Kevin Keegan – Grateful For Small Mercies


Kevin Keegan is philosophical about equaling Newcastle’s worst ever points total of 43 points for the season.

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Kevin Keegan upbeat and positive again – great!

Kevin talked to the Evening Chronicle today and we’re pleased to see Kevin back to his positive best:

“I said we didn’t want to go down as the worst ever, and we’ve equaled it.” “What can I say? It’s disappointing, but at one time it didn’t look like we would get that many.”

“You’ve just got to be grateful for small mercies. We’ve had a transition in the manager. We haven’t had a transition of players, as we haven’t signed any yet.”

“It’s not a surprise. When things don’t go smoothly at a football club, you don’t pick up the points you should.” “We can write whatever we want about this club this year.”

“It’s definitely going to go down as a disappointing season, but I would like to think the supporters can go off and have a little break now. It might have been a lot, lot better.”

“When I took over and looked at the fixtures, we only had one game away against the teams around us.” “Every game was against teams in the top half. We had to play the whole top four either home or away.”

“I think the players have done marvelously to get together and sort it out. It was a challenge. The bigger the club, the bigger the scalp it is in this league.”

“There’ll be players who will go home and reflect over the summer, and think they could have had better seasons and contributed a bit more.”

“There’s players who think they should have been given more chances, and there’ll be players who know they’ve given everything, and just not had enough around them.”

We have to say we think it’s just great that the Kevin Keegan we all know, is back after his stack attack after the Cheslea game.

A positive and energized Kevin Keegan is vital to the Newcastle United club right now, and we have every confidence that Kevin can work his magic once again at the club. He’s already done it twice before after all.

That’s even if he himself has his doubts sometimes, because of the enormity of the job in front of him.

But let’s just remember where things are right now – and just watch.

Comments welcome.



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18 comments so far

  • Spidey

    May 12, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    we can do it! i haf trust in him…

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Well said KK, a fair appraisal!..
    …Let’s hope the players that stay give everythin’ for the cause next season…At least they’ll know what he expects from them…
    …So, maybe not such a transitional season ’08/’09!?!..
    …After all, this season was ‘chained’ to the word Transition!..
    …What did we expect, if we’re honest?..
    …New owners, new Chair, yet another new manager, new coaches, new players…Have i missed anythin’ NEW?..

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Shirt?..

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  • Spyro

    May 12, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #4

    hmmm, i am expecting Newcastle to sign at least one or two players within the next month, if we dont then i fear we are moving too slow

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  • Jim

    May 12, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Another poor, predictably unpredictable year over…

    Here’s hoping there’s no need for more ‘transitions’ and extenuating circumstances next season.

    My realistic forecast for a good season would be a top 10 finish with a European campaign in the bag for 09/10 by hook or by crook. Intertoto anyone?… and to stay out of the papers!

    A year of stability would be a result after the last few.

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Let’s hope so Spyro!..
    …Before the euro’s kick off!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    With y’all the way on that tip Jim, exactly!..
    …inter-toto is a way in!..

    …ps…what does toto mean?..
    …Anyone?..

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  • Graeme

    May 12, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #8

    A year of stability; A year better than this one;
    A year of progress – an improvement on this one.
    A year of renewed effort by ALL the players – the new ones as well as those who remain.
    A higher league position – without the threat of a relegation battle!!

    If we are really, REALLY lucky, a crack at some European Football the season after, but will happily settle for a top 8 finish.

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  • Jim

    May 12, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #9

    InterToto… from Wikipedia:

    The Intertoto Cup was the idea of the later FIFA vice president and founder of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Ernst B. Thommen, and the Austrian coach, Karl Rappan, who coached the Swiss national team at the 1938 World Cup and the Austrian national team at the 1954 World Cup.[2] The “cup for the cupless” was also heavily promoted by the Swiss newspaper Sport. It derived its name from “Toto”, the German term for Football pools.

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  • Bobby Ollox

    May 12, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    I would personally be disappointed if we finished 8th 9th or 10th.

    Given that the top 4 are out of reach for the time being, Spurs have reconstructed well and Everton look like they have some legs still.

    Portsmouth are a spent force, and Villa are a one man team and that one man will leave this summer. West Ham reconstructed badly this year and dont have the funs to do it again.

    The rest dont scare me at all.

    So 7th should be our lowest expectation. anything less than that will be a disappointment.

    As for the cups forget it – Man U and Chelsea away in the first rounds – thats our luck.

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Weird?..
    …Ta for that bro’!..

    …So it’s like winning the pools?..

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  • chuck

    May 12, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah not the greatest season, but the team survived more than just the league and there`s still questions that need answering.
    Still a period of stability is needed (if that’s possible @ this club) I for one have had enough
    of the instability surrounding the club since Sir Bobby was fired (stupid & unforgivable) and would like to see the team bring in a few top players this summer and gradually build the team over a period of years, hey competing for a top six spot would be fine.
    Note three of the top five have managers in place for the longest time periods, which says something about stability and continuity .

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  • Jim

    May 12, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Bobby…

    I think we’ll be in there with
    Everton – Top 6 for last 4 seasons
    Spurs – Good manager and funds
    Portsmouth – Funds from position but will Harry stay?
    West Ham – Summer clearance. Anyone for Ashton?
    Sunderland – Dark horse. Will improve next season
    Villa – O’ Neil will do well over the Summer
    Blackburn – Simmering quietly
    Man. City – Who the feck knows

    So, those 8 teams and us having just ‘retransitionalised’ again. Another year and another word to describe it.

    I think a top 10 finish should be a realistic goal with top 8 a real achievement next season.

    I mentioned Europe because I think we’ll go on a cup run in 09 (and never discount the Toto)!

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  • Toon_Ksk

    May 12, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Jim,

    Don’t put us on par with sunderland, they will again be fighting relegation next season, and we will not.

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  • faustino

    May 12, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Long and short if it is that unfortunately Spurs, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Everton and possibly Man City will be much better sides next year. It seems obvious, but we can’t make the mistake of matching what Everton etc. have achieved this year. We need to be better than all of them NEXT year to be top 6/7 or especially challenging for UEFA.

    That’s going to take some shrewd business, sensible investment and TBH I’d give the squad 3 weeks off and have them back training or, at the very least, cheesey team building exercises!!!

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  • Bob

    May 12, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Isn’t this the LAST EVER year that the Intertoto Cup will run?

    (Because Platini wants teams from smaller countries to have a better chance in europe, or something)

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Bob,
    is that right?..
    …Yawn, all they ever do is mess with stuff & try & cut down how many english teams go to europe, i’d swear they didn’t like us!..

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  • Stami

    May 13, 2008 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #18

    i will be happy if we finish top half next season, ahead of Boro, Spurs and Sunderland!!! i see us at 7th spot this time next year

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