Keegan – We Cannot Bridge Gap With Chelsea


Newcastle manager Keegan believes that getting Newcastle to challenge for the Premiership anytime soon is just not possible, and there’s nothing he can do to get the team anywhere close to Chelsea.

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Kevin Keegan – we cannot even get close to Chelsea

Kevin seemed in a somber mood after Monday’s 2-0 home defeat by Chelsea, which ended Newcastle’s seven game unbeaten run, Keegan said:

“I was thinking, ‘what have I got to do next year to get near them’ – and the truth is there’s nothing I can do at all. The fans have to know that.”

“I haven’t got enough money and I wouldn’t be able to get the players anyway, so I will soldier on with what I’ve got and maybe add one or two, maybe three depending what’s available.”

“I was looking around thinking, ‘who can I bring on’ and I’m seeing (Andriy) Shevchenko and (Frank) Lampard coming on and Joe Cole thinking about coming on.”

“Maybe the owner (Mike Ashley) thinks we can bridge that gap – but we can’t.”

Kevin was then asked which team would end up as Premier Champions this season, and the former England boss added:

“I like Avram Grant very much and think this Chelsea side is exceptional.”

“In any other season they would have been worthy champions but I can’t see Manchester United slipping up at Wigan – even on that pitch, which isn’t very good.”

“I think we gave Chelsea a hell of a game in the first half today but their class shone through.” “But they are both quality sides with great players, who will be worthy champions.”

The second half was almost an education for our Newcastle faithful, on just how far behind the top four teams we are.  Chelsea went into a higher gear, and we struggled to live with them.

Kevin could see that this afternoon, and tried to fix things, and it didn’t help us that we lost Mark Viduka at half time, presumably because of his Achilles problem, and Alan Smith was nowhere near as effective.

We were well beaten in the second half this afternoon, but the lads put up a great show in the first half, and can hold their heads up high for a gallant overall effort on the day.

But surely with 4-5 top-class players we can improve even further on what Kevin has put together since January, and we can certainly challenge for a top 6 place next season – that’s our next step.

And after today’s performance from the lads, we’re still proud of them.

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54 comments so far

  • Leo

    May 5, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #1

    AGHHHHHHH another disapointing year next season 1 or 2 player!!!! i am soo angry right now! good game we played well but has keegan taken a blow to the head from something

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  • toonbully

    May 5, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #2

    We wez robbed ! Naaa but seriously , soon as we took off Viduka and brought on Alan Smith , we looked like a Pierre Cardin jumper just come out of a fast spin wash , TOTALLY OUT OF SHAPE , and with no direction .
    Second half it was men and boys in midfield so Michael owen and Oba were chasing shads . Why the hell does he persist with this Smith guy . Bring on the young Carroll NOW …sell smithy back to Leeds they need him ……

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  • oba

    May 5, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #3

    by the way keegan sounds like theres not much money available like last season

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  • Alex

    May 5, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Keegans comments gives Ashely and Mort a lot to think about in terms of investment for next season.Ok the truley top class players want champions league football and we cant give them that next season ,but lets go for the best players just outside the elite and keep Oba ,Owen and Taylor at the club and im sure keegan can get us in the mix for uefa cup places.Its up to Ashely to provide the funds heres hoping.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 5, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #5
  • Hadrian

    May 5, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #6

    he’s right ,
    we havent that kind of money todo it in one go .
    we couldnt get the players in even if we did have the money .

    what we can do tho is bridge the gap with everton , spurs , bburn,mancity .
    and make sure we are pushing for uefa spot next season .
    chelsea and manu are three steps above us , arsenal and liverpool two steps , and then we have the top 8/9 who are in a better position than us with strength and depth , but those are the teams we can compete with if we invest well this summer , we just have to watch out how much they invest and we MUST do more than them or it will all be in vain .

    ashley needs to realise that if he wants to break the top 4 , then its going to need continued investment over a perior of time with and break even in a few year stratergy .
    we need to keep plugging the first team with quality and adding youth untill the time comes when we can rely on those comming through the ranks to soften the tranfer money we need to spend each year .

    really ashley should be looking to break even in 5 year , all the while building this club up so when that time comes to break even we need minimum investment all round .

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  • Black and White Blood

    May 5, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry Alex – its not going to happen, something has occurred behind closed doors that we don’t know about – Could it be Owen, board not prepared to fork out to keep him here….

    All I can say is please, please let us support KK and his decisions ,regardless of Ashley, at least KK has the club at heart and not ££££…

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  • Shaz

    May 5, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #8

    something big has happened and changed KK views,failure to offer owen a new contract,funds for better player,lack of good players wanting to go to Newcastle.anyway all good news because it means owen will be off,hopeful to Liverpool.lol

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  • Viper

    May 5, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Comments above I only agree with. Bugger.

