it’s a sensible move, and it’s already in action as we saw 5 first class teenagers arrive at Newcastle in January.

Keegan told the Sunday Sun today:

“Will we buy in top-end players or just kids? I think we’ll do both,” “We need more quality senior players but more younger players to push the first teamers.“It shouldn’t be that you’ve got your first team and then your young players and a gap between them. We’ve got one or two decent young players, but we need more.”

“But then we also need to shop at the top end of the market as well, because you’ve got no future if you don’t get the present right.” “It’s a multi-tasking thing.”

“Arsenal only got where they are because they had plans, and we have to plan as well,” “You don’t get like Arsenal tomorrow by just throwing a lot of money at things. Arsene Wenger has been there over 10 years.”

“He has rebuilt a team in that time, bought some of the best young players, loaned them out, got them some experience, fetched them back, sold some of them, made other good, solid purchases and got a good scouting program – which we now have.”

“It’s not just one area he got right, he got it all right.” “I think the priority is to assess who our targets are going to be around March, April time.” “That’s when you start to look at the Bosmans – everyone does it.”

“You ask ‘who can we get who’s going to work for us? Who can we get for no fee but obviously have to pay a bit more in wages? Who’s got one more year left in their contract that we’d like? What positions do we want filled?”

“And we’re also looking at the future of the players here: what contracts they’ve got, stuff like that. I’m learning all that each day.”

“But at the moment, my main job – as you can imagine – is winning matches on Saturdays, which at the moment we haven’t done.”

Sensible down to earth comments again from Kevin. When you take a good look at the relegation danger we’re in. it doesn’t look too likely that we’ll be dragged into the quagmire. But we cannot keep losing games like we have been doing. We’ve lost 7 of our last 10 league games, some by big margins, and that streak will take any club spiraling down the league.

Somehow, we must stop this terrible run of 10 games without a win, and as Kevin says, once we get a win that should help to turn things around. Blackburn will be a very good challenge for us this coming Saturday, but not nearly as difficult as the match against Manchester United yesterday.

In all honesty we’d rather play badly against the top teams and play well against those below us in the league. That will help us to maximize the points we can get – especially in the next 11 games, which will be vital. So let’s not dwell too much on yesterday, it will only lead to deep depression – and we’ve had enough of that this season. :D

A draw would be welcome against Blackburn, who are a good team, and a win would be just great. Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

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64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom_Toon // Feb 24, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    ahaha what a joke, we are in he championship whether you like it or not.

  • 2 Griff // Feb 24, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Shat up you muppet…

    We have the same team as in August yet we were all saying top 7.

    So shut it, we are not that bad.

  • 3 Nick C // Feb 24, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    if it weren’t for reading i reckon tom would be right.

  • 4 Tom_Toon // Feb 24, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    I cant see us getting any wins the rest of this season, maybe scrappy draws with the likes of fulham but thats it, maybe it will be enough, but i dont know.

  • 5 GraemeR // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    As I see it these are the matches that we need (and are capable of) getting points in – Next match is home to Blackburn – 3 points, Away to Birmingham – 1 point, home to fulham – 3 points, away to Tottenham – 1 point, home to Reading – 3 points, home to Sunlund – 3 points and away to West Ham – 1 point

    Thats a grand total of 43 points – fingers and everything else crossed.

    Whilst I had little hope of getting any points this weekend, I am concerned that we fold like a deck of cards as soon as the first goal goes in – look at the Villa game. Still cant see why Enrique doesnt get a match and allow Zoggy to play further up the pitch as his defending is way off the mark.

  • 6 Leo* I HATE NICKY BUTT // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    bhah, i hope we are doing this while in the premiership

    lets all just look 4ward 2 blackburn

  • 7 CJ // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Tom toon – I have to disagree that we will not win another game in my opinion i think we will win 4 games maximum hopefully that will and should be enough but we are the easiest team to beat in the lge and that is very worrying.

  • 8 lee // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    jst try and stay possitive j dont think well be relagated

  • 9 CJ // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    I would be very confident if i heard we will sign the magnificent marvellous dazzling Danny Shittu ha ha.

  • 10 J // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    WHOEVER is saying we might get relegated are COMPLETE Idiots!!!!!

    COME ON, there are AT LEAST 6 teams worse than us!!

    Jus wait till summer and see what happens?????

  • 11 Tom_Toon // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Face it if we bought Da nny Shittu he’d be our best player, rather have Rusol now i think about it.

