Alan Shearer today talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, and he thinks Kevin Keegan was a great appointment for the club.
Alan Shearer – Kevin was a great appointment for Newcastle
Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI think towards the end of the season you have seen a team playing with confidence.”
â€œThey are going forward and looking to score goals.”
â€œItâ€™s a great appointment and I really hope he does well.â€
Keegan has generally been very good in spotting good players that can make a difference at Newcastle, and fans will be hoping he’s lost none of that capability of knowing a good player when he sees one.
And the player doesn’t necessarily have to be a big star to be really good.
Alan was asked how he thought Kevin would do next season and he continued:
â€œIt depends what money Kevin spends, and what players he can get in over the summer.”
â€œIt is hard to judge it until then.”
â€œI know he wants new players in and I know the owner wants new players in.”
â€œBut whether we can get them in remains to be seen.â€
Shearer is still performing his rather strange role as the Newcastle club ambassador and still working as a pundit for the BBC.
There’s been no news at all on whether Alan will want to join Kevin Keegan as a coach at Newcastle for next season, or at any time.
Alan will be off to Austria and Switzerland next week for the European Championships of course, a competition in which England failed to qualify, which is completely unacceptable with the players we have available.
But the England boys looked good and organized under Fabio Capello in their rather easy 2-0 win against the USA on Wednesday evening.
Alan Shearer is like any fan born and bred in Newcastle – fanatical – and he would certainly want nothing more than for the Tyneside club to be really successful again.
But Shearer is also realistic about the situation as he added:
â€œIt was always going to be tough for him in the first few games.”
â€œI think what people forgot to look at were the run of fixtures we had when he first came.”
â€œThey were tough for any team never mind a team that was suffering from a lack of confidence.”
â€œBut slowly but surely Kevin has got them round to playing his way.”
â€œHeâ€™s slowly but surely encouraged them.â€
Kevin Keegan is way under-rated as a football coach, and he was able to see fairly quickly that with the players we have in the squad, a 4-3-3 got the very best out of them.
And rather than always have one of Martins, Owen or Viduka on the bench, as it was under Big Sam – he was able to start all 3 strikers.
So he had his top 3 goal-scorers on the field to start games – what a concept – and of course it seemed all very sensible to us.
Roll on next season.