    Smith ON. Performance OFF.

    Must get shot of this summer, work rate or not.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 5, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #10

    He was basically saying he wont have THE MONEY TO BREAK THE TOP 4, because we may spend a lot, but the top 4 will always spend more and be able to attract better quality.

    I dont know why people are jumping to conclusions and saying ‘we have no money for players’ etc, when today Mort came out and said we would have sufficient funds. The only question mark is what Mort considers sufficient funds.

    Also, if we didnt have sufficient funds, why would we offer so much for Modric. Clearly more than Spurs did as Mort mention Modric turned us down for less money at Spurs.

    As for the ‘1,2, 3 players’ part. KK has always said he just wants a few quality players and the numbers he says vary from time to time, so no change there.

    Fair play to him for the realism which many, not just our club but a lot of the clubs in UEFA cup battle have forgotten.

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  • Alex

    May 5, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Black and white blood – one thing is for sure, the toon army will always support Kev no matter what he really is one of us.

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  • figsdad

    May 5, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #12

    i keegan doesnt get any money he will walk…

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  • oba

    May 5, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #13

    keegan goes from saying we will get 4-5 quilty players to saying we have to stick with what weve got maybe add one or two maybe 3.Think a lot of players have rejected us still bitter about modric,failure to get owens contract sorted.Fort ashley would be great owner but would rather have sheppard at this time

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 5, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Well said TT,
    isn’t it sad how pessimistic people get after 1 f***in’ loss to a team in chumps league final & goin’ for the Premiership?..
    …Oh, for a bit of perspective!..

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  • oba

    May 5, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #15

    its not about the loss if you heard kevin saying his comments he sounded very down and upset,not just because we lost .Theres something else

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  • Black and White Blood

    May 5, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Tom Toon – yes I agree, however, of late, I have repeatedly observed Special K indicate he would bring in 5-6 quality players. Ok that may be slightly unrealistic, although I would have expected possibly 5 players which would improve the squad to some degree. Something wasn’t quite right, KK body language was all down beat, and even JS picked up on it – No the guy has got principles as something is not right, that interview is a way of attempting to inform us the fans not to expect too much…Just my opinion though!

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  • Graham

    May 5, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #17

    it’s not the result… it’s keegans post match comments.. verry worrying indeed.

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  • oba

    May 5, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #18

    totaly agree balck and white blood something not right there.

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  • toonarmy08

    May 5, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Tom_toon -agreed ,your comments are spot on.We need to stop jumping to conclusions,we will be bringing players in ,just be patient guys.Iwould consider top 6realistic target.If we had no money how can we bid 15 mill plus for modric and 8mill for woodgate???we just cant pay 20-30 mill on 1 player until we get regular european football!

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #20

    TT, bang on mate, we cannot offer world class players CL football, thats why we cant compete with the ‘big 4’. We need to build over the next few seasons and earn our place in the CL. And under KK’s management im sure we will. Its a waste paying stupid money for every player we want, thats why we dident get Modric. Patience is the key. Lets just enjoy the new Keegan era and support the team all the way to the top!

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  • oba

    May 5, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #21

    agree with you toonarmy but like big sam said spurs invested 67m last season to get where they are(not very far at moment)we need to ivest 60m plus toget intop 6 fact

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  • Black and White Blood

    May 5, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #22

    @Punk Skunk have you watched the interview. Your right, it is sad, sad just how blinkered people can be. These comments have bugger all to do with a defeat, but rather the future of our club. No one is being negative, merely expressing an opinion as you did in many of your comments posted several weeks back when KK was yet to have a win – look back at the post achieves and you will see what I mean…Fed up of two faced posters….keep consistent for god sake.

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  • DarkStar

    May 5, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Sounds to me like Ashley has changes his mind regarding money for transfers.

    Its not looking good at all.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Spurs must have more debt than we ‘HAD’! 🙂

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #25

    @DARKSTAR, MA DOSENT WANT TO DO AN ABRAMOVITCH AND SPEND ALL HIS MONEY ON PLAYERS WHO HAVE ‘REPUTATIONS!

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  • oba

    May 5, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #26

    look where chelsea are and look where we are ,he put money in and they got instant result ashley hasnt and we havnt moved on.KK is ashley man give him 60m plus and put for trust in him

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  • DarkStar

    May 5, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #27

    ronaldeano

    Kev said one or two plays in.

    Not long ago it was 5 or more players, then 3 or 4 and now its 1 or 2.

    Any one can see that we need 5 or more players.

    Also as of next season each team has to have 7 subs on the bench.

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  • DarkStar

    May 5, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Spot on oba.

    Chelsea spent big and won a trophy that year i think.

