Since Kevin Keegan came into manage the side for the second time in mid January the results have been disappointing.
Kevin Keegan - team short of 3-4 good players
But the last two games, in which we have collected 4 points, have given the fans a lift and Kevin seems determined to finish the season on a high. He talked at some length this morning to the Newcastle Journal.
â€œI think itâ€™s vitally important we finish on a high,â€ â€œIt can never be a great season for Newcastle this season, it couldnâ€™t be when I came through the door in January. But we need a good end to the season. We need something, so that when the players come back from their break there is something that shows this club is on the move upwards.â€
â€œThis club can do it quicker than most because of things like the fan base, the city, the area we live in. If weâ€™ve got a good team up here, people donâ€™t like coming to Newcastle. Itâ€™s like that more here than other clubs and I know that because Iâ€™ve done it once. Itâ€™s a special club and I keep saying to the players that when they manage to turn things round it will happen quicker than any other club.â€
â€œI suppose weâ€™re still looking and assessing the players weâ€™ve got, up to a point. The bad news here is that weâ€™ve got a small squad, but the good news is that itâ€™s got a lot of quality, so I donâ€™t think it needs major surgery.”
“Weâ€™re going to look to bring in three or four players who are going to set it alight in certain areas.”
We cannot believe that this team is only short of 3-4 players. Some players will leave like Ameobi, Carr and Rozehnal so surely Kevin will need to replace them with better players so we’d expect at least 6-7 new players in the summer.
â€œItâ€™s still a vitally important time for the players and itâ€™s still vitally important for me because itâ€™s not like pre-season, itâ€™s in real situations. Iâ€™m looking and learning every day.â€ â€œI think the challenge is for us is to get into the group below the top four.”
“We belong in the group with Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton and thatâ€™s where weâ€™re trying to be. Itâ€™s not always going to work like that because teams can get a good group together and a little bit of impetus, but I think we can safely do that once we get this season out of the way and a bit of momentum behind us.â€
But that’s all for next season and surely we can have a better season next time around. This season is the worst and most disappointing season for a long long time, and yes, it would be nice to finish it off with a few wins and some momentum.
We’re still not out of the relegation woods yet, and we must try to get something out of the difficult game at Tottenham tomorrow. Our display there will better tell us how we are shaping up as a team.
Anything we can get out of the game would be a good result for us, to keep our mini unbeaten streak alive.