    If we do stay up, instead of having a squad overhaul, id buy quality in the positions we need:

    LB: Bridge
    CB: Rusol
    CDM: Song
    CAM/RM/LM: Kahlenberg
    ST: Chermiti

  • 12 CRAIGG // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Tom_Toon i just retracted my statement on another post about you but ive changed my mind again you are a tit

  • 13 scott 9 // Feb 24, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    dont be so negative we just need one win to get confidence back up this should be our team for next game.
    beye edgar faye enrique
    minler geremi emre zog
    viduka owen

  • 14 daiv // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Keep picking Smith and Butt Kevin and get us relegated. I cannot understand bloggers who say we should pick this team and that team. KK is not reading or listening. He will pick Smith and Butt. Just like Sam did, but for some reason thats OK now. Except we lose by loads of goals instead of the odd goal under Sam. Anybody got an answer why we are worse now?

  • 15 Bill F // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    I don’t think I will start worrying about new players till the Summer. If we are still EPL and I expect us to be then we can possibly get better players. If we are championship then we will have to set our sights a little lower. Speculating at this moment is a waste of time although I appreciate there is a lot of fun in doing so. What I would really like to see KK do is give some of the reserves a run out. Carroll, Edgar and Lua Lua are better players now than some of the dross getting first team places, might help to gee-up some of the seniors as well.

  • 16 daiv // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    KK picks names based on old reputations rather than form. SMITH and BUTT. What the hell has the Duke done wrong. Lets pick a guy as a striker who has never scored for NUFC and 4 goals in 7 years as part of Manure over the Duke. Crazy. Its time we got on KKs back to wake him up. Or he can clear off back to his circus. Don’t treat NUFC like a circus.

  • 17 Oztoonfan // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Butt and Smith are terrible, Butt has to have along look at himself he picks the ball up deep and just pumps long balls upto Owen who if im not mistaken was the smallest player on the pitch, alarm bells are ringing Nicky are u mentally unable to grasp the fact that long balls hardly ever win games…
    Smith he is hopeless can win a header cant shoot cant hold up the ball, Carroll look ten times better he got stuck in won headers and had good touch, Keegan season is over give the kids a chance they will at least have a go!!
    We cant do any worse, if Keegan dosen’t play the kids i seriously think he is an idiot and should never been given the chance to take over!!

    Play the kids now at least we will have some fight and maybe some pace as we look desperatly slow, play Enrique aswell he is young and can play just needs a run of games. N’Zogbia is not a left back get him in the middle his running with the ball could unlock teams as i think Duff has been great on the left with little help!!

  • 18 CcB // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Anyone counting Butt’s yellow cards? Hopefully hes out for saturday…

  • 19 daiv // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    KKs performance as manager has been little short of total embarassment. The guy should try to keep us up and not waste the chairman’s money in summer and do the honourable thing. By the way, I love the guy to bits but he is well past it. Keep us up, resign and maintain your dignity Kevin.

  • 20 steve // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    KK’s playing with BSA’s team which are simply not good enough at this level, hopefully we’ll get enough points to survive in prem – poss 14 available points for us to play for, if we get em we’re safe but if we drop any of these points we’re really gonna struggle

    blackburn – 3 points
    liverpool – 0 points
    Brum – 1 point
    Fulham – 3 points
    Spurs – 0 points
    Reading – 3 points
    Portsmouth – 0 points
    Sunderland – 3 points
    West Ham – 1 point
    Chelsea – 0 point
    Everton – 0 point

  • 21 geordie nick // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    all u arseholes moanin at kk already are the reason toon fans get a bad name, the season was over before kk came here and he is playin with big sams team, lets face we wud hav no more points on the board under sam so why dont u just giv kev a chance and let him get his own players in next season then judge him at xmas wen hes had time to change things around

  • 22 CJ // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    My team for Blackburn if i was manager

    Beye(cap) Faye Edgar Enrique
    Milner LuaLua Emre if fit Zog
    Martins or Owen Carroll

  • 23 geordie nick // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    lets stop all this talk of relegation aswell, thers no way we are goin down because the teams below us are even worse than us, i agree we prob wont get many more points this season, but lets face it, neither will the teams below us.
    by the way daiv ur an arse sayin keegans past it and shud resign, hes had no money yet, bought none of his own players, and been left with th shit tht allardyce has left

  • 24 daiv // Feb 24, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Your team does not matter. Its Kevins team which matters and he will pick Smith and Butt.

