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.
Â Kevin Keegan – training with the lads
It seemsÂ 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 RobÂ 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.
“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.