Keegan Attempts To Re-Write History

Kevin Keegan has today admitted he was unable to stop Newcastle’s season drifting into the definite threat of relegation.


Kevin Keegan – took 9 league games for first win

Kevin took until his tenth game (ninth Premier league game) of his second spell as Newcastle manager before registering his first win. But of course since then we have won every match, which is what Kevin had always said, but it does raise some questions as took us so long to win.

Keegan talked to the Newcastle journal this morning:

“When I came here, we were 11th but when you looked up we were, I think, 10 points below the next team (editor note – the gap was only six – see table below)”

“So half of you, much as you did not like to admit it, thought it is much easier to get dragged into that than to get up there.” “We had to win three games not to move anywhere.”

“That is not easy in the Premier League and until the weekend we had not won three (consecutive) games (all season). When we beat Reading that was the first time this season, so it (the league position) was not a major surprise.”

“I could see us more likely getting sucked into it than not, though I thought we would get better results quicker.”

In fact these were the league positions after our last game before Bolton (Kevin’s first game in charge on 19th January), which was the 6-0 hammering at Manchester United on 12th January.

Pos Team        Games GD  Points

9   Blackburn    21    0    33
10  West Ham     21    7    32
11  Newcastle    22  -12    26
12  Spurs        22    2    24
13  Reading      22  -17    22
14  M'Boro       22  -17    21
15  Bolton       21   -9    20
16  Birminhgam   22  -10    20
17  Wigan        22  -15    20
18  Sunderland   21  -20    17
19  Fulham       22  -16    15
20  Derby        22  -37     7

We’re not exactly sure what point Kevin is making here, because we should just look at the results, and in the first 8 league games under Keegan we got just 3 points – that has nothing to do with where we were in the table.

But in any case it maybe feels a little better that we struggled initially because it puts in focus just how Kevin got the team playing so well, and dug us out of a big hole. And you cannot say Keegan cannot take criticism.

In the bad times he handled himself wonderfully well – a real gentleman, and so loyal to his players, who are now paying him back – big time. 😀

What a guy.

Comments very welcome.

14 comments so far

  • AZ

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I absolutely agree 100% It took a bit of time but as the saying goes “good things come to he who waits”.

    I honestly think that if say Jose Mourinho came to the toon, he couldn’t have done any better than kk has done.

    He is the only man for job …….

  • Rich

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Totally agree, one man for this job n thast King Kev!

    Noone would have the same enthusiasm about newcastle than this man does, im so pleases hes back home and cant wait for next season!

  • Doctapaul

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree 100% with Kevin. I don’t know what his point is either. And I don’t care. He can talk shite if he likes. I’ll listen happily.

  • Doctapaul

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4
  • AZ

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle United WILL once again be a great team, THAT IS A FACT.

    We have the perfect set up at the moment:-

    1. A billionaire owner-who shares the fans passion for this great club

    2. A professional chairman running the club-not some fat money hungry gimp

    3. Kevin Keegan in charge of the team-Mr Motivator!!!

    KK will make SJP a fortress and every team will fear playing there.
    This is not going to happen overnight though, and we all must be patient and back KK and the team 100%

  • Nasty

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    There have only been 2 men in recent history that have been the right men to take the toon forward, KK and Sir Bobby. I’m pretty sure now that KK has finally got his team playing like the team we all expect that things can only get better from here. Under Big Fat Sam the team were really poor following the Derby defeat and never seemed to regain any form of confidence, they looked like beaten men when they first walked out onto the pitch. Now that buzz of enthusiasm is back although it’s took a little time.
    If KK can get the right players in over the summer then I bet we can look forward to an exciting 08/09 season with plenty of goals.

  • UTD111

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    These cold statistics about “how many games United went before they won under Keegan” are a bit unfair on Sir Kevin. When he arrived, the dressing room had lost the plot. He then went into a series of fixtures which included games against teams from the top of the PL. Naturally, the team lost, and occasionally got slaughtered in these circumstances. It is understandable why it took Kevin a while to gain the trust of the players, identify his best players, sort out the best way to play with what was available etc
    Personally – I don’t think many other managers could have turned this around as quickly as Kevin has. Love the guy to bits!

  • Eric

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    In KK we have the right man. Players show and say it, fans say it, and the results say it. Of course it took KK time to rebuild confidence and get the players together. KK says we are about 80% now – woe betide the so-called top 4 when we are 100% is all I can say. So glad Sam Lard-arse has gone. Cheers KK, doing well.

  • Davies

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Lets be fair to Keegan, he didn’t exactly get the bite of the apple that Allerdyce got.

    Dire performances against the likes of Wigan and Derby were unacceptable and we have fat Sham to thank for that. When Keegan came in he had pretty much the hardest succession of games to play, especially two games at the Emirates in four days (fairplay to Liverpool for coming away from that unscathed).

    The position on the table when he arrived is not important. That wasn’t his fault, and neither was the slide after. What has happened in the last four games, and what happens in the next five, will be the things that define his success for this season.

    I think he’ll be just fine….

  • AZ

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree with everyone, when we played under fatso he went into away games looking for o-o draws, in my opinion that is a recipe for disaster.

    My motto is the best way of defence is ATTACK, and that is what we are doing under KK.

    In the past we have given far too much respect to the likes of man utd and arsenal etc, when we should show no fear and get stuck in to them and give as good as we get.
    Do this and I believe we will litterally catapolt up the table.

    Think about it, Liverpool are a team in turmoil and are heading for self destruction.
    Roman Abramovich will get bored of chelsea soon and will sell up, then there f***ed!
    Arsene wenger will call it a day soon and who know’s what will happen then…..

    We have stability, lots of money, the best manager in the country and the best fans.

    Goods times are a comin

  • Hadrian

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    the team was a shambles when he walked in , and he arrived at exactly the time i was pointing out that fat sam’s points dropped were going to hit us during the next set of fixtures .
    keegan couldnt have arrived at a worse point in time to try and get results from the fixtures and squad mentality he had .

  • MichaelA

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Having spent the 2 months prior to Keegans arrival saying Newcastle fans don’t give their managers enough time, they managed to wait 2mins before reporting his appointment as a failure.

    From Stoke to Brum games, my hatred of everyone but us managed to reach new found heights, I can safely say it’s a good place to be.

  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    well he eventually got the team playing differently.

    we deserved the win against boro- wrongfully disallowed goals

    we deserved 3 points against blackburn they were highly fortunate

    liverpool, who knows what would have happened if they had not got their lucky goal

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Bang on Leo!..
    …& yes another 12 times to the other comments!..

    …Ho’way the Lads!..


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