We Have Better Squad Than People Thought – Keegan

Kevin Keegan has today challenged his team to put in a good performance in tomorrow’s game against Everton tomorrow.


Kevin Keegan – good performance expected tomorrow

Kevin talked again to the Evening Chronicle today and is expecting a good performance from the boys tomorrow:

“The players have been fantastic. We have a much better group of players than people thought.”“They have answered a lot of criticism themselves in the last few weeks.”

“Now they will get another chance tomorrow to go and say ‘You may be looking around for players but what about me?’”

“Every player has the right to do that and every manager is delighted when they state their case in the best possible way.”

We are currently on 43 points points, which is what we ended up with last season, which was our worst points total ever.

We’re sure Kevin would want at the very least a draw, which would equal the second worst total we’ve ever had in 2005, when Grame Souness was the manager.

We’re sure Kevin wants to win tomorrow, so he’s not part of the bottom two lowest points totals ever for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    May 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Instead of saying “we have a better squad then people thought” why doesnt he say “we have to make do with what we have because there are very little funds available”.

  • Toonboy

    May 10, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2

    That would open a new can of worms

  • Leo

    May 10, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    lol. less negative thats why…


    May 10, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed i know points wise that “Season” under Souness was statistically our second worst in the premiership but really it was our worst,
    To drop from finishing 3rd, 4th and 5th to 14th in under a year after Bobby is embarassing, coupled with that UEFA Cup quarter against Sporting 2-0 up on aggregate with an away goal chucked away because he was a miserable knob who fell out with Bellamy, Robert, Bernard, Hughes and Butt.

    last season we were knackered by injury and despite Roeder deserving better he jumped before he was pushed and we did win the Intertoto Cup our first apparently major trophy for 38 years.


    May 10, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Thats without mentioning that FA Cup semi in 04-05

  • Leo

    May 10, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    i guess someone either heard my talking about santa cruz on hear the other day or have similar infomation to me because this was posted on http://www.football-rumours.com

    Newcastle Ins:
    Santa Cruz
    Van Buyten
    Miguel Veloso
    H’Way The Lads
    Back To Sexy Football

    Keegans Newcastle United

    check it out there is a few interesting storys relating to newcastle even though alot of them may be false lol

  • Bobzilla

    May 10, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #7

    I think fair comments by the Messiah. We do have a better squad than everyone thought. Probably capable of challenging for Europe without any additions. So i reckon it would make good business sense to stick with what we’ve got, maybe get in a couple of squad players, and see how the season goes up until the January transfer window.
    I think theres a consensus agreement that the only big name players we’ll get now will be past their best or golddiggers. If we’re challenging for the top 6/7 come January then we can have a better chance of getting blokes who’ll be committed to the cause.

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    May 10, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8

    i dont understand why you peopple are so negative – The chairman and the owner has spend a lot of money getting rid of the depth and also hiring peopple like jeff vetere and dennis wise(he wouldnt be cheap) and a new wise chairman – do you really think that they are now thinking of cutting cost????no no my country men they will go all gun blazing next season -they are relauncing this football club.. mike a is a businessman he knows you have to spend to make money in the long haul…watch this space i will not get surprised if its all just a media game – imn expecting big name signings for nexts season and whatever happens i can always recall how it was with the big fat spepherd at the helm – we are definately on the right track with 20 mill or 50 anyone agree?

  • iain

    May 10, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    lol one week king kev is talking sense about the chances the next hes talking madness about our squad ???

    exactly what have smith/duff/carr/shola/ done for nufc this season, nothing not a single thing of note.

    ffs smith and duff pick up wages that villa/everton/spurs dream of payingto keep there top stars yet we waste that kind of money on crud squad players. the reason clubs like sunderland need 50m to stay in the pl is because along with chelsea the previous knackers who ran this club thought paying ridiculous wages to average players was a good idea and now 90% of the players in the league earn double what there actually worth.

    smith , ameobi, emre, duff , nzogbia,rozehnal,carr if all we did this summer was to replace this lot with a mixture of young hungry and some pl exp players on lesser wages i would be quite happy to attack a new season having done just that. imagine doing that and adding one real top quality player along with keeping owen etc.

