Robbie Elliott has talked to the Evening Chronicle about why he thinks Kevin Keegan will always stick to his principles, while managing Newcastle for the second time.
Robbie Elliott – in his playing days under Keegan at Newcastle
Robbie, who was born in Gosforth, and is now 34 years old, was part of the Newcastle side in Keeganâ€™s first management stint at the club, fromÂ 1992 to 1997.
He left for Bolton in 1997, once Kenny Dalglish had taken over, but later returned to Newcastle for a second stint in 2001, when Bobby Robson was manager.
During Kevinâ€™s first reign at the club, Newcastle never stopped attacking their opponents, and we saw that same theme again this year, once Kevin had sorted out the team, when he arrived back in January.
And it was just great to watch that kind of football again.
Elliott feels that was one of the key reasons Newcastle were able to attract attacking players of the caliber of Tino Asprilla, Les Ferdinand, David Ginola and Alan Shearer to the club.
Hopefully, weâ€™ll be able to do the same again, but maybe starting next summer or perhaps in January.
Robbie talked to the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œYou always want to be part of that.â€
â€œBack in those days, when we played like that, nobody wanted to say no when it came to joining Newcastle.â€
â€œIt was a pleasure to be involved with as a player.â€
â€œThe team was playing football the right way and it was a happy camp.â€
â€œIt was all part of the success.â€
Elliott has been considering a career in the game as a strength and conditioning coach, and has been learning the job with the current Newcastle fitness coach Adrian Lamb at St Jamesâ€™ Park.
â€œI was going in to Newcastle from the start of last season, the hope being that I can learn the ropes.â€ â€œI really enjoyed it.â€
â€œI have learned a lot and this is just the next step.
â€œIt’s great to do it at a massive club and being a local lad adds an extra buzz to it.â€
Maybe we will see Robbie back at the club sometime in the future, as our strength and conditioning coach.
There’s something very good about having your former players and local lads, still playing a part at the club – they know all about what Newcastle United means to the community and to their great fans.