Kevin Keegan has not made the impact most fans though he would when he started his second spell as manager on January 16th.
Kevin Keegan – his look tells it all
We were ecstatic when we heard Keegan had signed and our woes of the season disappeared, as we expected Kevin to have the side winning sooner rather than later.
But it hasnâ€™t happened and Kevin has a record of 6 defeats in 8 games and only 3 goals scored while weâ€™ve conceded 20. Not good by any measure.
But you can never accuse the man of not being positive. Weâ€™ve taken a couple of days to recover from what we thought was a hugely disappointing performance at Liverpool. Not so much for the score, although that adds to our terrible goal difference, but the way in which it appeared far too many of our players gave up the fight.
It wasnâ€™t good enough and two teams, Reading and Wigan are now above us in the league as we stand at 15th position, just one point above Sunderland. Well thatâ€™s something we can still boast about, although weâ€™d hope that both teams survive the drop â€“ itâ€™s just great for the area. We donâ€™t really count Middlesbrough, theyâ€™re too far south. .
The Yorkshireman has not had the expected impact since returning as manager. His team has collected just two points from eight games and Saturdayâ€™s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool saw them drop to 15th in the table.
â€œThe fans deserve better than what we are giving them,â€ â€œThatâ€™s my intention, to turn this club around and give them what they deserve, which is silverware.â€
â€œWe nearly did it once. That is still my intention. It seems a long way off at the moment but football is a strange game. It takes time to get things right but if you turn it round it can move at pace as well.â€
â€œWe have seen it happen at this club before. My belief is we can make it happen again. It might look a long way off but I can see it. Rome wasnâ€™t built in a day. Last time it didnâ€™t happen as quickly as people imagine.â€
â€œI have three-and-a-half years to try to win a trophy. Thatâ€™s my objective. I donâ€™t think it will be a league title because of the vast gap that exists now.â€
â€œThat gap didnâ€™t exist before. But I believe that once we turn, it is a big club and the momentum takes it on.â€
When we turn is getting to be the big question. We though it was last week against Blackburn, even though we suffered defeat again, but Saturday it seemed we were back to square.
The good news though is you wouldn’t expect to get much at Liverpool, but that’s not true with our next game. We play at Birmingham City a week today, is getting to be a crucial game:
â€œIt will be difficult because they (Birmingham) are a team around you, but if you get a result it is not only going to help your cause you are knocking them down as well,â€
â€œWe just need to win a match and the sooner the better. Hopefully that will give us confidence. That is the biggest single factor in the way we are playing.â€
We’re sick of hearing how the players lack confidence – pity for them. We put the responsibility for our demise squarely on the playing staff, and we have to see more performances like we gave against Arsenal, when we drew 1-1 at St. James’ Park but could so easily have won.
It’s that type of performance and the one against Blackburn that we need now – not the white flag surrender of Saturday.