Football Needs Managers Like Kevin Keegan


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.

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Kevin Keegan – press doesn’t seem to bother him

Kevin explained his situation today:

“What I didn’t know was what players I had today. I knew the names, but not what character they’d got and I knew all the top teams, but it was the other ones we were going to be playing.”

“I didn’t know all the players, I’ll be honest with you and I was honest enough to say that at the time. I hadn’t watched a live game for three years. To me, that’s not necessarily a big deal.”

“I don’t think Arsene Wenger goes to watch the opposition and I’d watched a lot of games on television. I know now, having been here three months, that half the targets I’d like are the same people I’d have liked when I was out of the game, looking at them and thinking ‘wow, if I was a manager now, that’s the sort of player you’d like at your club’.”

“It’s not as big a thing as the media made it out to be. And then, when things weren’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.”

“The transfer deadline passed without me signing a player, whilst I would like to have fetched Jonathan Woodgate in and that’s well documented, I wasn’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 that’s what we did.”

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.

Kevin continued:

“I told the owner (Mike Ashley), if I took the job here, I knew what this club wanted, I knew what was required,” “When I went to Fulham, I couldn’t say that: I didn’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 didn’t know anything about it.”

“But this club, I did. I wasn’t coming in cold. I’d played for it, I’d managed it before. I’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 I’d managed it and we went from the division below and could and probably should have won the Premier League. Those things, I knew.”

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.

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19 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Apr 30, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    pass de dutchie pon de lef han side

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  • Leo

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    yeah considering we got no one new in during january, he seemed to do awesome because he got the players playing the right way quicky, it took a lil longer for the first points to come rushing in but it has happened now and i dont think we will look back

    just like tierrry henry says “i never look back”

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  • Leo

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    u bin smoking something spyro? thats stoner music aint it? lol

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  • Jimmie

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    In med Van der Vaart på vänsterkanten

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  • tdt

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    spyro – pass that skunky funkie this way… lol but ye King Kev is the man

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  • Spyro

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    lol Leo

    nah, i just got the sudden urge to type that comment. Dont know why

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  • Rich

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    This is Kevin Keegans club!! make no mistake we will be a force again and im 100% behinfd him to get it right. The nightmare of Fat Sam is well and truly over!Lets get some good players and push for the top 6 next season

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  • Spyro

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    What worries me about KK is that he keeps saying we only need 3 or 4 players. I disagree, i feel we need double that, especially when some leave

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  • Graeme

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes, the Premiership is a better place with KK in it, and it cant be denied that NUFC are a much better team with him in charge than under BSA.

    I still cant help but wonder what might have been, if we had gone for one of the top european coaches that were available at the time – Morinho, Hitzfeldt, Lippi.

    Still, we have a good bloke in charge, he’s doing the job and I’m hoping he can go one step further this time, than he did last time he was the manager!!!!

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  • Spyro

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    I expect Carr, N’Zogbia, Ramage, Cacapa, Ameobi, Emre to all leave. So this ‘3 or 4 players’ thing would now turn to ‘8 or 9 players’ right?

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  • Jimmie

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    With the current squad we need 3 or 4 players, if players leave they need to be replaced = Buy even moore players.

    Hope Keegan will sign someone that really excites us!

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  • Nick Dryden

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Off subject, but Rangers stole 8M for Boumsong. Surely they shouldn’t quibble about paying Smith’s fees. Secondly, why are we offering to double Dunne’s wages. Why not just offer 5 or 10K more? I thought we were past being taken for a ride all the time. Thirdly it’s blindingly obvious the likes of Deco etc are way way past it now. No more trophy has beens for a final pay day please.

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  • Rich

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    i dont think all these will leave i think we will buy 4 top class players – 1 x CB, 1 X LB, 1 X CM, 1 x Fwd. Then i think Zog will need to be replaced and Ameobi, Smith, Rozenthal and Carr will go without being replaced- Youth will come in.

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  • tdt

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    i see why we are goin 4 dunne, but y dont we go 4 richards instead? he’s better, younger and can play RB aswell as CB?

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    KK back is great. KK back and working with Ashley, Mort, Wisey and co is just mind-blowingly exciting for the future.

    An off-subject comment: are there any other Toon reading who are also stuck in the South East and fancy congregating at a particular pub to make some noise and annoy some Blues on Monday afternoon?

    I’m in Beaconsfield, which is easily reached from the M25, M40 or mainline from Marylebone. The Charles Dickens will be far too blue on Monday and needs some black and white to even things up!

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  • obafemimartins

    Apr 30, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #16

    whumpie if i wasnt going to the game i would come and join you.

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  • whumpie

    Apr 30, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    …and if I wasn’t sat at my desk, I’d punch someone out of sheer jealousy…

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  • chuck

    Apr 30, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Sure, KK makes it interesting, face it he took the Geordie nation on the ride of a lifetime last time around (even us vets of the 50`s cup years).
    Who knows it could happen again, bring in some top players, plus the fact that the youth system is being stocked with what could be future stars, got a state of the art stadium, a boss with tons a dosh. whats to stop success happening?

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  • Whumpie

    May 1, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19

    When you think about it like that, you can see why this time – in theory – it should get even better. Last time we didn’t have the billionnaire owner, KK had 10 years less experience, and instead of stocking up on the reserve talent, we did the opposite.

    Yes, the game’s changed – but there really is reason to believe it’ll be even better for us with KK this time around.

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