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.â€
“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 hasnâ€™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.
“There are a lot of things going to happen in this close-season.â€ “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.â€“
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.â€ “There’s still a lot of football out there being played, and, of course, there is a European Championship.â€
“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.â€ “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.