  • 25 Ausgeordie // Feb 24, 2008 at 11:03 PM




  • 26 CJ // Feb 24, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Obviously KK won’t pick that team but in my opinion it would many fans choice of team no Smith or Butt. Milner LuaLua Emre and Zog all players who can run with the ball at there feet and all have a bit of pace total different to either Smith Butt and Barton all one paced and predictable.

  • 27 geordie nick // Feb 24, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    i agree with all comments about smith and butt, neither are good enough, but they hav both been better than joey barton who cant seem to pass the ball to his own team anymore, he has been absolutely shocking and shudnt be playin when he has too much other stuff goin on in his life which obviously seems to be affecting his performance

  • 28 TheRealSuperAl // Feb 24, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    It seems to me that it is a mistake to concentrate on particular players who are/are not playing well. Our problem, currently, is a team problem. Psychologically, we are all over the place. Confidence is at an extremely low level and however “up for it” the players are when they run onto the pitch, it doesn’t take much for that confidence to drain away when things start to go wrong. We have been unfortunate, since KK arrived, in having a series of tough games that we would not have expected a lot from (Bolton & Boro we should have got something wrong, but I think that there were specific reasons why we did worse than expected in those two games). Unfortunately, this run has drained confidence, & energy, even more.

    The next few winnable games are vital. If we can get a couple of good wins under our belts confidence will increase and any thoughts of relegation should be well & truly put to bed. Unfortunately, if we lose a couple of those winnable games the rest of the season will be a rocky ride.

    At a playing level, it seems that recent managers have ignored the need for pacy players in the modern game. As others have said, we have too many players in crucial positions, who cannot compete with pacy teams. Until that is corrected, we will continue to get slaughtered by teams like Arsenal, Villa & ManU.

    The other thing we are lacking, in my view, is genuine defensive organiser – why, oh why did Woody choose Spurs.

    As a Newcastle supporter for over 50 years I have learned not to get too depressed when we have a bad run, or too elated when we have a good run. I have also learned to keep optimistic whatever is happening.

    Must go now the nice men in the white coats have come to give me my injection. Ah, that’s better.

  • 29 Tom_Toon // Feb 24, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    This is not a sack KK point but do you recon Henk ten Cate has got sick of being a no 2. yet, ino he has been a no 2. a lot but he might want a good crack himself.

  • 30 micknufc // Feb 24, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    bloody hell
    nick nailed it before,do any of you people go to the games,or watch them ?
    aye we’re shite & i done something ive never done before in the 29 year ive been going to st james. i walked after the 3rd goal! there said it..
    no idea,ive seen much worse over the years,but theres something about these lot that i hate.
    but i tell you what,lets sack yet another manager?
    no wonder the piss is ripped out of us!

  • 31 JJ // Feb 25, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    I’ve said this before it’s down to fitness, and you have to train to get that up to the right level for how KK wants to run his team – and it doesn’t happen over night.

    Failure against the Manure on Sat was down to BSA letting the team play in a way they never got fit to run just fit to stay in their half.

    I was impressed by a few things and this has been a steady improvement since KK came back to us.

    Anyone care to look at the stats will see it wasn’t as bad as the papers are saying. We probably had the best game of the season for us (excluding Arsnal ) we challenged for longer. we were more commited, and we got the chances, we only took one however Manure had 8 chances and they scored 5 ( that shows their quality).

    The bottom three are in a lot worse position that us. I believe we are on target to win the games we need as the team gets fitter.

    I talk about fitness because I was an international sportsman.

    Keep the faith. It’s going to be tough, and if you are a supporter then support all the way to the end of the season and beyond.

  • 32 t-g-w // Feb 25, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Sacking the manager doesn’t make any difference. That is obviously not the problem. It must be the player s or something else. But its definitely not the manager. All we can do about it is support this team as it can’t get much worse than this.

  • 33 CJ // Feb 25, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    tgw- I agree with that but who has said sack KK.
    I have said it since King Kev came back that i am sure next season he will get it right and push us up the lge where we belong he is stuck with what fat man left behind.
    There is nothing on KK’s club managerial record to suggest that he will not get it right what ever club he has been at he has always done very well.

  • 34 CJ // Feb 25, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    JJ- What you say about us just being fit to stay in our own half is very intersting i never thought of it that way but when you put it like that it makes a lot of sense.

