Les Ferdinand has talked today to the Sunday Mirror, and says he fears for the future of Newcastle United.
Les Ferdinand – fears for Newcastle’s future
Les feels that way because the club seems divided and riddled with internal politics and ownership issues. But is it really, or are these just the reports of the gossip press that would like nothing better than for Newcastle to fail – again.
We think it’s the latter and for once we disagree with Sir Les, who of course only wants the best for the club and the fabulous Newcastle fans.
The former England striker was of course a great hero to the Newcastle fans during his spell at the club from 1995 until 1997, when he scored 41 goals in 68 appearances for the club.
Ferdinand now believes it will be at least another four years before Newcastle will be in shape to break into the top four clubs that enjoy Champions League football. Again we have to disagree, and think Kevin will shock people next season, because we don’t think the club is as divided as these reports continually suggest.
Les said today:
“Yes, I do fear for them,”Â “What they need is consistency and everyone needs to gel together. You are not seeing that at the moment.”
“All these underlying things seem to be coming up. It is all over the place, rather than everyone on the same track and going in the same direction.”
“They seem at times to be pulling against each other rather than pulling together. It’s never going to work if that is the case. The owner Mike Ashley has to come out and say, ‘These are our plans and this is what we want to do.”
“He was making those noises at the end of the season, but the fact is that the club are not buying the players we expected them to.”
“Is what was sold to Kevin Keegan when he came back not being delivered? I think it’s exactly that. There seems to have been a dulling of the mirror.”
It seems like Ferdinand was at Newcatsle’s first game under Kevin against Bolton in mid-January, and he saw the natural enthusiasm of Kevin Keegan for the club and the fans.
“I was at his first game back, against Bolton,” “I was in the dressing room and he arrived a full two and a half hours before the kick-off.”
“I was with him and Terry McDermott and we were reminiscing over old times. He was bubbly and bright.”
“It was like, ‘This is our home’. Everything was like the Keegan of old. But over a period of weeks, you saw that drain out of him. It only came back when he got that first win, and that gave the club impetus.”
“Then came the summer and you begin to think things are going to happen. But you start to hear rumours that he is not going to be able to buy the players he wants to buy.”
Ferdinand was speaking at the launch of www.footballpools.com, and added:
“You hear that the owner is looking to sell. What Newcastle really need now is a long period of stability.”
“You look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal and they have had that.”“The reason why Newcastle haven’t been successful is because they haven’t had the continuity.”
“There has always been something going on there.”
“Since Kevin Keegan walked away the first time there has been a succession of managers who have been there for a year or two years and the club have got rid of them.”
“Managers have to be given the time and the opportunity to do the job and then perhaps you will be successful in the end.”
Ferdinand also feels that if Keegan quits Newcastle for a second time, that will be the last we see of him in football management.
“Everyone is going to make the assumption that Kevin will go if things aren’t going well.”
“If he walks away from Newcastle, he will walk away forever.”
“But I don’t think he will do that. I think he will stay.”
We don’t think things are as bad as they look or as bad as the press portray things and we think Les is simply commenting on all the recent reports, most of which – like Ashley selling – are just not true.
For instance, if we signed Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Collocini and Philppe Senderos in the next week or two, everything would look good and we’d only be a couple of players short of what we need for next season.
So while it has taken us a lot longer than we had hoped, to bring in the players we need,Â we still think they’ll arrive in time, and our squad will be a lot better than last season.
And don’t underestimate Kevin’s ability to get the very best out of his players, as he did during the last several games of last season.
Don’t believe all the gloom and doom in the gossip press, and always remember – that’s the business they are in – to sell their newspapers.