Manager Frustrated at Newcastle United Plight


The seemingly negative comments from Kevin over the last 12 hours or so, have now been exacerbated by his criticism, for the second time in 3 days, of his employers not tying down Michael Owen to the club.

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Kevin Keegan – annoyed club has done nothing about Michael Owen

Kevin complained again about the Michael Owen situation to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“Six weeks ago I asked the club to tie him up, it’s not happened yet,”

“It’s disappointing but it’s not the end of the world.”“I’ve not told Michael in the six weeks I’ve been talking to him about staying that if he stays here he’ll get Champions League football or we’ll win the Premier League.”

“I’m not misleading anyone there. If we finish fifth it’d be a massive achievement considering where we are now.”

A passionate Keegan was outspoken after the 2-0 defeat yesterday afternoon, and said it wasn’t possible to overtake Chelsea in the time he had left at Newcastle. He said Mike Ashley thought that was possible, but Kevin knew it wasn’t.

Kevin had earlier raised some concern with his comments in a TV interview that he would not have enough money to be able to challenge the top four.

Today Kevin tried to clarify that comment:

“I didn’t say I hadn’t got any money to spend this summer, I said I haven’t got enough to make up that gap to the top four,”

“I think Mike Ashley will support me. I don’t think there will be a problem there, but the problem might be getting the players. I get on great with the owner because I never talk to him,”

“That’s better than some managers at the moment! No communication is good now!”

“But however much money he gives me the biggest challenge is getting players to come to you when they’ve got three or four alternatives.”

“And if they’re really good players they will have three or four alternatives.”

Kevin has been so positive since he arrived back at Newcastle. We can only think that yesterday’s defeat has made him see the reality of the situation , and maybe the hopelessness of his task – that it is not possible to break into the top four, which is of course what everybody associated with the club wants.

We think Kevin will need to sit down with Chris Mort and Mike Ashley and get all of this off his chest.

If we were the owners of Newcastle United we’d be concerned about some of Kevin’s comments, and want to have a good talk to him and clear the air with him – quickly.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • Russel

    May 6, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    we need OWEN!!

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  • Eric

    May 6, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    KK must feel frustrated. I get the idea that Ashley does not have a sense of urgency about certain negaotiations. We are talking about the jobs of our players (Owen etc) not some long-winded buy out of some sports shop chain. We
    do have irreplaceable star players of our own. We do have big names playing for us. Trouble is we haven’t got 11 of them. KK is right. The Gang of Four ARE undermining the structure of top football in England. How about joining the SPL? We could merge with Gretna. No, only joking.

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 6, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    What are they waiting for?

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  • Taiwantoon

    May 6, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    I have the feeling that KK has not really give up challenging the big four yet. He was sorely trying to push the board to act quicker and bigger.

    We need to tie up Owen asap, and after that we will need to sign a few top players or we risk losing Martins to Arsenal.

    Oba is, IMO, a very royal and able player to us considering the circumtances. I’ve seen a few ppl slam him for inconsistent and claiming that we should get rid of him. No, we can not afford that. The newspapers are suggesting Arsenal involved in a 15M deal for him, and this piss me off really. How can they expect to sign Martins at 15M while Bent cost Spurs 16M? Also, who can we sign to replace him at that amount?

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  • Spot The Zebra

    May 6, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    It is possible to break into the top 4.
    Any of those clubs could have a poor season and we must be ready to take advantage when it happens through correct investment in players.
    I was heartened by Morts piece in the match programme yesteday saying how there was transfer funds available for both first team additions and also quality youngsters who will develop over 2 or 3 seasons.Three signings of the quality of Modric for instance would narrow the gap considerably and like Sir Bobby stated a few years ago the top 4 cant buy ALL the best players.This is the way forward and i can see us developing into a major force over the next few seasons down to sensible and prudent management.Things at NUFC are already infinitely better than they were this time last year and i believe there are better times ahead for us we need a little patience thats all.We have a better scouting system in place for starters and will now be receiving the Sky TV money every season.
    Keep the faith.

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  • Spot The Zebra

    May 6, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh and under Keegan we shall do it IN STYLE !!!

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  • Spuggy

    May 6, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    I can understand his frustration as if you are going to struggle to sign player of the quality of Michael Owen then you MUST hang on to player that you already have of that quality – it’s like a quality new signing.

