Keegan – No, We Didn’t Always Lose 4-3

Kevin Keegan has rightly put to rest the false claims against him, that his defense is always poor in the teams he has managed.


Kevin Keegan – joy when he arrived back on Tyneside in mid-January

Kevin Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“It was another clean sheet against Sunderland and may be I should apologize for that!” “When we lost the championship to Manchester United in 1995/96 and finished second, people thought we got beaten 4-3 every week.”

“People’s memories don’t always serve them well.” “A lot of people come up and say to me they were at both games when we lost 4-3 at Liverpool, and I always say: ‘I wasn’t’. I only went to the first one.”

“I wasn’t manager for the second one.” “The memory says we kept scoring three, and losing 4-3, but, if you look at the facts, they don’t back that up.”

In the disappointing 1995-96 season the Newcastle defense conceded just two more goals than Manchester United, so the defense wasn’t that bad.

And one of the really encouraging things in the last 6 games is that we’ve had 4 clean sheets and only concede 2 goals, so much better than earlier in the season.

Keegan has had 5 clean sheets in the 14 games he’s been in charge at Newcastle, and for the season we now have 8 clean sheets.

One of the major areas we have improved most since Kevin came back is our defense.

Of course Kevin and his staff have also improved the midfield and attack too – which is why we look so good these days.   😀

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • 51times

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Ugh…please don’t mention 95/96.

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Apr 23, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #2

    “midfield and attack…”…and the ethos, culture, coaching, team spirit, reserves, crowd atmosphere etc etc..

    Keegan and his reign has resulted in a much brighter future than the dark tunnel Fat Sham Allarshite was taking us…

  • Whumpie

    Apr 23, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m no big fan of big Sam, but I’m glad to see that Keegan has appreciated and kept a lot of Sam’s infrastructure and backroom changes which took us from the most injury-hit team in the league to the bottom half of the table.

    Also, he’s had the decency to admit that Sam made some good signings. Shame Sam had no idea how to use them, eh?

    I think change all comes from the top down and that any company reflects the abilities, knowledge and passions of those at the top. This must apply to football clubs too, because between them Ashley, Mort and Keegan pretty much have it all covered.

    I’m loving being able to rub various noses in the dirt following all their jibes about Keegan. The man shows that while there are good managers and bad managers, it’s getting the RIGHT manager for each club that matters, and Keegan was born to bring success to Newcastle.

  • chuck

    Apr 23, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #4

    It`s all perception! Give a dog a bad name etc.
    Create a perception of anything and it will become like the truth.
    The public are inclined to believe whatever is foisted on them.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #5

    nigel pearson and sam allardyce leave.. both people who were supposed to be good at organising the defense.

    keegan and hughton come in and wer much better at the back. one of the reasons why is the style of play. when ure attacking most the game the pressure on the defense is considerably less than if ure too defensive. much better style of play now. credit to keegan and hughton and of course the current back 4 faye taylor beye and enrique who i feel are all good players.

  • Callum

    Apr 23, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    As the old saying goes ‘The best form of defence is to attack’ 🙂

  • Leo

    Apr 23, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    yep the best form of defence is attack, because if we havethe ball and are attacking then the other team cant score goals because we have the ball.

  • Soren

    Apr 23, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Keegan’s vision of football is just so much better than big sam’s negative-tactic-statbased-footy. The players certainly seem to be enjoying themselves more now, as do we fans 🙂

    on another note, anyone was at the Blu Bambu after the game on sunday? apparently Chris Mort was :p

  • stantos

    Apr 23, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #9

    awesome video, something you don’t see often. I think the summer will be one to remember, with passion like that the sky’s the limit

  • howway geordies

    Apr 23, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    If we’d lost every game 4-3, we’d have been relegated (obviously!), but before that every NUFC fan would have been bald after pulling their hair out!

  • toonbirchy

    Apr 23, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #11
  • Nibbsy

    Apr 23, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #12

    If you take a look at the other teams who have appointed new managers, Fulham, Wigan, Brum etc, Newcastle are the only team who have changed their game around and are no longer relagation fodder. Bolton may be the other team who might survive but lets face it, those new managers aren’t exactlymaking any difference are they. And who gets criticised, Keegan!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Well said chuck, boycott the press & help put ’em outta pocket/business, we don’t need them…They need us!..

    …Top clip Soren!..
    …Who woulda thunk it?..

    …Oh, me lads…..

  • Whumpie

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #14

    I may have to beg a new job and move back to Toon just to join these guys for a drink. Football fan’s heaven, this. Other fans may not say it yet, but they’d give their right nut for an owner and chairman like ours!

    Howay Chris & Mike! We’ll have ye shirtless in the Gallowgate stand yet…

  • Bill F

    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Tell you what it could cost wor Chris a few bob next if he forks out like that after every game. Mind you he was canny enough to say it was a ten minute window, how many can the bar staff serve in that time.

    Whumpie are you suggesting that KK takes on Sam as an assistant coach/manager. 😉

  • Leo

    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #16

    they would serve loads more if i was behind the bar. i was thw quickest barman in morpeth for about 6 months. according to the key fob we used to access the tills.

    speedy gonzalez

  • Whumpie

    Apr 24, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    I’d rather have hot needles inserted in me bits than see BSA back at St James. And I suspect he feels the same way as he relaxes on the beach in Barbados.


    Apr 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    OH Christ

    Sam Alardyce in trunks lying on a beach in Barbados i feel truly sorry for any tourists who have to se that sight!

  • Whumpie

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    There’s never a tsunami when you need one, is there?

  • Whumpie

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    That’s a bad conversation for a beach holiday:

    “I have bad news and worse news.”

    “Oh, eck. What’s the bad news?”

    “In 30 seconds we’re going to be hit by a tsunami. A 20-foot wave doing 80 miles an hour, destroying everything in its path”

    “***! What’s the worse news?”

    “It’s got Sam Allerdyce in it.”


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