Keegan – All Transfer Decisions Are 100% Mine

Kevin Keegan has talked to the Sunday Sun, and we think he is trying to lower the expectation of fans on which players will be arriving at the club in the summer.


Dennis Wise – scouting youngsters world-wide

Dennis Wise’s job is to identify talented youngsters and Jeff Vetere scouts more senior prospects, but Keegan remains in charge of transfers at St James’ Park, both incoming and outgoing. That’s the only way it will work.

But next season we cannot offer any European competition so we’ll have to battle for the players we want, and will not have too many cards to play.

Keegan told the local Sunday Sun yesterday:

“The final say is 100 per cent mine, absolutely 100 per cent. Not even 99 per cent,” “All that Dennis and Jeff are saying to me is: ‘We’ve gone to watch this player, we think you should get over to watch him.’

“Very few of the players we’re looking at at the moment with regards to the future won’t be being looked at by other clubs as well.” If you’ve got good players performing well in other leagues, do you think Man Utd don’t know about them and Liverpool don’t know? We’re all looking in the same areas.”

“The good news is we’ve got a pretty good scouting system now and we’re watching a lot of games.” “But it will come down to finance and players’ choice and you’ve got to be realistic.”

“If a top-class player elsewhere in the world has a chance to move to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus . . . they’re going to be the first choices for these players.”

“We’ve got to accept that we may not get any of those players – yet – because we can’t offer them things the likes of Chelsea can, either financially or in terms of Champions League experience.”

With our good scouting network set up, we’re in a much better position to find players who may not have been spotted by other clubs. But we have to think the players we bring in during the summer are better (much better) than those we already have.

That’s the only way to improve the squad, and Kevin has shown in January he knows what he wants, and if they’re not available he’ll not bring in poorer prospects to the club.

The major criteria for our transfers in the summer is the players must be better than those we already have. and will hopefully all be starters for next season.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Greek Toon

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Wise has been keeping a check on that youngster Simba lately.

  • Hadji

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Well Ed i think financially we can match any team in the world.

  • Greek Toon

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Can not agree with that Hadji. There is a hell of a lot of competion now for a limited availability of quality players. The big boys are way ahead of us.

  • Gooderz

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    There are some sensible players out there looking to play regular football and continue their development, rather than go to Chelsea etc and play for their reserve teams every so often.

    If we could get a selct few of these players then we could get at least 3-4 years from them and sell them on with a good profit (although we could achieve success and they find they rather enjoy Tyneside life), with the youngsters Wise finds hopefully being in a position to fill the gap they leave behind.

  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5


  • Spyro

    Mar 24, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    neither nani or ronaldo are realistic in any way, shape or form.

  • Greek Toon

    Mar 24, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Leo, you should know.

  • Greek Toon

    Mar 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Gooderz. Sensible some? [sound of crickets chirping]

    Even if there is such a thing, you forget the spectre of the agent.


    Mar 24, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #9

    I do think if we offered a lot of money for players at mediocre not so rich sides we can attract most players as we still despite the lack of europe have everything better then Portsmouth, Villa, Blackburn and West Ham

    We easily still have a much bigger pull on overseas players whove seen us in the champions league and UEFA Cup over the years and the English based players who are seduced by our stadium.


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