Kevin Keegan is getting near to the time when Newcastle will be mathematically safe and can sit down with owner Mike Ashley and Chairman Chris Mort and plan which players they will pursue in the summer.
Chris Mort and Kevin Keegan – transfer discussions looming
Keegan told the Sunday Mirror today:
“Mr Ashley said he wanted to win something in three-and-a-half years. When we sit down in the next few weeks we will see how desperate he is to win something in that time.â€
“That will become clear when we see the players this club will go after in the summer. We haven’t had that conversation yet.”
But Keegan thinks the days of Newcastle United battling for the title or beating Manchester United or Arsenal to big signings are a thing of the past right now.
“It’s a different world now compared to when I first came here as a manager.â€ “Without showing any disrespect to my players I think you could take any one of the players on the benches of the top four and they would be five of the first six names on the team sheet at most other clubs.â€
“You look at Manchester United and their bench is Â£60M-70M worth of players. You’ve got a Nani or a Hargreaves on the bench.â€ “It’s not practical or feasible for a manager of Newcastle United to say what I said before, ‘Watch out Sir Alex, we are after your titleâ€. “They have gone on and in many respects we have gone backwards.â€
“You hope you could appeal to some of the players who go to the top four clubs and don’t play every week. We need four or five players but if you are clever that doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. You can get Bosmans worth Â£10M so we will see what we can do there too.” “We can go for the top players but we can’t offer them European football – and we can’t offer them a top-four finish next season.”
It’s reasonable for Kevin to rule out a top 4 place for Newcastle next season, but positions after that are up for grabs, and with 4-5 good signings in the summer the Newcastle squad will be much better than they’ve been this season. So while ruling out a top-four challenge, Keegan believes Newcastle must finish at the very least in the top eight.
“Outside of the top eight would be unacceptable. We’ve got a group of teams such as Spurs, Villa and Everton we can challenge but not the top four.”
“If you forget ability and look at the size of the club, the turnover, the fan base and take everything into consideration we should finish fifth to eighth.”
The number of players Kevin says he’s after we notice keeps changing. Today he says we need 4-5 good players in the summer and he has yet to sit down with Mike Ashley and Chris Mort to discuss which players they will pursue over the summer.
But we’re fairly certain that now is the time that Mike will back Kevin with big money. Kevin has earned that right, after he has Newcastle United now playing like they did in the 1990s, and winning games easily. Well at least the last couple of games. 😀
We’ll need to keep our feet firmly on the ground, but the way the team has easily won their last couple of games and scored 7 goals in the process, makes that increasingly difficult for Newcastle fans.
What do you think about this situation?
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