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.â€
“We just kept quiet and said: ‘Let us do something about it, let us write the stories, let us make the headlines’.â€ “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.â€ “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.