Lots Of Football To Be Played This Summer

Kevin Keegan has had a tough first four months in the job and is looking forward to a beak in the summer.


Kevin Keegan – touch baptism second time round as manager

Kevin told the Shields Gazette today:

“I was thrown in a little bit at the deep end when I took the job, so I’m ready for a break, to be honest with you.”

“But had the last six or seven games been at the start of the season, we’d have been up at the top of the Premier League and looking forward to trying to stay there.”

Keegan wants to sign four or five players in the summer (the number keeps changing), and no doubt he will be watching quite a few of the European Championship game over the summer.

The only Newcastle players playing will be midfielder Emre for Turkey, who hasn’t played for us since early February, and defender David Rozehnal, for the Czech Republic, who is currently on loan to Lazio in Italy.

Kevin will also be looking at a few World Cup qualifiers, with his African contingent of Obafemi Martins, Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye and Geremi in action this June.

Keegan added:

“There are a lot of things going to happen in this close-season.” “We’ve got four African players who are going to be playing four World Cup qualifiers between the beginning of June and the end of June, and we are back on July 7.”

There are lots of things still happening. Michael Owen will certainly be in the England squad, and they’ve got two games, and there are others.” “There’s still a lot of football out there being played, and, of course, there is a European Championship.”

“We tend to forget that because England aren’t involved, and neither are Scotland, Ireland and Wales, but there is a European Championship to watch as well, and there’s an Olympics.” “Lots of things are going to happen before we get back here on July 7.”

“But my focus now is trying to win these last two football games we have and then trying to get three or four players in that can give us all a reason to come back with even more optimism than we have at the moment.”

Most Newcastle fans cannot wait to see who the new three or four new players will be this summer – the more the better as far as we are concerned.

We’ll need to add some youngsters to that number, and if they are good enough they’ll probably go straight into the first team squad for next season.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 2, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Looking forward to the European Championships and of course the Olympics should be interesting.

  • C

    May 2, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    As far as i am concerned we need to buy most of the players before the european championship, because after the tournament the price of the player will go up. If we buy the right players, that is.

  • Graeme

    May 2, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Pleased that the majority of our players are going to be laying on a beach, soaking up the sun for the summer. That has to be good news for the start of next season as everyone should be well rested having had a good break from footy.

    Next season – looking forward to it already and waiting to see who fronts up in the recruitment stakes!!!!!

  • christer

    May 2, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    We have to remember and understand that Newcastle sadly aint a attractive name for most top sided players. There are several steps in the PL, Those who fight the relegation, those who are in the middle of table, those who are among top ten, those who are among the Europe teams regurlarly and the top 4. We need to establish this wonderful team on the rank that at least get them to Europe regurlary. That is taking time too. Just get the players that improve the squad, doesnt matter what their demands are if they are good enough. Like Modric, it saddens me to think that Spurs got him thanx to the fact that we didnt pay up enough. Get the youths for the future, we have several and more to come in hopefully. In the likes of Akinfeev or Neuner as goalkeepers. Kerlon as a Creative Midfielder from Cruzero. And I am thnking that Arsenal could need to get rid of some youths to Magpies, Especially Merida, but that is all just Wishes and dreams. Everything is exciting again…. Howay lads

  • Eric

    May 2, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Are we on tour in the close season? I think the youngsters are in a tourney somewhere. How many internationals have we got out for Europe? Will Rozenhal playing for the Czech Republic still be one of ours? Hope I do not watch a game and see players and say “we could have had them!” but they’ve gone to Spurs!.

  • chris_toon

    May 2, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    A beak in the summer???
    Kevin Keegan – BirdMan LMAO :D:D

  • Faustino

    May 2, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Tribal have us after Jean Makoun and Simon Vukcevic now. Opinions?

  • Tom_Toon

    May 2, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Kerlon??!?!?! He’s 21 and already been injured for like a total of 2 year.

    Fernando, would choose either, but much better than being linked to Nolan, Gardner, Ben Haim etc.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 2, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Both would be good, Makoun’s not really an attacking midfielder is he?

  • Spyro

    May 2, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #10

    i suggested vukcevic earlier this year, he is a good player. Makoun is a spurs target also so forget about that one eh lol

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 2, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Spurs want f*cking everyone, daft yids.


    May 2, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Akinfeev is the next big thing as goalkeepers go.Dont think we need him as goalkeepers has never been a problem at the toon.Would love if we bought a wonderkid or someone that will make people sit up and say newcastle will be a threat next season.Dream buys would be huntelaar,van der vaart and bridge.

  • Spyro

    May 2, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    guys stop with the van der vaart stuff PLEASE. He knows how good he is and he wont want to join us. ANyway, we dont need Van Der Vaart style players to be great, i would be happy to raid Zenit for a few players.

  • HeronMag

    May 2, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree with Christer on his aspirations for the toon, but disagree with his ascertion that we aren’t an attractive club.

    Europewide Newcastle have a massive reputation. We’re famous for breaking the world transfer record for Shearer, we’ve appeared in the Champions League numerous times (admittedly not that recently!), we have a world famous striker in Michael Owen and our manager is a two-time European footballer of the year. This isn’t mentioning the fact that we are one of the richest and most ambitious clubs in England.

    We’ve had world famous players at this club – A lot of players would love to come to the Premier League and play for a club like us.

    Keep the faith! Keegan could sell this club to anyone.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 2, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree 100% HeronMag, we just have to believe.

  • Spyro

    May 2, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #16

    just want to point out that Samir Nasri’s buyout clause is 15million, which is cheaper than Modrics transfer to Spurs. It really shows how much Zagreb ripped off Spurs now dont it. we should try our luck & put a bid in for Nasri as he is pure class and not a big head.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 2, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #17

    As somebod already pointed out though he’s not really got the best vision. We need a midfielder to intercept and put tackles in and another to get assists. He can’t do the former and he’s not really brilliant doing the latter.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 2, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Nasri is a brilliant passer. What are you on about!?!?

  • Spyro

    May 2, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #19

    you beat me to it Tom

  • Hadji

    May 2, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Spyro…I couldn’t agree with you more even if i wanted about the Modric situation.
    Imagine we get Nasri for the same price as Modric….just imagine the faces of the Sperms.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 2, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Whenever I’ve watched him his passing hasn’t really impressed me, I think he’s better used as a Lampard type player, making runs into the box etc. Which if we got another midfielder in the mould of Veloso would be fine.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 2, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    10 goals in 100 odd games aint good for a Lampard type player, but he has many, many assists.

  • Leo

    May 2, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #23

    summer football- im more looking forward to playing it, its more fun in the heat


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