Kevin Keegan – We Failed


Kevin Keegan was again brutally honest after Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat to a superior Chelsea team this afternoon.

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Kevin Keegan – we failed

Kevin talked after the game today:

“Take the result and the second-half performance and we failed.”

“We were probably slightly the better side in the first half on chances created and opportunities that could have been.”

“But we lost Mark Viduka at half-time and I said they would be better than that in the second half. All we had done by then was get a foothold in the game.”

“They were better, and we stepped back a bit, but you’ve got to give them credit. They are a better team than anybody gives them credit for.”

“There’s no Shaun Wright-Phillips. There’s no Ashley Cole. Then they bring on Frank Lampard and Alex”

“You don’t need me to tell you it’s a pretty strong squad and that’s why they are where they are and can play 60-odd games and challenge for the Champions League.”

Manchester United may remain favorites to take the title at Wigan next weekend, but it seems to us the Red Devils have a much harder match than Chelsea do. The Blues entertain Bolton Wanderers.

But Keegan added:

“Chelsea would be worthy champions. I don’t think they will be, but in any other season they could be.”

“I think it will be Manchester United as champions. They have great players that have given them the edge, and I can’t see them going to Wigan and losing.”

“Chelsea will be going more in hope than expectation.”

We still think Chelsea may cause a big upset next Sunday, and it will all depend on how Wigan approach their game with the Red Devils.

But we think their manager Steve Bruce will try to give his old club, Manchester United a game, and anything could then happen.

Comments welcome.



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108 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #1

    They are superior because of the 500 million plus that Abramovitch has spent.

    We would be in the same position as Chelsea if Abramovitch had decided to buy Newcastle instead!

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  • Mson

    May 5, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #2

    what i react most to is that KK seem to have giving up hope of make a top4 side of NUFC 🙁

    QUOTE FROM AFTER MATCH:

    Kevin Keegan said after Newcastl’s defeat by Chelsea today: “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 Shevchenko and 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.”

    source: http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=684817

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  • Leo

    May 5, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #3

    ive never heard keegan be soo negative after a game, he seems really depressed maybe ashley has told him he isnt getting any money

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  • michael

    May 5, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #4

    1. Geremi was awful today. Slow, wasteful and clumsy. His free kick opportunity was awful both times he took it. Compared to Butt and Barton today he was a liability we couldn’t afford.

    2. When Vids went off Smith showed that he doesn’t offer anything to the team which has been apparent all season.

    3. Abdoulaye Faye was excellent. Muscled Drogba out kept him in his pocket.

    4. Marking from corners!! Nicky Butt lost a standing still Ballack for the goal, and Steven Taylor was caught out badly by Terry just prior. Chris Houghton will have been taking notes.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #5

    @Leo, KK will get money, just not ‘stupid’ money to buy has beens like Sheva or Henry

    Abramovitch wants to do that cos he is the 3rd richest man in the world, it dosent matter to him

    MA is a very good buisnessman, he dosent want do do that, even though he is a billionare…

    He is not as rich as that Russian tosser! 🙂

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Well KK made a massive mistake bringing on SMITH. Hes totally useless. You can’t blame Smith for KK selecting him. You blame the manager. How can he think Smith is worthy of a place? Unbelievable.

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  • american pie

    May 5, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #7

    OMG!!! OMG!!! why is SMITH playing????
    i feared the worst when he came on and I was right!!! He couldn’t make a single right move.
    PLEASEEEEEE GET RID OF HIM KK!!!

    Conceded the first goal-couldnt handle ballack
    and why the hell was he playing on the floor lying down????

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #8

    @Micheal, for once i agree with you mate! 🙂

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t want to hear KK being honest. I want hope and optimism. KK talking the team down is not what I want to hear.

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  • michael

    May 5, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Those quotes were from Sky Sports.
    He was really commenting on how good Chelsea’s squad was. He said he didn’t have enough money because chelsea had spent money every year.

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  • Greg P

    May 5, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #11

    I can’t see why everyone is so negative, we were beaten by one of the best teams in Europe and Smith and Geremi were poor – but we’ve known that all season. Geremi has the odd good game but not many.
    The first half was decent and we’re not going to challenge for the top 4 next season. It would be stupid to think its that easy otherwise Spurs/Villa/Everton would all have broken through.
    We need to build a squad to re-establish ourselves in the top 8 and take it from there.
    The one thing today proved was that we need someone who can stand in for Viduka, and that has to be Crouch.

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ve watched NUFC home and away for 46 years.(I don’t go away to top 4 cos I’m tired of always losing and it costs too much). Season ticket holder living in the south. KK is being totally negative and its not good. He’s saying that unless an Abramovitch comes to NUFC we’ll never win the league. MA IS tight. How depressing are KKs comments today?

