Will Keegan Survive If Newcastle Relegated?


As we know Kevin Keegan has so far failed to win a game in his second coming on Tyneside, and we feel once the team does taste victory we should be able to stay up, hopefully fairly easily.

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Chris Mort – what’s he really thinking?

But there is little doubt that relegation will be an unmitigated disaster for the club in the short term, and put us back a couple of seasons. That was never in the plans of Mike Ashley and Chris Mort, when they took over the club last summer.

However, we’ll either be rebuilding in the Premiership next year or in the Championship – but make no mistake the club will be rebuilding whatever happens. It will just cost Mike a lot more than he had bargained for when he bought Newcastle, but we think he’ll stick with the club, and build from the Championship, if that’s what happens. But that would be the nightmare scenario 🙁

Chris Mort and Mike Ashley decided to replace Big Sam, not because the club was in relegation danger at that time, but to improve results. Most of all it was to change the way the club played, and Keegan has certainly done that.

But to change the style of play drastically in mid-season is taking its toll and Newcastle are now in a relegation fight. It was a chance that Ashley and Mort admitted they took, and so far it hasn’t worked. But if we win the next two games and find an up-tick in form, all will be OK and summer promised to be one of the most exciting transfer windows for a long time for the club.

The big question with Ashley is will he stand by Keegan if Newcastle are indeed relegated. We hope that’s not a decision Mike will have to make because Kevin will correct the free fall we’ve been in these last 3 months. Even with the club in dire straights right now, Keegan’s talks on Newcastle World are still a joy to watch – what a really positive guy he is, it’s really hard not to like him. Looks like the players already love the guy.

If we survive make no mistake Ashley will fund a lot of new players in the summer, as we’re sure he doesn’t want to go through this nightmare again. We certainly don’t and we can speak for the millions of Newcastle fans around the world.

Chris Mort’s appointment of back-room men like Dennis Wise, Jeff Vetere and Tony Jimenez was a great move, which still gets criticized by the gossip pres, probably because they just don’t get it, or they just don’t want to get it, is probably closer to the truth.

We know these three are working hard on lining up signings for the future to give Keegan and Newcastle the necessary platform for a push for Europe next season, if we survive. And from what is filtering through, these guys are looking at some excellent players to bring to the club, both young and old.

Two things Chris Mort has done this year which will build the foundations for future success at the club:

  • Starting a youth policy, and we already have about 12 teenagers at the club who look excellent, and are playing for our Reserves side – our very young Reserves side
  • Putting in place a renewed and invigorated scouting system to scout the talent around the world. Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere are the three executives involved in this long term initiative. They will be worth their weight in gold if they identify great talent that is brought to the club, over the next few years.

We don’t want to come over too positive here, but we are talking of the very worst case imaginable – actually getting relegated.

But we hope and we expect Newcastle to survive, and if we can get at least a point tomorrow night, things should look better, but a win is what we really need at Birmingham.

We believe Kevin will be here for the full term, because even with these terrible results the Newcastle faithful are still behind Kevin Keegan – that should tell Ashley something.

He should keep Kevin Keegan, but we know Ashley is a businessman and a Billionaire, and you don’t get there without being absolutely ruthless, when it’s needed.

So if Mike doesn’t keep Kevin, possible replacement managers are already being touted around, like top Spanish coach Marcelo Garcia Toral of Spain. We’ll cover this young man in another article today. Looks like he’s another Rafael Benitez or Juande Ramos.

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 16, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    one word- YES

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  • daiv

    Mar 16, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    No, definitely not. MA did not bring KK in January to get us relegated. He brought him in to improve results. We were mid table in january. MA thought we would go upwards not sink like a stone. 3 pts out of 36. The question is will KK still be there after the Fulham game. We should win the Fulham game but if we lose it |(and its possible the way we are playing), it would seem that KK will not be able to turn results around. MA will not wait for inevitable relegation but will take a punt on another manager (agreed… laughing stock) because he has nothing to lose. Would he really give mega millions to KK after a relegation run which threatens to become the worst run of results in NUFCs history?

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  • George

    Mar 16, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Of course KK will survive.
    The mess we are in is not down to KK, but down to SA who thought he was better at management than he is.
    Sam bought the players who have not performed. Sam bought the players who werea way on Africas cup commitments (except Oba) and leeft us short of players.
    Sam bought Joey Barton and Alan Smith, who have both underperformed.
    Sam played the players out of position, no one else.
    Sam made the bad substitutions no one else.
    Under KK at least we are performing better and deserve more than we have got from his games in charge.
    Yes KK will still be here next season.

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Off topic but anyway,

    The probable team for tommorow is:

    —————-HARPER—————

    -BEYE-TAYLOR-FAYE-ENRIQUE-

    -SMITH-BUTT-BARTON-DUFF-

    ———OWEN——VIDUKA——–

    Subs: GEREMI-CACAPA-N’ZOGBIA-DIATTA-MARTINS

    Please note that this is not my team, but the team i feel likely to be fielded.

    Also Smith could possibly take either Barton or Vidukas position depending on Vidukas pre-match fitness and Bartons ability (or lack of it) to play on the right side of midfield, as we have witnessed before, and KK’s continuing trend of playing Smith.

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  • mark

    Mar 16, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    yes keegan will be in charge even if we are relegated the man is god simple as that ok,
    the team to play brum i would pick

    harper, beye, diatta,faye,enrique, midfield smith, butt, zogg, martins

    up front

    owen and viduka with martins runing in from midfield in other words 4-3-3

    and taylor can leave if he wants he has one huge chip on his shoulder and is terrible at defending

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  • toonhitman

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    i dont think he will survive if we stay up,theres to much going on in the back ground,remember keegan needs the toon more than the toon needing him his buisness adventures have went tits up he needs money thats why he took the job.

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  • micepie

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Well, put it thos way – i m personally not sure if KK is the best man to get us high in the league next year IF we stay in the Premiership, but if we go down I think he’ll be ideal to get us back up again. I think that he proably won’t get sacked if we go down.

    I’d go as far as to say that if we beat Brum we’ll stay up. If it’s a draw – or obviously if w lose – it’ll still be ugly.

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  • Eric

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #8

    If KK insists on picking Butt, Smith, Barton etc, he will have no sympathy from me if he gets sacked. It will be his own fault for sticking with those overpaid has-beens.

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  • Stocksy

    Mar 16, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Whatever happens we will sack the manager, its what we do!

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  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Mar 17, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #10

    let i say it this way 50% we survive (start fresh next season hoepfully dont change manager AGAIN! and aim for mid table) and 50% relegation (all good players will transfer out the club – alan smith would laugh cos he start every games which lead to newcastle relegate, and maybe took 1-10 years for us to be back to BPL)

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