    its amazing to think that whilst we were signing duff for 5m and paying him 65kpw everton were signing lescott for 3-4m and paying him something like 20kpw, even more ridiculous was that we then had no extra money to buy a much needed defender after getting duff, thats what has to stop at nufc that ridiculous no thought whatsoever transfer policy.

    imo my summer plan would be…

    tie owen down to a new deal on his current wages, he cant demand more as there isnt a club in the league who will pay him more than we do bar chelsea, improve taylors and martins deals to keep them. then offload the dead wood…

    smith/carr/shola/rozehnal/emre/nzogbia/cacapa. use the wages weve saved offloading them on martins/taylor/owen/harper then budget for replacements for every player that left.

    target man cf
    cm maybe a versatile one that can play in defence

  • Gloryhunter

    May 10, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Just about agree with you Iain.

    My only problem is with Owen. He is definitely only here for the money – nothing else! He and his agent will be asking for more. Watch out for protracted contract negiotiations before he gets what he wants, then gets a mystery injury. In the old days KK would simply have shown him the door.


    May 10, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Iain i agree with the positions we need to fill but i think we certainly need another Right winger as well as what you wrote above.

  • Alex

    May 10, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #12

    iain- I am sure those are the thoughts that are going through Morts and Ashelys head.Are you maybe one of those two blogging in another name;) an excellent signing for midfield to eventually replace Butt would be simons of PSV Eindhoven.

  • christopherbunton

    May 10, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #13

    I can’t belive how negative people are about Keegans comments and MA. No matter what happens you’re glasses will always be half empty….why do you even bother pretending to be fans. I know MA will spend big money, the bigger issue is will the top players want to come to us when the can go to champions league teams. Thats not Keegans or MA’s fault!!

  • YongMalaysia

    May 10, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #14

    i think we shld push for Arshavin, Veloso, Gomis, Campbell(FREE).

    and sell Carr, Ramage, Ameobi, Viduka, Duff.

  • Eamonn

    May 10, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    No matter who goes or stays or comes in , there’s one thing I’m sure of. United are on their way back to the top!! Think about it, we’ve now got a professional Chairman, a committed passionate owner (I don’t think he’s in for a quick buck) and our 2nd most sucessful manager back on board. Right now I don’t mind if it’s only top half next season as we’re all in this for the long haul. Keep the faith, let the professionals get on with the job ahead, it’s only a matter of time before United are back in a cup final or the Champions League. When they have consolidated our position with the elite I reckon they’ll extend the Gallowgate/Milburn capacity and we’ll be a powerhouse again. Would anyone want to see Freddie back here with his pathetic trophey signings every year to lure us back to the ground like muppets. Ashley/Mort/Keegan mean business and they deserve our full support going forward. There’s only one United!!!!!

  • richie

    May 10, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #16

    keep duff,back t his best next season,,from youth level in ireland he took badly to injuries he has to b 100percent and he will b in time for new season.

    im sure about this

  • Tom Cairns

    May 10, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #17

    i am really looking forward to this summer!

    sure its disappointing missing out on modric but what that has done early on is state that the club are in for the right quality and age of players that will make us a top top team again!! (not the gold chasing codgers some people confusingly seem to think we’re after)

    we obviously have money to spend and i for one cant wait to see who we’ll bring in

  • Tom Cairns

    May 10, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #18

    got to say im very confused by all the negativity floating around the last couple of days. we’ve been on a great run recently until being beaten by the cl finalists and potential pl champs. we’ve been playing great football again, we have oba and owen 🙂 and we are looking for more top stars, surely things couldnt be looking more optimistic!!!

  • daiv

    May 10, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #19

    KK says we have a good squad on the one hand but on the other says that it is a million miles from Chelsea. What sort of good squad is it then?

  • Tom Cairns

    May 10, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    a good squad with maybe not quite so many superstars and less depth? i reckon man united dont have as good a squad as chelsea but mna united are a better team


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