Kevin Keegan gave an extensive interview yesterday on BBC Radio 5, and he discussed many topics.
Kevin Keegan – very positive, as usual, in interview with BBC Radio 5
Keegan was very complimentary of owner Mike Ashley, which will come as a surprise to a number of Newcastle fans, since Mike has had some poor publicity over the summer.
But some of the gossip papers seem to be out to get Newcastle and Ashley, and to believe everything they write about Ashley is probably dangerous, because a lot of it is simply untrue.
A case in point is that he wants to sell Newcastle, which he doesn’t, yet it hasn’t seemed to stop the news that he’s just after a quick buck.
Kevin also repeated his concern that the Premiership’s top four are getting bigger and better and that for the time being the rest of the clubs in the Premier, can only hope to keep up – and not particularly catch up.
This is what Kevin had to say yesterday:
“My argument was very valid then and it still is now,” “The more we try to strengthen to catch them, the more they try to strengthen to keep us away.”
“A lot of people said I should be more positive. But being realistic is important, and at the moment they are a little way ahead of us. The league table tells you that.”
“They have so many quality players, star internationals and that means a lot of the clubs in the Premiership cannot match that, but the club is trying.”
“Of course the odds are a little bit against you, especially when you are away, but you have got to believe you have a chance and we will go there believing we have a chance.”
“Do I have any regrets at coming back?,” “Not at all.” “I didn’t have when we went the first seven games without a win.”
“I came back to a club I really love, a club I played for and managed, and to supporters I really understand.” “In many ways a lot of things a new manager would have to learn I already know here.
“The next thing it to get the team more successful and that is the challenge ahead of us. To make sure Newcastle are not fighting a relegation battle again, but are moving upwards.”
“Yes, I am still enjoying the challenge. I must say that since coming back into it, the game doesn’t change that much but little things move on and it is an exciting place, the Premier League, even though sometimes you won’t get many people betting that the top four will not be the same as the top four last year.”
“Success would be top eight, I think. If you look at it purely from crowd’s point of view we are the third biggest stadium in the country.”
“If you look at how strong our fan base is in the North-East we should be able to make it a fortress, a difficult place to come and get points. Top eight would be fantastic and to progress from there.”
Keegan then talked about owner Mike Ashley and pointed out that his relationship now with Ashley is ideal:
“”He could be the perfect owner for a club like Newcastle. He comes up and wants to enjoy the day. But as you know he is a very clever man. He is not a fool.”
“People see him come up in his shirt and all that, but he is a very bright man and he doesn’t miss a trick. He knows where he wants to take the club.”
“He does not mind saying he doesn’t mind someone else coming in to share the load.”
But Keegan is always realistic, and admits Newcastle have been struggling in the transfer market, as Kevin and the club are trying to improve the squad before the start of this new crucial season.
We have only signed two new players in Jonas Gutierrez from Real Mallorca, whose registration we still don’t have as his club are appealing to FIFA, and 21year-old Danny Guthrie from Liverpool.
However the Newcastle manager has promised more signings within the next 10 days, explaining that the club’s determination to spend the transfer funds wisely (that’s a nice change) is what’s taking the time.
“The hard part is finding quality players.”
“Anybody can gather players, it’s the easiest thing in the world to get them in, but the most important thing is to get the right quality.”
“Everything is in place to take the club forward.”
Those are good and positive words from Kevin Keegan, and he doesn’t seem to worried about the fact Newcastle will get new players in eventually before August 31st.
And Kevin seems to really like the owner Mike Ashley.
So that’s good enough for us – all we want is for the club to be successful once again – it’s as simple as that.