Steve Harper played a great part in Newcastle’s move up the table once Kevin Keegan had steadied the ship by March, and he today tells the Newcastle Journal he hopes that Kevin will be given adequate funds to bring in some top new players.
Steve Harper – hopes Kevin gets financial backing
Harper today acknowledges the massive impact Kevin had on the Newcastle players when he arrived back at the club last January.
Steve told the Newcastle Journal troday:
â€œHis impact after taking over was massive. You couldnâ€™t put into words how big his impact was,â€
â€œWe couldnâ€™t have been any lower when he came in and he just lit the place up, as he does.â€
â€œNow we just hope he gets the backing over the summer to bring in the players and help get us back where we belong in the top half of the Premier League.â€
We’re almost into June and the club have yet to make any major move into the transfer market.
Of course Euro 2008 starts on June 7th, and any player Newcastle are interested in, who is playing in that tournament, will now probably need to wait until Euro 2008 completes.
But there are other players Newcastle are said to be interested in, and we have to admit to some surprise that we seem to be moving at a pedestrian pace in the market this summer.
As usual we’ve been linked with a whole host of players, including some teenagers for the future, so that’s good, but we have yet to make any real substantial offers for some of these players.
Players we have an interest in have included Galatasaray winger Arda Turan, Le Mans midfielder Stephane Sessegnon and St. Etienne striker Bafe Gomis, but the club is yet to make any firm bid for any of these players.
And we also have made little progress with the contracts of Steven Yaylor and Michael Owen too, which to us is disappointing, after Kevin Keegan has specifically asked the club to quickly tie up these two players.
So there doesn’t seem to be an air of urgency at the Tyneside club this summer, that’s for sure.
But, of course, we still have to remember we have lots of time before August 31st, although we’d like to see the players arrive early in the summer so they can get a full pre-season under Keegan and his coaching staff.
What do you think.