Kevin Keegan’s Wall Of Silence

Jonas Gutierrez is Kevin Keegan’s first signing since he returned to the club in January, and it looks a great one.


Kevin Keegan – told to stay quiet right now?

We were all hoping that once Kevin returned from holiday a week last Monday, we would be hearing from him almost daily about things going on at the club.

Of course we knew he couldn’t talk specifically of our transfer targets since that could alert other clubs and interfere with the transfers in a negative way.

But we’ve been surprised that Kevin had had absolutely nothing to sat at all. We assume he’s under orders to keep quiet right now, which is fine if we can keep making deals like the Gurierrez one.

But Kevin even refused to discuss Gutierrez’s arrival yesterday when a Flybe plane was named after Kevin, in his honor. He did talk to the journalists present after the event, but whatever he told them was off the record, and they cannot report it.

But Kevin said he will not be making any public comments regarding football-related matters for at least another two weeks, which takes us through to around July 18th.

Exactly why Keegan is not talking is still a bit of a mystery, but Kevin certainly expects to see players of similar standing to Jonas, arriving at the club before the start of the Premier League season on August 16th.

As we had reported yesterday, the Journal today is pointing to Gutierrez’s international team-mate Pablo Aimar, as being a potential next Newcastle signing.

That’s even though he is now 28 years old, and may be a bit too old, since it’s younger players Mike Ashley wants to bring to the club this summer.

We had reported yesterday that we thought Pablo may have already signed for the club, but that was incorrect, and turned out to be a major mistake by us.

However, the comments yesterday were inundated with insults, ridicule and disdain for this site and the author, and we use our words advisedly.

We’ll be less likely to jump the gun in the future, that’s for sure, but comments of the nature we saw yesterday will  jeopardize the existence of this site, our readers need to understand that.

The Newcastle United Blog was created to allow civil discussion of the news surrounding Newcastle United, and if we cannot get that, what’s the point?

Comments are always welcome, but please refrain from attacking other readers and the author – he’s doing the best he can – which seemingly will come as a shock to a lot of our readers.  😀

60 comments so far

  • Pete

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    “But we’ve been surprised that Kevin had had absolutely nothing to sat at all.”

    Typo, I think you ment to say “say at all”.

  • Pete

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, can you give the Gutierrez sigining a rest for now, how many articles have you released about it now? 10, 20?

  • Steve

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe Ashleys told him that he’s selling up to highest bidder!
    Ed – I wouldn’t let the small minded people from yesterday bother you to much, you do a great job at keeping this site going and its much appreciated from the majority –
    yesterdays post was wrong but don’t be so touchy about a few stupid comments

  • James

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully Ashley has put a gagging order on KK because he’s always been terrible with the media. He’s far too open and lets them led him into talking about things he shouldn’t.

    As for the New York talk – Ashley doesn’t want to sell but if someone makes him an insane offer (over £400 million) then he will sell, like any of us would with that kind of profit after one year.

    No matter what Ashley decides to do, he saved us from bankruptcy and I will always be grateful for that.

  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed you will always get some knuckle draggers on here who don’t think before they open their mouths with some bile. I was particularly saddened to see one person advocate giving Dabo another kicking and putting his other eye out. Sadly that’s life these days with some disaffected yobs. However, the vast majority of us, less cerebrally challenged, appreciate you time and effort and would be very sad to see it stop.

  • brownrob

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    I think after the Modric saga the recruitment team have taken this new strategy with player recruitment.

    The less people who know you are after a player the cheaper you can get him?

    Frustrating for us, but its always nice to wake up and see a player has signed, rather than Fat Fred saying we will get anyone we want, then wait all summer and get Lee Bowyer….

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Its a good thing with the silence the no other clubs will know about th players we are talking to and we can just sign them like that! Otherwise other clubs will try to steal the players from us like Luka Modric!

  • Graeme

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, you keep the news and views coming mate, I for one am always on here checking out whats going on.

    Do not let a few of the mindless upset you, the vast majority of fans that come on here are exactly that, fan of NUFC and also fans of this blog.

