Kevin Keegan says that any good player, offered a position at one of the top four English clubs or Newcastle, will always choose the top four club, where all the honors are being won.
Kevin Keegan – trying to lower expectations at Newcastle
This is Keegan trying to lower the high optimism and hope that has built up with Newcastle’s fans, because of the good finish we have had in the league.
It seems that Kevin is aware that it’s much harder these days to bring instant success to the club than it was 16 years ago, when he first took over as manager of Newcastle United. We think that’s very true.
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œEven if someone gives you a barrel-load of money you have to be honest and say youâ€™re not going to get the best players. Thereâ€™s a pecking order,â€ â€œIf Iâ€™m a player and I get the option to go to Chelsea or Newcastle, the Press would slaughter me, asking where my ambition was (if I chose Newcastle).”
â€œAll the great players will go for where the honors are and if they donâ€™t make it there theyâ€™ll drop to a Newcastle.â€
So we’ll just have to do the very best we can in the summer transfer season, knowing that we’ll not be able to make the top four for a few seasons. What else can we do?
Given the position we’re in, we’ll have to try to attract the very best players we can to the club – that’s no different from any other club.
Even the top four English clubs don’t always get their man, if another top 4 club or Real Madrid or Barcelona are in for the player.
Newcastle’s plight, in that sense, is no different than at any other club.