Kevin Keegan Lifts The Spirits On Tyneside


The mood on Tyneside is appreciably better than it was last Thursday, or even most of last week, when at best, it was all gloom and doom because of our recent lack of success in the transfer market.

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Kevin Keegan – upbeat after Saturday’s game

And if we look back at what happened, it’s that Kevin Keegan started to talk to the press again.

You add to that a throughly goods first outing against Hartlepool United on Saturday, in which new boy Danny Guthrie, and old boy Damien Duff, both looked terrific and that’s some of the reasons the mood has been lifted.

It didn’t hurt either when Keegan let it be known he knew the squad was short on numbers (if not quality) and that he had told the owner Mike Ashley, and today he has told the Newcastle Journal he would like four quality signings completed, before the end of August.

For some reason, over the last 3 weeks, the club has said almost nothing, and it hasn’t worked one little bit, and hopefully will not be repeated. Not sure exactly why that was the case, but Kevin could still have talked to the press, without giving away the names of players we may have been pursuing.

It also seems clear that the positions Kevin is still looking to strengthen, and add competition to, are center-back, left back, attacking midfield, and up front.

So that should help us a little to understand when new names come up in the press, whether they have credibility, and we know that usually they don’t.

If we do get 4 quality signings, and say a couple of very good youngsters to augment the squad, we should be in good shape for next season, if still a little short on numbers.

How about Carlos Cuellar (Jonny Evans), Nicky Shorey (Joe Mattock), Andrei Arshavin (Nigel De Jong, Seb Larsson) and FC Basle’s Eren Derdiyok, for those four players?

Comments always welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    I dont understand about moral its just stupid like he picks every player up our manager at my team dont do this lol so to me its nonsense. you just feel happier due to a win thats it.

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  • brownrob

    Jul 21, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Well here is hoping he gets some in soon, Guthrie looked a bit of alright in the game, from what I saw, especially if he was injured!

    He played a peach of a pass for Duffs Goal!

    If Kev can get more in like him willing to play for the shirt then thats just great!

    Also, does anyone else feel like the would like to punch Hleb when they say him kissing Barcas badge a few days after leaving Arsenal? I thought that was a bad showing by him!

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Get Joe Mattock! Young lad at 17 I think, and he’d be cheap to, seeing as Leicester just got relegated (they did, right?). Also I bought him on FM08 😉

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  • Ericles

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Talk (official site and Journal) is saying NUFC are interested in Antonio Reyes. A good option I think because he has quality and EPL experience. Can play up front or left sided too.
    Apparently we showed interest in the player previously. It may be just that though – gossip and paper talk.

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  • Will

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m still a bit “gloom and doom” now actually 🙁 need signings bad

    “Also, does anyone else feel like the would like to punch Hleb when they say him kissing Barcas badge a few days after leaving Arsenal? I thought that was a bad showing by him!”

    YES I WOULD! Even before he left Arsenal lol

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    we should look at

    * Bruno Gama (amazing winger/midfield)
    * Ismail Aissati (Agreed fee with PSV why would Ajax sell him to them put bid in and we could get him)
    * José Angel Crespo (solid defender)
    * Javi Martínez (works so much for the team)
    * Kevin Monnet-Paquet (PACE and more PACE can finish nicely)
    * Jaroslav Plašil (Not youngster but would be great experiance at 26)
    * Andrés Guardado (Good youngster at 21 and a simlar player to Giovani from Spurs both mexican)

    there ya go kev look at em quick 😛

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  • Spyro

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Hleb is a ponse, he complained about Arsenal playing him out of position, and then said he wouldnt mind playing anywhere for Barca, lol

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    yeah i thought we was lucky to be in Arsenals teams wasnt nothing special ands then backstabs them by taking the mick outta Cesc then kissed badge and stuff what a n00b.

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  • chuck

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah Ed. not bad choices, but I have the feeling Ashley is not prepared to spend big enough and is looking for people like Bassong (what happened to him ?) and Larssen . Would like to believe there will be some quality players brought in however from what I see and hear unlikely.
    Ah well!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Fans where lifted by winning the game on saturday, Keegan imo looked unhappy and uncomfortable when asked about transfers! a man who didnt look like he was in the no? But he cleaverly put it back onto Ashleys and Wise and co. Its in there court now! we need at least 4 new signings, but of quality to give some depth into the squad, all areas having major problems! with players playing in unnatural roles! yes I believe there will be new player coming into this squad but of what Quality? What price?

    larsson if he comes in for £4 -5million will that mean milners going to villa or L’pool for £9million?
    We need to sell on our rubbish and replace the like smith, ameobi and more!

    Ashley needs to spend money, to improve the squad and buy better quality than we already have!

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Seb Larsson is too overated and no way worth 4 million while we have Milner…
    we dont need another player like that hopefully he is looking at new players and bidding on some this week because while in a the past like 10 weeks we have signed 2 players so they need to pull there finger out as you need them ALL in i feel about 2 weeks from season to get used to life in NUFC, you cant buy player last day and expect him to adapt in hours.

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  • chuck

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed. how do you figure United fans spirits are being lifted , when teams like Everton are rumored to be bidding £18m. for a class player “Moutinho”
    And we are about to break the bank for Former L`p00l. reject Warnock.
    Sure makes me ecstatic.
    PS its not personal.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Just hope the recruitment team and scouts are working there socks off!

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  • Michael

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Those potential players are unrealistic. Also are the players in brackets meant to be the youngsters that will augment the squad? If so then it doesn’t make much sense to have De Jong there considering he is better than Butt and is too much of an accomplished player to be considered a youngster.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #15

    realistically we are going to spend between £2 -7million max! closer to £4million!

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  • Fraser 2k8

    Jul 21, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #16

    One player i would like to see at Newcastle would be Matias Fernandez, should be able to buy him from Villareal for about 15-18 million.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 21, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    we are not going to get players who are rated at £10 million never mind £15 -18million! MA doesnt want to spend that sort of money on players!!! like I was sayn earlier closer to £4million possibly £7million then wages are a consern! are players turning us down when it comes to personal terms??

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  • Toon raghav

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Robinho wants to come to newcastle.but we dont want him.eheh

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jul 21, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Well, I still thinking Carlos Cuellar is a terrific player. He certainly will help us too much in the defense. I also think Jose Enrique is not too good in defensives terms, so why don’t bring relegated Nicky Shorey? By the way, Warnock is also a good name.

    In the midfield, I think Seb Larsson can be a great signing, but I rather look for a more ofensive one. And, finally, I absolutely don’t like Derdiyok. We should had bought Peter Crouch.

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  • scott9

    Jul 21, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #20

    joe mattock i cnt say i hav ever heard of him hav we been linked with him

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