Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has revealed that his side’s run of great form since their first win against Fulham has come as no surprise to him because the squad he inherited is full of quality, which he has consistently said.
Keegan – initial reaction by fans – everything Kevin said has come true
Keegan has led Newcastle to a five-game unbeaten run and has escaped the relegation zone before the end of the season. After taking over at St James’ Park in January, Keegan always said he had the players good enough to move up the table. That is one reason he refused to bring in any players during January, which at times looked like a bad decision.
Keegan is now more confident than ever with his players and now believes there is no limit to what his side can achieve after confidence has been restored at the club. It’s even a little scary how well the team have played in the last 5 games, and it certainly brings back the great memories of his former time as manager at Newcastle.
Keegan talked to Sky Sports:
“It’s difficult sometimes when you have a run like we had at the start – and that run had gone on before I came, that’s why I was appointed,” “The confidence was low, but the confidence now is where you would like it to be.â€ “I don’t think anyone either inside the club or outside the area would question that we have got a quality squad.â€
“That quality is now showing itself, whereas before, it was probably just not able to get out because of confidence.â€ “That’s a massive part of the game. You hear managers saying the same thing – ‘We are playing well, but we are not winning games and it is just chipping away at their confidence’.â€
“You don’t say that because it sounds good or it gives you a reason or an excuse for losing matches, you say it because having been in the game a long time both as a player and as a manager, and you know yourself confidence breeds wins.â€ “It is just the way it goes.”
To be fair, Kevin’s been consistent all along. When he first came he said the confidence was down and a first win is all it would take. We were unlucky several times not to get the win, and if he had got an earlier win than we finally ground out against Fulham, you’ve got to believe things would have improved a lot sooner.
But they didn’t, and Kevin went 9 games without a win, but since that first win, we just haven’t looked back and everything Kevin said has since come true.
Keegan doesn’t always get the credit he deserves as a manager and coach, but we have the feeling that next season he will make Newcastle’s presence felt again in the Premier League.
Kevin Keegan and the rest of our club management is dedicated to that, and quite honestly we see no reason why he cannot be successful again at Newcastle, even more so than last time maybe – dare we say it. 😀
We now have Kevin back, a Billionaire Owner and a savvy young Chairman, what else is needed? Nothing – we think we have everything in place to succeed, and if that’s being too positive – so be it.