Malcolm Backs Kevin – Hope Newcastle Fans Do

We’ve noticed that quite a few Newcastle fans seem to already be doubting the wisdom of appointing Kevin Keegan as the manager of Newcastle United.


Malcolm MacDonald – Keegan very good in transfer market

We have no doubts that Kevin can and will turn this club around but he’s not going to be able to work miracles. Kevin has already said he likes the squad he inherited but that they are very low on confidence, but that’s much easier to fix than being low on skill.

Malcolm Macdonald is backing Kevin Keegan and thinks that once he has secured safety this season he will bring in the players he needs that will turn us back into a good side.

This is what Malcolm told Setanta Sports today:

“I think one thing to cling to is that there may be a huge pot of money for Keegan to spend.” “Kevin is very, very good in the transfer market.”

“That’s his forte, so once the end of the season arrives and Newcastle are still in the Premier League, I expect to see some Keegan magic at work.”

And Malcolm knows all about Kevin’s first spell at the club. If we can survive in the Premier league this season we would expect Kevin to go on a spending spree, backed by Mike Ashley, not unlike what Sven Eriksson did at Manchester City last summer.

We expect Kevin to bring in some very good players, who will be good in the Premier league – immediately. And of course we’ll also be seeing more top class youngsters coming to the club.

But we must be patient as fans – Rome wasn’t built in a day. Patience is a virtue – even if it is dammed hard sometimes – especially when we are losing. 😀

For the record – MacDonald scored 95 goals for the club from 1971 – 1976 and appeared in 187 games for the Magpies.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • mikeygd

    Feb 26, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #1

    thanks ed, good article

  • KevinHann

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #2

    There is a strong chance that we keep getting similar results till the end of the season. Do you believe Keegan will remain onboard if this happens? I have full belief in him and would like him to stay even if we get relegated, which I don’t believe will happen. Not to mention he is the best guy when it comes to promoting teams to the Premier league! 😀


    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #3

    his radio phone in bores me half to death, after the match if possible i turn over to tim lovejoy because he is always a good listen

  • Neutral

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Patience is a virtue, fair enough. But I think you ought to have shown it with Big Sam. Coaches need more time than that. It’s not as if you were in a relegation scrap at that time.

    Oh well, good luck to your club. But keep expectations realistic.

  • CJ

    Feb 27, 2008 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Super Mac does my fookin head in he is more of an Arsenal fan than a Toon fan and always gets things wrong.

  • ScottyT

    Feb 27, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #6

    really is unbelievable that not everyone is backing keegan .. give him a chance for god sake hes got a shite squad and has been left to pick up the pieces that allardyce left him

    if he fails in the next few years so be it complain then that the appointment wasnt right etc but just support the whole club atm cos they need it (dont deserve it but need it)


    Feb 27, 2008 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #7

    CJ your totally right if i do have to listen to him driving home from the match i just end up screaming down the radio at him lol. i maybe should ring up and voice my opinions…

    although that would be counter productive

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 27, 2008 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d rather listen to SuperMac n Sherer than most on here tbh !

    Atleast they have worn the black n white with pride and done the business, even KK’s been there too on more than one occasion !

    It’s the likes of some on here that the “southern press” write about, unrealistic people who shout for the heads of managers and seem to miss the whole point and meaning of supporting a team.

    Keep the Faith.

  • toon_fan_83

    Feb 27, 2008 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Thers no way that we are getting relegated!!!!!
    And next season i have full confidence in KK as long as he gets rid of all the lazy money hungry pricks that we have playing for this great team, and gets the players that he wants…
    comon geordies!!!!!

  • Paul R

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Give KK A chance. he will work his magic in summer and turn us around supermac is great 2 !!!

  • Carr is shite

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    We should get rid of deadwoods like carr, smith,

    butt, geremi, smith and barton asap as they are

    simply not good enough for the team. We should

    not be keep signing rejects from the other team

    as they are not good enough for us. Let’s give

    the youngsters the runout in the first team as we

    seriously need pace in our team.

  • Ian

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #12

    He doesnt rate Martins and thought Owen would save the day!!!

    We all must stick with KK he has the track record, look at Gareth Southgate, who would have stuck with him earlier in the season if he had been here?? It was shocking, but a little stability and backing by the chairman and they are looking strong now.

    I keep saying it but all we need is Martins back on the pitch, one player doesnt make a team however at least when they pass the ball forward he will hang on to it for a while and be making attempts on goal, that makes the rest of the team put more effort in getting the ball forward and lifts everyone.

  • Graham

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Malcolm Macdonald was dead against Keegan returningon his show a couple of months ago now he reckons he’s the right man?

    However, we all need a drop of reality here and realise that a few good signings in the summer wont make us top4 (or even top 6) material next season. Its going to take at least 2 and more like 3-4 years to get this club challenging for the top spots again.

