Kevin Back Today – Will He Be Happy With Progress?

Kevin Keegan will return to the office today, but will likely be unhappy with the events that have transpired since he went away on holiday.


Kevin Keegan – first day back at the office today

Having already been a little unhappy that Newcastle were unable to land target Croatia Luka Modric, it now looks like long term targets Andrei Arshavin and Arda Turan are out of reach.

Both players have been tracked by Newcastle, and reports suggest Newcastle contacted their clubs before Euro 2008 even started.

But both have looked outstanding in Euro 2008, especially Arshavin, who has probably looked the most exciting player at the tournament.

That’s good news and bad news. The good news in that our recruitment staff are spotting great players, but the bad news is that because we haven’t secured them before now, the price will have gone up significantly, and other bigger clubs will be in for them.

Keegan is keen to get some creativity back to his midfield and Arshavin and Turan would have been perfect for him, but we suspect he may not be very pleased that Newcastle have secured neither player.

Of course we have no idea what’s happening behind the scenes, and we’re probably being unfair to the club, since we don’t know the total situation, and transfers these days are never easy to accomplish and get finalized.

And that’s especially true before Euro 2008, when both of their clubs wanted to wait until after the tournament, hoping their players would be stars, which both have been.

So bear in mind we are commenting only on what looks to be happening on the surface of things.

But we’ll likely be hearing some comments from Kevin soon, maybe via the local Evening Chronicle later today.

And even though he’ll not be able to say too much about our targets, we should be able to ascertain if he’s happy enough with what’s going on behind the scenes on the transfer front, by his general comments.

We hope everything is just fine, as far as he is concerned, and we expect incoming transfers to begin this week.

The boys are back in pre-season training in two weeks time.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • simon winham

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    i don’t think so but hopefully he make a move for aimar this week

  • The real big AL

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Come on Kev get the signings rolling in. I’m sick of all the speculation!! Expect things to gather pace now Kev is back in tow


    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – We may well have agreements in place made prior to Euro 08.

  • Kash2

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    There has been speculation that we’ll complete on 1 or 2 players for July 1st. Possibly Chamakh is one of them. According to Tom_Toon he’ll be a great signing, remains to be seen. But he does look a handful!

  • DMAG

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    According to all reports we’ve made no progress!
    I realy believe we have one or two signings in the bag. Some good news will come out of SJP this week

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    It would be nice to have the signings in before preseason and really have us gelled as a unit early

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    if we had signings in the bag we wud know about them by now, i mean what possible logical explanation cud we hav for not announcing that we’ve signed players, instead wed rather keep quiet about it and let the fans start turning on ashley and wise, dont be silly, if wed signed anyone it wud be officially announced

  • Big Si

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    The harsh truth is that no top players want to come because;

    1. We aren’t in the champs league or even uefa
    2. We aren’t situated in London.

    I have no doubt that we’ve made offers etc, but they don’t want to come to Newcastle.

  • Graeme

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, errrr what progress is that then????

  • Leo

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    maybe its going to be left till a bit later, well i mean as late as possible so that mike ashley doesnt pay the wages during the summer, he is tight and that would be a risky and clever move.

    im probably just being stupid.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Big Si – don’t be so positive 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12

    MIKE HOOPERS POOPER SCOOPER – wouldn’t that be something if we did have agreements in place !!

  • ben willard

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #13

    my mate chopra will hopefully be signing next week. kk has been on the phone to him all week. There are a few deals nearly tied up for players. will happily pm the editor to confirm my source. dont want to post it as i wouldnt like to jepordise any potential deals. Have a good season geordie boys!

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Aimar is a player on the downward spiral, a player in decline. What we needed to do was sort these transfer targets (Arshavin and Turan) finalised before the bloody Euro Cup!!! Now we have lost one of the best players I have seen in a long time in Arshavin. What a chance!! What a mistake by Newcastle and one that along with Modric has broken my hopes and heart.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Err, if we have already signed players, it may not be in the public domain ‘cos those players didn’t want their euro 08 screwed with by stupid reporters askin’ dumb questions…That would make sense, wouldn’t it?..
    …Is there a better ‘possible’ reason than that?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Also, we have a new set-up, so we don’t really know how they do things yet…If we’re gonna base our assumptions on how ffs did things, well i wouldn’t, surely, he was the epitome of how not to deal with PR!?!..

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Punk Skunk

    I’m afraid so mate, it could be that we just have’nt signed anyone!

    Hope i’m wrong however and still hold onto that glimmer of hope to.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #18

    I am finding the clubs new approach to media refreshing.

    FFS loved the camera a bit too much (God knows why?)

    However a news bite from a ‘named source’ just to keep the natives happy from week to week would be pleasing too. I’m not talkig about declaring ‘we are going to sign Rooney’ rubbish, but just let us know things are moving along nicely.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Hey entertainers,
    could be so, but i’m just tryin’ to balance all the negativity bro’…Basically tho’, we don’t actually know, so when people come sayin’ this & that, quotin’ cack rags like it’s defo true, i feel obligated to write somethin’…

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    But i’m with you…
    …I feel the club handles it’s PR way better than it used to…That isn’t hard like, is it?..

  • Sav

    Jun 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Look, either we weren’t in for these blokes at all and its just papershite linking us with everybody and his dog, or we have got a decent scouting network in place. The transfer window wasn’t open when KK went on his break. And the clubs would be daft to sell knowing they had boys on display in the Euros. At least, the 2 we were linked with have done really well. It would be better if they played crap and then we signed them?


    Jun 23, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #22

    I wouldn’t expect any controversial comments from KK anymore. I suspect he was told in no uncertain terms to keep his mouth shut in that meeting.
    I also doubt if there are any done deals, I reckon that MA is waiting to see who is left at the end of the transfer window and then will try to get them on the cheap.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 23, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Do WE even know what progess has been made?..

  • euanpolo

    Jun 23, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully things will pick up now KK is back. Apparently Keegan wasn’t happy with Wise as he gave him a list of three players to buy and the only one we’re even close to signing is Spear.

  • daiv

    Jun 23, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #25

    You call signing nobody progress?
    Missing out on Modric and Arshavin progress?
    Wise must be asleep. Hopefully the King will now sort things out.

  • daiv

    Jun 23, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Barton will get another 6mths or year in the next week or so and will be on his way. Duff and Smith must go because they are useless and on scandalous wages. Stroller is going. WE NEED to sign somebody. We’ll barely be able to scrape together 11 bodies to put out. This is getting serious.

  • Oleg G

    Jun 23, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Wow, its hard not to search for who’s to blame.

    It is too quite. KK is the King but maybe we need God on our side now too, by the way things are going.

    ONE thing is for sure, Newcastle fans have huge amounts of hope, I am here every day and people still have hope, so at least thats good.

  • richie

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #28

    i agree oleg, im staying positive,,but it is getting serious,, i hope signings to come in a cluster but if not we could b strugglin t field an 11

    positive outlook is that in the next couple of weeks we sign 4/5 players.imo we need even more than that!!


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