Some good news for Newcastle fans, is that manager Kevin Keegan returns this week from his holiday in the USA.
Kevin Keegan – as enthusiastic as ever about Newcastle
Kevin will have been able to watch every Euro 2008 game live in the US, since the group games are being broadcast live on the ESPN channel at 12 noon and 2:45 pm eastern time. ESPN is the Sports channel network affiliated with ABC.
Whether Kevin’s wife Jean would like that is another matter of course. 😀
The Euro 2008 championships are not particularly being followed in the US newspapers over here.
In USA TODAY there is usually a couple of sentences on the Euro Championships, hidden within 11 full pages of their other sports.
Kevin’s right hand man Terry McDermott talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œEven though Kevinâ€™s been away, make no mistake, heâ€™s been on his phone trying his best to bring new players to this club,â€
â€œNow weâ€™ll be coming back in this week and weâ€™re looking forward to the start of pre-season.â€
â€œ Both myself and Kevin are great believers in a hard pre-season so that the lads are flying when it all kicks off.â€
We found out yesterday that we play Manchester United away in our first game, followed by Bolton at home and then Arsenal away – a tough start for us.
But McDermott believes that if Newcastle can capture their priority targets, they will be competitive against the Red Devils, who of course slammed 11 goals past us in a couple of games last season. 🙁
â€œMan United are a fantastic team and they proved that last year,â€
â€œBut, hopefully with the players we bring in, we will be able to go there and maybe get something.”
“I definitely think that itâ€™s a game to look forward to rather than fear.â€
â€œWhat better place, other than St Jamesâ€™ Park, is there to kick off your season in front of 70,000 fans?”
“If there is a good time to go there then this might be it.â€
â€œItâ€™s always very important to get a good start to build momentum and raise confidence among the lads,â€
â€œIt showed last year when we went on our seven-game unbeaten run towards the end of the season what results do for confidence.â€
â€œOn the flip side of the tough away start we have got some decent games at home which are the ones we have to win.â€
Once Kevin returns, things are bound to pick up on the transfer front, but Dennis Wise has already been busy with some of the targets, and we think Kevin will become a lot more involved with Dennis on the transfer front, only because he’s so keen.
The good news for Newcastle fans, as Terry mentions above, is that Kevin, even though on holiday, has already talked directly with a number of our targets.
We certainly hope one of them was Turkey’s Arda Turan, who looks a great little player, made to play for Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan.