Keegan Still Confident After All These Games

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 hasn’t happened and Kevin has a record of 6 defeats in 8 games and only 3 goals scored while we’ve conceded 20. Not good by any measure.

But you can never accuse the man of not being positive. We’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 wasn’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 that’s something we can still boast about, although we’d hope that both teams survive the drop – it’s just great for the area. We don’t really count Middlesbrough, they’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 Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool saw them drop to 15th in the table.

“The fans deserve better than what we are giving them,” “That’s my intention, to turn this club around and give them what they deserve, which is silverware.”

“We 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.”

“We 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 wasn’t built in a day. Last time it didn’t happen as quickly as people imagine.”

“I have three-and-a-half years to try to win a trophy. That’s my objective. I don’t think it will be a league title because of the vast gap that exists now.”

“That gap didn’t exist before. But I believe that once we turn, it is a big club and the momentum takes it on.”

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:

“It 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,”

“We 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.”

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.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Stami

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    we REALLY need a win this weekend!

  • ToonKing

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    if we don’t win against the Brummies were going down for sure 🙁

  • HeronMag

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    For me this match is one of the first real tests KK faces. I don’t think any of us actually thought we could turn out results against Man U, Arsenal or Liverpool. Blackburn was a fair test and we almost came up trumps. KK needs to get his team selection right this time and force out a win. Not playing Oba (our most dangerous player around the box) for me is suicide. He’s the only player in our squad that I could see somewhere like Barcelona and we don’t play him! Saying that I would also like to see Carroll given a decent chance to impress.

    But Keegan cannot fairly stick with Smith any more, no matter what his work rate is.

  • toonhitman

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    toonking there is no doubt were in the soup,theres to many players not preforming on the pitch soon as we go a goal down the players loose heart and give in things have to change quickliy or we will be in the championship next season

  • Eric

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    We will stay up with a squeak but we must beat Brum and Fulham for sure. Martins has got to start or else! Smith, Barton, and Butt must not figure. Use Geremi as a defensive alongside Zog in the middle. Diatta and Faye may hold too – but please KK listen to the fans – put Owen on the bench or tell him to stay on the coach please.We cannot afford his lacklustre displays or his wage packet for nowt in the net!

  • Stami

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    i still feel we shouldnt be too dishartened just yet. Did we really expect to go to Anfield and get a win, i would like to think it possible, but there are very few teams able to do this! We did not play well, this is true, but take nothing away from Liverpool, they are a superior team at the moment, streets ahead of us! Take into account too, that Torres has hit amazing form scoring 7 in his last 3 games, and Gerrard, well, he makes it very difficult for any team! that said, we should be focused on Birmingham next. this is our chance to ‘turn a corner’! we MUST go out and attack them from the start like we did Blackburn. they WILL crack, we will score, and hopefully a slither of confidence will return to our MASSIVELY under-performing squad! Martins MUST start. there is absolutely no excuse to keep him out this wkd, he was the only player who ever looked a threat this past saturday, it is clear that he has fully recovered from his ankle injury he suffered in training after AFCON!

    keep the faith! till the bitter end, we are Newcastle United…

  • Kash2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Agree with everyone (even though I haven’t read what you boys have said) that if we don’t win these games then we deserve to go down.

    These games are the ones we’ve been waiting for. As long as we play like we did against Blackburn, the we should come away with a point at least, which is better than nothing.

    I’m sick of Smith up front owen not hitting the net. Is it not time for Oba and Carroll to come on?

    Oba nearly made a goal out of nothing for gods sake!!!!!!!

  • marcus owen

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    He is the one to be blamed if we get relegated. Awful tactical knowledge and team selection.

  • Eric

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Did the team all have a goose for Xmas dinner? There are so many white feathers floating about the side that I am beginning to wonder. Agree, we must keep the faith. We will get away with 13th – perhaps for us a lucky number. Mighty river! Owen and the other rejects? King of the Kop? Kings of the Tyne? Kings of the Dole come summer!

  • toonhitman

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    why does kk keep picking smith this has my head done in,what does he see in him that thousands dont its time for kk too wake up and play oba or its ova

  • Nomis_jade

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    A few points id like to make;
    1. SMITH – It is obvious to everyone that KK loves this man. I actually dont mind smith that much and i think he always works really hard, but surely if yr striker isnt scoring and also not linking up very well with his partner that he should be dropped and someone else given a go. Especially with oba and carroll waiting in the wings? I dont think smith is playing the right role in the team. When he was playing at leeds he played off viduka, and scored far more goals, but in this team he is the target man, holding the ball up and heading it on. Simply putting it, he is just not that great at it.

    2. I think the owen situation is a tricky one. I think he could be really good for us still but the service to him has been terrrible. On the other hand he would cost us more and more money so maybe we should bring someone else in? its a tricky one that.

    3.Taylor needs to be given a rest. Id even put cacapa in cos taylors confidence seems low to me and cacapa has a wealth of experience.

    4.We must get points against birmingham, simple as that. I still dont think we will get relegated but my god its going to be close.

  • faustino

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    I Believe N Zogbia is the guy to be dropped. In an ideal world we’d have the stability to balance him out as a creative player and his defensive problems. At the moment he weakens our abaility to keep the ball and build. I would have a Duff Emre Geremi Milner midfield with Martins and Viduka upfront; with Carrol getting the chance in his absence.

    Taylor also has to be dropped imo. I still belive Beye Faye Cacapa Enrique is the best defence we have, given the chance. If they stay solid they should be able to make up for any deficiencies in Cacapa’s pace! But I don’t care how solid any backline stays I think Taylor’s attitude is all wrong – as anyone who has managed anything will say; having someone believe they’re better than they are is a dangerous thing and this kid thinks he’s brilliant.

