Kevin Keegan has transformed Newcastle since he came back to the club a short three months ago.
Kevin Keegan – believes football is a simple game
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œRegardless of what anyone else thinks about football, and Iâ€™m not going down any streets there, Iâ€™ve always believed it is a simple game,â€
â€œSometimes you can complicate it, sometimes you get people who think theyâ€™re more important at a football club than they really are.â€
â€œEveryone has a place â€“ your fitness people, certainly your doctors, your medical staff â€“ but they all add percentages to it. Iâ€™ve always thought the most important place is the training ground and the most important thing is the training.â€
Kevin has gradually slimmed down the staff he inherited and slowly dismissed quite a few of the people Sam Allardyce brought into the club. But Kevin doesn’t seem too interested in what went on during Sam Allardyce’s short reign.
â€œIâ€™ve never asked, from the day I walked in, what went on before,â€ â€œIâ€™ve seen people write it in the papers and heard people say things, but Iâ€™ve just come in and done it the way I think it should be.â€
â€œWhat I think weâ€™ve done is trained more, played more football and by doing that weâ€™ve got the lads confident to play football, and thatâ€™s what you can see.”
“Even against Reading, we were probably only 80% but it still produced a lot of exciting football because of their belief.â€
Kevin seems to have the players a lot fitter then they were, since they’ve strolled through their last couple of games and seem to have played so well as a team. The training that has taken place seems to be showing through because they seem to know exactly what each other is going to do, and they are very patient and almost clinical in their build up.
Saturday’s third goal was a wonderfully created goal for Mark Viduka to finally put the ball away with a clinical strike. And right back Habib Beye got into the action and had two assists for the goals by Owen and Viduka.
Kevin talked about Habib:
â€œHe came back first from the African Cup of Nations on the Sunday,â€ â€œThe others were two or three days after. He came back earlier because he wanted to be part of it. His training and professionalism have impressed me.”
“Weâ€™ve got a lot of leaders in the dressing room and heâ€™s one of them. Abdoulaye Faye is at the back, Nicky Butt, Michael Owen, Geremi. These are five senior players who have good experience.â€
Newcastle have made just a great turnaround with three easy wins in a row, but they will be tested on Saturday at Fratton Park. However, we feel they’ll be looking forward to that test, and maybe can even make it 4 wins on the trot against Portsmouth, if they can raise their game a little from last Saturday.