Keegan – I Cannot Make Newcastle Top Four

Kevin Keegan has today repeated some of the statements he made yesterday – and this time it’s in the cold light of day and not an emotional reaction after the Chelsea defeat yesterday.


Kevin Keegan – has repeated some of yesterday’s pessimistic statements

Kevin doesn’t think he can get Newcastle United into the top four in his next 3 seasons at Newcastle United. He answered that question today:

“Not at the moment, the gulf is too big. During my time here – and I’ve got three years left – Newcastle will not be a Champions League club,” “That’s what I want to tell the fans, I don’t want to mislead them. We’ll try our best and if one of them (the top four) hits a brick wall and falls by the wayside and we can jump in there I’ll be delighted, but realistically it’s going to be tough.’

“At the moment we’re a million miles away from them (Chelsea).”  “This league is in danger of becoming one of the most boring but great leagues in the world. The top four this season will be the same top four next year.”

“But what I can say to Newcastle fans is that we’ll be trying to get fifth and win the other league that’s going on. We should make a run of that.”

“Providing the owner backs me – and I’ve no proof of that yet, but no doubts he will – I can get three or four players in and if I can do that – and we have luck and no injuries to key, key players – then we might be able to win the ‘second league’ in the Premiership.”

It really seems that Kevin is taking nothing for granted, even with the funds that Mike Ashley will give him – so maybe this is a ploy for Ashley to give Kevin big money to try to achieve Champions League over the next 3 seasons.

We don’;t know just how much Ashley will make available to Kevin, but we should also be thinking of getting good players on free transfers and any other ways we can get good players to the club.

After all, we do have a good recruitment team out there, and we should be looking to pick up top players not yet recognized by other clubs.

Also, we think Kevin needs to have a private conversation with Mike Ashley, along with Chris Mort and the Recruitment team.  And then discuss and agree on what their transfer goals for the summer will be.

Mike will now probably want a face to face with Kevin so they can discuss the club and the prospects of the club over the next season or two.
That’s the way these things should be discussed and not in the press – but we think Kevin is trying to lessen the expectations not only of the fans but the Owner and Chairman too.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • nightfall

    May 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    kevin talks way too much…

  • Leo

    May 6, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    knock em down to then build them up twice as strong

  • Eric

    May 6, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Picking up top players not recognised by other clubs is the way forward. It is also the style of football played. Skilfull, passing, awareness of where your team mates are. It also means money. Too many of these so-called big names are just mercenaries, just hired guns. They perform for cash of the realm. We want better
    loyalty than that. We need a challenging team that wears the black and white stripes for more than just their wages! When it comes to fans we are the top team but you don’t get silverware for that alone.

  • michael

    May 6, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Eric all professionals are hired guns. I think we’re headed towards a big two rather than a big four. So Arsenal and Liverpool will be there or there abouts next year, but really it will be Man Yoo and Chelsea duking it out for the league. As it has been for the last 4 years. I think Spurs will bw stronger and could split Liverpool and Arsenal, but really Everton, Villa and Blackburn have got little hope.
    Newcastle even less so, as we’re starting from a lower point.

  • Taiwantoon

    May 6, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Unfournately, economic element plays a big part in the football today. I do not expect any good players to be loyal to us from the beginning unless they are geordies. Having said that, being a geordie does not necessary means they will sign for us at a cut price. We had seen many examples, haven’t we? In order to get loyalty from people, we firstly need to attracted them to the team by good wages.

    King Kev is perhaps right in saying that we can not compete with the big four for the next couple of years as the lure of players of Champions League and the money they could offer is too big for us to bridge. I personally do not rate UEFA cup that much as I honestly do not watch much of it.

    Having said that, as much as I would like us to win something, I don’t really care as long as we keep playing attractive football. Our chance will come and we just need to have ourselves ready to grape it.

  • Toon are me

    May 6, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    I think KK should be very careful in the way he phrases things! If we are to attract ‘Top Players’ we shpould be making over optimistic noises about the ECL and even UEFA Cup.
    Realists like me know we arent gonna do the ECL for the next 3 years, but please dont put off any potential new signings with negative comments.

  • ToonIndonesia

    May 6, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    this is where KK manage people expectations.
    sometimes, you can never go beyond customer satisfaction.

    so, in order to achieve your satisfaction, you have to manage your realistic expectation…

    that’s what KK did.

    it doesn’t mean KK will stop us when we had a chance finish as a champion next year…

  • clinta

    May 6, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    ‘so maybe this is a ploy….to achieve champions league football’ yep, the reason kev talks to much (in some peoples opinion) is because he has to try and push some reality into the minds of us toon fans.

    or is ignorant bliss the way forward ‘toon for the pl next season ey’

  • valle

    May 6, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    I dont beleive KK has any hidden agendas… He is pretty angry and emotional that the last 2 top targest he went for rejected him, so it was a blow to the optimism he had started out with… Once we get some wind in our sails and have luck with our tranfers, KK will be as optimistic as ever again.

  • Lawman

    May 6, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #10

    i don’t understand why people always talk up Spurs, thinking they are the ones to break into the top 4. What have they done recently? OK, they’ve won a Mikey Mouse cup this season – so what? They’re in the bottom half of the league, just one place above a Newcastle team who’ve been criticised all season bar the last 6-7 weeks.

    Midboro got to the Uefa cup final – does that mean they’re also top4 material? Don’t think so. Spurs are crap. Over hyped and every year they fail to deliver. If Berbatov DOES leave this summer, then surely NUFC has just as much quality players – if not more – than Spurs. If they are tipped to break into the top4, then why not us???

    If any team is to break into the top4, it’s Everton. In fact, they’ve already done it before in recent times. They almost did this year too until the last hurdle – i think the UEFA cup exit hurt them – haven’t been performing since.

  • Ville

    May 6, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Shut up Kevin! Kevin is known to be an truly honest man. There is nothing bad to be honest but the way he puts his words makes me sad. It makes me believe that we are a middle class team fighting for the second best position available, which is 5th according to his words. The day you lose your ambition and faith is the day you are going down..

    By making these comments Kevin can be sure that our players will lose their self confidence. Does he mean we will not be able to beat the top four? It took 6 games for Chelsea to beat us in our pitch..

    By making these comments Kevin can be sure that he doesn´t get the players he wants and desperately needs.. As a player i would rather go to any other club that has a manager with ambition and winning mentality. Well done Modric!

    As a manager you can be honest, you don´t have to lie. But you can never let others think that you don´t believe in yourself or your players. That is what Kevin did. If i would be Owen, Martins, Emre, Taylor, N´Zogbia or Milner i would get the hell out of Newcastle and fast… And to be honest i think all of these players have been linked with various top teams(including the untouchables top4 teams).

    Kevin! Look at your squad! You just need 3 quality players every year and we are in top 4 after 3 years.. For the next season we don´t want any strikers. We need a right winger(Joaquin would be the best available) Central midfielder(There are plenty of options, shoudn´t be too difficult) and a central defender to replace Faye.

    Don´t disappoint me anymore KEV!


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