Keegan Starting To Prove His Critics Wrong

When Kevin came back to manage Newcastle United again in mid-January and didn’t get instant good results, many were quick to attack him and say he didn’t have the magic anymore.


Kevin Keegan – proved his critics wrong

Keegan said today:

“We always said we could answer any critics and any people who were having a go at us on a football field, and that’s what we did,” “That’s pleasing. It is no good me standing here getting annoyed at people who have written stuff that isn’t true or is wide of the mark.”

“We just kept quiet and said: ‘Let us do something about it, let us write the stories, let us make the headlines’.” “We have done that in the last couple of weeks in the only way you can at a football club, and that is on the field, by playing well and getting results.”

“I am as optimistic as I have always been,” “I said I had a small squad, but it was quality – that is still the case – and that we had the players here to get us out of the position we had got ourselves into.” “That’s why I didn’t buy anybody in the transfer window. I didn’t accumulate players like some clubs did, I just said: ‘Hold on, if I can’t get better, I won’t get anybody’.”

“These players have started to show me – and, more importantly, themselves – that there is a lot of ability at this football club. We have just got to get it out of ourselves.”

More good words from Kevin and it seems to us he has really got the thorough backing of his players now at the club. Part of that is because he’s been so loyal to them, even when they were giving stupid goals away, and losing games badly.

But Keegan has always insisted the squad had lots of quality and he’s starting to be proved right on that. Maybe the lads can repay Kevin again by putting on another good display tomorrow against Reading and capturing another 3 valuable points.

That would continue to raise the good mood on Tyneside, which has improved dramatically over the last two games, which were both good wins for the Magpies.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #1

    wide of the mark 😀

  • m.

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #2

    he’ll shut up everyone in the next season – hope a new 5-0 over ManUre happens 😀

  • steve

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #3

    we shouldn’t start getting ahead of ourselves, whilst the Spurs win was fantastic it did look like they couldn’t be bothered playing (especially Berbatov) – Spurs are always going to concede, if their forward line can’t be arsed they’ll always get a hammering as their defense is worse than ours.

    The Fulham win was also very welcome but they are probably definitely going down and we should always beat them

    I’m not trying to rain on our parade but we should put the last couple of wins into context – tomorrows game will show us if we can sustain good performances over teams who will put a lot of effort in (although there away record is p!ss poor so I expect a win)

    come on the toon

  • HeronMag

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree steve. I’m not a doom-merchant and I honestly think KK is the man to get us back the elite, but two wins does not make a recovery.

    I’ve said this before. Sunderland is going to be the biggest test. A club in a similar position, with another inspirational manager.

    If we play at our best we should wipe the floor with them – only Jones is a truly ‘class’ player.

    If we beat Reading well (by 3-4 goals) I’ll be rubbing my hands at the thought of playing the mackems. But two wins is not enough to completely convince me we’ve turned the corner.

  • Spot Zebra

    Apr 4, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Another important game tommorrow as 3 points will virtually guarantee safety and allow the lads to play free flowing entertaining football without fear for the final 5 games.Heres hoping we have finally found some consistancy as i cant rememer the last time we won 3 league games in a row.Really looking forward to the game.Howay the lads !!

  • ScottyT

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    exactly ppl sensible comments

    yes two good results in the last two games but weve been dreadful all season so weve got to keep it realistic.

    having said that am definetly expecting a win tomorrow not been great at home this season and too many times fans have been leaving 5-15 mins before the end which is ridiculous.

    so please tomorrow ppl support the team create a gr8 atmosphere for the players and for the people who leave so early just stay till the end. imagine how shit it is for players when they see their own fans streaming out with 15 mins to go

    Howay Lads! keep it gan!

