Keegan Determined To Ensure Players Super Fit

When Kevin Keegan came back to Newcastle United in January, he was surprised at the poor fitness levels of the players.


 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 England’s youth teams, and is now working with the Newcastle fitness coach Adrian Lamb, in a determined effort to ensure Keegan’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 true  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.   😀

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • hamsa

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    damn right we need our fitness up and the players need 2 be hungry this yr and we need 2 start signing some defenders carlos cuellar ill be happy with and what about d’ellasandro real zaragoza ex pompey amazing wa u fink

  • 9 Shearer

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Thats KK

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    hamsa, what a call with d’allesandro he is pure quality, and it always amazes me that he doesn’t play for a big team!

  • Davies

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Perhaps we could start by getting Viduka banned from Greggs.

  • Spyro

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    perhaps we could start by getting Viduka the hell out of our squad and bringing in a younger, more hungry (not literally) striker

  • reillers

    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Ya they were more then a wee bit sluggish towards the end of the season, we’ve only gotten a couple back training though, some are off with the African teams, the others we’ve sold, are injured or haven’t turned up yet, who we do have are all back after sunning themselves on their wee expensive holidays, well except Shay Given who never left. LOL. He’s gotten a head start to Harper.

  • Daishi

    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    The players are certainly training hard – Shay Given was leaving the training ground as i passed last night, at

  • Leo

    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    ban the whole squad from greggs


    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    get rid of viduka and smith problem solved

  • Luke

    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    So much for Sam and his science.

    A victory for good old fashion cardio work: running.


    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Please KK get rid of SMITH!!!!!!!!! he hasn’t scored a goal for 3 years know! will he ever???

  • Maggie

    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m looking forward to the days when we’ll be disappointed a Ronaldo isn’t playing as we want to challenge ourselves against the best

  • secret squirrel

    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    There is a lot riding on that first game against man united. Win and we are up and running. Lose by a big scoreline and i fear the worst for kk as the press will turn on him.

  • Ericles

    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Yes, agreed Luke. What happened to Fat Sam’s scientific approach? All those “specialists” and the team got slow and fat (Viduka). At least Carr was fit enough to get to the treatment room on a regular basis. KK is getting it right day by day.

  • xfer

    Jul 10, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Ronaldo should miss the match against us, cos technically, it will take 6 weeks for him to recover, but the medical team will look at the situation in 4 weeks time.

  • NUFCAl

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    xfer – Man United will be able to beat us without Ronaldo no bother.

    The hate for Viduka on here is pathetic. Give the bloke a break for God’s sake, he was one of our top performers in that good run towards the end of the season, missed the Everton game and we got thrashed. No coincidence.


    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    I have to admit that I was surprised to hear that Sams methods were not what they were cracked up to be. To be fair he wasn’t there long enough to really implement change, but from what Ed is reporting they were lacking anyway. Seems that a lot of us were taken in by a snake oil seller.

    We have talked about D’allesandro several times and I am till not sure which one we are talking about. If it is the Argentinian who was with (I think) Boca then I agree he would be an immense buy. But it is highly unlikely that it is the same one or that we will get him.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Viduka is a good player, despite the fact that he isn’t the most mobile. We didn’t play as well without him in the team, shown especially in the game against Everton, our main attacking threat was from N’Zogbia, the rest of the team looked pretty gormless.

  • Bosck

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Bill f – 6 months is plenty of time to get people fit in my book. maybe he can use that excuse for some of the changes he wanted to make, but it wont wash for the fitness levels of the players.

    NUFCAl – whilst there are some people who do dislike viduka on here i think most of the comments about him are tongue in cheek, and a bit of a hangover from when he was at boro.

  • reillers

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Daishi..I meant that he never went any holidays unlike the rest of the boys, he was working on his fitness and such, clearly I didn’t mean that he never left the training ground..even though apparently, according to my source, he never really leaves and is looking very good, apparently.
    I wish I could just stroll past the ground seeing them leave. It’d be a wee bit strange though lol.

  • NUFCAl

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    I would agree that the Greggs comments are tongue-in-cheek and they’re always good for a laugh when used in the context of a funy post.

    Unfortunately I can’t see comments along the lines of ‘get rid of him, he’s fat, lazy, crap doesn’t do anything’ etc as anything other than undeserved bile.

  • secret squirrel

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #22

    viduka is fat, lazy and crap. get rid. replace with eto who wants to leave barca

  • toon4life

    Jul 10, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #23

    keep viduka!
    as proved when he kept fit hes perfect foil for owen and martins…can hold up the ball well and chips in with a few goals aswell. untill we get better in i say keep him. perfect targetman.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 10, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Viduka is technically one of the best, if not the best players in our squad.

  • mikeygd

    Jul 10, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    shay given is 3-1 to score more goals than smith next season on ladbrokes

  • mikeygd

    Jul 10, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #26

    whats these reports that bartons gna be in jail for a further month, i thought it was reported hes out today?

  • Charlie

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #27

    I think we can do better than viduka but we might as well use him whilst we have him. He has another year to go? Is that right? If so bring in a replacement for him in the summer in the mid year transfer window and say a fond farewell. He


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