When Kevin Keegan came back to Newcastle United in January, he was surprised at the poor fitness levels of the players.
Â Kevin Keegan – cheer up Kevin – they’ll be fitter next season
Any top side just has to be super fit, because there are games to be won in the last 10 minutes, and improved fitness levels can help a lot.
With all the hype surrounding Big Sam’s training methods, we had assumed last season that the team was fit, but when Kevin came, Damien Duff, amongst others, said they didn’t do any real tough training with Sam, and the Irishman didn’t think the squad was that fit.
Kevin soon fixed that, and not only did the team start to play attractive flowing football, but they didn’t fade at all at the ends of games.
But it seems like Kevin wants the squad super fit before our first league game at Manchester United in mid August.
And this week the 13 or so senior players in training have endured double training sessions each day, under the instruction of fitness specialist Mark Hulse.
Hulse left Crystal Palace last season, and has worked with Englandâ€™s youth teams, and is now working with the Newcastle fitness coach Adrian Lamb, in a determined effort to ensure Keeganâ€™s squad next season is among the fittest in the league.
Good – we think we need the be the fittest, and we should be doing everything we can to ensure we are competitive next season, in every way, because it’s such an important season for the club.
One thing we often take for granted is that the team is fit, but we now know that’s not always necessarily the case, but that will certainly be trueÂ next season.
We cannot wait for that first game at Old Trafford, and as we’ve said before, anything but a loss in that game would be a win.
We also have to get some pride back after the Red Devils tore us apart 6-0 and 5-1 in the two league games last season, but Ronaldo will not be playing – which is good. Â 😀