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:
â€œNot at the moment, the gulf is too big. During my time here â€“ and Iâ€™ve got three years left â€“ Newcastle will not be a Champions League club,â€ â€œThatâ€™s what I want to tell the fans, I donâ€™t want to mislead them. Weâ€™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 Iâ€™ll be delighted, but realistically itâ€™s going to be tough.â€™
â€œAt the moment weâ€™re a million miles away from them (Chelsea).â€Â â€œThis 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.â€
â€œBut what I can say to Newcastle fans is that weâ€™ll be trying to get fifth and win the other league thatâ€™s going on. We should make a run of that.â€
â€œProviding the owner backs me â€“ and Iâ€™ve no proof of that yet, but no doubts he will â€“ I can get three or four players in and if I can do that â€“ and we have luck and no injuries to key, key players â€“ then we might be able to win the â€˜second leagueâ€™ in the Premiership.â€
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.Â 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.