Keegan Not Confident Of Attracting Top Players

Keven Keegan seemed less than confident yesterday of Newcastle’ s ability to attract top players to Newcastle, if the top four clubs are also interested in the player.


Kevin Keegan – not confident of attracting the very best

Kevin spoke this morning about the transfer market and was asked if he was confident of being able to attract top talent to Newcastle:

“No, I’m not confident. No, if Liverpool or Chelsea came in (for the same transfer target), I would not be confident because they can offer more than we can in terms of Champions League, top four is almost guaranteed to these clubs. But they can not collect all the pebbles on the beach,”

“So what can you offer? Well, to some of these players who come over, regular first-team football.” “We can offer more than most. If Chelsea come in, we will not get them, if Man United come in and probably if Liverpool and Arsenal come in, if I am honest, probably we won’t get that player.”

But after that I would back us against anyone. We can compete but we have to be sensible and have realistic targets.

That’s interesting because we have just missed out to Tottenham on Luka Modric, which was a huge blow for Newcastle’s fans this morning.

Kevin continued:

“There are only so many clubs and, after you take away those top-10 clubs around the world, we are in there with everyone else.”

“It’s worked very well so far,” “Dennis and I talk a lot, he comes up a lot. Tony will only be involved on the financial side, so he doesn’t have to be up here, but he has a key part in it.”

“We had a meeting two weeks ago, we (Keegan, Arthur Cox and Terry McDermott) took our list in and they put theirs down.”

Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Modric was one name on both Wise and Keegan’s list, and while a delegation from United did met the 22-year-old this week, we have missed out on this target unfortunately.

But there’s also something wrong with the system in the Premier League when the best teams only get better at the expense of the teams outside the top four. That’s a recipe for disaster in that it will reduce competition in the Premier league, which in fact it already has.

But to be fair to Kevin, he never seemed too confident that we could attract Modric to Newcastle, and of course we’d love to see the two lists.

Well, it’s sad news, to say the least about Modric, but that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and we’ll have to look forward to other players coming to the Tyneside club.

Newcastle can eliminate some of the disappointment over Modric by thrashing West Ham today. 😀

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • OzZyMagpiE

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    i feel like crying…. i really wanted modric to sign… if he signed with Man U, Barcelona or some club like that i wud be fine… but spurs over toon is horrible… this screwed my day up.

  • sweendogg007

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Who thinks spurs are going to be the new leeds!!!??? haha, if he signed for spurs and not any of the top 4 teams then that says sumthing.

    I don’t expect any big signings until we quailfy for the champions league and not UEFA cup

    We only need 2/3 signings like KEV said.

    We don’t need to pay over the odds for players who are going to winge like n’zog

  • sweendogg007

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Also youtube only shows the good things about a player… well unless it’s titus shambles.

    I still remember when he came on as a sub against liverpool and the liverpool supporters gave him a standing ovation. very funny

  • Leo

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    me too, i feel like crying and cracking open a can of super lager

  • OzZyMagpiE

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    done that leo.. juz substituted da lager with guinness stout.. diego for toon…

  • Davies

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m not breaking my heart about this. If we can carry the form we’ve shown over the last six matches into next season, whoever we buy in the summer will be useful. I would have like Modric to come, but he hasn’t. There isn’t anything that could be said or done to change that. At least he isn’t a Mackem (HA!).
    Let’s not write Keegan off just yet. We’ll see how he’s done when the window closes, speculating before it’s even opened is pointless.

  • cloudstrife

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    come on KK… if anyone can bring them in, it’s you!

  • sweendogg007

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Special offer in Sainbury’s 24 carls 4 11.90, brilliant
    I’ll think i’ll get 2 packs today and put them in my kids beer buggy

  • Nev

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    seriously .. what can we offer other than money?
    liverpool , man u , arsenal , chealsea , spurs , everton , portsmouth , aston villa they will beat us for ANY player we go after for one reason ..
    look at the players we have at the minute .. martins, owen, emre etc they are all top quality player and the reason they came was to play european football
    i can see lots of are squad wanting to leave soon … just because of they not playing in europe, its even starting to take effect on some player .. read interviews with them!
    as soon as we back in top 6 .. then start talking about players like diego and van der vaart

  • Chris F

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    ffs lads, it’s only april.

    annoying as it is that he’s opted for spurs (i guess the lure of doing shite in the uefa cup was too much for him) it’s not like he’s the only player we will be after.

