Keegan Continues To Back His Players Big Time


Since Kevin Keegan arrived back on Tyneside two months ago yesterday, we’ve played 8 games, lost 6, drawn two, scored 3 goals and conceded 20. 🙁

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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 Kevin’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:

“I’ve always said that until you get to 40 points in the Premier League, you’re not safe,”“I’ve always backed that up by saying that West Ham got 42 or 43 and still went down.”

“I’ve always said that and nothing’s changed there. I’ve spent the time that we’ve had this week looking at things and saying: ‘This is the situation we’re in – this is what we need to do.”

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 it’s these same players that can save us.

Kevin continued:

“I do think they’re hurting. Whilst I can understand both Press and public questioning players sometimes – not just at this club but at other clubs as well – I can only vouch for the ones that are here.”

“The training has been good and I can see what they’re like when they get beat – they’re devastated. There’s none of this: ‘Oh well, it doesn’t really matter’. If I saw that, I would tell them and I would tell you. They’re a good set of lads trying very, very hard but, at the moment, they just need a break.”

“What you don’t do at a football club is suddenly burn your bridges,” “You 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 don’t know.”

“But I think the players know where they are and know what they have to do. And I honestly believe they’re more than capable of doing that. That’s what we’ve been telling them. We’ve been working on positive things because that’s what you have to do.”

“It’s a nine-game season now. We can’t do anything about what’s gone. There’s no point thinking about what’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, they’re gone.”

“With nine games, there’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 – Birmingham away, Reading, Sunderland and Fulham at home – are against teams that are down there with us. We know what we have got to do and the players know what is needed. It’s in our hands.’’

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.

Comments very welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Keegan’s positivity is not naive. We have a squad full of players capable of producing more than what they have been. People forget that Alan Smith played up front for England at one time!

    We need to give him patience and time. Stability is what this club desperately needs.

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  • toonhitman

    Mar 17, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    heronmag time is one thing we havnt got we need to play our best players and that does not include smith,keegan needs to play oba if were going to stay up keegan needs to drop smith to the bench,but i doubt he will leave smith out he sees somthing in smith that others dont,but we must win tonight are were in the soup big time

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  • Leo

    Mar 17, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    how many goals have we had disallowed in that time… and how many times have we been mightely unfortunate with fluke/freak goals!

    todays the day lads and ladettes hope its a good game to watch, although like everyone else i would not care if it was a crap game and we got a result.

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  • faustino

    Mar 17, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Stand Up!

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  • Big Gaz

    Mar 17, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Poitive words from Mr Keegan. I recall watching an interview with (Bez or Barton) but they said that Keegan has the players so up for a match before the game they are running down the tunnel to get to the enemy.

    That is what we need for the next 9 games. Players wanting to get out there and get into them. There has been no more reports of players texting Granny during team talks or running off home coz they are not picked. Keegan is a people person and he looks after his tribe.

    He will get us out of this sh**e we are in and in two years time we will be back into Europe where we belong. Yet again my wife will not like it, but tough titty woman, “I’m off to the match pet”,(in Spain or Germany or Potugal).

    Lets stick behind the Lads and be positive.

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  • wozza

    Mar 17, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Team for tonight anyone? I really hope Keegan doesnt put Barton, Smith or Martins on the right like Sam would have. Im hoping for Geremi or Duff, not perfect but unless im missing something we dont have out and out backup right midfielder.

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  • Hadji

    Mar 17, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve never seen more stubborn person than KK,he wants to prove that all of us are idiots for thinking that Martins is better than Smith.
    He thinks that our club’s fate is in Smith’s hands.
    Can you just imagine how Smith would have played if he was treated like Martins….he wouldn’t even know how to kick the ball.

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  • Marty

    Mar 17, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Hey guys i hope we get somethin out of the game tonight but dont want to get so excited as the blues are in a better run of form than us but hope we can stick it to em!!!!!
    Howay the lads,black n white all the way!
    Happy St Patricks day to every1 here n hope we
    have the luck of the Irish tonight 😉

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  • Michael

    Mar 17, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    @HeronMag: People contradict themselves on this blog, people say it is the players while I say it is the manager, your comments say it is the manager albeit tacitly. Who is responsible for the players?
    Who has the job of getting the best out of the players?

    Who motivates the players?
    Who picks the players?
    Who trians them?
    Who directs them as to what to do?

    For all the above the manager?

    So Keegan is to blame, You said it we have players capable, then where is it going wrong? If it is up to the players then why do we need a manager?

    Keegan is to blame simply because he cannot do the job, seen since he left England, then Mancity and now with Newcastle. The past Decade Keegan has been poor, very poor.

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  • Davies

    Mar 17, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Too much time backing the players and not enough time bollocking them in my opinion. Steven Taylor would have been benched after his performance when Man U came to St James’. That would probably have upped his game a bit when he did get another starting place.

    I have to agree, Wor Kev is still giving too much praise to players who fo sweet FA for us (Barton, Smith, Butt etc…).

    Thankfully, it looks like Viduka will miss yet another match tonight, and with Milner out, we may be fortunate enough to see Smith in midfield. Not ideal, but at least Oba should get a start.

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