During Keeganâ€™s first reign at Newcastle, and then with Sir Bobby Robson at the helm, Newcastle United were able to do battle with the best of them in the Premier League
Sir Bobby Robson – Newcastle hopeless since he left
But thatâ€™s hardly the case right now, and ever since the great Bobby Robson was sacked, Newcastle have been only a shadow of their former selves.
Before the big game against Chelsea on Monday afternoon Kevin Keegan talked today about those days, that are now sadly gone:
“Newcastle fans are realistic. We are a long, long, long way from that.â€ “It doesn’t give me pleasure to say it, but I say that because it is a fact.â€
“You can look at it and admire it (Chelseaâ€™s success), but you know it’s not going to be there for us next season.â€ “I know it as manager and the fans know it, if they are honest. They might say, ‘There might be a chance.â€
“Yes, of course you can dream, but the reality check says that we are not going to be competing in games like that. This is our big game and our chance just to measure ourselves against them.”
“It’s a chance to test ourselves to see if we have progressed, or is it a false dawn? Have we rebuilt ourselves enough so we can play these teams?â€
“All those possibilities are there for us. We could spoil their party and stop them winning the championship.â€
“We have got a lot of big name players here as well. They might have more than us, but we have got a few.”
One thing we don’t want to do is offer no competition at all, as West Ham managed to do against Man United at Old Trafford earlier today.
The Hammers went down 4-1, with no resistance at all, even though they were against 10 men for over half the game, after Nani had been sent off just before half time, with the score standing at 3-1.
But it was a pitiful performance from the London team, that lacked any character or fight whatsoever, and we imagine their fans weren’t too pleased with the team’s performance.
It doesn’t help either when their manager, before the game, says Man United deserve to win the Premier League.
We don’t want any soft surrender, like we saw from West Ham United today. Geordies will pack St. James’ Park on Monday afternoon to see their heroes do battle against a great team, which the Pensioners certainly are.
We expect the Newcastle players to fight tooth and nail for the win, and anything less than that, will not be acceptable to the Newcastle faithful.
With a little luck we think we can win the game.
What do you think?
Comments very welcome.