Keegan – Newcastle A Work In Progress

Kevin Keegan has already announced that he will field the same team against Sunderland that played at Fratton Park last weekend.


Kevin Keegan – working his players in training

Kevin justifiably believes the new strike-force of Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka is working so well so he’s taking the old adage, if it aint broke don’t fix it.

By playing the same team each week it’s also giving the players time to meld into a good team, and it’s certainly paying dividends.

Keegan told the Evening Chronicle:

“We’ll leave it alone, and let the other players wait for the opportunity,’ ‘Let’s see when they get that, whether they can really take it.”“We’re going forward. We’re a work in progress, and hopefully we’ll learn from the things we didn’t do so well.”

“The 4-3-3 formation is still working, and still creating. We’re still causing other teams problems, and I think that will continue to be the case as long as every player puts in a shift.”

“That’s what is happening at the moment, and it’s very hard to change it when these 11 players are so determined to win games, and do things right for the club.”

Kevin has resisted the chance to change the team to give fringe players a chance to shine. But with the squad already small we think most of them will get their chance in the close season.

We only expect 3-4 players to leave the club in the summer with Ameobi, Carr and Rozehnal seeming to be the firm favorites to move on.

With Kevin planning to bring in 4-5 top players and at least 2-3 top youngsters, we’ll still have a bigger squad next season, which we will need if we are to challenge for a European place.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

10 comments so far

  • tdt

    Apr 15, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    wasnt this yesterdays news?

  • Toon Goat

    Apr 15, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Who cares? Just go and beat Sunderland! AND give Andy Carrol a chance to lead the line for the last 10 minutes of a match (not necessarily this one, although hopefully we’ll be 5-0 up so he could come on for Viduka)

  • Callum

    Apr 15, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, this was an article yesterday 😮

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 15, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed is it a certainty that KK wants to bring in 4-5 players for the first team and then 2-3 youngsters? Obviously this would be a sign of the club moving int the right direction but am yet to see anything about this in the press.

  • arctoa

    Apr 15, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Playing the same team week in, week out will certainly weed out the arseholes in the squad, I think: the negative moaners will be shipped out in double-quick time and those who remain will have proven that they’re solid characters. I don’t agree with rotation for the sake of it, so plus points to Keegan for not attempting to fix what isn’t broken.

  • Leo

    Apr 15, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    i bet ed harrison is getting excited, he has almost hit the 4million hits mark!!!

    its great, pre keegan our manager worried about the opposition, keegan makes the other teams worry instead

  • Stami - PLAY CARROLL

    Apr 15, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #7


  • chuck

    Apr 15, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Playing 4-3-3 seems to be working at present,but opposition managers with a tactical understanding will simply employ a 4-5-1 to overwhelm the midfield,using a lone striker up front.
    It`s horses for courses, 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 4-3-3,
    diamond formations,the use of sweepers,etc. all depends on the opposition,there`s no one fits all formation.

  • geordie in taipei

    Apr 15, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Love Kevs enthusiasm and willingness to get the news out to us loyal fans. And i agree for now, don’t change it, but maybe telling our arch enemies and next opponents our game plan when they have 5 days to preparer for it – isn’t the wisest idea !

  • obafemimartins

    Apr 15, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #10

    they were going to play 4-5-1 anyway now we have told them they definetly will


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