Kevin Keegan talked to the Newcastle Journal after the defeat at Everton yesterday afternoon, and seemed very upbeat.
Kevin Keegan – upbeat after Everton defeat
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal after the game about his meeting last Friday with owner Mike Ashley and others:
â€œA statement was put out and I am totally happy with it,â€ â€œYou shouldnâ€™t doubt a chairmanâ€™s statement and I agree with what he said. Whatâ€™s gone on in the past, this week, weâ€™ve had a meeting, itâ€™s finished.â€
â€œIt was a very important meeting, but itâ€™s not what todayâ€™s about. Todayâ€™s about Newcastle, Everton and a match, which I thought was a good match.â€
â€œIt is not about Newcastle United unfortunately. Itâ€™s about Everton and David Moyes, how good his teamâ€™s been, what a great season theyâ€™ve had and just leave us out of it.â€
â€œThey had a lot more to play for than us and at times that showed. Theyâ€™re higher in the table and they are where we want to be, which showed at times.â€
â€œ For 15 minutes in the second half (after Michael Owen equalized with a penalty) I think we had an opportunity to get a foothold in the game and cause a bit of a shock, but we didnâ€™t take it.â€
It certainly doesn’t look like Kevin was admonished on Friday at the meeting, from what he says, and he seems back to his old upbeat self, which we’re very pleased to see.
Evertonâ€™s win made sure of their place in the UEFA Cup for a second successive year, and they have established themselves as the best team out of the top 4, but they still finished 11 points behind Liverpool in 4th place and 18 points behind 3rd placed Arsenal. Quite a gap.
Since our goal next year is 5th place, and Kevin takes these targets seriously, we will need to make serious changes to our playing squad.
Newcastle were second best yesterday for most of the game – and it was a good game only because Everton came forward and attacked all the time.
â€œI think Everton is an inspiration to everybody. Itâ€™s not a massive squad, but itâ€™s been in Europe. Theyâ€™ve made good investments in the summer, with Yakubu, (Joleon) Lescott, (Phil) Jagielka.â€
â€œThey invested wisely and theyâ€™ve finished fifth in the Premiership. I reckon thatâ€™s a terrific situation for any of the other clubs outside the top four.”
â€œIâ€™m not going there again, the top four that I thought were running away with it, but Iâ€™m now convinced after listening to so many people who know the game that I was wrong â€“ that the same top four teams havenâ€™t won for the last six years apart from one.â€
â€œTheyâ€™re a good squad, they play together and theyâ€™ve played for each other. Theyâ€™ve got a lot of very good professionals, who can play out of position.”
â€œLescott came as a center-half and has played left-back all season and heâ€™s been outstanding. Jagielka could play in midfield at one stage and heâ€™s gone back to the back four.â€
â€œTheyâ€™re the ones you look at and you say â€˜right, if they can do it why canâ€™t we?â€™ Thereâ€™s a lot of work to do, but we mustnâ€™t be scared of our work.â€
It’s good to see Kevin motivated again, and we on this site have complete faith in his ability to bring Newcastle back to being a top team. But the summer transfer season for us will be critical, and we need to both get rid of some players and being new, better players in.
Don’t be surprised if we let Smith, B’Zogbia, Rozehnal, Ameobi, Diatta and Cacapa all leave in the summer. That’s in addition to Troisi, Ramage and Carr, who were released by Kevin last week.
That’s 9 players potentially leaving. Well it will help the wage bill for sure, but we’ll also need to replace a lot of those players.