Keegan Sees Improvements on Training Pitch

Keegan has said he has seen improvements on the training ground in the last few weeks but those improvements have still to be transferred into real games.


Kevin Keegan – improvements on the training field

Keegan talked today about what it takes to be safe this season, and the fact that he’s seen some improvements in the squad:

“We need to get to 40 points. I think 40 will be enough, although I may be proved wrong even on that.”“But we are just in the early stages of rebuilding here, and this instant quick-fix thing was never going to happen.”

“I have seen improvements on the training ground, definitely, but those improvements as yet have not gone on to the pitch – where it really matters.”

“If we get the training up to the standard we need and the quality we need – and by that I mean competitive in the right way, a good spirit around the place, but games even in practice meaning something – then that will go on to the big pitch.”

“My belief always had been, having been in football a lot of years as a player and then as a manager as well, that is usually the way it works.”

“What happens out on the training ground, if it is not good, goes into the games – and if it is good, it goes into the games.”

But there seems to be good news on the injury front for Kevin, since Emre, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins all look to be available after recovering from their various injuries. Each of these players can give us something special, especially Emre, who we need for his creativity, which has been sadly missing these last several games. Shay Given will be out after yet another recurrence of his groin injury.

The crowd can be a 12th man tomorrow and we need the Newcastle faithful to support the lads throughout tomorrow’s important game.

Keegan continued:

“The crowd made a difference then, and they will make a difference now – as they always have at this football club.”

The team just has to start showing some improvement tomorrow, as time is starting to run out. With no wins in our last 10 league games and just 2 wins in the last 18 games we need a win badly, and that’s just one huge under-statement.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Gooderz

    Feb 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s hope they do get it right tomorrow as it’s a winnable game at last, and we need some points.

  • elfer

    Feb 29, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    winnable? I think they are so in-form that it will be very very hard and if we do not stop making these silly mistakes there’s another 1:5 just around the corner…

    …but I believe and keep the faith, so go on lads and proove what geordie spirit is all about!

  • GP

    Feb 29, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s important to have a good atmosphere at the ground, that’s why I think the whole Toon Ultras organisation needs to be greatly expanded.

  • Graeme

    Feb 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s shit or bust time, yet again!!

    Certainly time for KK to prove that the 3 weeks of training HE has given actually mean something. It produced zero impact against Man Ure, so hopefully he will do something for B’burn.

    If he cant get them going now, he probably never will. He also needs to prove he still has what it takes – he’s talked the talk, now its time to deliver!!!


    Feb 29, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    love that expression its sh1t or bust time.

    what happens on the training pitch does not make a difference really. who knows maybe all football teams train better than they play and we just have a set of misfits, i hope not.

  • George

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Good sign if there are improvements in training, but the biig question is “how on earth were the standards allowed to drop”.
    Was it a case of “too many cooks” under SA.
    Was it a case of no respect for SA and his tactics.
    Was it a case of language barriers in the dressing room.
    Doubt we will never know, but if improvements continue on the pitch aswell, we may yet get out of the relegation fight before the last game.

  • briss

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7

    The reason was prob players wern’t doing things the way keegan wanted them to do but now they are starting to understandand improve, which is positive. emre is reportedas still injured on the official website so we can forget about him for another week. 🙁


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