    Look at them now.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #29

    @ Darkstar, KK also said that he wants “quality” players in. Quality players are hard to come by when you are not in Europe! As much as i hate to say it…. We will have to get into Europe with the players we have, if we get anymore in, it will be a bonus. I hope im wrong, but im sick of living in dream world

    As from now i am not going to think of new signings until they are signed!

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  • oba

    May 5, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #30

    we need 60m spent to go from top 10 to top 6 or just outside then we can attract better players and move on to the next phase.At the end of day people only invest in clubs to make money not because they love football or the club.Ashley is the same he may sit in the stands but hes got to show the fans he wants success not just say it.He just doesnt want the club getting in to debt but you have to ,to win things.Man yoo are loads in debt look at them

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  • Spuggy

    May 5, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #31

    I think it’s possible that we have been in for a few players already, including Modric as we know, but they have turned us down, are staying put or opting for a european competition club which is why KK is a little down – where do you go from here.

    Keegan needs a 3 year strategy in my view (length of his contract anyway) with the final year being top 4. Next year should be aim for Europe but top 8 acceptable, following year top 6, then challenging top 4.

    However, all depends on one thing – Ashleys desire to spend lots of sterling. For sure, football is changing with big foreign and domestic owners all challenging for a european place, competition is tough.

    What a shame Spurs won carling cup – we may have stood a chance with Modric otherwise, not such a mickey mouse cup afterall if it allows you to attract top players.

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  • Hadrian

    May 5, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #32

    chelsea didnt spend big , they spent silly . they could only sustain it on a break even if 5 year plan , something thats getting thrown to the wind this summer .

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  • chuck

    May 5, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Other than the fact that Chelsea are a billionairs toy, Man U have a huge fan base with huge earnings and Arsenal have a large new stadium with prices to match and also a large fan base.
    Where does that leave Newcastle? Third largest stadium in the P.L.,filled for every home game,sixth wealthiest club in the U.K,twenty first richest club in the world, plus the ambitions of Spennymoore Utd.(no disrespect Spennymoore)
    Gets me pissed when i read we cant do this or we cant expect that and even worse ,we have to be realistic, thats the one that annoys most.
    No one expects overnight success,but every one expects ambition and yes look at the amounts being spent by the likes of Man U. Etc. even Spurs who are on par wealthwise, hey thats the
    cost of success these days, its not as if earnings in the P.L. are not substantial enough.
    Its why are clubs being bought by outside interests , theres money to be made, but it also costs.

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  • Scott H11

    May 5, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #34

    One variable we’ll never be able to compete with is top players want to be in London if they come to the Premiership unless they sign for Man Utd or Liverpool. I feel some top players will even sign for lesser London clubs just to be in London.

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 5, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Hey B&W Blood,
    I think you’ll find i didn’t say a thing negative about KK during the point we weren’t winning!..
    …I’m trying to be optimistic bro’!..
    …It’s gotta be hard for KK to know he can’t spend £100m overnight to compete with the likes of chavski?..i just think some people take it to heart, too much!..We gotta be realistic!..
    …Which is what i was when KK 1st got back here, i knew it would take several games to exorcise the ghost of past failing managers, which he has done, superbly!..
    …But we can’t go ‘expectin’ an overnight sensation!..Personally, i feel KK is gonna do an excellent job, even if he doesn’t get the fat load of cash we all want him to get!..

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  • M. Stockley

    May 5, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #36

    kk loves the club and he hurts when it goes wrong… thats passion and thats whn you know the right man is in charge..
    ashley got the man he wanted and you gotta give your new manager money to bring in his own ideas. when kk has what he wants in his squad we can go far, but even kk cant work miracles on the likes of smith and geremi….

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  • ObaFan2

    May 5, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Lol @ u lot, he’s only said that we can’t spend like Chelsea or atleast attract the players they can because we arn’t in Europe….. yet.

    Jose said ….. I want him, him n him and he got them and Chev(where’s the goal gone)chenko chucked in!!!

    Also we’re gettin gazumped by the likes of Spurs so he’s keeping his cards close to his chest.

    One thing is for sure, we’re enjoying watching the TOON again so quit ur moaning and look forward to next season.

    Keep the faith fgs.

    Oh 1 failing by KK, he hasn’t made Smith look like an epl player…… so maybe he is only human after all.

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 5, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Aye!..

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  • M. Stockley

    May 5, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #39

    oba2 i agree to a degree but kk seemed genuinely unimpressed

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  • ObaFan2

    May 5, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Probably and hopefully unimpressed with Smith as he let the side down imo.

    Haven’t seen his interview yet but he does wear his heart on his sleeve and maybe still gutted (like me) over loosing out to Spurs for maybe one of his main targets.

    Also we had a chance in this game, up until the second half anyway so he’s probably peeved about that.

    He gets the best from players (usually, Smith an exception) so whoever he gets I’m sure will be good in Black n White.

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