    Keep up the good work and many thanks for all your efforts; past and future.

  • VeryNorthernMag

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, I don’t post here very much but I read the site several times daily. It’s a great place for me to keep up with all the news and speculation, and like most of the readers, I really appreciate it.

    I read the comments yesterday, and I hope you realise that it was the minority speaking in that manner.

    I, for one, would like to thank you for all your excellent work and the effort you put into this place.

    I think everyone should remember that we pay NOTHING for this site. I would miss it if was taken down.

    Cheers ED 🙂

  • bettyswollocks

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    i noticed harry kewell went to gala this morning and as he is a left winger i guess we will soon find out where arda is going – assuming kewell is arda’s replacement.

    presume it is not us now we have spiderman but am still interested where he goes and for how much!

  • Rob

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Must have had a few buds yesterday Ed? not to worry man

  • brownrob

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Looks like Taylor signed a 35k a week contract for 3 years!


    Some good news to lift the gloom eh? 😉


    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    ITV and BBC Sport are reporting that we are in talks with these american investors.

  • mozza

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #14

    ed, there’s always going to be a few smart arses who think they would run the site a lot better than you, where’s their site? i think you do a great job and anyone should be forgiven for the odd mistake, i mean without this site for disscussion where would i be, not getting shouted at of wor lass for being on it at 2 o’clock this morning for one thing ha ha keep up the good work

  • Ian

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    As I said in a previous post, I think Ashley is just playing a game, something just doesnt feel right, as others have said he is a very succesful businessman, he is already in retail so he knows PR and advertising are of top importance.

    Yet this club is not operating a clever advertising/PR programme even though season tickets are on sale and media coverage is paramount for income and sponsorship, look how other clubs are talking up their clubs, stirring excitement and quick to dispel vicious rumours which could affect their income, still our club is silent, fair enough for a month while they put a few final touches to their plans and get holidays out of the way etc, but still silent?

    I think the last signing was to keep the fans quiet and keep the season tickets selling.

    I think he expects the deal to be done within four weeks, if not I hope their plan B is good enough to give us a decent season.

  • Steve

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    The more I think about the Gutierrez signing the more I worry – did we buy him specifically because he was cheap I’m pretty sure we hadn’t been tracking him beforehand – I’m starting to agree with others that Ashley is keeping his cash in the bank while touting the club to anyone who’ll come up with a 200 million pound profit for him

    I really hope I’m wrong

  • Marc Hottiger

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    In the past Newcastle United have encountered too many problems with leaks to the press.

    I think the last real example of that I can think of is the Luka Modric deal. Kevin Keegan expressed his interest in signing the player then Tottenham jumped in front of us in the queue to sign him. And you know how everyone feels about queue jumpers 🙂

    So since then we have kept very quiet which has been translated by fans as meaning we are not doing anything. In actual fact we have been very busy and we are beginning to reap the rewards. After all where were Tottenham when we signed Gutierrez?

    Also some other promising news I can break to you comes regarding Steven Taylor’s new contract. Don’t type it as gospel but this article could have more clout than others, after all who writes about someone signing a new contract to sell papers?


    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    KK has been rather subdued since that meeting, I would just love to know what was said. There is so much room for speculation, but I have a feeling that he has been told to concentrate mainly on training and player management and that the R-Squad will deal with transfers although he is allowed to state preferences. Oh and yes say nowt without express permission.

  • Hammy

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #19

    News out from Barcelona, because Ronaldinhio has put on 2 stone during the close season he has invoked the “Munchies “clause in his contract and is now eligable to move to a foreign club for a fee of £1 million. Could be worth a gamble at that….

  • Davies

    Jul 4, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #20

    Still love it Ed. Nice to see that the opening comment came from somebody who wanted to point out a typo. Knob.

    That Keegan is still keeping mum can only be a good thing. As has been said, what the press don’t know, they can’t print. It makes life easier when you are trying to sign a player, if the Mail (et al) aren’t inviting bids from other teams.

    I hate most of the press.


    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Pete go away and read Skysports then TIT.

    Its EDs site he can do and write about what he wants to, Most of us appreciate what a great site this is.

