Kevin Keegan is totally focused on the last three league games of the season.
Kevin Keegan – focused on remaining 9 points
Before boarding the Newcastle chartered plane to London, Keegan told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œSix or seven games ago we set a target to win the mini-league in the bottom half of the table, and thatâ€™s still our intention.â€ â€œThatâ€™s the only league we can win â€“ we cannot get into Europe, we cannot get into the top four or anything like that, but we are trying to win that mini-league, and that will allow us to finish 12th at least.â€
â€œMaybe, depending on other results above us, we might even sneak into 11th if it really went well and teams above us dropped points.â€ â€œThere is still a lot to play for. It is not what you would dream of your team playing for at the start of the season.â€
â€œBut it is reality, and it is still worth winning that mini-league just so we finish as high as we possibly can.â€ â€œWe would go away for the summer and start to think about what could be next season, not just us, but the supporters.â€
â€œIf they go away for their summer holidays thinking, â€˜I canâ€™t wait to come back next season to watch the football at St Jamesâ€™ Park and on the roadâ€™, then at least we have done part of a good job here this season.â€
It’s good that Kevin is right now totally concentrating on the last three league games, but we wonder if he had any chance to talk to Luka Modric and lay out his plans for the club.
Kevin is very persuasive, and we think he will need to be used to convince targeted players to come to Newcastle in the summer, as he lays out for them the vision he has for future success at Newcastle.
Keegan is rightly considering nothing other than a strong finish, and we almost expect all 3 points this afternoon at Upton Park..
â€œWe have had a season we will look back on and think we could have done better.“
â€œBut reality says if we finish it well, we could still end nearly halfway up the table, which didnâ€™t look possible five or six weeks ago.” â€œThere is a lot to play for.â€
Keegan will in all likelihood field an unchanged side this afternoon in London, and the team will have to be near their best to ensure a win. That’s exactly what we need so that we still some chance of finishing in the top half of the table.