Lots of news today about Kevin Keegan, as he meets with owner Mike Ashley today in London to discuss transfer targets for the club.
Kevin Keegan – back to upbeat self
Keegan has talked to the Newcastle Journal today and says that the very fact they went after Croatia star Luka Modric means that Mike Ashley is willing to invest quite a bit of money in transfer targets in the summer.
He also thinks that 5th place for next season is a good target and that the club can take some shortcuts to get there.
Kevin talked first of transfer money available:
â€œIt is obvious by the fact we went in for Modric that there is some money there. A lot of it has been put in the public domain for you. You donâ€™t need me to spell it out for you,â€
â€œWe were going to pay over three years and it was around Â£20M so we were going to spend in this current year, something like Â£6.5M on that player plus wages.â€
Keegan will find out about how much Ashley is willing to pay out the summer for Kevinâ€™s transfer targets, and we think Mike Ashley wants to demonstrate to Kevin, that he is right behind him and he wants whoever Kevin wants in terms of players.
They will also look at which players Kevin wants to keep and which contracts should be renegotiated in the short term.
â€œAs I said at my first Press conference, if you turn this club around, whoever it is, it is like a big ship. When it is listing and things like that, everything is exaggerated and it is a major problem.â€â€œAnd when you turn it around, the momentum starts to go with you and it can go quicker than most clubs you know.”
“You can shortcut challenges and that to get from where we are to try to get sixth or fifth place next year, which was always going to be our aim.â€ â€œNormally it would be too much in one step but this club is one of the few which could do it in one step if everything is right.â€
â€œBut on that subject I do believe fifth is a good target â€“ itâ€™s a very good target to set ourselves from where we are now.”
“I donâ€™t want to rake over the ground of what I said on Monday but I believe this club is the fifth biggest club in the country and itâ€™s not an unrealistic target.â€
â€œDo we want to be like Everton next season? Yes, because theyâ€™re in the frame for the fifth place.â€
It’s great to hear Kevin talking again like the Kevin we know, and he’s so dedicated to bringing success back to Newcastle.
Of course there was a lot of truth in what Kevin said on Monday that indeed the league title is always between the same 4 clubs and itâ€™s so difficult for other teams to break that stranglehold â€“ and in that sense he meant the Premier League was boring.
Heâ€™s right about that and everybody knows it.