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:
â€œIt was another clean sheet against Sunderland and may be I should apologize for that!” â€œWhen we lost the championship to Manchester United in 1995/96 and finished second, people thought we got beaten 4-3 every week.”
â€œPeopleâ€™s memories donâ€™t always serve them well.” â€œA 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: â€˜I wasnâ€™tâ€™. I only went to the first one.”
“I wasnâ€™t manager for the second one.” â€œThe memory says we kept scoring three, and losing 4-3, but, if you look at the facts, they donâ€™t back that up.â€
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. Â 😀