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Keegan Instills Confidence in Everyone

10:24 am, Thursday, April 10th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Any past difficulties between Michael Owen and Kevin Keegan certainly seem a thing of the past.

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Michael Owen - 4-3-3 – what does that mean?

When Keegan was appointed on January 16th, it was pointed out gleefully by the press that Michael and Kevin had some trouble between them, when Kevin was the England manager.

But Kevin Keegan, in one of his master-strokes, immediately made Michael Owen captain at the club, and Michael has not only played his best football at Newcastle, but he’s also scoring goals regularly, and has been pivotal in helping Newcastle escape the relegation threat.

Owen, who is now 28 and probably set to sign a new long term contract at the club, was singing Keegan’s praises today:

“It’s taken a bit of time to get his ideas across but now we’re getting it together. Full credit to him.

“To come and play an attacking line-up like he did at Tottenham and in the last couple of games has worked a treat.

“Obviously he’s positive. He instills confidence in everyone and now we’re reaping the rewards.”

We’ve been so impressed with Kevin, since he returned to Newcastle. Even when we had a bad start and didn’t register our first win for 10 games, Keegan was still upbeat. He kept repeating that the squad had quality, and that the players only needed a win to get their confidence back.

Kevin has been proved right in that, because once we beat Fulham, we’ve gone on to hammer Tottenham and Reading and scored 7 goals in the process.

We now face a stern test at Fratton Park on Saturday, which most Geordie fans thing we can win. But it’s against the high flying FA Cup finalists Portsmouth and it will be a solid test for the boys.

That’s just some of the magic coming from Kevin Keegan these days on Tyneside. :D

Comments welcome.



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tez131 // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Match Predictions lads?
    And team you think will start?

  • 2 Eric // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    KK is getting the confidence back into the club.
    Players criticised all season are now improving and showing their worth. I think Fat Sam was a soul-sucker and should really be working for Hammer horror films. Think some of the fancy names for KK to go and get are a bit over the top. We need experienced quality Premier players who want to play the KK way at NUFC.
    Who? We would need a tin-opener to get Carrick away from Manky U. McGeady looked promising but a longer look over our shoulders at our reserves may solve some problems. To get to top 4 and Europe we need 22 – a two team squad that includes the likes of Lua Lua, Tozer, etc. I think it more reasonable to aim to win the FA Cup, Carling Cup and a place in Europe, and also the Northumberland Senior Cup plus the FA Youth Cup. OK?

  • 3 faustino // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Keegan does what any good manager does; of any profession. He makes the place of work somewhere you look forward to going to and builds a team your proud to be part of. Simple as.

  • 4 KristianF // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    I think Vidukas grin (“I did it boss”-picture) when he went of last week having scored says it all really. After all the disappointments this season they must be even more ecstatic than us, and we’re all like :D:D

    Pompey 0 – 2 Our Lads (Owen, Martins/Barton)

    Starting line-up the same as last week is very probable. Kev is not about to raise questions and create uncertainty now that we’re finally picking up some momentum.

    HOWAY!!

  • 5 scottish mag // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    two cm’s i think we should get would be javi garcia from osasuna he has a 4 million euro release clause and moutinho he has a 15 million euro release clause
    http://goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=653436

    i also think we should look at zaragoza who are in la liga relegation zone, we should take diego milito, aimar and diogo, and bafe gomis looks a good player too did anyone see his goals the other day the first was from 25 yards

  • 6 Leo // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    i guess that picture was taken when sham alardyce was in charge, “oh whats going on?”

  • 7 Obafan // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Pompey – Toon 1-2 (Martins and Owen)

    Harper
    Beye – Edgar – Faye – Enrique
    Geremi – Butt – Barton
    Owen – Viduka – Martins

    SUBS: Forster – Diatta – Duff – Smith – Carrol

    I think KK will let Diatta in the squad. I think Taylor will also be in somewhere, if so I hope he drops Smith, but I can’t see that happening. Also Zog is coming back, so he might replace Duff on the bench, but not sure of that as KK stated that Duff has a future at NUFC and Zog is likely to leave the club.

  • 8 Spyro // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    i reckon 2-2

  • 9 Davies // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Don’t mean to be a party pisser, but Pompey are hard work at the moment, and I don’t think we’ve won at Fratton Park for quite a while. It may be a positive that they played in the week, but even still….

    I’d be happy with a point from this game.

    Realistically, if Keegan sticks to 4-3-3, we might be undone by Pompey’s midfield, which has a lot of balls and teeth to it.

    This will be a game where we will need the likes of Zog and Milner to make it hard for them.

    Having said all of that, confidence is a funny thing, and can inspire the best performances in any walk of life. Though I should be realistic (and possibly a little optimistic) I’d say we could come away at 1-1. Of course I’m hoping we thump them 3-0, but I suppose we’ll see what happens at 5.15 on Saturday.

    Fingers crossed.

  • 10 paulthepom // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    should be high scoring and entertaining now we are safe.would love some revenge on cockney redknapp aswell.
    team . harper
    beye taylor faye enrique
    geremi butt barton
    owen viduka martins

    subs.duff,smith,edgar,lua lua

    cant change a winning team

  • 11 Spyro // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Pompey tend to score more away then at home dont they? This is why i feel we will get a well earned draw. If Defoe is playing he will definitely score

  • 12 UTD111 // Apr 10, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    This will be a good test of how far United have come. The way the team is playing now is to a standard well above our league position and frankly we should be up there with Pompey battling for europe on current form. If we play like we did at Tottenheim we should win.

  • 13 scottish mag // Apr 10, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    defoe out due to family reasons

  • 14 Aussie Toon // Apr 10, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Pompey 2 Newcastle 3 Owen Viduka Martins unchanged line-up with Taylor coming on late in the second half :)

  • 15 clinta // Apr 11, 2008 at 4:48 AM

    i must admit when KK came back i thought he’d be able to turn it around a bit but never really thought him to be the long term answer which we’ve really needed since sir bobby left the club.

    maybe i was wrong though ey?! my expectations for nufc aren’t as high now as they have been in the past as i’m sure would be the case with some other toon fans, but i can definately see KK geting us stable in they euro positions for the next few years.

    I think we’ll win at pompey as they’ll have there eyes on a bigger prize, and they don’t really lke scoring goals at home this season.

    can they stop our lot from scoring at the moment, that’ll be the test!




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