  • Midjew

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    oh yeah forgot damn the carlin cup

  • Spyro

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    midjew what are you on about, spurs are in europe next year

  • sweendogg007

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    UEFA cup is all about playing against mediocre teams. . bring on the champions leaguse and give Barca another whipping.

    The players we have now are as good as we are going to get and KEV will get a top 4 finish within 2years

    Anyone have any links for todays match

  • Nev

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    just read on tribal football that we had £18.5mil rejected … spurs offer £20mil .. thats accepted .. if were haggling over £1.5 mil wise/vetere/jimenz all need to be shot!

  • sweendogg007

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    If the KING thought he was worth it he would have bought him.

  • faustino

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16


    We’re in for a hiding if this keeps happening. Someone at the club needs to get hold of the club PR and sort this out. It’s either agents leaking info, which means we’re being far too forward or it’s over-zealous/confident staff going to press to early. In any case it’s totally pathetic and embarassing.

    I’d rather have no one come in than spend the summer being touted and then failing spectacularly.

  • Hadji

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    What i like about KK is that he can create something out of nothing.We dont need to pay that much for someone from Croatian league.For Christ sake,Barcelona paid 26 mill euros for Ronaldinho to PSG.
    Now compare Ronaldinho at 22 of age with Modric.

  • robertsa

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    lets just hope the modric to spurs deal falls through. I cant believe that like, we were after him for months and f**kin spurs are gettin him. We have no luck with transfers luque was shit kluivert was shit owen got ingured loads and now this .

  • Taiwantoon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Let’s face it. It is clear that the current board might just be a bit too tight over the possible transfers. Spurs beat us on signing players not only because they offer European football, but they are showing more ambitions.

    Don’t get me wrong. It’s good to control the bugdet but most transfer rumours that we’ve involved are not with top rated players, and this is not a good message to sent to our potential targets. We must show people that we mean to do business, unfournately, like the Spurs has been doing over the last few years.

    I am gutted, but I still have faith as it’s still not summer yet, is it?

  • robertsa

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #20

    well said hadji but it would have been nice to get him

  • Spyro

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Hutton – 9mill
    Woodgate – ?
    Gilberto – 2.5mill
    Modric – 15.5mill rising to 20.5mill

  • Spyro

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    how much did tottenham get woodgate for?

  • Simon P

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    We don’t know the facts about Modric. He may have been visiting his cousin Viduka when he came to St James !!
    If not, and we were very interested in signing Modric, then something has gone amiss.

    But we need to know the facts first.
    if we have been outbid by a couple of million, then that is sad, because a signing of this calibre would have been a statement of intent by Mort and Ashley, and it would have been worth paying the extra.
    We just have to hope that Keegan has a plan.

    My major worry is that we buy a bunch of second rate squad players with Premiership experience in the summer, while mid table teams like Blackburn, Tottenham etc…push on and pay good money for top talent, and we fall further behind.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24

    Where will Zog go now!!!!

  • Spyro

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    i dont think spurs will play him on the left and i only said that in a previous post to try and make myself feel better, they will probably instead use modric to strengthen thier weak midfield that, over the years, has lacked a man who can dominate the middle, modric can do just that and in fact is best in this position. That is why Spurs were so desperate to get him. N’Zogbia can still go and play on the left but to tell the truth i dont think Spurs see him as their answer, and they will probably try to sign a better left winger or maybe just sign him as back up

    i can see Spurs going in for David Silva and Diego Capel in the summer

  • HammerzFan

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Alreet boyz and girlz? Just wanted to wish you all the best for today’s match. Even if you don’t get Modric (I wouldn’t be surprised if he still ended up at Chelsea or somewhere wonderful like that 😉 ). This is a West Ham (little Newcastle to you lot) fan saying that I have a horrible fear you are going to stick six by us today. Jamie Tomkins being blooded in defence against your front three is a pretty scary prospect to most of us. No abuse, no hard feelings; just genuine sincerity. May the best team win. All the best,

    West Ham

  • Bill F

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Still plenty of good players out there and don’t forget all the good youngsters we have bought in. We don’t necessarily need to buy young players either. There are a whole raft of very good older players who would be happy to come to us. Just look at how Del Piero (I am not saying he would leave Juve) is playing. Juninho is one who might. And there a lot of players who are underperforming in other teams who could be much better under KK. E.g. someone like Rochenback is wasted at the smoggies.
    Whoever we get I reckon we are going to be much stronger and better prepared for the start of next season.

