Newcastle Will Be Fittest Side In Premiership


One of the things that was really surprising when Kevin Keegan came back to Newcastle in January, was that he thought the squad just wasn’t fit enough.

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 Kevin Keegan – training with the lads
It seems  under Sam Allardyce the training wasn’t too physically exerting, and certainly Damien Duff thought the lads were just not as fit as they should be.

But this season Kevin Keegan is determined that while his side may not be the most skillful, they will be the fittest and his goal on fitness is to make Newcastle United the fittest team in the premier league.

Keegan has designed a pre-season training plan which is very tough, and when the lds started out a couple of week sago, they had double training sessions very day, and some of the burgeoning fitness could be seen last Saturday from players like James Milner, who of course can (and does) run all day.

And the fact that Kevin may use James in central midfield next season seems to make an awful lot of sense, when we seem to have ample wingers, and James might just turn into a top midfielder, hopefully along the lines of a certain Rob  Lee.

Newcastle also have two new fitness coaches in former player and local lad Robbie Elliott, and Mark Hulse, who have both joined Keegan’s staff.

Kevin said:

“The boys have been working really hard.”

“We might not be the most skilful side in the Premier League because there are some great sides and we might not have the biggest squad, but there’s no reason why we won’t be as fit as everyone else.”

“I told all the staff when I came in that one thing you have to be in the Premier League is very, very fit and the onus has been on that.”

We’ll see how the lads do against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, but we still haven’t signed anybody, and we’ll need to get busy on that front, with Keegan wanting two new defenders in, before the squad leaves for Mallorca next week.

Comments welcome.



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88 comments so far

  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    We certainly need to be. 🙁

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  • PapaToon

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Show this article to Michael Owen

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  • iceman

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    this is good news last season we would fade away in games but hopfully now we will see theses games out

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  • mr_flibbles

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    What on earth was Allardyce suppose to have done then? That was suppose to be like his main objective to get the squad fit. Looks like Sam didn’t do anything at all now.

    Sam Allardyce take a Bow.

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  • Nemo

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Dont hold your breath kevin, its about time everyone woke up to the fact ashley has no money to spend and only second raters will arrive, if any. I cant believe people think ashley has a first team plan to spend big. If it wasnt for the toon fans dreaming of big names, none would have been mentioned. The club are silent cos ashley has had his breath taken away by the size of the task. Kk is the only solice in what is a total shambles for a club with a fan base second to none.!

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  • domtoon

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Way to go Nemo. You have successfully crushed my morning.

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  • Stardust

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Nemo – I take it you get your name from feeding of scraps of information the press throw out to the fishes – you ignore the facts like the Modric deal because it suits your argument – therefore we no one can debate things with you – your stance is at best short sighted and worst malevolent – are you FF in disguise?

    You know nothing so stop ranting on without foundation or we will net you up and feed you to the Black Cats

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Hadaway nemo!..

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Stardust i wouldnt read too much into what new bloggers say, half the time it is the same spurs fan who constantly changes his name on here. He epitimises the word ‘sad’, he really does.

    By the way, this is the REAL Spyro, not the spud who has been impersonating me recently on this AND other sites. I can prove it aswell if anyone is in doubt.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    hows it going punk skunk, i predicted a couple signings by Friday, looks like i may have been way off eh 😀

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  • Stardust

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    In opposition to Nemo Anyone does anyone else think this might be the case?

    If Ashley and co are looking at the Rule 17 implications in detail and planning an all out assault on getting players in this way – Clubs like Spurs and Man City who are spending big bucks on transfer fees could end up busto if their players move on and if Rule 17 is enforced by those players. As huge transfer fees in is no longer balanced with huge transfer fees out.

    Again more power to us in the longer term – I am not saying dont sign players at all before some jump on the bandwagon – but signing players at the right price / wages / terms is a bigger priority than at any time in the game.

    We could see some big name Club casualties in the coming years.

    Unlike Nemo I wont decry the club – I think we are in the best shape in years – we now just need some more players lol

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  • geordie jock

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Not the sort of article we want to see Nemo but you tell it as you see it and i totally agree with you. The club is a shambles . Just what is Wise etc doing on the transfer front. If there is money to spend why are we not signing players ?.

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  • Sav

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Well, with Ben Haim following Sidwell, once again following the money, this time to Villa and Citeh its time we took a look at ourselves. How we laughed a couple of years back when every time the likes of Everton had a target, we waded in with a big wedge to grab them. And what did we buy that was so great? Mercenaries.

    Now we are in the same boat as Everton and the challenge is to do what they have done and put in place better structure and rely on the reputation of a well-run club with a good ethos and top coaches. Sure, with our support, the money will start to flow back in eventually. 52000 faithful will see to that. But by that time I hope we will be rid of all the excess baggage and a rep as the loony toons of the Premiership – the club that spent big but won nowt.

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  • iceman

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    nemo what planet you on! ashley is a billionare so how can he have no money,he just not putting the club in the soup by throughing money about not like your team spurs

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    im with you for the most part Stardust

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  • iceman

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    ive just seen a flash helecopter fly over my house towards the toon,this might mean nowt like just hoping.lol

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  • Valdo

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    opinions are like ars*holes, everyones got one and they’re all full of …..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Alright Spyro, how y’doin’?..
    …Hey, it’s not friday yet mate!..Anything could happen!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s me iceman, just popped oot for a spin & a loaf o’bread!..

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  • OLIVER

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    firstly spyro’s name appears in blue.

    City and spurs are spending big and the rewards for qualifying for the champs league are enormous(if they get there). The better players that the two teams are signing will attract better players to there clubs. With arsenal and liverpool not looking like they have a lot of money, this is the season to spend big and take their champs league places. I dont think there will be a better opportunity.

