Keegan Very Persuasive With Transfer Targets

The Newcastle club may be a little quiet these days but the official Newcastle United site is still turning out articles. We’re waiting for the one that heralds our next arrival at the club.   😀


 Les Ferdinand – one of our most popular former players

And a good article today from the redesigned Newcastle site, that features one of our favorite former players, Les Ferdinand.

Les thinks that any potential transfer target, sitting down for talks with Kevin Keegan this summer will immediately be sold on a move to the club.

We have to believe Les is dead right and why wasn’t Kevin involved with Luka Mordric, because we think he would have sold Luka in 5 minutes, on the club and the city – Kevin is that persuasive.

Kevin can even get average players to think they’re so much better than they really are, and they start producing great performances for him. That’s almost the definition of a great coach.

Les loves the Newcastle United club and its fans and he talked to the official site today, about Kevin Keegan:

“If any player meets with Kevin then I’m sure there will only be one club they’ll sign for.”   “I remember when I signed in 1995, he just had a passion for Newcastle and all the players who came here knew how great this place was after meeting Kevin.”

“I was lucky because even before I signed I’d played there for QPR and thought at the time that it would be amazing to play in front of those fans week-in-week-out.”   “But Kevin was a special guy and he had a way of lifting you and making you feel special about yourself.”

“I thought, as a striker, if there is anyone I can learn from then it’s Kevin Keegan, and he sold the club to me within two or three minutes,”  “He was very honest. He said to me that he knew I liked it in London because I could go out and lose myself.”

“But he said that in Newcastle I wouldn’t be able to do that because I would be a success straight away and the people up there worship their heroes.”

Keegan was right there, and the man is still worshiped on Tyneside.

When he came back to play for other teams at St. James’ he always got a great welcome from the fans, and when the club has an old stars get together, he’s always one of the first to be invited.

We think Les was not only a great player, but he’s a great guy.

And just like Nobby Solano, he is one of our former players who are now great Newcastle United ambassadors, even though they may not know it – they talk so very highly about the club, the fans and the city.    😀

Comments welcome.

57 comments so far

  • Soren

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #1

    How about resigning les? Ferdinand Martins Owen up front? 🙂

  • Matt

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #2

    he should of been giving a coaching role ages ago

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Great goal/game record for Les in black n white and what a fantastic partnership with Shearer.

    Very professional attitude and loved by the fans.


    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #4


  • Kash2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Didn’t KK tell him that if he signs he’ll hook him up with that lass Dani Behr!


    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    We should sign NOBBY as a south american scout!!! perfect to get him back in!!

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #7

    My Mrs HATES football. BUT she can recite nearly every player in those Keegan days…. weird.

    She even bumped into Les on Northumberland st. once with Stevie Watson and more recently seen Shay. I think she’s a closset football fan lmao.

  • Kash2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Did Les give her some McLoving?

  • Steve T

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9

    If this is on the official site, then surely the board need to take notice and let Keegan meet with the players we are trying to sign in the future. Anyone know if he met with Spiderman?

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Ha ha, he was carrying too many shopping bags… she said lol

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Steve T – Doubt it, i bet he didnt even have a part in the transfer, his comments on him were very vague.

  • Matthew

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    I can never understand why people say that we should get certain ex players in as coaches just because they were decent players.

    As for Ferdinand, he had a very good start here but went missing when we blew the lead in the title race to Man Utd.

    Lets hope Keegan still has the magic and can convince those players he spoke to on the phone that Terry Mac was talking about.

  • sean667

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #13

    kash2 u bad man,lmao
    come back sir les

  • sean667

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #14

    shopping bags lol

  • Neil B

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Superb striker wherever he went during his career, and just wish we had someone of his quality playing in the Premiership now, England certainly need a player of his ilk.

    Closest now is someone like Ashton and he’s just not got the class of Ferdinand.

    Someone like Carroll could learn a lot by looking back over tapes of Sir Les, just for his quality of movement and predatory instinct.


    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Come on NUFC get some quality in soon! just a bit impatient!! would like to see one signing per week? if possible just to calm everyone down!!

  • Obafan

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Sir Les will always be a Toon legend. Wish we could have those days back. Hope they will return soon I keep the faith 😉 !

  • geoffo

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Mathew, Les didn’t go ‘missing’, if you remember those last hal;f dozen games we fell victim to a couple of wonder goals, Albert missed a sitter etc, etc….you need an element of luck in a title race, rember how we absolutely peppered Man Utd goal at St James’ , Scmeichel played out of his skin, we hit the bar, the post……!!

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Yes Geoffo and lost 1-0 🙁

    I remember that Tino signed and although a great signing it unbalanced the team.

  • Matthew

    Jul 8, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #20

    He scored 7 goals from the turn of the year up until the end of the season, if Ronaldo had done that this season and Man Utd blew a 12 point lead people would be calling him the biggest bottler of all time.

    I’ve got a lot of time for Ferdinand but there’s no denying that when we as a club needed him most he failed to deliver.

  • GraemeR

    Jul 8, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Lets hope he weaves his magic soon – the way I see it we are in need of another 6 players – unless we are going to blood the reserves .

