Kevin Keegan Breaks His Loud Silence


Kevin Keegan has finally talked about the transfer market, and it seems it’s an attempt to allay Newcastle fans’ apprehensions, that have grown over the summer.

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Kevin Keegan shirt – good statement today from the boss

The fans are well aware of some of the failures the club have had this summer, so far, although the two players we’ve signed look to be excellent captures.

Keegan told the club’s official website today:

“We not only will (add new faces), we have to,”

“But what we’ve got to ensure is that we don’t get players in just for the sake of it. It’s easy to bring in players and they’re all the same, then you’re left trying to pick from a bunch of players and you say, ‘Well he’s as good as him’.”

“But, of course, to get the players in that are going to spark the others off and add something to the team will always be a little bit more difficult.” “We’ll keep going on those fronts. We’ve tried for a few and not always been successful.”

“We’ve also had a lot thrown at us which we don’t think are right for one reason or another, be it either wrong position or wrong age.”

“And everyone at the club knows we’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth with an older player coming in.”  “But we are trying to get, for all the right reasons, younger players who can stay at the club longer.”

The good news is that Kevin seems adamant that the good players already at the club will be staying, and he doesn’t expect to lose anybody, apart from striker Shola Ameobi, who is not part of his plans.

Kevin continued:

“Like I’ve said, we’ve got a small squad so it’s no good getting one in to get one out, that just means you’ve maybe changed a position,”

“Obviously there will always be talk of players leaving because we’ve got some very good players here. But they will only leave here if we want them to, that’s for sure.”

“We’re not looking to sell our top-class players, we want to add top-class players to play alongside them.”

We’d like to see Charles N’Zogbia stay, at least so Kevin can have some more time to work with the player.

We feel that Kevin is almost the perfect manager for young Charles, because not only will he make the lad a better player, but Kevin always makes the training enjoyable, and things are always upbeat around the former England star. Happy players always play better.

Charles will probably start enjoying playing under Keegan, if he will only give it a chance, and Newcastle fans have always been good to the lad, who is steadily maturing.

Bottom line is that’s a good statement from Kevin, and we really hope the loud silence from the club, of the last 3 weeks, is finally over.

Comments always welcome.



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99 comments so far

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Read the article on the offical website. But I thought this was mentioned by a few guys here yesterday?

    If what said by KK is true, then I am well relief now. That’s they way we should go ahead for the future of our club.

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  • spitzoid

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    I seriously hope the Zog does stay. One player with HUGE potential

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  • sweendog

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    A very good sign .. looks like Keegan is happy which means the club are going for his top targets and we’ve not missed out on them for the wrong reasons .. also I think it sounds like there could be a big signing coming soon.. monday perhaps.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    still hope they get rid of duff and replace with turan .. can’t see us going for turan if duff is staying.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    As for Zog .. too good a player to let leave .. if he got regular football I reckon he’ll be happy .. I think he’s just frustrated at playing left back when he’s a much better left winger.

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Lads Zog said he does’nt want to wear the shirt…Thats’s the hight off disrespect in my eye’s, whether your good or not..GET RID

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    when did he say he doesnt want to wear the shit???? u got any proof of him saying this

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  • Graeme

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    KK could talk the knickers off a Nun; all he needs is financial backing from MA and then the players he wants, he will get.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, regarding your responce on the previous story.
    thats probably the best policy. The aimar situation served to bring back some unwanted memories of the Modric saga.

    I wonder if we were even in for Aimar.

    Maybe we were offered him and that is why keegan said “we have been offered a few which havent been right for one reason or another”

    it seem as though aimar was interested in coming and certaintly his agent made it sound as though newcastle were in the driving seat.

    based on the keegan interview it sounds as though we are sticking to a strict criteria of players.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Zogs comment was out of frustration .. if he did say anything about not wanting to wear the shirt keegan would’ve kicked him out.

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  • Mikey24

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    @ broon ale….Think we were in for him but pulled out when he started demanding high wages. Not a snub from him like the papers are saying but more us saying “thanks but no thanks”

    Nice to see Kev happy in his job, should mean some cracking matches next season. Lets hope we can get a nice few “hungry” youngsters in to shake us up a bit and give us the fire we’ve been lacking for a while. Not too bothered about these high profile signings like Aimar, they want too much money and aint even proven themselves in EPL. Hope zoggy stays cos he is a defo KK player and theres plenty more to come from the kid.

