Keegan Looking at Good Players – Again

Kevin Keegan was at Ibrox last Thursday to watch Rangers beat Werder Bremen 2-0 in the UEFA Cup.


Chairman Mort – has to be concerned about relegation reality

Kevin has been saying today there are some very good players right now playing in the Scottish Premier league.

Kevin has been linked with a move for Celtic winger Aiden McGeady and clearly needs to bring new faces to St James’ Park.

Kevin said today:

“I think you will see more and more Premier League managers looking at Scotland because there is some talent there.”

“I don’t mean this disrespectfully but probably, for the last six or seven years, that wasn’t always the case.”

“We are like any other club, we will look for talent wherever we think it can improve us. Whether it be Scotland, Lithuania, Russia, that’s what you do.”

“At the moment I think Scotland has got four or five players. (Alan) Hutton has just gone down to Spurs from Rangers and I think there are others here, definitely.”

“I think they will interest everybody to be honest, not just me.”

But we’re not sure what those new faces will look like. They may not be the top players we expect, because there an ever increasing chance that Newcastle will be relegated this season.

We’re sure Mike Ashley and Chris Mort already have a disaster plan in place in case we go down. They might not admit it, but they are far too good at business planning, not to know what they’ll do if the disaster scenario actually happens.

Every defeat brings that disaster scenario closer and closer to reality.

36 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #1

    No he isnt. He hasnt travelled to Sousse in Tunisia yet.

  • Drago

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Lithuania ? 😀 i’m from Lithuania and i’m 100% sure that there isnt any talents in football in our country 80% i believe plays basketball, and football ir really shite…

  • Leo

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #3

    we were also looking at diego of bremen, haha i wish


    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Russia, Arshavin maybe…..


    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #5

    As for Scrotland Aiden McGeady, Scott Brown and Kris Boyd would all improve us and theres this massive CB called Jones from Gateshead he plays for hibs and scores shit loads, probably cant defend but the last goal scoring centre half we had was Phillipe Albert and we loved him despite the fact that he werent great defensively either.

  • kevinkeegan

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #6

    do newcastle fans know they’re the laughing stock of english football…
    looking bak to the glory days of keegan (a manager who never won anything) was never gonna work…but alas newcastle is a special club who no1 can possibly understand here in london,
    those poor fans work all week and then go to football on the weekend for entertainment, you see, like the theatre…
    as oppossed to the rest of the country, who laze about on the doll all week then stroll up to the football on the weekend for a bit of socialising

    sorry for the rant, but its overdue
    i do hope you get promoted bak up next year cos the premiership needs you for comic relief

  • daiv

    Mar 10, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #7

    MA must be contemplating the biggest mistake he has ever made in his whole life. He never dreamt we might get relegated when he appointed KK. But I suppose it is all Sam’s fault. He gets blamed for everything.

  • scott9

    Mar 10, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #8

    i no i heard that leo hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
    we need to get safe first never mind diego hahahaha we have no chance even if we was in uefa cup


    Mar 10, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Signings When we’ve secured our prem status:

    Players In:

    Wes Brown
    Wayne Bridge
    Diego Lugano
    Andrei Arshavin
    Michael Carrick
    Steve Sidwell
    Stewart Downing
    Dean Ashton
    Antoine Sibierski (Guy oozes passion for the club and good player as well)
    Nobby Solano (Its a crime him sitting on the West Ham Bench)

    Staff In:

    Sir Bobby Robson (Director of Football)
    Alan Shearer (Assistant Manager)
    Pavel Srnicek (Goalkeeping coach)
    Steve Howey (Defensive Coach)
    Peter Beardsley (Coach)
    Les Ferdinand (Coach)
    Rob Lee (Coach)

    Bobby can use all his contacts around England, Spain, Holland, Portugal and Ireland to get us some of the best young talent in the world.

    Beardo and Lee to help our midfielders pass the ball, Shearer and Les to show our strikers how to score, Pav to work with the keepers and Howey to work with the defenders.