  • OzZyMagpiE

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    david silva? r u out of ur mind… hez spain’s best prospect atm.. Valencia will nvr sell him… let alon to spurs.. if wud take major bucks to buy him.

  • Spyro

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    i know that ozzy, but Valencia are in a terrible state at the minute and Tottenham will be well aware of that, they will also know that signing Modric will help them lure other top players to them. Tottenham seem like a team willing to spend anything this year. They have spent over 30 million already. I believe their main goal next year is to win the UEFA Cup, then get into the top four the year after

  • Dnae Bull

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #30

    anyone heard anythin on the two lists??

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 26, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #31

    I visited Valencia last year. Their ground is a shithole!

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    we just need to have 1 good season next season get into europe

    then the top players will look at us as a destination,till then we wont get a look in, but when we attract players then we can build a team, continue getting into europe, continue building, its a circle, just bneed that 1 push, but its harder now cus other teams like everton and spurs(twankers) are steps ahead of us,

    but king kev can do it come on the lads

    souness’s fault, if he didnt screw thimgs up when we were in europe we wud be fine and ahead of spurs and everton
    souness strikes again

  • Kristófer

    Apr 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Spurs are shit, I am sure we are going to finish above them next season….

    I´m not going to be dissapointed, i m just going to trust Keegan, i´m sure he wil excite us with some signings, as for modric he is going to have a hard time when he plays at St. James next season for sure. He will see what he missed out on.
    White hart lane is shit compared to St. James and the spurs fans are terrible…

  • S Mogg

    Apr 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #34

    If there is a roomful of single women and a load of rich single gadgeys trying to tap them up, there is always a little ugly one in there who keeps trying but rarely pulls, thats Newcaste United in footballing terms. Deal with it!

  • IanG

    Apr 26, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #35

    I think I need convincing that the Wise and Jiminez combo is going to work.
    There was no doubt that Modric was a top transfer target for Newcastle. he went to Spurs. Woodgate went the same way – albeit not a top target – but a target all the same. It comes down to what I have been saying for some time…… ambition.
    Spurs seem to have more.

    I think unless we have a grand plan we all better get used to the fact that having a billionaire owner doesn’t mean we’ll be in any better position that the likes of West Ham and Aston Villa not even to mention Spurs and Man City when it comes to getting our target men.
    Let’s cross our fingers for that grand plan.

  • Michael

    Apr 26, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #36

    When I read the article about Modric this morning I felt gutted, but the way I see it, I knew little about him before the interest, so I shouldnt be too disappointed if we didnt get him. Its a bit annoying that its Spurs though.

  • robertsa

    Apr 26, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #37

    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR shit now that modric is unavailable we are all going to be on about arshavin again

  • M. Stockley

    Apr 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #38

    just hopefully kk will pull off a major coup or 2. its annoying that the modric storybecame public knowledge,it possibly encouraged spurs to get in there quickley!
    im confident about the summer though. we have just gotta set our standards high in the market and if we get turned down then f** it we tried.. i thinkif/when owen and oba sign new deals it would help us to attract a little.

  • micepie

    Apr 26, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #39

    For a while now evetyone on this site has has been hoping for Arshevin – surely another good option seeing as he’s already expressed interest in the Toon.

    Personally, I can honestly say that if I were a top player I’d be more excited about joining a team like Newcastle than the “big 4”. The challenge of trying to reach higher goals is something I’d relish, whereas the big 3 or 4 have already made it so it takes some of the polish off. Mind you, I’d also give a lot of my wages to charity (like, 30%) once I’d got enough of a wad in the bank so, er…I don’t think I’d be a typical player!

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 26, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Roll the steptoe theme tune again dum dum dum du dum da dum dum…HAROLD !!

    Listen Newcastle will not be buying any big players..yes we will be linked with lots of quality signings as is the case in every window..but Ashley is not a big spender like Fat Fred, he is a shopkeeper above all else and a very shrewd one at that.

    If you think he will be splashing millions on players it just isn’t going to happen under this new regime..the guy is clearly tighter than a nuns…bracelet.

    I am as dissapointed as any about not getting Modric so I hope he gets a serious injury and his family die in a freak accident…only joking.


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