Newcastle United Must Remain Optimistic on Future

Keegan’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. We’ve conceded 22 goals and scored one in those 6 games – so the record shows that we can hardly compete against the top 4 teams of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool right now.

But that’s the way the Premier League is set up, and it’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?

It’s a case of the rich get richer and the best get better – that’s the way it’s set up – and it hardly leads to good competition.

What Kevin was reacting to is that it’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 – 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 we’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.

It’s like a marathon race, if you start thinking of the end, at the beginning of the race – you’ll just never make it – you have to do it step by step – and by stages – and be successful in each stage.

We’re sure we can do it. Don’t forget it’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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Leo

    May 6, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    im feelin a bit better today to be honest, keegan obviously wants the team to do well against everton so saying he only neeeds 1 or 2 players would mean he isnt going to ruin the players confidence further.

    lets just hope im right lol


    May 6, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    With the current squad (as it looks at the moment that we can not really attract some improvers) definitely not, no! Tottham will challenge for the “best of the rest” fifth place, not we!!

    But maybe we can get some really hungry good youngsters and 1 or 2 shockers…keep it positive!

  • HeronMag

    May 6, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    KK will be able to attract some big names. He’s proved it time and again. Keegan and Mort will be able to sell this club to big players.

    As long as we are competing for European football it means we have improved. The current squad gives us a decent base. Two or three top class players and a few youngsters coming through will push us up the league.

  • valle

    May 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Imo you should look at American football and learn from that… Those that finish last get first pick from the drafts… In the same way, the money should be divided so that the lower team get the most and then winner the least. The top team will still have the Euro money and all the big sponsor deals, but with the new TV money, it will help the smaller clubs greatly.

  • Chris F

    May 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    if anyone was worried by his comments yesterday, then they’re a fool.

    he spoke absolute and utter sense, we just don’t have the pull, nor the funds to currently attract the sort of players that Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool do.

    He didn’t say we will never had that pulling power, merely that this summer, we won’t have it, which is 100% true.

    Of course, in the usual predictable manner, the media have put negative spin on his comments, and all the sheep are bleating on about how he’s given up already, which is utterly ridiculous.

    Sadly, that shite film on Sunday night with Robert Carlyle wasnt a documentary, because i quite enjoyed seeing most of London several metres underwater.

    For us, the key is buying wisely in the summer, and building a team.

  • Eric

    May 6, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    KK tells it like it is. All who watched yesterday’s second half surrender knows what is what. Yet it was KK who put on Smith. We need some more skilfull players and KK will get them eventually. But please, no more who think the sun shines out of their arse! Part of the problem is that too many players lack the intelligence and mature attitude to cope with the money they are paid. Greed everywhere, at Newcastle too, is replacing brains and common sense.

  • Whumpie

    May 6, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    This was just a big chunk of much-needed reality from KK. His wording could have been clearer, which is why the southern press have had a field day today.

    But you read between the lines, and next year’s target is clear: 5th. Personally, I’d be absolutely chuffed to bits with that.

  • valle

    May 6, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Some people needs to actually the the posts on this blog before they decide to burp stomich accids out in text form… People wasnt worried about KK’s reality check, they where worried about how his words could be seen as a lack of financial backing!

  • Barry Bumhead

    May 6, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    The best way forward is to try and do it the Arsenal way, that is by snapping up and nurturing young talent yourself.

    We need to hope that the likes of Baheng , Zamblera and Kadar will turn out to be stars of the future like Fabregas, Clichy and Walcott are.

  • clinta

    May 6, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    ‘as long as we make europe…’ typical response from a newcastle fan, and some wonder why we get stick.

    should read ‘as long as we play good competitive football thats good to watch we’ve made the next step up’ from what we’ve seen since sir bobby was sacked surely!

  • micepie

    May 6, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    We should also remember that football is not just about being at the very top. It’s fun being in the chasing pack – if we can get back to the second tier (say, 5th-8th) then that would be very satisfying as a next step.

  • geoffo

    May 6, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m actually quite optomistic for nex season, yes we haven’t come anywhere near the top four this season, but looking at Arsenal they look to be losing a few key players and will be ‘rebuilding’ and Liverpool have a behind the scenes boardroom battle going on which could seriously undermine their progress. As has already been stated, Sir Bob took us into third and even Alex Ferguson said we would have won the league in one of those seasons had we not lost a couple of key players (Bellamy for one) to injury. Keegans emotional reaction was i think more to do with losing on the last day at SJP and not being able to send his beloved fans away for the summer with a spring in their step. He’s a winner and hates to lose, but this will drive him on and I believe he will be plotting and scheming and could well hatch a plot that may surprise a few people, including us fans!


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