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.
Kevin Keegan – annoyed club has done nothing about Michael Owen
Kevin complained again about the Michael Owen situation to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œSix weeks ago I asked the club to tie him up, itâ€™s not happened yet,â€
â€œItâ€™s disappointing but itâ€™s not the end of the world.â€â€œIâ€™ve not told Michael in the six weeks Iâ€™ve been talking to him about staying that if he stays here heâ€™ll get Champions League football or weâ€™ll win the Premier League.â€
â€œIâ€™m not misleading anyone there. If we finish fifth itâ€™d be a massive achievement considering where we are now.â€
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:
â€œI didnâ€™t say I hadnâ€™t got any money to spend this summer, I said I havenâ€™t got enough to make up that gap to the top four,â€
â€œI think Mike Ashley will support me. I donâ€™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,â€
â€œThatâ€™s better than some managers at the moment! No communication is good now!”
â€œBut however much money he gives me the biggest challenge is getting players to come to you when theyâ€™ve got three or four alternatives.”
“And if theyâ€™re really good players they will have three or four alternatives.â€
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.