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.
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, weâ€™ll either be rebuilding in the Premiership next year or in the Championship â€“ 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 hasnâ€™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 weâ€™re sure he doesnâ€™t want to go through this nightmare again. We certainly donâ€™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 donâ€™t get it, or they just donâ€™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 â€“ 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.