Keegan Had Big Impact On Us Last Season


Geremi had a tough first season at the club, but like all sturdy characters, he finished it well with a good run of form in the first team.

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Geremi – Keegan immediately recognized his value

Geremi is a very experienced player, and new manager Kevin Keegan immediately recognized the value of Geremi to the Newcastle side.

And it was not long after he returned from the African Cup Of Nations in Ghana, where he helped Cameroon reach the final of that tournament against Egypt, that Kevin installed him as a starter on the right-hand side of midfield, and he never looked back.

And that is probably his best position. Geremi is now with the Cameroon squad, preparing for their World Cup qualifier at home to Cape Verde in two weeks.

He talked to the Evening Chronicle today about last season on Tyneside:

“I enjoyed my football with Newcastle at the end of the season, especially because of the way the team played.”

“We had a very bad period, but we stuck together, and continued to work.”“The manager had a big impact on us, and we’ve had good results.”

“I know he had been following the African Nations Cup, so he knew that I can play wide in midfield, or right-back.”

“It is the same role, and for me it’s easier, as I know how to play right-back, and I have a good understanding with Habib Beye.”

“We played with three in midfield, which has a good shape, and we had good organisation.”

“We were very confident at the end of the season and there is no reason why we should not carry this into next season.”

In fact Keegan has found many players at Newcastle to his liking, and he’s been impressed from the very start with the squad he inherited.

The likes of Beye, Faye, Taylor, Enrique, Martins, Owen, Geremi, Barton and Viduka, to name but a few, all started to play well for the maestro.

And that should stand us in good stead for next season, especially if we can retain Owen, Taylor and N’Zogbia and bring in 4-5 top additional players. With the departure of Carr, Rozehnal, Ramage, Ameobi and Diatta, that should make our squad a lot stronger.

Geremi missed the last game of the season on compassionate grounds, because his older sister died of leukemia, and we were sorry to hear about that.

As far as Newcastle next season, we are modestly hopeful that we’ll be able to achieve our stated target of 5th place.

If we can do that, only greater things will then lie ahead for the team, Kevin, and the fans.

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27 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 17, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    i do like geremi dont get me wrong, but i can see him being more than a sqaud member next year

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  • Bill F

    May 17, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree with Geordie, I would be surprised if he is first choice after we get a few new players in.

    Autibo, if you are around, as a belated answer to your query re. Cris, I was referring to the Lyon player.

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  • Bill F

    May 17, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    By the way I just fancy that Cardiff may pull off a shock today. I think Pompey might just have used up their full quota of luck in the ManU game.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 17, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    i think cardiff will do it today. aaron ramsey rejected us a few years ago to play for cardiff, now he is valued at 10 mill

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  • Leo

    May 17, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    nah its pompey all the way, my da lived there for 6 years and loves the place i nearly went to uni there= until i realised tht it would mean i missed some football games. love the place my self the fans are great to

    yeah i agree with gerrard geremi is going to be a squad player at best next season if we are to push forward

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  • Leo

    May 17, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #6

    see tony adams just made a admittion that lassana diarra is going to be moving on…
    well he tried to brush dust over it but he isnt the cleverest of people

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 17, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #7

    pompy are a team i admire v.much and kranjcar is my favourite player. i worked in portsmouth last summer also and it is great night out, people there are sooo friendly, i also like redknapp.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 17, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    ……………………..but i can see cardiff doing them here today. fooking welsh

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    im looking forward to this game v.much

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 17, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #11

    great start

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  • Toon1978

    May 17, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #12

    LEO i was in the ROYAL NAVY and was based in POMPEY and IMO the place is a complete dump,the city is full of arrogant people who are up their own arses. NEWCASTLE as well as other towns are head and shoulders above POMPEY hate the place and i aint been back in 5 years. I’m going for CARDIFF suprisingly lol alough they are 1-0 down ATM.

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  • Leo

    May 17, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    yeah ma bro and ma grandad was in the royalnavy also, which is why my dad spent 6 years in portsmouth, i think it needs some serious re development but the place has something about it which i like, dnt know what

    no where near beats newcastle though, thats a total different league

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  • nodrog

    May 17, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Check out Arda Turan on You Tube. Get your money out Ashley.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 17, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15

    congrats ‘Arry Rednose’ cardiff were the better team in the game but the qaulity showed. it makes me angry because some teams are just lucky to get into finals, and pompy did exactly that. we could have won that bloody cup today and also the uefa cup the other night.

    So bloody depressing, but this is why i love the toon and nothing in my life will ever change that.
    I love the highs and the lows, we are the most passionate club in england and we are on the verge of great things under mike ashleys ownership and the king in charge. i honestly think we will win the cup next year

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  • Tom Cairns

    May 17, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #16

    i didnt expect much but the waterfront in portsmouth is realy nice now and a lot of redevelopment has been done

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  • scottish mag

    May 17, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #17

    newcastle approach juan carlos marino 26 year old peruvian, attacking midfielder who also plays on the right of midfield currently playing for hercules in spanish second division

    http://setanta.com/en/Sport/News/Football/2008/05/16/Prem-Marinos-agent-on-Newcastle/

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  • scottish mag

    May 17, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #18

    we have apparently made a £9m bid for gomis 2day

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/03/17/newcastle-bid-for-new-didier-drogba-bafetimbi-gomis-89520-20353963/

    but it is the mirror, they also say KK hasnt seen him play personally yet but i thought he went to watch psg v st etienne and saw amara diane aswell

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  • Hammy

    May 17, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #19

    I was talking to a NUFC director today and he told me Ashley, Mort and Keegan were at St James’ all day Wednesday, sorting out transfers, contracts, season ticket prices and so forth.
    Should be something happening in the next few days………
    Can’t fookin wait….

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  • Bill F

    May 17, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Did any one else think Cardiff should have had a penalty in the first few minutes. BBC either missed it or they ignored it. Pompey just about deserved to win in a pretty boring game.

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  • Mad_Magpie

    May 17, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    I though the game wasn’t too bad, the first half was good but the second was a bit of a bore. Cardiff’s keeper had a shocker.
    Sad to see Sir Bobby in a pretty poor state but what a legend he is.You could still see his enthusiasm for the game though. Nice to see his embrace with Distin.

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  • ronaldeano

    May 17, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #22

    The Mirror, “the decision will be taken above Keegans head” hahahahaha WHAT A LOAD OF SHITE! 🙂

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  • AZ

    May 17, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Just to get back on track, if Geremi could cross the ball better, get a corner past the first post, and pass to his own team more then he would be ok, but generally he is shockingly poor and winds me up something chronic. Mind that cross for Owens header against the scum was a peach. If only he did that more often.

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  • AZ

    May 17, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #24

    same goes for milner, he does all the hard work getting past defenders with pace, but his final ball is awful, time and again. Trouble is he never seems to get any better, which begs the question should we persist with him or not?

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  • Newcastle United.

    May 17, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #25

    He’s rubbish.

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  • CRAIGG

    May 17, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #26

    I want to see James Milner after the summer when he been working with Kev, He will be much better crosing wise no-doubt.

    Or he could be like Rob Lee moved from wide right to CM wher he was as good as any CM in the league Milner with work could be effective there too.

    Geremi on the other hand sums up how far weve fallen Solano, Parker and Dyer to Geremi

    Ouch!

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  • Lew Davies

    May 18, 2008 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Have to agree with Az above, occasional flashes of brilliance are just not good enough, that is why he never stayed at chelsea.
    Also agree with Craigg, hope Milner will get better under KK, and think he will.

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