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12

    when somebody wants to wear the shirt off another club i take it they don’t want to wear the black and white then..

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/sport/2008/07/12/ufnzogbia112.xml

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  • broon ale

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Geordie Nick, nzogbia said last week in a interview with a french magazine that his ambition was to play for arsenal or spurs.

    i suspect some naughty editing took place though.

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  • ELFER

    Jul 18, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    If zog stays, there’s no need for a fullback backup and we might put this money into a central midfielder and a central defender

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    I did post the link put has’nt showed up…

    He said he would love to play for Arsenal or Totenham……If somebody does’nt want to be here why keep him?

    He’s been moaning since January about wanting to go to London cus he’s homesick..Thats a bit funny, never knew he was a cockney..

    IMO i say get rid and get someone who wants to wear the jersey..

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  • Angryman the Angry Fan

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    John Agreed.

    Contrary to all popular belief, I am not all doom and gloom, and one bloke i do trust at the Toon is KK. I have no reason not too.

    I still have grave reservations about Ashley and his boys, and there intentions for my club.

    Todays news from the King himself is very encouraging and long overdue.

    Sadly there is a BUT…….KK is stating what he wants and what is right for our beloved club, the but is…..but will Ashley back him…..or is he just ungagging KK to get himself a bit of breathing space???

    Oh yes, I am of little faith in this regime, when they give me something to shout about, only then will my faith be restored…….

    But thanks KK for that chink of hope…..

    God I am sounding a bit biblical today….

    hallelluja!!!

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    yeah i know he talked about playin in london but ther is a BIG difference in sayin you want to play in london and sayin u dont want to wear our shirt, its been known for ages tht he wants london but he has never came out and said he doesnt want to wear the shirt

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  • marat18

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    in a slow news day, something to laugh about:
    http://community.livejournal.com/football_gloom/2473112.html

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  • Davey G

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Geordie Nick,
    in your first post I think you meant SHIRT…..Otherwise you May be constrewed as a Mackem imposter, and will be treated as such!!!

    I hope you meant SHIRT…..

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  • broon ale

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #20

    i think going forward from today the best policy for all of us nufcblog crew members is to completely ignore all newspaper and media speculation.
    we should work on the basis that if its reported in the media it is not true.

    we all witnessed the cloak of secrecy regarding the two lads already signed.

    fair enough guthrie was mentioned back in june but the papers never followed up on the story. a few websites merely mentioned that he had told pals he was joining newcastle. I tend to ignore those sort of stories anyway.

    lets face it. not one single paper said “newcastle close to signimg guthrie”, newcastle expect to sign guthrie after agreeing terms with liverpool. ”

    they knew nothing.

    lets all keep our heads and not talk of the likes of turan, arsahvin, derdiyol, inler. etc etc.

    the chances are, none of them will come

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    wanting to leave is a clear indication you don’t want to play for the club, hence not wanting to wear the shirt..Thats the way I look at it anyway….

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  • broon ale

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Geordie Nick- agreed. i never heard him say that.

    maybe the blogger who posted that was simply adding a bit of poetic licence.

    he definately didnt say that in his latest statment about london etc.

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    As frustrating time this transfer window has been its still exciting to know we will have more quality coming in after K K wise words

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #24

    broon he said he wanted to move to Arsenal or SPuds..

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #25

    nobby solano wanted to leave last year, wud u say he didnt want to wear our shirt, no. he has said he wants to e with his family and for all u know tht is true. thing is ur sayinhe doesnt want to wear the shirt yet last time he was interviewed by the chronice he said he was perfectly happy and tht he doesnt want to leave. so i suggest u wait and see instead of makin false accusations about wat someone has said

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  • broon ale

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #26

    john. i mentioned that on comment 12.

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #27

    I think there is a big difference between ZOg and nobby…..

    Nobby kids were down south..Zog misses he’s Mammy…Is she even in London?

