Kevin Gallacher was Bobby Robson’s first signing as Newcastle manager, back in 1999.
Kevin Gallagher – great but brief service to the club
At the time Bobby had taken over form the disastrous Ruud Gullit and saw immediately that Alan Shearer needed a partner to play up front with him. Bobby brought in Kevin for peanuts (Â£750K) and Kevin played great for the remainder of the season. He didnâ€™t stay too long at Newcastle but he did a great short term job for the club.
We need some players like that next season to get us out of our situation.
Kevin stayed a couple of years, made 39 appearances and scored 4 goals (Alan scored all the goals of course).
The Scottish international (1988-2001, 53 caps, 6 goals) always played with pride and passion and Kevin had this to say about Newcastle current crop of overpaid stars:
â€œThe players have got to take a bit of responsibility and get their fingers out – and realize that potentially they could go down a division, which would be a catastrophe.â€
“On paper you can’t see the players they have nose-diving – but that’s what has happened. They are getting closer to the bottom three. The bottom three are picking up points but Newcastle are on the slide.â€
“I think people were hoping a little too much for Kevin to wave his magic wand and I just think it has been very tough for him.â€
“He came in but there was less of a sparkle in his eye. I think it is a bigger challenge than the first time he went to Newcastle.â€
“A lot of people were hoping that Alan Shearer would have joined him and that would have been an ideal partnership but whether that would have got the results we don’t know. At the moment they are struggling big-style.”
Good words from Kevin, who always showed a big heart when he played for the club. Of course he had previously played with Shearer at Blackburn so immediately linked up well with Aalan.
Kevin is also absolutely right in what he says. Pity we don’t have more Kevin Gallaghers in our current team – we wouldn’t be in this mess if we did.
That’s because the white flag would not be waved once we go behind in games, which is what happens too many times with the timid players we have at the moment.
Kevin did a great job for the club and will always be remembered for getting Bobby’s reign off to a good start, and helping the club survive relegation in Robson’s first season in charge.
The trouble the club was in when Bobby took over was much worse than today. But then Bobby had players who had guts galore in the team, and showed it.