One of the biggest managerial challenges of Kevin’s bright career lies ahead in our last 11 games as he somehow has to get the Newcastle players inspired to play well for the team.
Keegan – motivational skills pout to the test with our lot
After yesterday’s performance, coupled with several of the last several weeks, that may be a task too far for Kevin.
After the terrible 3-0 defeat at Liverpool, which took our goal difference to a worst ever -26, Keegan was his usual honest self about Newcastle’s plight as he said:
“We are in a relegation battle, no question. Unless you wins games that is the situation you are in.”“We have drawn two and lost six since I have been back and that is relegation form in any league in the world, not just the Premier League.”
“It is not a surprise we have been sucked into the battle at the bottom. Now we must find something from within ourselves to get back out of it again.”
“We must make sure this club not only survives but builds and goes forward. So that one day we can go to Anfield and genuinely feel we have a chance of beating a big four club. That is what we are all after.”
“We have to go to Birmingham next, and we also have Reading and Fulham soon. We still must get to 40 points, and we need four more wins to do that.”
“We have the ability to pick ourselves up. We have had a few hammer blows in recent weeks but I am confident that with the players we have we can stay in this division.”
“We do need luck. We will get a freak goal somewhere, we will hit the bar from 30-yards and it will go in rather than bounce out.”
“Luck isn’t going our way. And we needed every bit of luck against Liverpool because they are hitting good form now, and playing with the confidence that comes from winning and scoring goals.”
Newcastle have now lost 4 league games in a row and 9 out of the last 12. We’ve conceded 31 goals in the process while scoring just 6. We know some fans didn’t even want to watch the game yesterday, because they were scared of what what happened. Another white flag surrender.
“For 42 minutes we stuck to our game plan and Liverpool had very few opportunities. Then they got a freak goal and one straight afterwards, that changed everything.”“To find ourselves 2-0 down at the break after doing so well for a long time was a real kick in the teeth, especially at a place like Anfield.”
“I told the players that they were not quite good enough. There were some good things, and some players gave their all.”
“But we did not pass the ball well enough, and when we had the ball the question is, what can we do to hurt them. The answer was not enough in my opinion.”
“With the players we have we should pass the ball better, we should keep possession better.” “That is what we must work on and work on pretty quickly. It’s OK in training, but the transition is to take that onto the pitch.”
“We had it last week against Blackburn and played really well. But we never got close to that against Liverpool. But playing Liverpool at Anfield is different to facing Blackburn at St. James’ Park.”
One of the strange motivational tasks Kevin has is to coax Emre and Viduka that it’s safe to play in a team under a relegation threat. Hey, that’s their job, and we’ll measure how long these two hide out. The clock is ticking.
We also think it’s time we stopped talking about next season and stopped talking about how great we were in the 1990s in Kevin’s first reign. It’s all an illusion. Let’s stick with the facts that are staring this club in the face.
We are in dire danger of the drop and unless our players snap out of their comas on the field, and show some guts and quality, we’ll be visiting Hull and other places next season. (no offense to Hull supporters).
On the bright side, if we do go down, it will give us a chance to unload a lot of the players we’ll not be able to afford in the Championship.
Since most of them would have been responsible for getting us relegated – then if it happens – good riddance to them.