Nobby Solano thinks Kevin Keegan can get Newcastle back to the European Champions League, even if Kevin himself has his doubts.
Nobby Solano – thinks Keegan can do it
Nobby talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œOf all the memories I have of Newcastle United none are better than the Champions League, and I do not see why my old club should not get back into it under Kevin Keegan.”
â€œObviously, I wasnâ€™t around when he was at St Jamesâ€™ Park as a manager the first time and I don’t really know him.”
â€œBut when I was on the bench against Newcastle at Upton Park at the end of the season I watched him closely, especially when West Ham were two goals up.”
â€œHe clearly still had faith in his team and, just as important, his players all had faith in him.”
â€œTo tell the truth, I cannot remember many teams in the Premier League coming back after being two goals down.”
â€œBut Newcastle did that day, and in the end they could even have won it and a lot of it was down to the impact Kevin Keegan had on them.â€
Solano was a big favorite on Tyneside, but he arrived about 6 months after Kevin left the club. Kenny Dalglish brought him in during the summer of 1997, along with Shay Given.
But Nobby says he had some of his best times in the Champions League under the great Bobby Robson, when Bobby managed the club so well.
â€œI have had a good career and one of the highlights has to be that season five years ago under Sir Bobby Robson.”
â€I was on the bench when Craig Bellamy almost beat Feyenoord on his own to take us through to the next stage.”
“And I played in the San Siro when we came away disappointed at just achieving a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan on their own ground.”
â€œI am a West Ham player now and my ambitions are all with them, but I would love to see my old team back in the Champions League.”
â€œIf there is one man who can take them there, that man is Kevin Keegan, although it is going to be very difficult for anyone to break the current top-four monopoly.â€
Newcastle fans will be able to welcome Nobby back to St. James’ Park next year, and he will always be a favorite on Tyneside.
And it seems that feeling is reciprocated as he said:
â€œWherever I am in the world I will always have a place for Newcastle in my heart.â€
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