Keegan – Duff Looked Very Sharp


Kevin Keegan seemed to be a happy man this afternoon,  satisfied with a good performance from his team, as they handled Hartlepool United very well, after the first 30 minutes or so was competitive.

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Danny Guthrie – while at Bolton

And Kevin was full of praise for the man of the match Damien Duff, who has lost some weight over the summer.

The former Chelsea and Blackburn winger is having his very first full pre-season for a number of years, and he certainly opened everybody’s eyes today, with an excellent performance.

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Duff – excellent display and 3 goals

Kevin talked after the game about Damien:

“He looks very sharp,”  “It’s the first time in three or four years that he has had a pre-season.”

“He has missed all pre-season training in the last three and any pro will tell you, that is of major importance to get that in because it gives you a base for the season.”

“He has looked very sharp. He says his weight is down to what it was when he was 17, 18, and he looked like a 17 or 18-year-old out there.”

“He was very good and the three goals were nice to see. He has worked very, very hard, as have all the players.”

Today’s win also saw a great start to his Newcastle career by young Danny Guthrie, who had an assist for Duff, and scored himself, all within 8 minutes of him coming on at half time.

Keegan seems to like Danny a lot, and thinks he will go on to become a big hit on Tyneside:

“He was very good. I wanted to play him from the start, but he has just had a little bit of a problem,” “They do get a lot of niggles at this time of the year.”

“He has had a little bit of a problem with sore shins, so we just backed off.” “But he came on for the second half and within four or five minutes, he had made a goal and scored a goal.”

“I think he will be a tremendous asset to us. He is a typical Liverpool player, he passes the ball really well and you don’t see him give it away very often.”

“The goal was probably a bonus.”

Newcastle fans at the game were also impressed with Danny, who looked an absolute steal at just around £2M – another great buy by Keegan.

It’s hard to grumble at the players Kevin has brought in so far.

And if the next four or five are anywhere near as good as Gutierrez and Guthrie, then things will start to buzz on Tyneside again, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.



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180 comments so far

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jul 19, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m hoping that transfer enquiries- both to and from the club are being conducted like the Gutierrez deal, rather than being settled via the back pages of the papers.

    I recall being pleased with just about all of Big Sams signings last time round- Alan Smith being the most disappointing, but at the time it didn’t seem like a bad thing!

    Onwards and upwards gentlemen!

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  • Tommy

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    I honestly have a good feeling about Duff..

    Maybe he just has been very unlucky.

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  • Graham

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #3

    I could look like a 17 year old against a half fit Hartlepool side!

    It was a decent game and Duff was the outstanding player (obviously). Lets hope that his injury problems are behind him and he can strat to reproduce the form he undoubtedly has.

    As far as transfers are concerned – i’m not panicking. Keegan and co know what theyre doing and they will come

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  • Toony Soprano

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I just wonder how many of BFSA’s mediocre looking team will eventually shows some form under KK the man manager like enrique started to do last season.
    I remeber his last spell making people like Rob Lee, Scott Sellars, David Kelly, Gavin Peacock, Steve Howey, Baz Vennison, Steve Watson, Lee Clark play to the best of their abilities.

    Duff (3 today am i p****d), Smith,Geremi,Zog,enrique will all in time play better plus new signings might do ok

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  • Shearer#1

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #5

    KK said Duffer hasn’t had a proper pre-season for 4 years. If he can get back to the way he was playing around 2002-2004 he’s a £17m player. I think he’s only 29 years old. Still want us to sign Arda though. Arda, Duff, Gutierrez, Milner & either Joe Cole or SWP as our wingers this season hopefully. & a top class target man & centre back.

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  • toon4lyf

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #6

    we should buy ortega

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  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Does any1 else think kevin keegan is an absolute legend?? lol

    Whos he again toon4lyf?? ive heard of him!!

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  • Paul

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #8

    a ;edgend…imo there has never been a better football manager…never mind sir alex or scolaro or ancelloti or lippi….there all brilliant managers….but theyvll all had the money at there disposal….keegan creates everything from nothing….making him truly the best

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Is that Ariel Ortega he is coming up 35!

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  • Toony Soprano

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Hey Shearer#1

    Joe cole is a cockney barrow boy on 1ook a week more chance of nelson getting his other eye back i think

    SWP would be ok, keep their kid out of eldon sq thow

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  • Paul

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #11

    we should buy adriano…let kk tlk ta him…let him know what the nightlife is like….hey presto world class, before he got chubby he was said to have the potential to be one of the best forwards every…and the ebst inthe world today

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  • Neville Brewis

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Comment 4–Toony well said young man, you have instigated a feel good factor. I am tapping my feet to Sir Cliff, and nodding in agreement with all you bloggers. Well I need to pop off and get my cream soda-back soon.

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  • Shearer#1

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Yeah but if Chel$ki sign Robinho & Kaka he’ll be warming the bench every week. Surely he’ll want to play. Cole, Arda & Duff supplying Owen & Martins would be quality.