    ED Keep up the good work and kick off the C*nts who have a pop at you, You dont need them people will still flock on here.

  • chuck

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Look Ed., we all both respect and appreciate what you are doing even the “cabroncitos” who critisize, hey they are not going to stop visiting
    the “Best Blog On The Tyne”.
    So lighten up, okay!
    As far as Ashley selling, dont think he wants to, however its a business like any other and he is known to be an astute business man.
    The days of Stan Seymour and local ownership are history, who knows the next owner could be from Korea or China, look at Man. City.


    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Hammy the compensation fee may have to be paid in Pringles. 🙂

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed, keep up the good work. You should know from experience that you can’t please everyone.

    I can’t imagine a day without this site, so please Ed, don’t be bothered by those rude comments.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Keep it up, Ed, your site is where I get all my info regarding NUFC, I don’t know what I’d do without it. Also remember that any comments I make about spelling mistakes, etc, are all in jest, which I try to make clear in my posts 😉

  • Luke

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #26

    you delicate little flower ed 😉

    I for one appreciate all the work you do. Well, most of it.

    If there’s nothing to say (ie. KK), how about a ‘blog of silence’


  • Stami

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #27

    i kinda like the typo’s every now and then. it gives the site a ‘homely’ feel to it! a personal touch! its not a machine there to make money, Ed put this site together for us, the fans!

    as im sure you can see Ed, the vast majority of us appreciate what your doing.

    keep up the great work mate

  • Martin

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #28

    This site, especially during the transfer window has become a major part of my life at work…Keep it up otherwise I might actually have to start earning my wages god forbid!

  • Stami

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #29

    glad to see Tayls penned a new deal

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Pete STFU man!

  • Stami

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    2nd that Martin…hahaha

  • ToonDaft

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed, develop thicker skin pal! Ignore some of the idiots on this site, you do a cracking job. IMHO, best Toon site there is and to hell with some typos here and there: the rate you crack the acrticles out I am not surprised you make mistakes. Your mistakes are only a result of haste and dedication which is what makes this site great.

  • Ali

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Great site written with real passion. Mistakes get made. Nobody died. Please carry on your excellent work.

  • danuneek

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #34

    This is the best Newcastle based site around and I for one am glad of it. We’re always up to date with whats being said whether its rubbish from tabloids or just edds opinion which is generally correct anyway. The fact is its a great site, and there are too many clever dicks for my liking on here ie. Pete “Typo, I think you ment to say “say at all”.” We all know what he was trying to say, you dont have to point it out, idiot.


    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Chuck what is a “Cabroncito”

  • domtoon

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Pete – bell end!

    Ed – leg end!

    This is your website Ed it’s quite clear it’s a free blog so put what you like on here, more Guirerrez articles if you have em! Ignore the plebs :o)

  • Stamford Toon

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Great to see all the support you are getting Ed and all the positive comments and appreciation. Keep it up guys Ed is doing a great job and needs your support. Knowing who writes all the rubbish perhaps a block could be put on all their entries. It would lead to a much better discussion forum. Keep it up Ed. Thank you for what you do.

  • toonarmy

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Keegan said today: “Jonas is a wonderful signing for us.

    “I know a lot of other clubs were interested in him, but he’s a terrific addition to our squad.

    “He’s an exciting player and I am sure our fans will enjoy watching him next season.”

    Looks like he’s making comments to me, this is from the official website.

  • Nenad The Serbian Mag

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #39

    I like the fact that Keegan is saying nowt. The actions count, and words are forgotten as soon as those $%”$&&%# at BBC or Sky get something new to “report” on.

    The silence is golden! The players we get this summer might be golden too! Why not be positive?

    OFF-TOPIC: Look people, Ed is doing a huge job, and he is doing it out of his LOVE for Newcastle. So if you don’t like the number of articles, it might be a good idea not to read every single one, eh?

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Aye KK, keep it zipped mate, it’s for the best!..
    …Let the rags write their twisted fantasy all they like!..Ha!..
    …They’ve had more than enough column inches out of us down the years!..Suffocate them!..


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