Rob Lee thinks Kevin Keegan is the right man at the right time for Newcastle, but needs room to work his magic once again at Newcastle.
Kevin Keegan – right man at the right time
But Rob thinks Keegan must be left alone to get on with the important job of resurrecting Newcastle once again.
Things have changed at the club since Kevin was first here, and there are other executives working various jobs at the club.
But Rob Lee is convinced Newcastle can get back to the top with Kevin in charge again:
â€œI think he would be the man to get Newcastle back to the top.”
“If he was left alone and he could run the club as he did before, as Sir Alex Ferguson runs Manchester United or as Arsene Wenger runs Arsenal,â€
If things work the way they are supposed to, we don’t see much danger in having Dennis Wise, Jeff Vetere and Tony Jimenez handling recruitment activities at the club.
As long as they know they are helpers to Keegan in getting the players in that he needs.
They can also bring players to Kevin, that Keegan may not know about, but Kevin has to be 100% in control of which players the club buys and sells.
That’s because Keegan is completely responsible for the playing side of the club, and that’s what he will be measured on.
And Lee added:
â€œI think he (Keegan) has got a difficult job.”
“Iâ€™m not a lover of this Continental system of somebody else buying players for you. I think thatâ€™s a managerâ€™s job.”
â€œIf heâ€™s a good manager heâ€™ll buy good players â€” and Kevinâ€™s track record, especially at Newcastle, proved he bought bloody good players.”
â€œHeâ€™s got an eye for a player but if heâ€™s got people doing that for him, how long he will tolerate that and how good a system that is Iâ€™m not so sure.â€
We don’t think it’s a manager’s job to do the actual buying of the players, since that was always done by Freddy Shepherd before Ashley even bought the club.
Kevin is responsible to identify the players he wants, and we don’t think there should be any pressure on who Kevin buys and sells, otherwise he can hardly be held accountable for the playing performance of the club.
We think it can be successful, but Kevin must be responsible for selecting all players who come and go at the club.
The second thing the board needs to start doing is to ensure Kevin knows what’s going on behind the scenes, and never let him be blind-sided.
If we do those things above, there’s really no reason why the 3 Recruitment guys along with Kevin, cannot form a very successful and lucrative partnership for the Newcastle club.
After all, that’s what we all want to see.