  • 35 Toon Al // Feb 25, 2008 at 2:00 AM

    someone uo there reckons we’ll beat blackburn, but draw against birmingham…

    we have a really troublesome end of season comin up

    i predict 16th, jus a few points above the drop

  • 36 Cape Toon // Feb 25, 2008 at 5:19 AM

    Just had a glance at the goals conceded. Only Derby and Reading conceded more goals than us this season. Shocking. We’re on 52 already!

  • 37 Nick Dryden // Feb 25, 2008 at 7:33 AM

    Daiv, 4-1 at home to Pompey, 3-0 at home to liverpool . We didn’t use to lose by just the odd goal

  • 38 ronaldeano // Feb 25, 2008 at 8:41 AM

    I dont realy give a shit where we finish as long as we stay in the league, which im sure we will

  • 39 Anon // Feb 25, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Alex ferguson give all his ex players a 1m payoff to continue playing for them when he comes uop against their new team.

    The ball from Smith to Rooney with the outside of his boot was fantastic!!!!!!

    And Butt’s passing outstanding, especially when he kept finding Evra and Brown to feet over 40 yds!!!!!!

    These 2 need to be dropped from the toon team and sold at the earliest convenience. Like I have said many times before, Ferguson does not sell good players!!!!!!!!!

  • 40 AdamCF // Feb 25, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    I’m hoping that we’re on the crest of the slump.. only up from here :)

  • 41 Jim Baker // Feb 25, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    its simple don’t ever let Smith or Barton ever but a newcastle top on ever again.
    Drop Taylor and Butt, play Enrique, always play Emre (when fit) and PLAY CAROL!
    I’d like to see Edgar play in the first team too.
    Given / Harper
    Beye Edgar Faye Enrique
    Milner Emre Zog Duff
    Carol Martins / Owen
    Given / Harper
    Martins / Owen

    Fu££ off Barton and Smith..please!

  • 42 hanzemre // Feb 25, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    yeah Anon Sir Alex is always right barely wrong just show how good he is. Ex-ManUre are always going down the hill & fot that really hope Brown is not KK’s signing.

  • 43 CRAIGG // Feb 25, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Ferguson doesnt sell good players mmm…

    Beckham and Van Nistelrooy virtually between themselves won real madrid la liga last season

    Sold Stam and brought in Blanc and lost the league to arsenal (and the FA cup) the following season then for once admitted his mistake

    He got rid of schmeichel and took approx 5 years to find a decent replacement

    He sold Heinze in favour of playing his lovechild O’Shea as back up to evra

    Paul ince, Mark Hughes, Lee Sharpe the list is very long

    And some of his players David May, Darren Fletcher, John O’Shea, Massimo Taibi, William Prunier, Mark Bosnich, Kieron Richardson, Andy Goram, Quinton Fortune ring any bells?

    He has made plenty of mistakes over the years in buying and selling players as every manager has (even KK) mostly sold as above due to petty arguments just like Souness did here with Bellamy, Robert, Jenas, Bernard some our best players in other words.

    Tom_Toon Henk ten cate was manager of go ahead eagles and was sacked when they were bottom of the league he also managed Vitesse, KFC Uerdingen 05, NAC Breda and Ajax without achieving shit, The only success he had as a manager was at MTK Hungária where he won the hungarian cup. But one trophy is just about better than dragoners buddy deschamps. Ten Cate’s achieved pretty much nowt either As a player or manager and dont talk about Barca as rijkaard made the decisions and took all the credit.

    So i think we will stick with the king and his impessive record of winning a league title in his first full season at every club he has ever managed (Maybe next year!!!) and getting England to qualify for Euro 2000 which is better than The great hugely Successful Don Revie and League cup winning extroadinaire Steve Mclaren, Also taking a club from the brink of relegation to Division 3 to Runners up in the Premier league twice and europe for the first time in nearly 25 years And repeated the trick with City after god knows how long they were out of europe the man is a reincarnated jesus and we will fly next season mark my words son.

    Walking in a Keegan Wonderland forever.


  • 44 thelongshanks // Feb 25, 2008 at 11:27 AM





    Id love to see him play this against blackburn.make the other players realise they are replacable.

  • 45 hanzemre // Feb 25, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    ops… he did some wrong eh! Well he really can afford though. Not us. We can’t afford to gamble on buying some1 like Butt, Smith anymore as such to carry passengers along.

