Alan Shearer has talked to the Newcastle journal today, and says the biggest thing that shocked Kevin Keegan last January when he took over Newcastle United was the size of the squad.
Alan Shearer – future Newcastle Manager
Alan spoke today about what Kevin had talked to him about:
â€œHaving spoken to Kevin I know when he went in he was aware of the big job he had to turn things around,â€ â€œHe has found there are a lot of things wrong, and that is clear otherwise they would not have got rid of the old regime. Thereâ€™s not a lot of players to choose from and that has been the biggest shock of all for Kevin.â€
â€œEveryone is concerned and they have every right to be after this run of form,â€ â€œThey have to improve or they will be relegated.â€
â€œThey have enough quality in the squad to get out of it. Four of their remaining games are at home and three of those are against Fulham, Reading and Sunderland.â€
â€œThe Sunderland game will not be easy but those three are all down there and Newcastle should be looking at winning them.â€
â€œI do think they will have enough to stay up and then they will be able to plan through the summer and spend some money to strengthen the squad.â€
One obvious question is if Kevin thought the squad was too small, how come he didn’t bring in 3-4 players in January. We have to assume those players of the required skill were not available.
We should stay up, but if we don’t it’s a terrible indictment of the players. In that disaster scenario we would expect Kevin to unload quite a few of the players currently at the club and bring in some new ones. The crown jewels of the club these days are our youngsters who romped to a 3-1 win against Blackburn last night.
And we expect Kevin to bring us straight back up, and yes, just like he did last time we would expect to be very well placed in the Premier league the next season.
Of course, if we can stay up, it will be much easier and next season can be the season where we challenge again near the top of the PL. Maybe even the top 6.
So it’s not all doom and gloom to us, even for the disaster scenario, but if we go down we don’t want to see the likes of Viduka at the club. There are many others of course but Mark is a good example – an overpaid and overweight player, who shows no signs of wanting to play for the club. Get him out.