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Agree Greg p, Crouch would be a good buy at this moment in time. Viduka is always injured, and Crouch would fit in nicely in the current system

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  • michael

    May 5, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle need to sign 3 first team players this summer. Probably another 3 in Janurary and every transfer window thereafter. It’s how Chelsea and United do it, and how Keegan used to do it.

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Greg P
    SMITH can stand in for Viduka……as long as Smith is standing in the Antarctic with no boat.

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  • Just Joe

    May 5, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #16

    I really think a lot of you are over reacting and taking the things Keegan said out of context.

    He didn’t say he wasn’t getting any money, only that he wouldn’t have enough to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Man U.
    All he is doing is reducing the expectations of stupid fans and board members who will soon start demanding a top 4 finish next season. It is unrealistic!

    If Keegan thinks we only need a few extra additions, then so be it. We have to trust him. It worked out for us after the January trasnfer window didn’t it…?

    I’m still confident there will be money to spend although we might need to temper our imaginations a little in terms of the caliber of player we will attract.

    Since this is my first post, I’d just like to say thanks to “Ed” for the coverage you have provided this season. Think you’ve definately taken over as the top NUFC news page now.

    Right, let’s keep the faith but not get too carried away ha!
    JOE

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #17

    @ daiv, KK is being realistic mate

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  • Gooderz

    May 5, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #18

    A lot of people seem to be missing the key phrase of ‘next year’, or paraphrasing to get headlines (like they’ve never done that before).

    The fact is with no European football we won’t get the best players, so topping the table won’t happen next year and Keegan has already said this.

    I’m backing what Chris ‘Penfold’ Mort has said in that ‘sufficient funds’ will be available for the right players and that the majority of our players will have many years in them so in 3-5 years we could be reaping the rewards, and more youngsters coming through behind them.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Well said Gooderz!

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  • Scott H11

    May 5, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #20

    We played ok but Geremi was a disgrace, Their quality showed in the second half, our back four played well even though i’m not a fan of Taylor, Martins was outstanding.

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Ronaldeano,
    KK is being realistic because MA is not coughing up. It may be a tactic to get MA to take his hands out of his pockets. Money talks. MA is being tight. He spent £9M last summer if you include our sales. That was one of the lowest in the Prem. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. He needs to spend large or sell up. I’ve had enough of him sitting on his hands playing the court jester in the stands.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #22

    There will be a ‘big 5’ in 3-4 years time and NUFC will be in it! 🙂

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #23

    @daiv, i would love it if MA spent 100 million on players in the summer, but its not going to happen. I hope im wrong like! 🙂

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  • Just Joe

    May 5, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Daiv to be fair I don’t think you can accuse MA just yet. Nothing has been said to indicate there will be no money available out so I’m not sure where you are getting that from…

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  • M. Stockley

    May 5, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #25

    its the fact that players need replacing and we have a small squad how it is, so is it gonna be crap replaced with more crap in the summer or keep the crap we already have. we have lots ofgood players but there are about 6/7 that are not goodenough and if zoggy does leave we need a decent replacement

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  • scottish mag

    May 5, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #26

    keegan has just made some more comments at the press conference about how newcastle will try to win the second division in the prem by finishing 5th because no one will ever get into the top four nd how the prem will become the best but most boring league because it will be the same every year,

    he also said he hasnt spoken to ashley yet and doesnt but expects MA to back him in the summer.

    also did anyone hear KK say that he had just talked to SWP and he wasnt even in kit, saying he would walk into our team( he would) maybe this is a hint to us and SWP that we are interested and that SWP would defo get first team footie if he joined us.

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  • M. Stockley

    May 5, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #27

    swp would be a great signing!

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Agree Stockley. He made a mistake going there in the first place, just like Sidwell, Ben Haim etc

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  • Michael

    May 5, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Admirably pragmatic from Keegan, in stark contrast to his fantasist following on this forum. Firstly michael, you need to stop impersonating me here, differentiate yourself by some means, I cannot allow for people to think I am as soft as they are.

    Keegan is right, the top four are out of reach in what is becoming an increasingly hard club in which to enter. Notably Chelsea United Arsenal and Liverpool are four of the bigger clubs in European football and their form in the premier league attests this; More so, is the lack of strength in depth the Newcastle united side have and of course a manager bereft of tactics.

    I think that became increasingly obvious, particularly today. Suddenly he can no longer rely on the continued trio of Martins Viduka and Owen, if one goes missing it caves in like a deck of cards.

