Since Kevin Keegan arrived back on Tyneside two months ago yesterday, weâ€™ve played 8 games, lost 6, drawn two, scored 3 goals and conceded 20. 🙁
Kevin Keegan – Newcastle manager remains ever confident
Sorry to keep stating those facts, but unfortunately that’s exactly what they are – the facts. What odds could you have got on that being the case on 16th January last?
And to make matters that little bit worse (though probably not needed) is that we drew 0-0 in Kevinâ€™s first game in charge against Bolton Wanderers, and were going for the winner for the full 90 minutes, in an attacking display that nevertheless was a little blunt.
Kevin talked about our delicate situation today to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œIâ€™ve always said that until you get to 40 points in the Premier League, youâ€™re not safe,â€â€œIâ€™ve always backed that up by saying that West Ham got 42 or 43 and still went down.”
â€œIâ€™ve always said that and nothingâ€™s changed there. Iâ€™ve spent the time that weâ€™ve had this week looking at things and saying: â€˜This is the situation weâ€™re in â€“ this is what we need to do.â€
When West Ham were relegated in 2002-2003 with 42 points and a goal difference of -17, Glenn Roeder was their manager, and that’s unfortunately the time he suffered his brain tumor. Bolton Wanders under Big Sam were on 44 points at the end of that season, just above West Ham. Both have since come and gone as Newcastle managers, which is interesting.
Newcastle have very good players at the club, who receive very good wages, and it just hard to understand for most of us, how we have fallen so quickly into this drastic situation.
But Keegan has done nothing in the last 2 months if not defend the players he inherited from Big Sam. We think far too much, but Kevin is also in a delicate situation and itâ€™s these same players that can save us.
â€œI do think theyâ€™re hurting. Whilst I can understand both Press and public questioning players sometimes â€“ not just at this club but at other clubs as well â€“ I can only vouch for the ones that are here.â€
â€œThe training has been good and I can see what theyâ€™re like when they get beat â€“ theyâ€™re devastated. Thereâ€™s none of this: â€˜Oh well, it doesnâ€™t really matterâ€™. If I saw that, I would tell them and I would tell you. Theyâ€™re a good set of lads trying very, very hard but, at the moment, they just need a break.â€
â€œWhat you donâ€™t do at a football club is suddenly burn your bridges,â€ â€œYou keep everybody upbeat and you try to tell them the truth. You try to get the messages over, and you try to tell them what reality is just in case they donâ€™t know.â€
â€œBut I think the players know where they are and know what they have to do. And I honestly believe theyâ€™re more than capable of doing that. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve been telling them. Weâ€™ve been working on positive things because thatâ€™s what you have to do.â€
â€œItâ€™s a nine-game season now. We canâ€™t do anything about whatâ€™s gone. Thereâ€™s no point thinking about whatâ€™s happened in the past. You can get disappointed or talk about bad luck in a couple of the games, but to be honest with you, theyâ€™re gone.â€
â€œWith nine games, thereâ€™s still 27 points to play for. We have five of those games away, and four of them at home, and a lot of those games â€“ Birmingham away, Reading, Sunderland and Fulham at home â€“ are against teams that are down there with us. We know what we have got to do and the players know what is needed. Itâ€™s in our hands.â€™â€™
Some more good words from Kevin, and we feel we could get out boots and be inspired to play for the team with Kevin so positive on stuff. 😀
But for whatever reason, and you can’t continually blame Lady Luck, because look at Wigan yesterday. A man sent off at home after just 5 minutes for an innocuous foul at best. That’s enough to make you want to pack up and go home.
But the Wigan players didn’t drop their heads and fought back for what was a tremendous 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. If that has been a Newcastle performance we would have been hailing that performance from the roof tops.
We just don’t seem to be applying ourselves in games like we should be.
But the lads have a great chance tonight to turn the tide, and turn the tide we must if the nightmare that is relegation is to be kept at bay this season.
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