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  • Toony Soprano

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Nev, Sir Cliff?, Ortega is nearly as old as him

    might as well go for Teddy Sherringham

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Ha ha Nelson, you are right about cole toony! We have more chance of George Cole, bout the same age as Ortega.

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  • Paul

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #16

    we’ll be gettin reyes…can sense it…joe cole??? if he joins newcastle ill be the next football fan to get arrested for runnin onto the pitch n puttin a player on dere arse….can stand him…he plays for chelsea and almost all chelsea players are overrated…and has no1 noticed when chelsea players move clubs their quality disapears…. no point…get someone better for less

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  • Neville Brewis

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Yes I beleive you are right about Ortega. Is anyone watching the choirs with Russell Watson. The Alleycats ARE OUT!

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  • tanya toon

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Hey Nev- I like the welsh boys (well I like any boys). Just joking no stalkers please!

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  • Shearer#1

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #19

    How can you say Joe Cole is over-rated? He’s more skillful than Rooney. & no one thought we’d sign Duff with his 70k a week wages when Spurs & Liverpool wanted him. Reyes would be quality as well though.

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  • Toony Soprano

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #20

    should go back for Warnock, he has been decent for a while and young enough to be and asset. spar wide of chimbonda he’s an old stiff arse like ortega, let him go to Keaaanooo at the village of the dammed (asbo land)

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #21

    He is a good player shearer just aint coming here 100k plus. Champions league etc etc.

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  • Toony Soprano

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Hey Nev the Taff will sir Alco let Jonny Evans come to the toon?

    i am sure that he would be glad off it after last season playing infront of the audiance from Jeremy Kyle

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Village of the damned asbo land that is a bit em—- funny ha ha. I hate chimbonda another big head that will end up at a rubbish club.

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  • Neville Brewis

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Toony is that not that dreadful programme that has poor people fighting. It is so unfortunate.

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #25

    What sort of game did Cacapa have, anyone know?

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  • Alex

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #26

    I know that it was a pre season friendly and that it was hartlepool united .But there is already a feel good factor in the air after today’s game .I really hope that Duff is back to full fitness there was never any doubt about his ability .If he stays fit and rediscovers his Blackburn form with Jonas providing crosses from the other side then we will be flying this season

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  • Toony Soprano

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Ortega has a decent Keeganesque Mullet -who is he playing for now?

    Can anyone think of any CB’s we should sign?

    We need an old head talking to young taylor,

    Wheres Japp Stam?

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  • Neville Brewis

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #28

    I hope we sign that young Larsson and Inler, they will help form a great midfield to supply Davies and Owen.

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Ortega plays for River Plate sponsored by Denby. Jaap has an eye injury. Van Buyten could be ok if they could get him.

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  • Freddie the pole

    Jul 19, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey Nev

    i didn’t know the mighty Wyn was playing up front again?

    Larsson was class against us last season until Nicky B knobbled him

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  • Matt

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Hopefully the news of Duff scoring 3 goals will encourage other clubs to make a bid for him.

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  • Toony Soprano

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Van Buyten was a hair man as well

    Laursson was class against us until ginga Nick did him

    How are Tozer and Kadar?

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  • Alex

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Redknapp was quoted today saying that he has to sell before he can buy anymore players. So how about trying for Distin ?

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  • beye the great

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #34

    i remember ortega being linked with us i remember when i was in school people thought he was defo going to sign this was in 2003 and he was to old then the adriano point is a good 1 does any1 know his transfer status if we could get him and keegan can get him playing the way he used to then we are potenyially looking at the worlds best striker

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  • Anth

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #35

    i think coloicini would be a great buy for cd , also kompany would awesome

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  • Hadrian

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #36

    as long as keegan gets to veto theplayers that come in , and wise n co give him a decent selection to go for , im pretty confidnet he will be able to work within these boundries and single out great players from wiseys list .
    thats if wisey has it in him to give keegan a wide selection of upcomming attainable talent .
    back to that old chestnut , could keegan himself not attract what we call unatainable talent if he not wisey were selling the club

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #37

    DVB has nice hair hmmm ha ha not really. Tozer is a couple of years off pro level and Kadar is injured.

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  • Oba's Mum

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Today really has brought back the feel good factor to me, KK is god, everyone i Know is buzzing tonight.

    If we have a good run in the games ahead, Imagine what the buzz is going to be like just before the start.

    KK will do wonders for duff, butt, milner and owen, but i think Smith has never been the same since leeds and his time is over.

    How many bods are going to mallorca?

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Yeah beye Adriano was awesome until 2 years ago now he is a ronaldo double without the gap teeth. Billy bloater he is , if someone could get him going again- great but its the money thing he would want mega bucks. Could be another Paddy K.

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  • Peter Andre

    Jul 19, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Alex,

    Mercenary Distin, is as good as anyone we have and he has a left shoe as well,

    Harry wouldnt flog him though, unless their was a monkey in it for him

    Wot about the two cb from Balckburn Nelson or the other one who is built like Elswick Heights?

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