Keegan – Newcastle Second Best For Good Players

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:

“Even if someone gives you a barrel-load of money you have to be honest and say you’re not going to get the best players. There’s a pecking order,” “If I’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).”

“All the great players will go for where the honors are and if they don’t make it there they’ll drop to a Newcastle.”

Point taken.

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.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    May 6, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    As always KK is being frank, open and honest.

    We are all aware that we would struggle to bring in a superstar when the Barcelona and Milans of the football world are in for them too.

    This doesn’t mean there is a finite amount of good players in the world. No matter how much money they have the ‘superclubs’ can never own a monopoly of every world class player. For all we know we may have a future world player of the year in our youth team.

    Once their transfer budgets are spent there are still plenty of world class players available. It’s just down to KK and his scouts to find them and bring them in.

  • michael

    May 6, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m becoming fed up of the “optimism” i am repetitively being told keep, whilst on this page. Keegan is not trying to lower expectations. What he’s saying are just the facts.
    When we’re blogging on this site we become so insular we actually convince ourselves that Luka Modric might turn this club around. Nonsense.
    Modric is hugely overated at 17 million pounds for a player who has accomplished little in the Croatian League.
    Other players who suffer from the NUFCblog hype are Arshavin, Edmilson and Geremi. Whilst players who are good every week in front of eyes on the telly like Riise get slated.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 6, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    If you’ve been watching Riise and think he’s quality then all I can say is I’m glad you’re not buying the players.

  • Graeme

    May 6, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Its not that long ago that Keegan was able to talk the knickers off a nun in order to get the man he wanted to sign for the Toon. I’m sure he has lost none of his ability in that reapect and still think we will have a couple of signings that will be unexpected, by the time the season kicks off again.

    Lowering expectations throughout the fan base has to be a great thing and not before time either.

  • Eric

    May 6, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle are not a toy for some moneybags owner, his hobby, his substitute wife, his pet poodle. We are not a free ticket for the freeloading bullshitters of the press. On TV and in the media one wonders if they get a commission everytime they say “Arsenal” ” Man U” or “Chelsea”. Ashley does not need to wash his linen in public because we are clean. We play our footsie on the pitch not under the table. We are NUFC and we need to build up our team in the same gritty way Tyneside iteslf was created. Yes there was money for that but it was the Geordie spirit that made it succeed. Just as without the sweat of those in the Russian oil and gas industry Abramovich would never have Chelsea where they are. Can they see Chelsea in Siberia?

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    For the summer, Im just going to get people going with my opinion of what we need, see if you agree.

    Current squad and best XI with subs.


    Beye Faye Taylor Enrique

    Geremi Butt Barton


    Viduka Martins

    Subs; Given, Cacapa, Edgar, Milner, Duff, Emre, Smith,

    Reserves; N’Zogbia, Diatta, Ramage, Carr.

    Youth: N’go Baheng, Zamblera, Soderberg, LuaLua, Troisi, Carroll, Kadar, Tozer.

    I think we have a good squad overall, and with the new 7 subs rule, have a decent enough looking bench, the 4 reserves I mention, Id sell Zog and “Rammy” and Carr. Id probably keep Diatta just for back up, and he is on a low wage so why not eh?

    I would defineately look at getting a creative midfielder, somebody like Modric, obviously he is gone now, but say Van Der Vaart or Andriy Arshavin, Deco, Joaquin, somebody like that.

    Id also look at Davey Bentley. Ashley Young would be great here but Villa have him and wont let him go so soon after buying him.

    I think we need somebody to boss the defence aswell. Somebody like Richard Dunne, but Im not sure he would be solid enough still, but he would do for a year til we try and push up the table.

    Id also sign another Left back, try for Nickey Shorey, he is free, Wayne bridge is a good attacking full back, also Id sign Riise but for 3 things, he would cost at least £5m and is worth about £2m, he would be on about £40k a week when he is worth about 15k a week, and he isnt that good as a first teamer, which he would probably be ahead of young José.

    Id get a new winger in aswell, probably Joaquin as I said before for the right wing, Geremi can play there, as well as Milner. Also a new left winger, Milner can play there, but Id go for Vicente of Valencia, there is a few targets however.

    Then I would sign a striker, Gomis looks a good prospect, young, talented, touted as the next big one.

    Id sell a few dead wood players aswell and get some other squad players.

    Sell: Ramage (released) Carr (Released) n’Zogbia (£6-£8m) Alan Smith (5m), Duff £6m.

    In: Dunne (5m) Arshavin (8m) Van Der Vaart (10m) Gomis (15m) Shorey (free), Joaquin (14m) —not sure of left winger yet, any ideas? Hopefully the scouts have done their work and have a young portuguese or brazilian trickster in their sights.


    May 6, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    But Greame, if you had read between the lines, Keegan is slating the new formal business like approach that we have now when buying players. He noo longer is using the gift of the gab to sell the club to prospectives. This is entirely why we lost out to Spurs twice. As a player, what would you rather have, a cockney rebel in Wise and an inknown or a football legend and Nufc manager in Keegan whose visions, enthusiasms and more importantly, his confidence in you as a players shines as bright as a beacon.


    May 6, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Mark, BORING!!!!!

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    BW POSITIVE – are you gay? Cos Im sure my mate who is a bender knows you and your the taker

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    and BW POSITIVE – Who comes on a forum and goes BORING!!!!! – thats a queer statement that laddy, get yaself down to the triangle lad. lots of fellas like yourself down there in the powerhouse. does ya dad kna ya gay?

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Do you even know your dad in fact? cos your mother was a bit of a goer according to my mate like, even he shagged her!


    May 6, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Mark, you have a friend that is a bender and you know about it. Let me shed some light on this. First, judging by your taste in music ie Craig David, I would say your the taker. My mother is also sick at the moment. BAD MOVE you inbred cvnt !