    Nobby will alway’s be a legend , Zog will never be a Legend…

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  • Leo

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #28

    the nzogbia interview alike the martins one was with loaded questions to get him to say something about arsenal and spurs…

    journo’s know we hate spurs so they ask that just to get a reaction out of us geordies.

    charlie is a newcastle player and will hopefully continue to be for many seasons, hopefully he gets a publicist to kick them journos in the teeth

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  • Micky Toon

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #29

    The Zog never said he wanted to play for Arsenal, Spurs or even Airbus UK instead of NUFC. He said when he was growing up he liked Arsenal. He said it would be a dream to play for Arsenal. Why wouldn’t it be? He’s french and he really rates Wenger as a manager. It doesn’t mean he won’t give 110% for NUFC.
    He said he is frustrated because he isn’t getting first team football. What he did not say was that he wanted to leave and he did not say he no longer wants to play for NUFC.
    Funny how the tabloids are to be believed when someone like N’Zogbia is invloved and yet they aren’t to be believed when talking about transfer targets. Which is it to be?

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #30

    Also the difference between Zog and nobby would be Nobby in he’s prime and if offers were on the table for a top club you would be sure he would turn any club down to stay with us..

    The first offer the comes on the table from a london club like arsenal and spuds you can bet your bottom dollar Zog will be off…

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #31

    ther is a big difference between them in ther status at the club but ther isnt really much difference between ther reasons for wantin to leave, nzogbia has lived away from his family since he was 17 and also lost his father so wats wrong with him wanting to be with his family.
    nzogbia may not be a legend but he IS the best player we have at the club currently so until i hear HIM say he doesnt want to wear the shirt, then i wont believe it

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #32

    micky toon- i said exactly the same thing a while back regarding ppl on here believing the press when it comes to charlie yet anything else they write is passed off as being total garbage

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  • broon ale

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #33

    john you corrected me on your comment 24.

    you musnt have read my comment 13?

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  • Davies

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #34

    Elfer, if Zog stays, it will be a mistake to use him as a left back. That’s one of the things that’s been frustrating him, and why he wants to move.

    He wants to play in his natural position on the left wing, or just inside the left wing. There’s no point in playing him at left back, as he’ll just leave in January. Someone else will buy him, play him in his natural position, and he will become the player he has the potential to be. We should capitalise on such a gifted player.

    It’s time for Duff to move on I think, perhaps up to the SPL or over to MLS.

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  • John

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #35

    been honest I think we should agree to disagree…My opinion off him is the opposite to yours …

    Regardless , I’ll always sopport the toon and the guys that put the shirt on, would just like to hear something positive from him apart from jumping ship

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  • toonpipes

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Keegans/nufc comments exactly as expcted – Marat you remember what we were talking about . . . They have key criteria + aimar clearly didn’t fit. I have faith – think we shud prepae for he fact that this is a re-building operation + we might not get the supposedly ‘amazing’ signings we have come to expect from ffred days, but reckon we could be pleasantly supprised by 1 or maybe 2 more spiderman-esque signings. .

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  • bailey

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Oba recently said he would like to play for Arsenal – dont remember an outcry over that. I think it is the way questions are worded.
    You should try and see the interview of Oba on Sky recently. The reporter tried dragging it out of him about leaving and every time Oba just repeated how happy he was and he loved the fans and that as long as NUFC wanted him he wanted to see out his 3 years. It really was a pleasure to listen to him and reinforced my positive opinion of him both on and off the field.
    If he were to leave I dont think it will be at his request.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #38

    toonpipes- i agree with you..

    these types of signings (guthrie and gutierez) are fitting for a club like ours following a few years of mediocrity.

    we have to build and not attempt to plug holes with hollywood signings.

    bounmsong proved how 8 million doesnt solve a leaky defence.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #39

    bailey- i seen that interview and the bloke asking the questions seemed reluctant to accept oba saying he was happy at newcastle and he will stay for another 3 years. he ended up repeating himself 3 times. poor oba.

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 18, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #40

    I feel he really wants N Zogbia to go he even didnt play him at all in his few games in charge, i just think he knows he can get over 10 mill for him which he could buy 2 players for he needs money thats clear and obviously things have been slow as he must be working on only 10 mill at the moment poor KK i just hope he dont get the stick from the fans what can he do about this sell Martins,N Zogbia to raise some cash to bring in new faces he isnt doing that as he wants to keep “Top Class” so with i feel a budget of 15 million at moment he brought a backup midfielder whos not bad for 2 mill in Guthrie and as well an amazingly fast winger in Jonas who is worth 10 mill and we got him for less than half just be patient and wait he has stated he WILL bring in players and KK stands by his words.

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