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.
Thatâ€™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 weâ€™ll likely be hearing some comments from Kevin soon, maybe via the local Evening Chronicle later today.
And even though heâ€™ll not be able to say too much about our targets, we should be able to ascertain if heâ€™s happy enough with whatâ€™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.