    Simply put though WE NEED GOALS!!!! START OBA!!!

  • Hammy

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    You have to hand it to Benitez, while Owen cronies Carra’ and Stevie G were begging Rafa to resign Owen he went ahead and bought Torres…..leaving us mugs to keep Owen in the lifestyle he’s used to………
    Unfortunately for Keegan last time he was at SJP probably the top earner would have been Shearer on about £20 grand a week…….this time around Ameobi is probably on about that and the rest of them will be on a lot more….if we go down they will still be on that kind of dough as FFS wouldn’t have had the brains to put relegation clauses in the players contracts.
    My point being Newcastle players are on Chelsea money while delivering Sunderland style performances……..IF we stay up we need to get rid of the players in the comfort zone and reward only players who perform with decent contracts……not fooking many at this rate…
    would love to see Smith’s contract as this guy is a nailed on first teamer…….utter shite…

  • Stami

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    well said Hammy

  • geordie in taipei

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Keegan has inherited one of the worst bunch of numbnuts on the planet !! Once weve got through this season and hopefully survived…..he will spend big……and ship alot out ! As for recent team selection ..well smith and butt..what can we say they are terrible….suppose keegan looks at them in some belief that they can aquire form….of course we dont agree …and im sure that Keegan has got to be seeing this by now….but keegan doesnt like dropping players….. remember Mike Hooper…how long did he play in the first team…giving goals away with a perfectly capable Pavel srnieck sitting on the bench. If Emre and Viduka would stop pissing about in the recovery room ,,then perhaps the option of choice may push his thinking along abit …and we’d se a better selection !

  • Dragoner

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Nicky Butt is one of our main problems, he constantly gives the ball away, CONSTANTLY! In January we should have definitely bought a DM

  • Kash2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    We’re all saying the same things, the squad is shit and they earn far too much!!!! There will and has to be an overhaul with loads leaving and loads of youngsters need to come in with a splash of top quality players!!!!!

    But……Bolton and Fulham will still GO DOWN. Look at there next 3 fixtures, they’re horrific! Now these teams have smaller time but more able players that I would happily bring to Newcastle.

    Bolton: Diouf, Gardner, Nolan, Jussi
    Fulham: Bullard, Volz, Hughes
    Derby: Barnes

    Thats 8 players that would cost in the region of £15m and would immensely improve squad and there wages would be nowhere near some of the players we expect to leave. Throw in plenty of youngsters and a few stars and we’ve got a proper team again!

  • steve k

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    There’s a lot of optimism here and I find myself playing the part of Dr.Gloom. One, and this has nothing to do with lack of patience, Keegan has no hope of achieving anything at our club. Two draws from six games suggests a manager out of his depth with a team that is simply nowhere near that bad, they have gotten much worse under Keegan. But again the anger should not be directed at him, Mike Ashley has so far performed worse as chairman than Freddie Shepherd, and that is the really horrible truth.

    At this point I’d almost welcome relegation, hoping that it may somehow have a cleansing effect on the club and help us to build a decent structure and get rid of the chaff.

    As things stand, this is the worst state the club has been in since we arrived in the premiership. And everything, from the board to the management to the playing staff has to be changed.

  • toonhitman

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    hand on heart time people do you reckon the toon will go down if we get nowt from the next game

  • Bottlodog

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    hitman – unfortunately – yes

  • geordie in taipei

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Hitman- i reckon have to put the marker at fulham or sunderland at the furthest,,,,after that if we got nothing then we totally f@#cked !

  • Michael

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #22

    I mean clearly this man is deluded. Confident of what? Keegan must admit he is out of his depth. Week in week out we are being thrashed both home and away.

    A deluded fool who should have stayed retired. No one wanted him back, including the silly silly silly advocates who ignorantly rant on about this so called messiah. He is riding a tiger and frankly we should hire a cab for him.

    To have such incompetence managing my club is simply disparaging enough.

    Taxi for Keegan, please

  • Viper

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Harsh truths lads.

    I’ve got fear we’ll not beat the unwashed, let alone fulham or reading. or brum.

    My hope is of course to NOT be relegated, BUT is almost upon us.

    Bollocks, we’re shite.

  • Rich

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #24

    We dont need anything against Brum to stay up, if we win our 3 home games we stay up simple as 37 will be enough!!! A draw against Brum and 3 against Fulhm and we will be ok, if we dont at least get 3 points from next 2 definitely down!

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I certainly think that Taylor believes he’s top class. Every time I pick up the Chronicle he’s having something to say, does he work as our Spokesman for them. Put him back in the reserves, tell him a few home truths and let him learn his trade because at the moment all he looks like he will ever be is an average sweeper !

  • Ian

    Mar 10, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #26

    We will be ok, we have an ok run to the end of the season, look at some of the other teams around us and their fixtures, they have runs like our last six games.

    As long as we build round Martins first then we will be ok, we do not need Duff alongside Martins though, if it isnt Owen, Viduka, Ameobi or Carroll then it should be Nzogbia not Duff, play Duff in Nzogbias position.

  • scott9

    Mar 10, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #27

    id agree with that toon king

  • scott9

    Mar 10, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #28

    i cant imagine what would happen if we were relagated every player would go if the sh*t ones like smith and who the hell would we buy people like recardo fuller and james beatie it would be a disaster

  • Nomis_jade

    Mar 10, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Someone suggested putting milner in the middle. That could be a good idea, but who goes on the right wing? geremi? i dont think so.


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