Kevin Keegan is a man motivator and that is one of his biggest strengths as a manager.
Kevin Keegan - in training with the lads
But Kevin doesnâ€™t seem to have worked his magic since heâ€™s been here, well not so far anyway. But Kevin has total confidence in his own abilities as a manager.
He doesnâ€™t think heâ€™s lost anything on the motivational side since he returned to Newcastle United last month.
Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today, when asked if he had lost his motivational skills:
â€œI donâ€™t think so. Theyâ€™re up for it before games and they want to win football matches.â€
â€œBut obviously Iâ€™m having a bit of a job putting some confidence into them.â€ â€œThatâ€™s the hardest part.â€
We’re not sure you can separate confidence from motivation. Part of the motivation is surely to give the players the confidence, so they can perform to their potential and even sometimes above it. That’s what Kevin was able to do when he was manager at the club the first time around.
We think Keegan will turn this around sooner rather than later, and it’s not that the team hasn’t played good football at times since Kevin arrived. But we’ve just been unable to sustain it for the full 90 minutes, and that will be an important element of the game on Saturday against an in-form Blackburn Rovers side.
Not surprisingly Kevin has been extremely pleased with the way the crowd had backed the team through a string of poor results. It will be important again on Saturday that the Newcastle fans stay with the team, so we can hopefully pick up those so important 3 points.
It’s 10 games since we last had a win in the league – so a win must come soon – surely.