  • 46 James C // Feb 25, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    I could quite possibly be opening my self up to be slated for this but here goes!
    Our defence isnt THAT bad!
    Beye good player
    Taylor Developing well
    Faye good player gives much needed height
    LB Nzogbia isnt great to be honest!

    I think the problem is Shay Given! Watch him he doesnt command his box at all i have heard him shout twice this season once at taylor and once at the ref when he got a card against arsenal.. he isnt the tallest and his distribution in terrible at times!
    The defence doesnt really get much cover from midfield its painfully obvious we lack a tough tackling midfielder i hope barton can do this.. we then need a world class midfield link player..

    My summer shopping list and i think it is realistic would be..

    Jaskalinem – (bolton, Free)
    Wes Brown – (Man U, Free)
    Carrick – (Man u – 18m) Geordie would come
    Dean Ashton – ( 9 m WHU)
    Gera – 2m (WBA) Works hard good back up
    Barnes – 3m (Derby)

    Bridge/Cole/Shorely any really

    These signing other than cole are all realistic and would in my opinion get us top eight!

  • 47 thelongshanks // Feb 25, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    James C i kinda agree with u on this one,i think it maybe time to give harper a run in the side.He made a great save against scholes and given looks low on confidence.I wouldnt mind giving forester a go.Look at hart off man city is playing excellent and this is a great opportunity to get into the eng u21′s and he played excellent against the liverpool reserves the other night.

    We definately need a top class left back,i know we have enrique(kk doesnt rate him),tozer and kadar(still learning) but someone like bridge,shorey,lambe would be a great signing.james c i think we should def go for barnes and kalouda(two for the future),but really we need a top class def mid although i cant think of one at the mo,someone in the mould of a young makele.Also on the performance the other night i though carrol has looked sharp and should def be giving a few starts before the end of the season.

  • 48 aaron d // Feb 25, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    thelongshanks – how about stephen appiah as a defensive midfielder?

  • 49 Bosck // Feb 25, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    personally i think we will only get 11 points before the end of the season, without being negative. thankfully though, i also believe none of the teams below us will pick up many points either, so we will still be in 13th at the end.

    keegan can then ship out all the dead wood, which unfortuantely includes some players i had high hopes for (smith) and get some new ones in.

    short term carroll should start in front of smith if viduka isnt fit (and maybe even if he is) as he was one of the few who actually caused man utd a few problems on sat.

    in terms of summer purchases, though some dont agree with it, i agree with tom toon that danny shittu would be a good siging and is wasted in the championship aside from that i think we need a back up rb, another lb, 1 lm, 1 rm, 3 cm, but unlike most people i think only 1 striker. next season we should have owen, martins, carroll and a n other as our 4 forwards, viduka fit would be a possibility, but i think he will be shipped on this summer, so one new target man up front should do us well, crouch or ashton please!!!

  • 50 hanzemre // Feb 25, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    yeah Crouch is a good bet i think.

  • 51 Gooderz // Feb 25, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    How about Maarten Martens from AZ Alkmaar as a squad player? He is a good general attacking player with a little bit of everything.

    This is the kind of player I want to see building up the squad with the potential to develop but able to compete for a place right away and keep the ‘better’ players on their toes.

  • 52 Michael // Feb 25, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Big Sam did not do too badly when we started the season. What went wrong, we have the same players, no one has changed save Rozenahl going to italy. I cannot help but think, had big Sam stayed we would not be as close to relegation as we are.

    Keegan has suffered some very heavy defeats learning nothing from them, Sam is a learning manager, Keegan is not. Keegan saw us hit 6 – 0 to Manchester and he gets us hit eqaully as bad. Arsenal hit us 3-0 successively again Keegan learning nothing from the first defeat.

    Keegan is outdated, I will admit, what he did for us in the past was great and praise to him, but to expect him to do it again when the model of football has clearly changed is simply a joke. He managed football last in 2004 and last watched a game in 2005. Keegan said this himself so you do not have to take my word. This is 2008, It is a fairy tale to have him come back and better it would be romance if Shearer joined him, and Gazza fully recovered to join them as joinmt managers leading Newcastle into the champs league and beyond.

    In a realistic world it just does not happen. We must be prgmatic, no offence to Keegan but he is not a good manager, consistencey shows a good manager, not a single flash in the pan on which he can live for the rest of hius life as a great manager. Look and Alex Furguson, When united are not competitive, they are in the top four, Whemn Newcastle are not competitive we are in the relegation zones.

