Kevin has talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning and explained what it was like coming back to Newcastle after over three years out of the game. But one thing that is clear is that football needs men like Kevin Keegan in the game.
Kevin Keegan – press doesn’t seem to bother him
Kevin explained his situation today:
â€œWhat I didnâ€™t know was what players I had today. I knew the names, but not what character theyâ€™d got and I knew all the top teams, but it was the other ones we were going to be playing.â€
â€œI didnâ€™t know all the players, Iâ€™ll be honest with you and I was honest enough to say that at the time. I hadnâ€™t watched a live game for three years. To me, thatâ€™s not necessarily a big deal.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think Arsene Wenger goes to watch the opposition and Iâ€™d watched a lot of games on television. I know now, having been here three months, that half the targets Iâ€™d like are the same people Iâ€™d have liked when I was out of the game, looking at them and thinking â€˜wow, if I was a manager now, thatâ€™s the sort of player youâ€™d like at your clubâ€™.â€
â€œItâ€™s not as big a thing as the media made it out to be. And then, when things werenâ€™t going well, they exaggerated it. But in reality, in some ways, it focused me on what we had here, what we had to work with.â€
â€œThe transfer deadline passed without me signing a player, whilst I would like to have fetched Jonathan Woodgate in and thatâ€™s well documented, I wasnâ€™t looking to fetch four or five in and say I needed to change everything. I was looking forward to working with the players here. And thatâ€™s what we did.â€
He’s right about the media exaggerating things, and of course they went to town when it took Kevin 10 games to get that first win. But we’ve never lost since, and the team is playing very good football and picking up lots of points.
One thing we like about Kevin (of many) is that he seems to get on really well with the press and doesn’t get upset with some of the rubbish they write.
And of course Kevin is great for them, because every time he talks about football, he’s so interesting in both the way and the things he talks about.
But Kevin was also confident when he took over at Newcastle that he knew everything he needed to know about the Geordie club and what it required to make it tick. He certainly knows exactly what the Newcastle faithful want, that’s for sure.
â€œI told the owner (Mike Ashley), if I took the job here, I knew what this club wanted, I knew what was required,â€ â€œWhen I went to Fulham, I couldnâ€™t say that: I didnâ€™t know Fulham, I just knew it had a ground on the side of the Thames and that Johnny Haynes had played there and Jimmy Hill. I didnâ€™t know anything about it.â€
â€œBut this club, I did. I wasnâ€™t coming in cold. Iâ€™d played for it, Iâ€™d managed it before. Iâ€™d played here when it was quite successful and the only thing we could do was get out of the division below and we did that. And Iâ€™d managed it and we went from the division below and could and probably should have won the Premier League. Those things, I knew.â€
After it took longer than most fans thought it would Kevin has already woven some of his magic with the players he inherited. Make no mistake, Kevin Keegan is a great manager.
And we think he’s going to prove that all over again with Newcastle. It’s no wonder other managers in the Premier league are so happy to see him back in the dugout – football needs people like Kevin Keegan – big time.
We are so happy he’s back at Newcastle – and that’s just one huge understatement.