Steve Coppell, Reading’s sage manager has talked warmly about Kevin Keegan, both as a former player and a manager.
Steve Coppell – done wonders at Reading
Steve talked about Kevin and his team of the 1990s:
â€œHis team from the 1990s was terrific, the way they had emphasis on attack and Iâ€™m sure that will be the same when he gets his feet under the table,â€
â€œEverybody would want to see them to do well just to see what happens. Given the things he said before he came back, yes I am surprised he returned to Newcastle, but nothing should surprise you about football.â€
â€œKevin had his Soccer Circus and I thought heâ€™d had his fill of football management, but heâ€™s an exceptional individual and he has a great affiliation with Newcastle. I said a few weeks before he was the man for the job so Iâ€™m glad he got it.â€
Steve Coppellâ€™s praise for the former Newcastle manager also extends to his playing days, when Kevin and Steve were in the same England team together.
â€œI played with him, but only in England games. I had a great opportunity to see him function as a human being and a top player at that time,â€
â€œHe was coming back from Germany (Hamburg), he was European Footballer of the Year and you could see why from his attitude and the way he conducted himself.â€
â€œHe wasnâ€™t the most gifted player from a skill level but he had enormous drive. With England weâ€™d have normal training and heâ€™d stay behind with Peter Shilton and heâ€™d be coming in when weâ€™d finished lunch. Physically he was so strong.â€
This game was looking like a relegation 6 pointer a few weeks back, but since then both teams have recorded some recent victories. Newcastle are in 12th place on 35 points and Reading are 15th on 32 points. Bolton are the 3rd bottom on 26 points, and look likely to be relegated, at least on their recent form.
But it should still be an exciting game and a good challenge for Newcastle. We are hoping for all 3 points tomorrow, and with 110 votes in for our poll on how we’ll do tomorrow 95% of Newcastle fans think we’ll win.
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