Kevin Keegan has been talking today to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, about who the new stars at Newcastle United will be.
Kevin Keegan – feels like deja vu
Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWeâ€™re almost in danger of deja vu.â€ â€œWhen I came in last time people were talking about the new Jackie Milburn or the new Hughie Gallacher.â€
â€œBack then I said we had to find the fans some new heroes for them to talk about â€“ and I think we did that.â€ â€œNow this time weâ€™ve got to do the same again.â€
â€œAs great as Alan Shearer or Peter Beardsley undoubtedly were, they are no longer players.â€ â€œThey are in folklore, and itâ€™s about who can make a name for themselves for the future.â€
â€œThatâ€™s what interests me as manager, and that is what will interest the fans.â€ â€œEach of the fans have favourites, but I want them to have a favourite team of players.â€
â€œLike after the performance at Spurs, I would love the fans to have a big debate over who performed the best and who was man of the match.â€ â€œThatâ€™s a nice problem to have.â€
Things have taken a bit longer to be turned around than most people expected. But Kevin and his coaches are doing exactly that, and the results are starting to show.
Not only in the results but the way in which the team is playing attractive and attacking football. It’s so very good to watch.
Speaking of the hysteria that surrounded Kevin’s third coming to Newcastle he said:
â€œIt was out of proportion.â€ â€œAnd if you donâ€™t start off well then it gets out of proportion on the other side â€“ and so it has proved.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve turned the corner now, but weâ€™ve still got some work to do.â€ â€œI have told the players in a meeting that the confidence must not turn to arrogance.â€
â€œWe want to get more points this season than we did last year, that would be an improvement.â€ â€œAnd I would like to overtake Tottenham so that we can approach the next season with as much optimism as they will.â€
Kevin always finds a way to motivate his players. And there’s no better motivation than to challenge them to win all six remaining games, now that the players understand how Kevin wants to play the game.
If we can get near that target we should be in great shape at the beginning of next season.
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