Kevin Keegan has talked about what the training was like at Newcastle when he first arrived.
Kevin Keegan – when I cam training wasn’t focused
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œThey are more together now, I can see it,â€ â€œWhen I first came I thought a couple of them wanted to hurt each other in training. I had to stop it sometimes and say, â€˜Hey, whilst I want training to be realistic, you should not want to hurt each other because you might need to play with that guy on Saturday.”
“I felt there was a bit of frustration which you get when you are at the bottom, but it is all gone. The club is so together at the moment, you can see he respect for each other.”
“You have got to realize what training is. Training is working together, sometimes against each other for a match, not working together to hurt each other. I felt there was a bit of that.â€
The former England, Fulham and Manchester City manager stressed this was not criticism of his players for any lack of professionalism, simply that he wanted a change of emphasis in the training.
â€œYou shouldnâ€™t be surprised,â€ â€œIt happens at a lot of clubs when results are not going well, the frustration comes out. I am not saying they were maniacs or anything like that.”
“Sometimes I was saying, â€˜Hey, we donâ€™t want to hurt each other, we want to get ready for a match. We want to save some of that aggression, within the rules, for Saturday.â€™ Itâ€™s not criticism, it happens at a lot of clubs.
â€œPlayers think they should be in the side, other players have opinions of each other which are sometimes misguided by the situation they find themselves in and their frustrations come out.â€
Kevin seems to be pleased by the whole attitude of the squad and even the players who are not currently in the side, appear to be doing everything they should be to get back into the side. It seems like Kevin has indeed inherited a professional squad, and he has always said that while the squad is small it is stacked full of quality.
â€œAll that aggression was probably because of the situation and not quite channelled right,â€ â€œIt is now and that is why we got this performance against Spurs. And the guys who are not in the side are doing what is right to get back in.”
â€œThey canâ€™t argue. Normally, they would come knocking on the door saying they should be in the team but certainly in training, the ones who arenâ€™t in (the side) are doing it right.”
“We have real good spirit and that is why we have got the results. If you havenâ€™t got everyone rowing the boat the same way, you ainâ€™t going to win a football match.â€
What we do need today is an early goal. It’s obvious the crowd will be humming right from the start, and an early goal can give the lads the confidence they need to go all out again for another good win.
A good win and performance today will send the Newcastle faithful ecstatic.
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