    It’s interesting that Mort has consistently been saying that Newcastle need to build for the medium and long term. Maybe KK and Mort see eye to eye, but Ashley may think different or not understand the difficulty of the situation as he’s looking from a fan’s perspective and just enjoying being a spectator.

    I think realistically, we can not attract TOP quality, but I still think we can buy very good players. Especially those younger and untested in the EPL. We have to take some risks I’m afraid, some will come off, some won’t, it has been that way always.

    One thing is for sure, someone in power needs to take a long hard look at the way the EPL (and other leagues) are run. Our beautiful game is being taken over and teams are fast becoming the play toys of billionaire owners, a rich and poor class of teams is emerging which is very difficult to overturn. It’s money versus ethics, what happened to honest hard working players who were happy to be in a team for love of the shirt and playing good football twice a week.

    European football is great, but surely the EPL and the associated cups should be enough for many players these days. It’s a strange thing too that many European games are boring and defensive, why do so many players view it as the golden chalice.

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  • Eric

    May 6, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks Spuggy. You say it all.

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  • Spot The Zebra

    May 6, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Allowing 7 substitutes on the bench next season is only going to help the top clubs next season aswell because of the strength of their squads.
    Maybe there is a hidden agenda? i.e. Keep “the big four” happy otherwise they will break away and form a European League?

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  • ObaFan2

    May 6, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Certainly we do have top players @ NUFC,unfortunately not 11 and they need to sign new contracts. The likes of Chelsea have two teams of top class players and that is the difference.

    Our asset is we can offer top players a regular game unlike some players in the top 4 teams/squad.

    Ok some players are happy being bench warmers and counting their cash but players with ambition want to play 24/7 or every minute of every game.

    KK will hunt these players out and strengthen our team, SWP is maybe a good example, Crouch another?

    I for one am happy we have a team worth watching again and a club that is stable.

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  • Graeme

    May 6, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    EUFA will never allow the top european teams to form a break away league of their own and the top clubs know it – they would be barred from all European competition and they will never give that up.

    We have to look to grow a lot more of our own future stars, which is what has been started over the last 6 months or so and will continue in the future. That should give us a steady supply of talent over the next 4 – 5 years and beyond.

    In the meantime, KK and his recruitment team will continue to bring in some top talent and the occasional “Jaw dropper” as he has done so many times in the past. The challenge to break into the top four will never be given up, nor will the persuit of European football. Its just going to take more hard work, more time, more money than was first anticipated.

    We WILL get there, have faith.

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  • valle

    May 6, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Spuggy… Regarding Europe… Its the main place you have to perform outside the world cup and euro cup to get a chance of getting the absolute top honour, like world player of the year… So players with amibition, will want to archieve those personal ambitions… Also, the wifes are having much more power behind the scenes now, giving London a big advantage ahead of those outside London and the big four.

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  • obafemimartins

    May 6, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    look what happened with Flamini when Arsenal didn’t get him signed up. He left!!!!!!

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  • Spuggy

    May 6, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Good point Valle, but you could say that Ronaldo didn’t set the champions league alight yet he managed to obtain some prestigious awards. This was based largely on his league form. Europe is an important stage I agree, but it should not always be a deal breaker. It’s the top club bench warmers that irritate me, someone with pride and passion will not accept being on the bench or being a part-time player.

    I am still looking forward with confidence to the new season. NUFC are playing much better football that is more interesting to watch. We have a number of opportunities in the new season, two cups with Europe as a reward, and a push for 5th place or at least a top 8 finish. Interestingly, if our form in the new season is anything like how we have performed over the last 6-7 games, we should finish in top 6.

    At the end of the day these are what I want from NUFC next year- a top half league finish and the odd spanking of a ‘top 4’ club, good cup run, play good attractive football, watch a good creative player or two beat opponents and a reasonably solid defense! If this is what next season brings then bring it on and we’ll keep the expectation in reserve for the following season.

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  • Leo

    May 6, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #15

    wow people are being very philosophical today big long posts for once, well i will keep it short, just to go against the grain:

    with the systems in place at newcastle it can be seen in two lights, either they are trying to build solid foundations so that the team is great in the future, but it can be seen that they are doing so to ensure newcastle becomes a cashcow alike arsenal where all their players come from the acadamy where they bought the players for nothing…

    just hope if we do the second we do not sell the players when they are worth lots…

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