    Obviously Keep Kev and Aurthur.


    Definate Outs:


    10 in & 10 out

  • UTD111

    Mar 10, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #10

    We need to get something from the Birmingham game – can’t rely on everything going our way in the so-called “easier” home games……

  • CJ

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Utd111-100% agree about that.

  • Dirt McGirt

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #12

    I got an idea KK how about spending your time worrying about keeping us up? Instead of watching shit players in Scotland how about watching some video of the Brummies and figuring out a way to get three points by using tactics.

    Is it just me or is everyone attached to this club insane?

  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #13

    “We’re sure Mike Ashley and Chris Mort already have a disaster plan in place in case we go down. They might not admit it, but they are far too good at business planning, not to know what they’ll do if the disaster scenario actually happens.”

    I hate to say it Ed but the: “they (Ashley and Mort) are far too good at business planning not to have a plan” has been said far too often and proven drastically wrong too many times.

    But then again maybe this IS part of the plan god forbid…

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Mentioned a while ago that we’ve been linked with the Aussie stiker playing @ Celtic, Scott McDonald.

    However Celtic paid a reported £700 K for him, we have been mentioned as wanting to pay £10 million plus for him and he’s only been there this season.

  • Nobby's dad

    Mar 10, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #15

    daiv – MA must be contemplating the biggest mistake he has ever made in his whole life. He never dreamt we might get relegated when he appointed KK. But I suppose it is all Sam’s fault. He gets blamed for everything.

    How can anyone possibly think our current situation IS NOT the fault of Allardyce?

    Lets start with the players he sold. Dyer (love him or loath him he had pace which we haven’t replaced) – Nobby most skilful Toon player in the last 10 years. Replaced by ?? Smith and Barton!!!!

    The purchase of Viduka……everyone knew what he was like i.e. plays when he fancies it which isn’t often. Barton….more baggage than British Airways. Enrique…(never buy Spanish players we’ve been stung too often). Geremi – bought to play where??

    His tactics were shocking, Wimbledon type kick and rush football, clueless stuff. Our present situation is not Keegans fault – I doubt even Fergie could get this bunch of no hopers playing….plus BSA’s playing of Zog at left back pissed him off before Keegan arrived, so there’s another good prospect who it appears we’ve lost.

    And finally just look at the games we played under BSA. Apart form Liverpool home and Chelsea away we’d played no one of note ( and we lost both of these games). Think back to the Derby games / Wigan /Reading/ Man City games. No doubt in my mind we were going down under Allardyce…..and he has the gaul to state it’s not his fault. Like Souness a deluded, pompous tw*t!!

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Nobby’s dad, gotta agree with ya.

    Had a mate (Spurs fan) today telling me we should have stuck with BSA, he would have got us out of this….. was lost for words….. he’s a real football (cockney) guy too, manages youth teams and played semi-pro in the past.
    Tried to explain to him about Smith but was falling on deaf ears.

    Gooner lad I know says ……. “still the Messiah then?” God don’t the southerners want us to fail and don’t we just want to shove it up them!

    Hard to handle the stick but tbh it’s like water off a ducks back, so used to the Toon being shit! 🙁 over the last few years.

  • There's only one united

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Just a thought! I wonder of MA is doing a ‘Producers’. It’s the only disaster recovery plan I can think of 🙂

  • daiv

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Nobbys dad
    Don’t blame the previous manager for the current problems. Roeder made a goos job of Souness disasters. keegan knew the scale of the job when he took it on. He came here to improve things. It is not acceptable to say that he cannot do anything about relegation because of sam’s mistakes (there are many). The buck stops with the current manager. Otherwise we should have kept Sam because he could not have done any worse. Things are worse under KK…he is in charge when the club is going through its worst results in its history. Otherwise you might as well keep blaming the previous managers until you are in div 2. At some time KK has to turn it round or we get relegated. If you want to keep blaming Sam for everything, MA should appoint me on £5M until I get the club relegated. For £5m I expect results from KK, not excuses like its all sams fault.