    Back to Macdonald though (or plastic Mac as he’s known in my house – he’s hopeless on the radio), he’s my claim to fame…. he served me breakfast when I was 12 at his hotel in Berwick. Cornflakes were soggy and the bacon was burnt. Typical Newcastle players…… always letting you down!

  • marcus owen

    Feb 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #14

    I am not against KK just because we can’t get any good result under him so far.I am against him on the team selection.He really don’t care to explain why players are always on the pitch when they are not performing.I still remember the smilling face from Alan Smith when we are losing against Man U.


    Feb 27, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    what was ‘super mac’ doing surving you food?

  • Graham

    Feb 27, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    He owned a hotel in Berwick about 15 years ago. I was the only kid in the hotel with a NUFC top on so he brought me my breakfast himself. Nearly s**t myself i did!

  • Bill F

    Feb 27, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #17

    We should support the Toon, Duuh like who else would we support. We might moan but but I don’t see any thing else but committed Toon supporters on this blog. Reason we moan so much is that we are committed supporters.

  • Graham

    Feb 27, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Bill F – agree totally. But we have to be realistic supporters too. Things aren’t gonna change overnight.

  • Bill F

    Feb 27, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Graham after fifty plus years of supporting our team I can assure you that I am a total realist. I would be happy to see good positive changes over the next 2/3 years. If it happens under KK then great, I’d be happy if it was Gordon Brown and I hate him.

  • Ian

    Feb 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Graham I agree 3-4 years unless we are very lucky and each signing works perfectly, to tell the truth the worst thing that could happen to us is make a few signings in the Summer, have unreal success for a short while then drop to where we really should be, we could do with a gradual improvement each transfer window.

  • jeff

    Feb 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Aye,we have to stick with Keegan…This is Big Sams squad of players and even he couldnt get his own players playing good football (His style I know)But confidence is a massive factor in football….Newcastles is rock bottom.One win will be a start…Keegan will know who he will want rid of and who he’s like to bring in…Keegan loves the attacking football and if you look at the players we have then Id say its a fair bet alot of them wont be playing for the toon come next season….Id still love to know whats wrong with Enrique though…Here’s a thought…If Geremi had such a good African Nations at right back why dont we play him there with Beye & Faye as centre Halves?
    Team for Blackburn

    Geremi Beye Faye Enrique

    Milner Butt Nzogbia Duff

    Owen Carroll


    The way things are going it might be worth a try

  • Rich

    Feb 27, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Jeff – I said that a while back, play Geremi at right back and move Beye into central defence with id say Taylor or Cacapa and play Faye in central midfield. Team for Blackburn based on Emre being injured If hes fit play him with Faye and move Zog out wide – Duffer to the bench:

    Geremi Beye Cacapa Enrique

    Milner Faye N Zogbia Duff

    Owen Martins

    Subs: Forster, Taylor, Barton, Viduka, Caroll

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 27, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #23

    macdonald is full of shit

  • greek toon

    Feb 27, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #24

    maybe ronaldeano, but he was f’ing brilliant striker. Wish we had him now at his best. Did you read supermacs biography?

  • Michael

    Feb 27, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Well, I wish I had similar confidence in Keegan. He will fail because he is simply not good enough. He is renowned for his motivational ability, but he claims our players are not playing well because they are low on confidence. It is no secret the Man is a moron when it comes to tactics, he said it himself, but if his so called motivational abilities are failing to get the players aby confidence, then just what is he doing? We can rule out tactics.
    He says we need a win to get our confidence back right???????

    then if we are not winning because of a lack of confidence and can only win if we are confident then which comes first. A win brings confidence and confidence brings a win. Like Chicken and egg which comes first?

    A manager must have tactics, motivational skills, scouting skills (ability to spot a good player) Keegan has mitivational skills, of that no doubt, His talent spoting skills are non existant (the guy says smith is good, and always selects butt) not because we are short of options in those positions, Tactics, well I know of frogs with better football tactics than Keegan. Simply put, we are running on his fabled motivation skills

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 27, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Fantastic striker Greek toon, but, full of shit mate!!!!

  • Nobby's dad

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Michael………………………… little you know about football and in your case ignorance is not bliss. Keegan’s talent spotting is non existant??

    Rob Lee / Ginola / Andy Cole /Albert. In his last spell at the Toon IMO he didn’t sign a bad player. OK so most were not ‘unknown’ – but he got them and got the best out of them. You don’t loose that talent.

    As for the bits about Smith and Butt – who presently is the alternative for Butt? A least he puts in a tackle – there is no one waiting in the wings who does this. Face it we are dreadful and Keegan is stuck with someone elses rubbish.

    And by the way Keegan’s lack of ‘tactics’ didn’t stop us being the most entertaining team the premiership has ever seen bar NONE. BSA was supposted to have great tactical nous…..that was all bull sh*t.


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