Keeganâ€™s comments after yesterday’s defeat against Chelsea have alarmed some fans, but he is simply trying to set the expectation of the Newcastle fans to realistic proportions.
Kevin Keegan – seemed down after yesterday’s game
You have to remember that since Sam Allardyce left the club in January, we have played 6 games against the top 4 teams and lost all of them. Weâ€™ve conceded 22 goals and scored one in those 6 games â€“ so the record shows that we can hardly compete against the top 4 teams of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool right now.
But thatâ€™s the way the Premier League is set up, and itâ€™s a good question for those who run the league – how do they expect it to be competitive when those that finish the highest every year get the most TV money, and qualify for the European Champions League where they can make another boat load of money?
Itâ€™s a case of the rich get richer and the best get better â€“ thatâ€™s the way itâ€™s set up – and it hardly leads to good competition.
What Kevin was reacting to is that itâ€™s almost impossible now, to get to the same level as the top 4, because even if you have the money, you will not be able to attract the very best players, because they will nearly always go to the top 4 teams.
But we also think Kevin was having a realistic emotional reaction to his team being second best yesterday in the second half, which we were.
But we have to look forward and upwards on what we can do.
We have a great set of lads at the club, and we need about another 6 top-class players in the summer. If we cannot get the very best, then we have to attract the best we can â€“ and then finish higher in the league next year.
A 5th place finish next season would be an incredible achievement, and as long as we qualify for Europe weâ€™ve made the next step.
Chris Mort was right yesterday, when he said as we move up the league it will be easier to attract top talent. But where we are now, that is not easy, as we’ve already found out these last couple of weeks. We have to accept that for this summer – that’s the way things are right now.
After we finish higher next year, we can then get even better, by attracting even better players.
Itâ€™s like a marathon race, if you start thinking of the end, at the beginning of the race â€“ youâ€™ll just never make it â€“ you have to do it step by step â€“ and by stages â€“ and be successful in each stage.
We’re sure we can do it. Donâ€™t forget itâ€™s only a short few years ago that Sir Bobby Robson had us in the top 4 two seasons running.
And we can do it means qualifying for a place in Europe next season – that’s our next step – and we know Kevin can help us do that.