    Keegan is not class and is arguably the poorest equiped manager in the league to manage a squad. No recent experience, no recent knowledge of the football model being played. He is no where and that is the sore truth. Do not talk to me about the past, We do not get points for the past only for what we do now, it is as simple as that. Keegan knows nothing and we are worse off with him than we were with Sam

  • 53 fc fc fc // Feb 25, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    I agree with what you’s are saying about droppin Smith/Butt/barton etc.But for me one player who took the fookin piss all game was Michael Owen…..Captain of NUFC what a joke.He is takin the piss out of the club.Ive never seen a player cheat and hide away as much as he did on Sat.He has no balls and certainly is not up for the fight till the end of season.
    £20million contract over 5 years he wants………..owen eat sh*t and die, and piss off back to Cheshire.

  • 54 Bosck // Feb 25, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    how are we worse off under keegan than we were with sam?!?!

    Michael, this is sam’s squad keegan is having to deal with, not his own. allardyce did not lose to man utd, cos we didnt play against them when he was in charge, and we lost 2-0 to arsenal reserves under allardyce. allardyce did get us hammered at home 3-0 and 4-1 by liverpool and portsmouth respectively.

    and i know its talking about the past, but keegans managerial highlights were not a flash in the pan. he brought 3 seperate clubs up into the premiership from the equivalent of League 1, almost winning the title with one, getting a top half finish with another, and solid premiership safety with the 3rd.

  • 55 Michael // Feb 25, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Keegan is not the ,am for the job. The guy has not managed since 2004 and not seen a game since 05.Does that tell us that he is out of touch? Soon we will hear the man talk about signing Bergkamp not aware that he is retired. Keegan is out of his depth and what we need is someone capable of getting the best out of crap. even if the best is not good, still the best out of rubbish is better than nothing. Keegan while Motivation skills are good, it is like being fired up to play a ga,e of chess when you do not know how to play the game, Motivated or not a basic requirement is to know the game, tactics. Keegan by his own admission stated he does not know tactics. People say the players we have a rubbish, and you said it too (Bosck) albeit tacitly, by defending Keegan stating he has Sam’s side.

    So do we not need someone to get the best out of the crap we have. Sam showed how powerful tactics work by drawing with Arsenal despite being out of our depth, and nearly drawing with Chelsea only to be beaten by a clearly offside goal. Those are just how poerful tactics are. Keegan has none, we cannot run on motivation alone, that is ignorant pure inorance. You can motivate a team of monkeys to sing but if they are not singing from the same hym sheet it will not be pleaseant on the ear, surely put this way you understand.

  • 56 JP from The Rock of Gibraltar // Feb 25, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    N’Zogbia at LB AGAIN!!! WTF!! Enrique imo earned his place with his displays but never gets picked!! Sith upfront instead of Viduka / Carroll!!!! WTF Smith hasn’t scored for us yet but he still is preferred to our in-form strikers! Butt instead of Faye / Geremi!!! These stupid decisions will help us go down. If we can’t get the team selection right how in the hell will we win or become consistent!?? I am just really fed up of the wrong team selection every week all season!!!

  • 57 Tom_Toon // Feb 25, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    we need at least 5 players if not more, but the most important are:
    LB: Bridge
    CB: Rusol
    CDM: Song
    CAM/RM/LM: Kahlenberg
    ST: Chermiti

  • 58 Gooderz // Feb 25, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Even if you managed to get a group of monkeys singing together, it wouldn’t sound too pleasant.

    And if tactics are so good, then why did we not attack Derby in either game?

    What we need is an assistant who has all the technical and organisational skills needed to provide that different character Keegan wants in that role, whilst Keegan is the main motivator. The coaches then need to be able to reinforce both views. That is how to get the best out of the players with the current setup.

    Personally I’d like Keegan to appoint a couple of assistants. One to help with the motivation as well as coaching (Shearer?), and a foreign appointment with experience and technical knowledge along the lines of Henk Ten Cate at Chelsea but still pushing the team in the same direction as Keegan. If we could lure the Turkey coach, Fetih Terim, that would be fantastic. He likes the same attacking play as Keegan (and us), has the experience and loves players to have ‘amateur passion’.

  • 59 Geordie Joe // Feb 25, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    everyone who is calling keegan already. well done great support for your team.
    We will stay up this season. The season was already over before keegan came. He should only be judged at the end of next season when he has his own team. There is some idiots get on this site.