  • Nobby's dad

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #19

    ObaFan2….The strange thing is that under Keegan last time around we were everyone’s 2nd team (apart from Mackam fans obviously). He was praised for his signings and the style of football.

    Now everyone wants to see him fail and they are all in denial about the job he did last time (no tactics / won nowt etc.). If we end up with a team HALF as good as 12 years ago I’ll die happy.

    We must all have faith in King Kev to bring back the good times… is like a religion for in the darkest hour our faith must be at it’s strongest. Hallelujah and praised to King Kev for he will lead his followers to the promised land for I have see the glory and……………..

  • daiv

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #20

    KK should be thinking about keeping us up and the rum game not talking bollocks about who he is going to sign next season. he seems to have lost the plot. Deemable.

  • Nobby's dad

    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #21

    daiv…….I honestly don’t think things are worse under Keegan. He hasn’t had the initial impact that I’d have hoped for but that impact doesn’t always happen. I honestly think the Roeder effect came from the utter relief that followed the sacking of Souness *the worst manager in the 43 years I’ve followed the club – rivalled only IMO by Bill McGarry.

    I’m no crystal ball reader but after the Derby game away all those months ago I knew we were in trouble. However for my sins I’m a Keegan fan 100%. His 9o’s side gave more pleasure in 1 season than I’ve had in the 12 + years since and I have never waivered in my belief that he’ll get us back to playing good attacking football. Keep the faith!!

  • ScottyT

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #22

    craigg agree with most of them changes.

    things i would tweak though:

    – clear wes brown from the list of signings (dont rate him)
    – bobby wont be back in football imo he is just too old now and needs to concentrate on his health more than anything else (legend)
    – add joey “the thug” barton and rozehnal to the departures list
    – with the staff you say to bring in it would probaly make us an even bigger laughing stock than we are already but i see where you come from .. cant see it happening mind

  • Nobby's dad

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d add Emre to the departures list also. OK lots of people come on here in support of this – as some describe him ‘World Class’ midfielder. Do me a favour !! I’m sorry I just DON’T rate him. Another who disappears when the chips are down … passion / bottle or spirit. Good talker though – I remember all the pre -season stuff how this was going to be his season to establish himself etc.etc…… Bin him.

  • Rob Lee's left bollock.

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #24

    With money not being a problem, maybe going down might just be the reality check we need. Get rid of other premiership teams cast offs and get some players who might actually want to play footy once in a while.

  • richie

    Mar 11, 2008 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #25

    if we can stay up:
    outs: most ,keep given taylor duff barton owen

    ins:brown and bridge great additions would they come?kilgallon sheffield utd, ben haim, hyppia,mcgeady.arshavin,crouch,noble,bentley

    also a tall commanding midfielder, this is very important

  • lee

    Mar 11, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #26

    run forest run (smith)

  • Michael

    Mar 11, 2008 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #27

    I have said this before, the strategy is to keep the fans mind off the results.

    Talking about singing Ronaldo from Manchester united and Berbatov from Spurs gets the Fans excited.

    Keegan is out of his depth please is it that hard to see. Oblivious to his surroundings. Perhaps he is ill?

  • Michael

    Mar 11, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Scottish premier league!!!!? Goodness me, we were talking about flair and he is going to Scotland. There we go
    -No tactics,
    -no motivation skills and
    -no talent spotting.

  • Stami

    Mar 11, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #29


    – i have read the entire front page articles and comments. you are the most annoying negative ‘supporter’ i have ever had the displeasure of coming across! why on earth do you continue to post on this blog when all you do is moan and whine. your points are ALL terribly one dimensoinal.
    i challange you to put some positive comments down in the coming weeks and try supporting your team for once!

    no dis-respect intended!

  • Rich

    Mar 11, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Michael – No talent in scotland?? Aiden Mcgeady is awesome mate, compared to Zog hes twice the player id swap in an instant really hope that change happens! Scott Brown,Ross McCormack, Steven Fletcher, Carlos Cuellar would all improve our team!