    How anyone can claim we are better off than the clubs splashing money is beyond me. If we finish in the bottom half of the table we will never attract the big players. Guthrie may well be our future and turn into a top player but we need players for this season. If we are near the bottom come january is ashley going to be able to attract players to push us on or will it be to late.

    I am dissapointed how the transfer window has gone and it is made worse to see our rivals spending money.

    What has happened to the sky money?

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  • Marty

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    NEMO,Fan base second to none??????
    We have Brilliant home n away support but Liverpool,Arsenal n Man U have a fan base many times bigger n that is why they have money to spend on the best players.
    We Certainly have the most Faithful supporters n the Funniest 😉

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    lol @ Punk Skunk, i know i have a little bit of time left, but i honestly doubt anything is going to happen before friday now. We can always hope eh

    any chance you could pick me up in the chopper and take me to work later 😀

    What are you on about OLIVER?

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  • OLIVER

    Jul 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    Spyro you are not THE spyro whos username appears in blue. You have only started posting the last couple of days.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    OLIVER, I have been on this blog far longer than you, and i am the real Spyro, i can prove it.

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  • chinzaknuk

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    I think we need to trust KK and MA at the moment, i think it’s plain to see that things are changing at NUFC, and we need to sit tight. You either believe in your team and the club or you don’t, but isn’t one of the great things about football and supporting your club, is the dreaming of what might be, like Oba sticking 3 passed Manure, with Jonas whipping in the crosses for 2 of them and Guthie rampaging from the centre circle and playing a slide rule pass thru to Oba for his hatrick #!&*()ing YESSS!!

    OK so it’s a dream, but i reckon the only way dreams like that will come true is when we have a squad of players who are not just big names and quality players or who cost us millions, but who actually believe that playing for Newcastle is the most important thing in their working lives.

    KK’s philosopy, that i think we all admired, was that if the opposition scores 3 then we simply have to score 4, and the thing is we saw that in the way the team used to play. Remember the game against Leicester when Shearer and the team just never gave up. How long is it since we’ve seen that sort of attitude from the whole team over god knows how many seasons now.

    So it’s great to see the attitude of Jonas and Guthrie, they’ve both got quality about them but they so far seem to show that great attitude, hopefully in the mould of Habib, who for me is the perfevt Newcastle player, he’s skillful, determined and passionate about what he does, and a great professional too.

    Anyway i think we’ll only buy the players that KK believes wants to play for Newcastle and you can’t put a price on that.

    So let the mercenaries slope off to Benfica or Spurs or whereever Ashavin ends up, haven’t we learnt our lesson yet that just throwing money at the problem has rarely resulted in very many decent players coming to Newcastle.

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  • OLIVER

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Please prove it Spyro/Fernando

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  • capt. darlin

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #27

    i agree with nemo. just look at the transfer record since ashley took over. real fans have seen through ashleys toon top and dont like what they see

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #28

    I changed my name to Spyro a few months back

    My initial name had something in common with my current name

    The blogger, Hadji helped me come up with the name Spyro and you can ask him this.

    I often lock horns with the blogger, Craigg and you can ask him this.

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  • chuck

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Sorry to say, but NEMO has it right.
    I know its hard to accept, but by now anyone with a brain in his head should have recognised
    the obvious.
    As for the Modric defence, its simply hearsay.
    Yeah supposed to have made bids for all kinds of people , the list is endless, but the proof is Guthrie= £1.5 or £2m. and a reduced price Spidey.
    So get real folks or set yourselves up for a dissapointing reality come the end of the transfer window.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #30

    Spyro, i’ll drop at work no prob man…
    …Hey, we gotta KTF, what else are we gonna do?..
    …Toon, Toon!..

    …Oliver, this is the ‘real’ Spyro!..

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  • filthy mag

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #31

    Ashley is a shrewd business man. He wouldnt have got to where he is now without knowing what he needs to do. Dont forget we have no debt now thanks to MA. That puts us in a stable financial position. You cant build an empire without laying the foundations. So he has secured the club, now he will look at getting his staff to build a team, based on our current playing position (no CL or European football). Once we have established ourselves as contenders again, then he will invest further. This is of course speculation, however, it seems a perfectly feasible explanation for the apparent stagnancy on the transfer market.

    Incidently, how many poker players tell you what cards they need to play a decent hand?

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  • iceman

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #32

    chuck i hope your wrongbut im leaning to your way of thinking,were not going to be in the top 6 if ashley isnt going to splash the cash,spurs man city will take 5 and 6,then theres villa and everton

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  • OLIVER

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33

    there is one(spyro) who posts in blue. He was getting the hump yesterday cos someone was using his name. sorry.

    iceman- the portsmouth, west ham, blackburn

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  • iceman

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #34

    filty mag whats your time scale

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #35

    no worries OLIVER

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  • Hadji

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #36

    I’m Spyro’s godfather,everyone who’s been on this site for a while would recognise Spyro’s comments like Tom Toon did yesterday.
    I think all this nick pinching started when they pinched mine 4 weeks ago.
    Spyro….I’m working on your new nick,you’ll be updated pretty soon 🙂
    Cheers.

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  • iceman

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #37

    oliver maybe portsmouth

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    Spurs wont get fifth, Pompey and Everton will both finish higher than them. Not sure about City with there new manager and all. Villa might be a dark horse this year. Spurs will finish around 7th or 8th this yr, especially since Berba and Keane want no part of their future. Levy is probably going to start crying again when they dump Arsenals little brother for a proper top 4 team.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #39

    cheers Hadj 😀 lol

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  • Stardust

    Jul 24, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #40

    @ chinzaknuk – first class post

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