  • 60 Mitch H // Feb 25, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    “Oh ye of little faith”.

    King Kev will keep us up,……… just, but he’ll do it.
    Then, after a summer full of exciting transfers, we’ll be re-born as a team.

    Once again, after way too long in the darkness, we’ll be watching our team play exciting, attacking football,……….football that we can be proud of again.

    We might not quite qualify for europe next season, thats a big ask, but I think we’ll finish in the top half of the table, with a new look team, & the club in a lot better shape than it would have been under Fat Freddie & his equaly arrogant cohort Fat Sam “I’m the Man” Allardyce. What a Mug that geeza was/still is come to thing of it!!!

    Mike Ashley, Chris Mort, & Kevin Keegan will get it right. So we should all give them our full support. Lets be patient & give them the time they need to sort out the structure of the club, & the current playing squad, because it’s plain to see, just not good enough right now.

    We all know we are desperate to offload a good few of our current squad: Carr, Smith, Barton, Gerimi, Viduka, to name a few. But the reality is, we’ve gotta make do with what we have until the end of the season.

    Until then, lets all get behind the team, roar them on at every opportunity & we’ll survive this dogfight, by the skin of our teeth. Then, come out all guns blazing for the start of next season.

    Keep the faith lads, our time is coming!

    Ho’way the Lads.

  • 61 Pete // Feb 25, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    To the people saying our defence ain’t that bad.. We’ve conceded 52 goals this season, only “beaten” by Derby(57) and Reading (55). That in it self is enough said. Their main priority is to prevent the ball from going into the net, and they clearly haven’t been doing very well.

    Only defensive player that’s done an OK job is Beye, the rest has been utter shit. Especially disappointing is Steven Taylor, his mediocrity is shining through bright and clearly this season… sadly! The fact that he’s a local lad blinds us I’m afraid.

  • 62 boater // Feb 26, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    I agree with everyone that Butt and Smith have stood out as the worst in a pitiful season.. but I am worried that most people are wearing blinkers when it comes to Taylor, Milner and Given… I think they’ve been awful. Milner has seen more of the ball than any other attacking player this season and has done next to NOWT… we applaud him his spirit but his inability to just set up A GOAL COME ON is frightening… Taylor has been our WORST defender.. but somehow he has flown under the radar of most criticism… he has set a tone for woeful, naive defending which has undermined his team mates.. why can no one else see that? Zog has seemed to developed a penchant for running into the opposition without any idea of what to do next and owen – the perennial lurking’finisher’ is a luxury that a team that needs to pass 20 times to get into the final third cannot afford. Come back martins, geremi, emre, viduka, faye, cacapa, enreque, beye… you’re back in by virtue of the alternative being so bad it’s untrue.
    Anyone else miss the Jenas, Dyer, Solano, O’Brien, Bellamy, Bramble days? all pillaried by most but that looks like a hell of a team now.

  • 63 Mar.k // Feb 26, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    all u arseholes moanin at kk already are the reason toon fans get a bad name, the season was over before kk came here and he is playin with big sams team, lets face we wud hav no more points on the board under sam so why dont u just giv kev a chance and let him get his own players in next season then judge him at xmas wen hes had time to change things around

    Hypocrite – BSA was only there 6months, Keegan has been there nearly 2. are you saying 2/3 later we can slate king kev?

    And…does anyone fancy a cheeky bid for Joe Cole??? He is mainly a sub nowadays, and we can probably get him for say..£6m.

  • 64 Jamie G // Feb 26, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    If the players were so lifted like we were told me every1 at the club at the arrivial of keegan how come theyre not showing it on the park. i keep on hearing “theres a buzz about the place.” we have yet to see any of that cliche….
    i personally think we should play smith in midfield, one of his best performances of the seasons was in that role against sunderland. i think viduka and martins should play up front and we should finally cash in on owen.
    CAN I JUST SAY i think damien duff is not a premiership player (so he’ll no doubt get snapped up by sunderland at the end of the season). The only good players in their positions we’ve got are given, beye, taylor, milner, zog and martins. zog should not play at left back though!
    So come on boys, like bobby used to say to his players when they were going through a bad patch….i want you to give the performance of your lives against blackburn.
    Go out and f***kin batter them!!!!!!! im fed up of newcastle drifting into further realms of shiteness through bland performances. COME ON!!

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