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.
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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“I think we gave Chelsea a hell of a game in the first half today but their class shone through.â€ “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.Â 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.