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    1. Im not the gay here laddy, you are, yes i know my mates gay, at least now i know not to change in front of him.

    2. Im not surprised your mothers sick, shes probs injected the HIV virus into herself to get away from you.

    3. I aint no inbred youngster, pretty sure my mothers mam and dad had different names altogether to my Dads mam and dad, and oh, hang on, ive met them all so yeah…not inbred, you one of Fritzl’s love children from Elisabeth are ya?

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    OH OH OH and is maddie in the dungeon with ya or not lad?

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Ive been coming on here for the past year, who the fvck are you anyway?

    Glad your mams sick tho, really I am.

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    BAD MOVE – Dont use the nasty caps lock mate whatever you do.

    What you gonna do about it mate?

  • Greek Toon

    May 6, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Shut up you imbeciles! This is a good family site here.

  • craig chisholm

    May 6, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    bw and mark, shut it down lads, you are both like a pair of tarts with your pathetic drivel. lets get back to the footy, if you dont want to then take your spat private as we dont need that crap. as with regard to the footy, i am getting arsed off with mort to be honest, he seems to have no idea how to go about the buisiness of getting in players. Also look at keegans words closely…he is pissed off that he told the board weeks ago to tie owen down, now keegan says that they have not even made an approach yet, also taylor has not been tied down. keegan says he has no idea if ashly is going to invest in top quality players as he has not even been told what kind of war chest we have. I think that if they are not careful,KK will walk as the tell tale signs say that kk is pissed off at not being listened too.


    May 6, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    In all fairness toon and Craig, you will find it is Mark who started the completely unneccessary onslaught. Saying hes pleased my mother is sick and that she injected herself with HIV. So Toon, read before you call me an imbecile please. I think football was the issue before Mark graced us with his presence.

  • George

    May 6, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Well said KK, at least your honest. But lets get to the real raeson you said it and i think it is genious.
    We supporters will expect to see new faces next year (and 2 or 3 exits) and we will see a better quality player come through the gates. However, what i think is genious is you have taken away any thoughts of world greats coming here, that now you can sign great players and not be questioned. I remember the likes of Ginola signing and thinking David who?. Phillip Albert who does he play for? Marc Hottinger?. Then KK you surprise us with attracting Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla, who all produced football that we had never seen before. Like then i trust you not to attract the superstars, but to attract the entertainers. The ones who want to play ball. The ones our fans will make superstars. The ones our fans will idolise. And especially the ones who the like the northeast and all it stands for.
    Well done KK, you may just of pulled off a master stroke. Come on next season.


    May 6, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #21

    “Mark May 6, 2008 at 12:16

    BAD MOVE – Dont use the nasty caps lock mate whatever you do.

    What you gonna do about it mate?

    Funny enough I was wrong. You aint on the dole. I just called by your house, and no one was home. Heres a clue. 19 Edgefield….. Calling didnt help either, ending in 523. You use sickening words about my beloved mother for which I cannot believe life could create people like you. So, I say again…BAD MOVE !

  • Neilos

    May 6, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #22

    We were part of that elite 4 /5 when Shepard sacked Robson and decided to point Souness as manager.

    Appionting Souness as manager was not being ambitious enough and wanting to progress.

    We have went backwards ever since.

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #23

    What you called by today? when you left a comment 15 minutes before you say this? Funny that. so haway hard lad who r u


    May 6, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #24

    I will not use this forum to deal with you.
    You are scum and I am going to treat you as such! Mr Scott!

  • Marty

    May 6, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #25

    MARK,you are the most insensitive TOSSER i have ever heard on here…….
    Write about football n NUFC or just GO AWAY!

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #26

    If you look marty, I had a topic going then this dick comes along thinking he is clever.

  • Marty

    May 6, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Mark,just reckon it was a bit of a low shot puttin the Family in there.Otherwise we can have a laugh n take the Piss on here.

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #28

    I dont know why he started trying to be funny, i come on here all the time talkin bout this and that, then this pi55 taker comes out of nowhere and starts thinking he is funny.

  • lauren

    May 6, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Mark, all he was saying was he got bored reading your commnet casue it went on to long.
    He was being childish, but theres not need to say stuff like that about his mean (if he is indeed telling the truth).
    You to should just drop it, or go to some other forum and get ur handbags out there!

  • Leo

    May 6, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #30

    mark just looking on ur myspace or the thing which is ur hyperlink, do you sit in the sports bar? recognise u…

    anyway back on topic, at the mo reading keegans interview is depressing me but when i listen to him saying the stuff it sounds totally different, i dont mind if he is a bit down at the moment, keegan is our king

  • Mark

    May 6, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Sports cafe or players? not been in sports cafe for a fair while, but i was in players a few weeks a back.

    i go to players more because i know 2 of the barmaids from school.

  • Leo

    May 6, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #32

    haha crossed wires there mark, i meant the sports bar area of the st james park.

    who dya know who works at players? i used to go to school with chantelle dya know her?

  • JakartaDean

    May 7, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #33

    This site intrigues me. Great articles and photos put together promptly, in a well-designed layout, about the team I love.

    And off-topic comments slagging each other, discussing drink recipes, barmaids, and who-knows what else. Often with spelling so poor I have difficulty understanding (I’m referring to the bad spelling and SMS style stuff, not Geordie slang)

    Is there any hope that we will, together, restrain ourselves from that sort of crap? I’m sure all of this is putting off loads of people, who might visit, post insightful thoughts and make Ed a happy man.

    How about it lads? Keep the posts civil and generally on-topic, not (mis)type the first thought that comes into a brain influenced by a few pints? And yes, I know, this is off-topic 😉



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