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Keegan Hasn’t Done Badly Has He? – Nicky Butt

10:39 am, Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Nicky Butt has talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about what Kevin Keegan has been doing at Newcastle United.

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Kevin Keegan - ideas getting through to the players now

Nicky Butt talked about Kevin today:

“I think it’s unfair to say the manager is tactically naive, but he isn’t bothered about that,” “He knows the type of football he wants to play and he has been successful with that in the past.”

“He’s made sure we’ve got a solid base in midfield and with the back four, and then we can allow the front players to do what they want. People say he’s not a great tactician, but he hasn’t done badly with this formation has he?”

“He’s been criticized in the past because his football has been attack, attack, attack, but what’s the problem with that if you score more goals than the opposition?”

It has taken quite a while for Keegan to sort out Newcastle’s problems in his second spell in charge of the side, but Butt insists the positive signs have been there for many weeks and the change in formation helped turn them into league points.

“Even when we went a goal down there wasn’t any panic at Spurs. That is what’s changed in the last few games. We know we have the players in the team who can score goals and we know, if we can keep possession, that will happen.”

“We kept our positions and our shape and took our chances when we could go forward.”“We feel the manager is getting his message across. He’s been very calm during the bad run, but he’s very passionate about his football. He said we had quality players here and we’ve started to show that.”

“If we can finish the season well and get a bit or momentum behind us it will help in the summer when we are looking to bring new players in. It gives us a platform and it means we can look forward to next season with more excitement”

“ We’ve got six games left, but I think if you asked most of the players, we want to get this season out of the way because it’s not been anywhere near good enough.”

“It’s been a horrible season, and we’re not trying to hide from that, but if we can finish well it looks good for the future.”

Nicky is right there, it’s been a horrible season alright.

With the hopes so high last August, this season has been one of the biggest let downs for the fans in recent seasons at Newcastle, and that’s saying something.

But’s that’s one reason the last 6 games are so important. We need to go all out to win every single game, and if we can get a strong run together and move up the league, it will stand us in very good stead for next season.

That’s what we need to do, but we also believe that’s exactly what Kevin and his team have in store for us before the end of this season. :D

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 figsdad // Apr 1, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    yayyyyyyyy toon are on the up…

  • 2 Leo // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    tactics, as people say keegan aint got tactics, but he obviously does.

    as nicky butt says whats wrong with letting goals in if you score more than them

  • 3 ScottyT // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    eeee iiii eeeee iiii eeeee iiiiii oh … up tha premier league we go etc etc .. haha lol

  • 4 spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    the problem is Leo, when we come up against better defences we wil not outscore them, it is not a coincidence that manure have scored most AND conceded the least and they sit at the top of the table.

  • 5 Leo // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    well spyro thats the lucky thing we only have to play chelsea out of the 6 teams left, and they can be suspect on their day.

    hopefully paolo fererra will play, put milner in against him like last year he destroyed him bascially.

    we will have to improve for next season to make sure we are going in the right direction

  • 6 Punk Skunk // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Well if teams sit back & try to soak up pressure by manure they will lose, but their defense doesn’t get tested that much because of that…Like them, if you go out & attack, you stand a better chance, by giving them something to worry about…That’s the beauty of KK playing 433…I’m not saying it’ll always work, but hey, defend from the front & attack from the back!..

  • 7 CRAIGG // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Spyro how do you know we wont outscore better sides spurs have a terrific strike force and we easily defensively dealt with them and Despite portsmouth and chelsea with their quality at the back they conceded 6 between them to spurs at white hart lane and were outplayed for most of the matches, Were we certainly not outplayed maybe for a 5 minute period when they scored but the rest we were well on top.

  • 8 Spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Craigg do not get me wrong, the defence did play well, but you have to take into account that Spurs front three do not work well when they are all on the pitch from the start, they kept getting into each others space and you could see they weren’t really disciplined in their roles because they were playing something new and untried. If it was just Keane and Berbatov with no Bent it would have been a much harder game as those two link up very, very well, and are the best partnership in the premiership on their day. But because Bent is added into the mix it meant that Berbatov had to play more in midfield and this is why he was non existent for most of the game and he was getting very frustrated with his role. Keane too was getting frustrated with being partnered with Bent as Bent does not possess the skills Keane is used to linking up with when he plays alongside Berbatov. I dont think Ramos will try that formation again. Bent may have scored but apart from that he was never a threat because he is much easier to read than Berbatov

  • 9 Spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    add to that tottenham clearly thought the game would be a walk in the park and underrestimated us completely

  • 10 Spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Punk Skunk i partly agree with you, but what then about Arsenal, a team like Man U that always attack, yet look at the amount of goals they concede. Attack attack attack is good in certain situations but not all is what i am trying to say.

  • 11 Spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    People need to realise that although it was a great win, we did not play Spurs at full strength,

    Spurs at full strength is

    Cerny/Robinson

    Hutton Woodgate King Bale/Chimbonda

    Lennon Jenas Zokora Malbranque

    Berbatov Keane

  • 12 hanzemre // Apr 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Yeah Craigg you’re right. That’s a good sign we’re getting the right direction indeed.

  • 13 Rich // Apr 2, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    spyro – we could also say we werent af full strength though – Emre, Milner, Duff could also be classed as first team starters?




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