    While I praise him, unreservedly for his fantastic run under which he put us, we must look at ourselves in the mirror and forget about that now. The season is over and better now than beginning next season that we reconsider who must go and who must stay. Before this run people on this very forum said we need a wholesale change, a few wins and people said about 3 or 4 signings, “Butt” is world class and other such bombast. The realities must be addressed and not overlooked in this euphoria that has since come.

    A wholesale clearance is still needed, starting with Martins. While good, we could get a very tidy sum for him and reinvest in several players. Strength in depth is the core to premier league success and the very delicate nature of our success was ruptured today with Viduka coming off at half time only for us to go and concede two goals and be under enormous pressure when we had the better play in the fist half. Our team is delicate and that was exposed today.

    I welcome the debate.

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  • geoffo

    May 5, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Keegans negativity stems from his frustration that he couldn’t put on a better display for the fans and club he adores for the last match at SJP of the season. Once he’s had time to calm down and reflect, you will see the old positive Keegan return. This club has short and long term aims and I for one believe in the longer term we will break through, the infrastructure of this club is improving all the time , the fan base is there, the stadium, training ground, youth acadamy, Keegans emotions were heightened today after an emotional six months, but had we played and beaten the Mackems or Birmingham, Spurs today we would have gone away full of possibly unrealistic expectations, Keegan is a realist and knows what is needed, we may surprise a few teams next term we may surprise ourselves, but for once we are not buying into an unrealistic dream of sexy football and a champions league place. Football has changed, and it changed forever when Abramovitch paid inflated prices for the cream of European talent and effectively pulled up the drawbridge on the rest of us. However we can take inspiration from other European leagues where the stranglehold of the ‘rich untouchable’ clubs were usurped in the form of Valencia, Lyon, Deporivo etcetera who did the unexpected in their respective leagues. Keep the faith and look where we were with Alerdyce and the shite football we played, then look back over the last seven matches (excluding this one) and tell me we should stop believing, we won’t and Keegan won’t either but his belief I think extends beyond his tenure and THATS what’s frustrating, he would like it to happen while HE holds the reigns.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Sell Martins? Are you joking! His pace is frightening and he is young enough to learn how to be a better team player and how to stick the ball in the net.

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  • M. Stockley

    May 5, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Michael
    i agree we need a big clear out and its true we dont have quality in depth,but oba?
    cashing in on him would be crazy… today he once again shown his ability to excite, use his pace and look like a danger. who from the current crop would you like to keep ideally michael?

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  • Michael

    May 5, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Ronaldeano. That was not me buddy. michael is someone else. I am a bit more realistic and I doubt I would say anything with which you would agree.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Geoffo, Well said mate. Lets enjoy the fantastic attacking football that KK will bring next season, and hope that we will finish in the top 6. Then we can start talking about signing the world class players of this world

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  • daiv

    May 5, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Michael
    I agree that we can sell Martins if we get £15M for him. An exciting player but he does not score enough goals and is not a natural goalscorer. No simple poacher’s goals because he does not get in the box in dangerous positions.
    Agree we need back up for Viduka who is good but injury prone. Also he is a homer. I know because i go to home and away games. Crouch or Ashton woule be excellent buys.

    The attack and the defence is good enough for 5th. Maybe a top centre back would be good. Cuellar or Dunne.

    We are desperately short in midfield where we have no legs or vision. Butt and Geremi are too old and static. We need two world class players there. MA please cough up.

    Then we would be 5th!!!

    And KK stays. He is tactically not the best but give him the right players and he can achieve anything. He gets the best out of good players. MA needs to back him. Put up or shut up MA.

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  • Michael

    May 5, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #36

    No doubt, Michael Owen, Faye, Beye, Butt definitely these four. Viduka was free so no need to worry too much about him. We need cutting edge footballers and Keegan should take a leaf from Mark Hughes who who bought a diamond in Cruz. Where were we when these players were subject to commerce?

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  • ronaldeano

    May 5, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #37

    @Michael, so there are 2 of you!!! The Michael i know talkes out of his arse all the time and has his mam bring him hot cups of coco before she tucks him in for his bedtime story!!!

    You should put a number next to your name in future so i know you are not the one i will call a “mammys boy”!!! 🙂

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  • Michael

    May 5, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Yes Daiv Crouch and Ashton would be Magnificent buys. I know Ashton is prone to injury but So was Cruz before Blackburn bought him bu look at that return on investment. Healthy, no?

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  • Michael12

    May 5, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Ronaldeano@ Indeed henceforth, I am known as Michael12.

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  • moe

    May 5, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #40

    kevin keegan is a great manager, but i believe that our owner has the funds to buy the players that would get us into the top 4, but he just doesnt want to pay, i mean we could have a squad better than liverpools.

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