  • Michael

    Mar 11, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #31

    If you were aware of the concepts of domains you would see that, a talent in domain is not the same in another. Look at Thierry Henry bad in Italy with Juventus, but brilliant at Arsenal and now bad at Barcelona.

    Beckham great at Man u not so at Madrid and Galaxy. Shevchenko, great a Milan and now horrendous at Chelsea, likely this so called Scottich talent of whom you are in laudation, will be a flop in the premier league. the quality between the two is significant which is why he flatters. There is nothing negative about the truth.

    Would you rather I posted comments this board wants to read. Certainly not. If our situation good and there is no reason to point out short comings then no doubt I would be in the habit of writing fairy tales. This is not the case, Our situation is negative. I am sorry if dark clouds have accumilate when you read my posts but I am only stressing the truth which is we are in the mire, of that , no doubt.

  • Rich

    Mar 11, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    I can see where u are coming from Michael and maybe some of the guys would be flops but i can guarantee Aiden Mcgeady would not be, hes proved it at champions league level against AC Millan where he got great praise from many of their players and fans, Barca that he can compete with the best!Would be the best 10 million we couls spend

  • peter

    Mar 11, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Mr Mike owns NUFC – get used to the reality. The hard boring graft that put Bolton into the top echelons of the PL wasn’t what it was about. Big Sam thinks football is important in itself, that it has integrity and means something. But football doesn’t make anything, serve anything, change or do anything – its just entertainment. It makes a lot of money and people get paid silly money for shite. How is more important Michael Owen who gets 104,000 for not producing much entertainment or the bus driver who doesn’t crash, but gets you to work everyday, on time, for what a few pounds. One is wealthy, the other is important. Mr Mike wants his silly ego to be entertained and its his pound that calls the Toon tune. Long time since Mr Mike had to catch a bus to work – he just doesn’t get important, esp if it means hard graft and honest reality checks. Its not going to get better, just sillier. Time to support a club that is important, until Mr Mike tires and goes away to be entertained by another tune…. By then, NUFC will be in Div 1, have years of expensive crap on the books and bigger debts to pay off than when Mr Mike apparently White Knighted us.

  • Michael

    Mar 11, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Perhaps, I will admit I have not heard of the guy so in truth it would be unfair for me to say he would be a flop. I keep an open mind , he could be good but at the same time could be bad. 50 – 50.

    Certianly what might be indicator of his anility is who else is scouting him?

  • Ian

    Mar 11, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree Nobbys dad-about Allerdyce, Sibieski was the stupidest sale as he was one of our top goalscorers and was a central midfielder, tell me who in our central midfield is a better player than him???
    All we had to do was give him a two year contract, now all the players are back he could have slipped back into midfield, while Martins was away he could have taken up last seasons position as striker – who scored more than Owen.
    That was stupid, Dyer was a good sale.
    Chopra was the other player we shouldnt have sold as he played well behind the strikers and played some lovely balls through for Shearer, he was sold for buttons, earned low wages and would have helped us through this difficult patch.

    I would like to see Bellamy bought to replace Nzogbia on the wing, he played well for us in the past in that position, he loves this club will be ok next season after his stomach operation and always gives 100%, plus if the strikers cant hit the goal he can be brought in to the centre.

  • jumppy

    Mar 11, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #36

    i beleive fergie was right to say the problem with our club is the fans. i am sick and tired of you. all you really donot know what you want for the club, that why chairmen/owners ,managers just take the club for a ride. i would suggest that every newcastle fan particularly who continue to take us back ie bring back kk club need to relax forget the past glories and losses and lets look to the future. I beleive it will not be too bad if we give kk a director of football position and get another coach it’s so obvious He can keep tabs on the prem any longer . Also kindly advise Him to stop complaining about the players attitude to the game i beleive and experience has shown that good coaches bring the best out of players sth our messiah has not being able to do.He needs to show us from His team selection and His tactics that he indeed know what he want to acheive which i beleive he doesn’t that why we are playing the way we are.


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