  • Markus

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #7

    What I like about KK is that he never lost the fans. Can anyone remember any other team having fans that cheered their team on, deafening the opposition support, when getting beat 5-1 at home and 3-0 away? 1-0 down to Spurs and heads at last didnt dip but the game plan was followed with the players trusting themselves to be able to successfully pass to each other. Thats also a nice change. Then 2-1 up we went 3-1 then 4-1 certainly losing the big Sam mentality of holding a lead and defending very deep and thats another good change (for now).

  • Fred

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed don’t you think it’s a bit premature so start to argue that Keegan is proving his critics wrong?

    Don’t get me wrong- I’m fully behind Keegan and the Toon and really do hope we finish the season on a positive note. However, the hysteria over the impressive win against Spurs last weekend is akin to the hysteria over Keegan’s announcement in January- much too premature.

    We need to wait at least 4-5 more games this season before we can even claim that Keegan’s revolution is in order. Even if we don’t win those games, we should wait to see if the team performs better or not.

  • Leo

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9

    i hope those that doubted keegan will come out eventually with their support

  • Reb

    Apr 4, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #10

    I never understood Allardyce’s insistence on defending first and trying to nick a 1-0 result or the like. Not with the Newcastle fans and squad. The greatest strength for NUFC is probably keepers (Given & Harper both very solid) and forwards (Owen, Martins, BSA brought in Viduka) — let the forwards PLAY. Keegan seems to have changed that formula. Any coincindence that performances improved once the forwards all got playing?

    The highest quality player Newcastle has is Michael Owen, with proven quality as well in Viduka, and great potential in Martins. Barton also looks promising to finally get into attacking form now. Let the lads get on with doing what they do best, and that helps the rest of the squad play better by taking some pressure off the back. Not tactical genius, but simply logic and a willingness to actually go forward on the pitch. Simply Keegan.

  • Sloop Jon B

    Apr 4, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #11

    The square peg in round hole system that BSA was keen on would appear to be a thing of the past.
    We’re still prone to basic errors- and always will be. Barton is looking much better- hopefully he will retain his form after sentence served.
    I don’t see too many players leaving in the summer- and judging by Keegans previous jobs, he’ll identify the player (or Wise will!) and persuade the big boss to buy them.
    I think it will be more that four or five though.

  • Jinal

    Apr 4, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Will all due respect to Keegan, we have only won our last two games. Yes we played better against Spurs than we ever did under BSA, but I’m still not sure about the magic being back just yet.

    Regardless, Reading at home, I’ll be supporting KK and the lads.


  • ObaFan2

    Apr 4, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #13

    KK enough said really 🙂

    and for the others, yes I agree it’s only 2 games and have said so earlier in the week to people wanting us to get a European spot this season lol but…..

    It’s the way we’ve played….. what an improvement, whether it’s just the confidence or the organisation something has changed for the better and I for one believe it’s KK……….He is a genius at free-flowing attacking football and loved by the Geordies because of it.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 4, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #14

    There were a lot of fickle Keegan haters on this blog a few weeks ago slagging him off.


    At last, NUFC playing football the way the game is ment to be played!

    Im lovin it, and i belive i will be lovin it for a VERY long time from now on! The good old days are comin back, slowly, but surely

    HOWAY THE TOON!!!!! 🙂

  • m.

    Apr 4, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #15

    head over heels in love 😀

  • vEn`SG

    Apr 4, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #16

    They may score against us,
    We score more than them!

    Thats free-flowing attack!!

    Brown-Ale days…

  • Zx

    Apr 4, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Where’s Daiv?

  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 4, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Fred – you may be right – we may be getting ahead of ourselves. After all the disappointments this season it would be really bad if we cannot keep our good form up through the last 6 games.
    We’ll know better after tomorrow’s game – which we really should win – but we’ve also got got keep positive – things are certainly looking a lot better these days than a few weeks back – that’s for sure 😀

  • Hadji

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Ronealdano…Sometimes is good to be critical otherwise you’ll never learn from your mistakes.
    Same goes for KK.

  • lee

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #20

    as the nike advert says JUST DO IT


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