    Still holding out for Derdiyok and Moutinho and then a few defensive signings – but not Anton Ferdinand as he suffers from lack of concentration ala bramble

  • Mitch H

    Jul 8, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #22

    @ Matthew, hang your head in shame mate. I’ve never heard so much rubbish.

    Les gave 100% in every game he played. He never once went missing. I’ve had a season ticket at SJP for 16 years mate, not once did the lad let us down.

    Get a grip son & stop taking nonsence.

  • Leo

    Jul 8, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    with the rain like it is today i would hate to see the training sessions. lol

    players might get put off by todays weather

    i am a weather man haha

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Rain? It’s roasting !!! Been a lovely day.

  • paul p

    Jul 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Got to agree with everyone else Matthew. You can not just blame one person for us blowing a 12 point lead. At the time, Les was still scoring goals, its a team effort at the end of the day. Man U, they won the tittle because it was a team performance, ronaldo, rooney, tevez, carrick, scholes, giggs, ferdinand all at the top of their game, so if only 2 or 3 are doing it, how can you excpect to win a tittle etc. albert was never the same after his injury, great player and loved him, but when he first came, he was outstanding, could skate accross that football pitch, he did his knee, came back a different player. the problem we had was we changed the midfield. why change a midfield. lee clark was playing out of his skin, although he never did anything flash, he was the second best passer of a ball at the club, with pedro the best of course. he tried to accomodate tino also, i think we should have left it was it was. maybe strengthend the back four a bit more, we could have seen it out then. still though, were great days. moving forward, we firstly need our owner to back kk here, caus at the moment he is not doing anything of the sort. if kk wants to bring quality, we should be doing everything possible to get that quality, not getting chelsea’s, liverpools and everyone else’s reserves.

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 8, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Keegan may be persausive, but he has to talk to the players first!

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 8, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Another day and no more signings 🙁 roll on tomorrow and someone new hopefully.

  • Beastie

    Jul 8, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29

    A love that bloke like what a legend he was for the toon, one of my heros! as for getting him in as a coach, my god he should of been in 2 years ago! how to hold up a ball head a ball comin off the defenders to get the ball! big les cud show andy carrol the way forward

  • robertsa

    Jul 8, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #30

    exaclly my thoughts obafan2. if keegans is as good as les says then why have we only signed gutierez. i mean southgate is a crap manager and middlesboro hav signed 2 players and they are decent

  • Hadrian

    Jul 8, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #31

    The flaw in this logic , is keegan doesnt appear tobe in talks with any of the players .

    not rained at the training ground yet leo , sky’s black tho 😮

  • Lacedaemonian

    Jul 8, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Aye sad news about his nephew. Life is tricky sometimes.

    Think football has changed a lot since Kevin was last with us. ~It has become far more lucrative and attracts the kind of agent that has a far greater say in a players employment then he really should. Scum of the earth basically.

  • nightfall

    Jul 8, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #33

    i’m back..thank god…the worst break ever 🙂

    i just read that tayor signed a 3 year deal…why only a 3 year? zog and milner both signed 5 year deals…
    i guess we’re not counting on steven in the future…but ashley had to offer him sth., ‘cos he’s a local and all…

    no new signings? c’mon MA, KK, DW…make my week…i just had the worst weekend possible 🙂

    oh Ed and as for new policy…like it 😉 i know i made some inappropriate commenst (about smith) in time this blog is on, but i just hat..really don’t like the guy 🙂 …sorry for those “outbursts” 😉


  • dingo

    Jul 8, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #34

    A little off topic, but as I was walking through the toon today and I popped into the NUFC shop at Monument….. I saw trhe away kit for the first time… I thought it was BLUE… in fact it is PURPLE!!!!!!!!! mental.


  • normski1930z

    Jul 8, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #35

    zenit say arshavin can only leave for £24 mill……dream on zenit nobobys gonna pay that.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 8, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Aye normski, half that, at the most!..
    …He’s 27 already, 3/5 yrs left in the tank at his current level, at most!..

  • tam toon

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Can’t blame Les a lot of players lost form then. My worst memory was when Gillespie was injured KK played Beardsley out on the right. He kept cutting in and forgetting to go back and keep the shape, and help the right back. Asprilla had played RW for Columbia at times, could not speak English and should have been pushed out there(not that he would have helped defensively just the shape.) I remember Barton being totally exposed by facing a lw and lb in the last games with no help. Not blaming Beardsley he is my hero, just was not a right midfielder.
    Remember Beresford getting caught out of position so much, Elliot was a good Lb at the time and stronger defensively. KK would not change the way we played, he had got us 12 points clear with that. He had no reason to expect the same squad to fold. Hindsight is a wonderful thing , we could all have picked a team and won the premiership that season with it!

  • fernando

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #38

    KK is very persuasive yet i have seen over 100 players linked with only one signing!

  • Toon 85

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Sir Les was a top, top player, and with his attitude would make a great coach! Top website Ed.

  • Davey G

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Its good to be back on ED. I pleased CS prevailed!
    Every site has its morons, its just a shame that they spoil it for us lot that like a good clean debate!!

    Anyway, back to footy….anyone heard any good rumours re signings, Im getting bored again, could be doing with a ‘decent’ rumour or two!!


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